Morocco Deserts and Rivers


This trip is full of contrasts, and will give you a wonderful insight into the rich culture, diversity and spectacular scenery in Morocco. We’ll begin our journey exploring the Ahansel River, nestled in the middle Atlas Mountains. This is a trip for those of you really wanting to “get away from it all” The only people we will see on our river journey will be the occasional goat herder, nestled in amongst the fun filled rapids and spectacular scenery.

The Sahara desert has long held a draw for travelers. We’ll sample camel riding, experience the peace and tranquility that only the largest desert on earth can provide. This is an adventure that everyone can enjoy. The Kingdom of Morocco is a country rich in beauty and culture, and a civilization that has remained unchanged for centuries. From the moment you set foot in Morocco you will be transported to a whole new world. This magical country full of myths and fairy tales will captivate you with its rich tapestry of traditions and customs. Our river journey is set amongst the stunning Middle Atlas mountain range, its clear waters coursing through beautiful glades and dramatic gorges.

Within easy reach of Europe, Morocco’s warm African weather is the perfect antidote for those winter blues. From the splendour of the Sahara to the pristine beaches of its coastline, from the beguiling markets and souqs to the diverse aromas of Moroccan spices, this country is a feast for the senses.

Day 01:
Arrive in Marrakech and be met by your Trip Leader. You’ll spend the night in the heart of the old town in your hotel.
No meals included.

Day 02:
A gorgeous drive through the heart of the Atlas Mountains to the river. On a clear day, you’ll get spectacular views of Mt Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa. We camp at La Cathedrale beside the river.
Included: All meals

Day 03:
After a thorough safety talk and paddle instructions, you’ll paddle off down the best river in Morocco. As well as all the fun rapids, you may well see monkeys or turtles from the raft. We stop in a superb lunch spot for a feast of gourmet sandwiches. This afternoon sees more fun rapids including the highlight, “The Squeeze”
Included: All Meals

Day 04:
As the sun creeps over the hillside, you’ll wake up to hot drinks and a yummy breakfast. We put on the water for some fun filled rapids in the morning before pausing and taking a walk up to a Kasbah, giving us a great outlook over the area. After a lunch of fresh salads, we float down another series of fun rapids camping at “The Mill” Rapid in the heart of a spectacular gorge.
Included: All meals

Day 05:
Considering we are in the heart of the Atlas Mountains, each corner brings a new rapid or amazing sight such as one of the many Kasbahs we see today. After lunch we walk up to one of the most spectacular in the area. The afternoon sees us with more rapids and the chance to swim in the lovely clear water before we reach camp in the heart of the stunning gorge.
Included: All mealsr breakfast you’ll

Day 06:
After breakfast you’ll drift through two spectacular gorges 400 metres high. As we emerge onto the lake, we get a tow across by power boat and then we get to relax at our stunning lakeside hotel. Relax and take in the scenery, or soak in the hot tub. We enjoy our evening meal tonight together with stunning views.
Included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 07:
Today sees an amazingly scenic drive up to and through the heart of the majestic Atlas mountains. We board our 4 wheel drive vehicles (or minibus) early at the lake, stopping en route to enjoy a great lunch alongside the River Dades. We arrive mid afternoon at the Xaluca Dades and enjoy local food, music and entertainment.
Included: All meals

Day 08:
We depart to Erfoud today and then towards the Rissani Kasbah and other surrounding areas of interest for the afternoon. We’ll treat you to an amazing Berber Pizza today. Overnight Xaluca Erfoud.
Included: All meals

Day 09:
Let’s try another type of transport today! Camels! After breakfast we board our new best friends, we take us to the Sahara Desert Great Dunes. We have some amazing photo opportunities here. We take a chance to enjoy lunch and relax. In the evening we visit a local Nomad village and meet the families who are totally at home and welcoming out here. We enjoy a traditional Moroccan Dinner with proud families entertaining us with music and dance. We Bivouac in the desert under the stars!
Included: All meals

Day 10:
Today we leave Erg Chebbi Auberge after breakfast and head for Ait Benhaddou and sample the history and hospitality of the locals. We have our lunch in the stunning Todra Gorge before making our way to Ouarzazate. We visit the Kasbah and in the evening after settling into our hotel we take a tour of the spectacular hillside medina. We enjoy dinner on the terrace of our hotel with Moroccan music and entertainment all included!
Included: All meals. After breakfast we depart Ait

Day 11:
After breakfast we depart Ait Benhaddou bound for Marrakech. We stay in Marrakech at Le Meridien N’Fis. After breakfast we take our return flight back home.
Included: Breakfast & lunch

Day 12:
After breakfast we take our return flight back home.
Included: Breakfast

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Trip Details
Location: Morocco, North Africa
Duration: 12 Days
Grading: Moderate
Departure: March 25 – April 05, 2017

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