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"There's no shortage of colourful characters in the world of motorcycle travel. Some inspire with their thoughtful insight and curiosity, some with their remarkable riding ability and resourcefulness, while others entertain through sheer strength of personality and their passion for life. Few people qualify on all those counts, but Billy Ward is one of them." Overland Magazine 2018
Over the past year or so, Billy has ridden over 50,000 kilometres around various continents including Africa, Central and South America. One of the highlights was a fascinating adventure from the Iranian border with Iraq, riding north west into Kurdistan and visiting the Mosul Frontline. Riding with Long Way Round cameraman, Claudio von Planta, they decided to film the trip and the resulting documentary is currently with Sky TV - fingers crossed we may see it on our screens in the near future.
Billy has led adventures all over the world, from Morocco to Zimbabwe, from the USA to South America. He's ridden with many of the world's top bikers and stars, with world champions like Mick Doohan, Chris Vermeulen and Damon Hill and international petrolhead celebrities like Charley Boorman, Ross Noble and Adrian Newey F1.
Billy is a great friend of Charley Boorman and manages various aspects of Charley's adventures, including his motorcycle tours and his acclaimed theatre shows. He has worked with comedian, Ross Noble, and TV chefs, the Hairy Bikers and has become a respected name on the adventure travel circuit, speaking at motorcycle events and festivals such as Horizons Unlimited. After a period of training in the wilds of Africa, Billy qualified and registered as a wildlife Field Guide and now uses these skills guiding rides through Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique and South Africa, introducing his clients to the experience of exciting wildlife encounters.
Fly Ride Adventure - Discover Morocco with Billy Biketruck - Exclusive (7 Riding Days)
This is a completely bespoke nine-day motorcycle adventure led by Billy Ward - a truly experienced adventure rider, but more importantly, a great host - funny, entertaining and extremely capable. You'll have the opportunity to chat to Billy about his travels, hear stories and anecdotes about his times with Charley Boorman and Claudio von Planta - get the inside story of Long Way Round.
This nine day tour promises to be a unique adventure unlike any you’ve undertaken before. Some of the highlights of this trip include the Cedar Forests of the Atlas, Barbary Apes, Dades Valley, a night in the Sahara, the hidden Oasis of Fint - not to mention World Heritage sites and incredible infamous passes. There are not many places in the world where you can ride from cedar-forested mountain passes to desert dunes in a just a day. The exhilarating switchbacks of the Atlas mountain passes lead us down into the Sahara Desert where we'll spend a night in the heart of the dunes in a luxury Berber camp. With opportunities to go off-piste, crossing rivers and dirt tracks to find hidden oases and explore the local way of life, this adventure will not disappoint and is a superb way to experience the magic of Morocco.
Location: Marrakech, Morocco - Arrival / Departure Airport: Menara Marrakech Airport
Distance: Approx. 2300km
Hotel: Quality hotels - all Twin Occupancy rooms (Request if single required)
GPS: All bikes are fitted with Garmin GPS with daily routes installed - which means you can ride at your own pace - we don't ride in a tight group - no pressure
Highlights: Cedar Forest of North Africa, A night in a luxury camp in the Sahara, Marrakech - Jamaa el Fna Square, Atlas Mountains, Ouarzazate, Film Studios, Ait Benhaddou, Tizi n'Test Pass, Tizi n'Tichka Pass, Dades and Todra Valley
Roads: Predominantly tarmac, some broken tar and fallen sandy gravel, road-works, but some gravel options available on demand - flexible to the groups requirements.
Day 1 : Arrival
Arrival to Marrakech. Taxis to the hotel, where you will be able to settle in and relax by the pool to prepare for your ride the next morning. You will meet the crew and your riding buddies, enjoy a welcome briefing and tour overview, learn a bit about GPS's and cover off any admin required before the start of the tour. Also, you will receive your welcome pack.
You will receive your BMW bikes early in the morning before starting our journey towards Bin El Ouidane. We will head towards the High Atlas on normal roads to warm up so you can get used to your bike as well as local driving habits before tackling the winding mountain roads that will provide an excellent insight to the great riding Morocco has to offer. We visit the scenic waterfalls of Ouzoud, where we will have some time to do a short walk around. Our stop for the night will be in a nice hotel on the border of the lake where you can relax by the pool or discuss the first day at the bar.
Day 4 : Azrou – Errachidia (approx. 260 km)
We will start the day with light off-road riding through the forests where we’ll have the opportunity to admire the quiet setting and maybe feed the Barbary Apes that live in the area. We will then tackle the climbing roads of the Middle-Atlas passing the high plateau of the mountain range. We will go through the French Foreign Legion tunnel towards Errachidia, the infamous old Dakar town, before reaching our accommodation for the night. You will likely see relics of Dakar - posters and stickers on garage walls - this part of Africa really misses Dakar as it became a way of life here and a cash generator.
Today we will start our ride to the Sahara Desert. We stop at a great hotel in Merzouga where we leave the bikes and climb aboard a 4×4 to journey on to our camp in the dunes of the Sahara. The images here are like from a film or a book - they will not disappoint. Enjoy the sunset from the dunes before dinner and then experience a spectacular star filled desert sky. *Note: In case of a rare sand storm, we would have to remain at the hotel for safety and comfort
Day 6: Merzouga – Boumalne Dadès (approx. 220 km)
Our wake up call is early today as we’ll climb the dunes to admire a stunning sunrise before an early breakfast. We will then have a guided 4×4 tour interesting sights around the area, including the coal and crystal mines.
We return to the hotel, pick up our bikes and head to the Rock of the Mummy for some off-road riding and to admire the view of the desert from the top of the rocks - a cool view, seen by few people. Our route will take us through deserted landscapes before heading to the Todra Valley to ride beneath huge cliffs. We know you will be impressed. We will spend the night at the foot of the spectacular Atlas mountains in a superb hotel.
Day 7: Boumalne Dadès – Ouarzazate (approx. 180 km)
Despite the short distance today, the riding will be exceptional. We will start our day by climbing the most photographed hairpins in Morocco in the Dadès Valley. A relatively short bike ride will take us to our lodging for this evening where you can enjoy a drink by the pool while taking in the wonderful sight of the lake. In the afternoon we’ll head to the hidden Oasis of Fint through some more technical off-road tracks and smaller river-crossings to get an insight to the lives of local villages and explore the oasis. Ouarzazate is a famous Dakar town. Many rally enthusiasts would stop here and visit the rally bivouac, where all the action could be seen late into the evening. The locals still hope the Dakar may return to North Africa one day.
Today you will have the opportunity to visit the Kasbah of Ouarzazate and wander around the many local souvenir shops - you'll feel like you've gone back in time.
Excellent local dishes will be served for dinner - we recommend the chicken tagine.
Day 8: Ouarzazate – Marrakech (approx. 220 km)
Another wonderful touring day awaits us full of twists and turns on quiet roads, combined with beautiful surroundings as we climb the High Atlas. We will ride to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ait Benhaddou and enjoy the twisties of the famous Telouet and Tizi n’Tichka Pass before arriving to the Imperial City of Marrakech. Be prepared with your camera because these are the images you'll want to take home and show your friends. Guaranteed to impress. Tonight we'll have our last night together and eat well, reflecting on the adventure and probably planning your return to Morocco!
Depending on your flight time, you might take the opportunity to relax or visit the city for souvenirs before the arranged pick-up takes you to the airport.
If you are looking for an exciting and diverse adventure that includes both an Atlas motorcycle tour and a Morocco desert motorbike tour, then this is the one that should definitely be on top of your to-do list.
Rider on F700GS, F750GS Twin Sharing: 2700EUR
F800GS, F850GS, F800GSA Twin Sharing: 2900EUR
Rider on R1200GS, R1250GS Twin Sharing: 3300EUR
Support car passenger: 1900EUR
Single Supplement: 500EUR
Ride across unspoilt landscapes in exclusive locations
Enjoy a once in a lifetime ride through the Atlas mountains
Benefit from our multilingual team’s unparalleled knowledge and riding expertise in Morocco
Visit some of Morocco’s most famous classic sights
Hear some of the inside stories of Long Way Round - from Charley's manager - Billy Biketruck!