Atlas to Sahara - from Marrakesh

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This 9-day motorcycle adventure provides a real insight to all aspects of Morocco and includes twisting mountain roads and passes, off-road riding and a night in the dunes of the Sahara Desert. This trip will take us to the cedar forests of the Atlas, the rock of the Mummy, the valleys of Dades and Todra, the city of Ouarzazate and we will spend a night in a desert camp between the dunes of the Sahara and will hike to the beautiful waterfalls of Ouzoud. We will ride twisting mountain passes, flowing dirt tracks and we will experience the joy of river crossings on a motorbike.

Day 1 : Arrival

Arrival to Marrakesh. Transfer to your hotel, where you will be able to settle in and relax by the pool to prepare for your trip the next morning. You will meet your tour guide and go through a welcome briefing as well as the formalities required before the start and you will receive your welcome pack.
 

Day 2 : Marrakesh – Bin El Ouidane (approx. 170 km)

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 3 : Bin El Ouidane – Azrou (approx. 200 km)

We will leave the hotel in the morning and start our climb into the mountains with magnificent views of the lake beneath and the pine forests. We will tackle plenty of twists and turns before commencing a slow descent towards Khenifra, which will be our lunch stop for the day. From Khenifra, we will turn east and climb through the Azizga National Park, which offers a great setting. The road gets narrower and eventually turns into gravel tracks that zig-zag through the Ifrane National Park, all the way to our hotel, located on the edge of Africa’s largest cedar forest. As this area is home to the barbary apes, we will surely see them around while riding through the forests.

 

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 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.
 

Day 5: Errachidia – Merzouga (approx. 130 km)

Today we will start our ride to the Sahara desert. Our stop for the day will be a fine hotel in Merzouga where we will stop for a short break and leave the bikes to climb aboard the 4×4 of our guide who will take us to our camp in the dunes of the Sahara. We will admire the sunset from the dunes before dinner and then you will be able to admire the desert skyline at night. Note that in case of a rare sand storm, we will likely remain at the hotel which offers a more comfortable setting.
 

Day 6: Merzouga – Boumalne Dadès (approx. 220 km)

Wake up call will come early today as we’ll climb the dunes before sunrise to admire the unique effects from atop the dunes before our early breakfast. We will then have a guided tour aboard the 4×4 to visit the dunes and the sights around the area, including the coal and crystal mines.
We will pick up our bikes at the hotel and will 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 that offer a unique sight known to only a few. Our route will take us through deserted landscapes before heading to the Todra valley to ride beneath the huge cliffs that offer a unique scenery. We will spend the night at the feet of the Atlas range in a fine hotel.
 

Day 7: Boumalne Dadès – Ouarzazate (approx. 180 km)

Despite the short daily distance, the riding will be exceptional. We will start our day by climbing the most photographed hairpins in Morocco in the Dades 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 Oases 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.
On our way back you will have the opportunity to visit the Kasbah of Ouarzazate and wonder around the many local souvenir shops.
Excellent local dishes will be served for dinner.
 

Day 8: Ouarzazate – Marrkesh (approx. 220 km)

Another wonderful touring day awaits us full of twists and turns on less frequented 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 curves of the famous Telouet and Tizin’ Tichka Pass before arriving to the Imperial City of Marrakesh.
 

Day 9: Departure

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.

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Highlights

Explore the best of the Atlas
mountains and Sahara desert.
Ride the famous hairpins of the
Dades Valley
Explore off-road tracks to a hidden
oasis
See the natural wonders of the
Dades and Todra valley

Route

  1. Marrakesh
  2. Bin El Ouidane
  3. Azrou
  4. Errachidia
  5. Merzouga
  6. Boumalne Dades
  7. Ouarzazate
  8. Marrakesh