Morocco Deserts and Rivers

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Custom Departure | 12 Days

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Group Size: 8-16 persons

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 Ahansal 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. Water By Nature pioneered rafting in Morocco over a decade ago and we are delighted to be able to return year after year to introduce fellow travellers to this unique and fascinating destination. 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 souks to the diverse aromas of Moroccan spices, this country is a feast for the senses.

Morocco Deserts & Rivers

DAYS 1-4

  • Day 1

Flights generally arrive into Marrakech in the morning or late afternoon / evening. You will be met at the airport by our representative who will take you to your hotel and make sure that you get settled in nice and comfy! Then it’s out to explore the local restaurants and culture (and believe us, there are plenty!)
Included: No meals

  • Day 2

We enjoy a hearty breakfast at our hotel, and then board our vehicles bound for the heart of the Atlas Mountains. We drive from Marrakech with the sun rising over the Atlas Mountains, northward toward the middle Atlas Mountains. On a good day we can see Jbel Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa. We stop in stunning olive groves for a sumptuous lunch and drive towards Tilouguite pausing to take in the view as we cross this picturesque mountain range. We cross the Ahanssel River just past Tilouguite and drive a little further to one of the fantastic campsites we have ever seen! We dine in style on the riverbank.
Included: All meals

  • Day 3

After breakfast we will take you through a thorough safety briefing so you are fully prepared should you make an untimely exit from the boat and practice our paddling techniques before tackling our first rafting trip. We load the gear raft with the rest of our equipment and take on the rapids! Many of the rapids are as yet unnamed… perhaps a chance for your fame to be realized! Depending on flows this can be a fun technical river or big volume and bouncy! We paddle through the narrows in Tilouguite with locals watching on the riverbanks, rather bemused at our range of colourful equipment. Some may even jump in and attempt to hitch a lift down the river. We camp amongst cedar trees at “Barking Dog” camp. The afternoon is yours to explore the nearby mountains, or sit back and relax and soak up this beautiful scenery.
Included: All meals

  • Day 4

Today sees more roller coaster rapids as we head down river and discover the majestic beauty of this land. Some great fun waves today. Our day is punctuated with a relaxing lunch, accompanied by curious locals churning wheat at local waterwheels. The water here is generally crystal clear and we will pack our fishing rods, to try our luck to catch fresh fish for dinner tonight! We will raft for around 4-5 hours per day, leaving plenty of time to go and explore nearby villages, or just sit around with your fellow paddlers and discuss the day!
Included: All meals

DAYS 5-8

  • Day 5

It is great to remember where we are on the edge of the Sahara, on a crystal clear river tackling the best whitewater that Morocco has to offer. Rapids come thick and fast today, what a fantastic place to learn your newly found skills! After a lunch full of fresh foods Morocco has to offer, we walk up the valley to a nearby Casbah, as we relax and sample Moroccan hospitality! Farmers go about their everyday business and inquisitive locals marvel at out vast array of multi-coloured equipment! We raft down to our night’s camp deep within a stunning gorge, a fitting finale to this magical journey! It’s great to sit around the fire watching the glow dance on the canyon walls and recount the day’s tales.
Included: All meals

  • Day 6

On the last river day we finish off with a few fun rapids and then paddle towards Lake Bin El Ouidane where we will raft all the boats up together and motor across the lake to our hotel, The Widiane on the banks of Bin El Ouidane. Relax in the hot tub, have a swim in the pool, or enjoy a massage if you wish. Stunning views for our dinner this evening.
Included: Breakfast and lunch

  • Day 7

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 8

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

DAYS 9-12

  • Day 9

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

  • Day 11

After breakfast we depart Ait Benhaddou bound for Marrakech. We stay in Marrakech at Le Meridien N’Fis.
Included: Breakfast & lunch

  • Day 12

After breakfast, we’ll drop you at Marrakech Airport to take your flight home.
Included: Breakfast

Inclusions:
  • All transfers as per the itinerary.
  • All arrangements for staying and camping while on trip. Accommodation on twin sharing basis in tents/ hotel.
  • All meals as mentioned in itinerary & safe drinking water. We can cater for any dietary requirements, just let us know!
  • All necessary rafting equipment, including the best in buoyancy aids, helmets and spray jackets. tented accommodation whilst on the river.
  • All camping equipment excluding sleeping bags (“sleep kits” can be rented for $50)
  • Fully qualified, experienced river guides and safety kayakers. We have a mixture of local and overseas guides who are extremely professional and make up one of the most experienced river teams in the world. They make every effort to make your trip one of the most memorable, optimising your fun without compromising on your safety. They all hold advanced first aid qualifications and in the unlikely event of an injury they have the expertise and professionalism to deal with it. You will have a thoroughly experienced and entertaining team with you in the sahara portion of this trip.
  • All necessary permits and licenses.
Exclusions:
  • Flights not included.
  • Visa, Departure taxes, Inoculations
  • Sleeping bag
  • Expenses of any personal nature (laundry / phone calls / alcohol / cigarettes / insurance / camera fee / etc.)
  • Any expense incurred due to force of nature such as landslides, bad weather or reasons beyond our control
  • Tips & Gratuities (we recommend 5-10% of your trip cost- to be distributed among the team) – personal choice
  • Travel & Cancellation insurance

 

Please note – You will also need to budget for meals in town that are not included in the price and any extra accommodation outside what is provided.

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