… what a brilliant trip that was. A great balance of challenge and relaxation. RS
we would like to thank you for a beautiful trip that will remain in our memories forever. RBE
… interesting mix of people + your amazing quiet knowledge of the area made it all feel so easy. JT.
… Thank you so much for all your help and guiding. The tour has been an indelible memory for me. JK
Updated October 2018
If you’ve been there and done that, southern Morocco holds no great challenge. From the UK a 2000-km ride brings you to Marrakech at the foot of the Atlas mountains, with the great Sahara beyond.
But just as it was for me back in 1982, first rides to North Africa can be an adventure, sure, but also a shambles. I came back from that trip having leaned a lot, but not seen or done half as much as I could have. Today, I still hear of aborted rides in Morocco: hassles at the border, cumbersome bikes carrying too much gear, unnecessary spending, getting shafted or tackling over-ambitious itineraries – all while days slip away as you claw up and slide back down the learning curve. Trying to pack it all into a typical fortnight’s break ending with another 2000-km ride home in the cooler seasons isn’t much fun.
New bikes • Six-day springtime
Now I’ve led a few runs, for 2019 I’m refining the proven format, using locally rented BMW G310GS for no more than six riders, as well offering a shorter springtime tour just before Easter.
You fly into Marrakech and a modern hotel where we all meet in the evening for a meal and briefing. Next morning we organise the bikes round the corner; for 2019 it will be BMW’s G310GS. In April 2018 I nipped out to Morocco and took a 310 for a 3-day test ride. The plucky but clapped-out old XR250 Tornados are no more.
On the day, once the bikes are sorted, we then take a short ride to a remote lodge in the High Atlas and next morning set off on a relaxed, loop along deserted backroads and spectacular mountain and desert pistes, right up to the very last day returning to Marrakech.
Six-day Spring tour
Seven-day autumn tour
As importantly, we use ambient lodgings, ranging from simple Berber home-stays to impressive kasbah-style boutique hotels on the longer tour, enjoying their warm hospitality and freshly prepared food. Many clients often regard the food as a highlight of the tour.
My knowledge of Morocco gained from researching and writing the guidebook means barely a day or a mile need be wasted getting to the places overlooked by most tourists, tours and other guidebooks. When things go awry and delays crop up, as they can do, I know the region well enough to reschedule the itinerary at the drop of a valve. On this trip we’ll barely see other tourists and when we do stray into their territory the whole circus can be quite a shock.
This tour is not a hardcore off-roading challenge, it is a relaxed but adventurous backroad trail ride through southern Morocco’s mountains and deserts. Please read that out loud to yourself to avoid disappointment. It makes the most of your time on and off the bike, but you still need to be fit enough to be able handle a couple of rough hours off-roading.