… what a brilliant trip that was. A great balance of challenge and relaxation. RS
… interesting mix of people + your amazing quiet knowledge of the area made it all feel so easy. JT
But just as it was for me back in 1982, first time rides to North Africa can be an adventure sure, but also a shambles. I came back from that one 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 way too much gear, unnecessary spending, getting shafted or over-ambitious schedules – all while days fly by as you claw your way up 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 is not much fun.
New for 2017
Now I’ve led a few runs, in 2017 I’m sticking with the seven-day format using locally rented bikes for no more than six riders. You fly into Marrakech and head for a new, nicer hotel. Next morning we organise the bikes: Honda’s Tornado or BMW’s new G310GS if available – then take a half-day ride to a remote lodge in the High Atlas. From there next morning we set off on a relaxed, 1000-km tour along deserted backroads and spectacular mountain pistes, right up to the very last day returning to Marrakech.
As importantly, we use great accommodation out in the Berber homelands, enjoying their warm hospitality and freshly prepared food. The food is a real highlight of this tour.
My knowledge of Morocco gained from writing the guidebook means barely a day or a mile need be wasted getting to the best places which tourists and tours often overlook – on this trip we’ll barely see any. And when things go awry and delays crop up, as they will do, I know the region well enough to reschedule the itinerary and lodgings at the drop of a hat.
This tour is not an off-roading challenge – it’s a relaxed but adventurous backroad trail ride through southern Morocco’s epic mountains and deserts. It makes the most of your time on and off the bike with the support of a group.