Tour programme 2020-1
“Sahara Overland [book] gets right to the heart of desert travel” Sir Michael Palin
Brilliant trip… Chris invariably undersells and over-delivers on the trip. SS (UK)
My research on the internet into travel in the Sahara keeps leading me to your page. MP (UK)
It was one of the best trips I have ever done and far above any other tour out there… RZ (BM)
[one year on] I’ve been reflecting on it. Without question the best trip I’ve ever taken. PH (US)
… what a brilliant trip that was. A great balance of challenge and relaxation. RS (UK)
an interesting mix of people and your amazing quiet knowledge made it all feel so easy. JT (UK)
Thank you for opening my horizons and revealing what I am capable of achieving. KD (UK)
A fantastic week. For me, theÂ off-road challenges were just about perfect; lots of interesting routes (RN, UK)
Thanks for [the photos], Chris – they’re fantastic. And thanks again for such a great trip.
TYPE AND DURATION
|MOROCCO FLY/RIDE||T1 • 7-day, 6-bike tour||Nov 2–8||2 places left|
|MOROCCO FLY/RIDE||T2 • 7-day, 6-bike tour||Nov 10–16||6 places|
|MOROCCO FLY/RIDE||F1 • 7-day, 6-bike tour||Feb 19–25||6 places|
|MOROCCO FLY/RIDE||F2 • 7-day, 6-bike tour||Feb 27–Mar 5||6 places|
I was in Morocco in March when the virus news went ‘viral’.
The country responded very quickly, locking down within days.
Right now I am waiting to see if November can happen.
Deposits returned unconditionally, if wanted.
Eventually, things will return to normal. Probably by February 2021.
I first travelled in the Sahara in 1982 and since 1989 have run occasional desert tours. I organise small-group tours to little-visited places or follow unusual itineraries that inspire me, working with local guides or agencies I’ve got to know and trust over the years. I ran an eclipse tour to Niger in 2006, an ambitious crossing from the Atlantic to the Libyan frontier, as well as several motorcycle tours in Libya, Algeria and lately, Morocco. I’ve also run camel trekking tours in Algeria, have joined tours in Mauritania, and with the help of other contributors, wrote an e-guidebook to go with my biking and car handbooks.
I don’t produce a regular tour programme or online brochures. I never send out promotional newsletters to mailing lists. I don’t do Facebook or pay to advertise anywhere. The page you see here is all there is. For more about me, click my picture, above left.
The winter 2020-1 dates include two one-weekers in November and two more in February-March 2021. Dates have been selected to dodge higher airfares during UK school holidays. Most people choose the 2018 BMW GS310s with off-road protection and other mods and my route has been adapted to cater for these bikes. Read about them here with more here. There may also be a couple of older Sertao 650s available (left). They cost 22% (90 euro) more for the six rental days than the 310s. I don’t recommend any of the bigger bikes available.
With no more than six in a group, these tours include a few easy half-days off-roading (above) and are pitched at off-roading beginners to give a taste of trail biking and Morocco without getting exhausted or freaked out. The focus is on quiet roads, relaxed lunches, spectacular pistes and ambient Berber mountain lodgings, rather than hammering dawn-to-dusk from one blinged-out tourist trap to another. More here. Pictures from previous tours here and here and here. FAQs here. Please read the FAQs.
Please contact me to join the next tour or if you have a group and want me to organise your own Morocco fly-and-ride, or just want to find out what’s possible.