High Atlas Tour

High Atlas Tour

FOR THOSE HOT SUMMER MONTHS

Looking for some stunning High Atlas scenery, beautiful off-the-beaten tracks and Berber culture? This is the tour for you!
Enjoy the freedom of cruising on your Docker Apollo bike and breathe in the fresh mountain air. No driver’s licence is needed!

With our guide, support vehicle and the chance to download the Wikilock tracks on your phone, you’re good to go. And don’t forget, after a day riding, a cool beer at the pool, relaxing in the sun in one of our carefully chosen accommodations!

Total of 10 rider places on the tour.

HIGH ATLAS TOUR 850€

A total of 6 nights and 5 days biking.

YOU WILL EXPERIENCE

  • Nearly 70% on winding asphalt and 30% off-road, carefully chosen for their lack of traffic.
  • Spectacular tracks combined with dramatic mountain landscapes, green palmeraies and awesome views.
  • Big green forests you never expected to find in Morocco.
  • A hike to the 110mtr high Ouzoud Falls with her Barbary Apes.
  • 2,500m mountain passes with spectacular scenery.
  • River crossings – get ready for a swim with the local kids!
  • Isolated Berber villages that welcome you with open arms.
  • Crossing green fields, with occasionally a donkey blocking your way.
  • Lively local souks.
  • Lunch with a local family.
  • A mix of accommodation, some with a swimming pool.
  • Alcohol is available every night (provided by the hotel or by Desert Rats).
A PREVIEW

30% of this tour is offroad and all the tracks we have chosen are ideal for the Docker Apollo motorbikes. Nothing too technical and no deep sand or ‘feshfesh’.
The 70% asphalt sections are 99% country roads with little traffic.

DAY TO DAY

Day of arrival

Pickup from the airport and a 45-minute transfer to our hotel outside Marrakesh, in a mountain village named Ouirgane.

A lovely Berber-style auberge in the foothills of the High Atlas, located in the woods at an altitude of 1000 meters. Enjoy the afternoon by the pool or take a walk down to the lake… or why not do both.

Dinner and general briefing at the hotel at 20.00 hrs.

Day 1 – Ouirgane to Demnate (176 km)

Breakfast around the pool at 08.00 hrs. Once breakfast is done and the assistance 4×4 is loaded with your luggage we introduce you to your bikes with a brief explanation of how they operate.

(Those with little riding experience will have booked an extra day at the beginning of the tour so that our guide can instruct you on how to ride the bike safely and competently).

Today’s route is split into 3 parts A, B and C.

Part A is 83 km long. The first 30 km takes us on road back in the direction of Marrakesh. At the town of Tahanout we turn south off the Marrakesh road and up into the Atlas mountains. Destination Tidli Mesfior where we will stop for our first mint tea at a local cafe. This section is very mountainous and green. Fields full of wheat and olive trees clinging to the sides of the mountain. We will pass through many Berber villages on our way. 

Part B is 22 km long. Now we are ‘proper’ into the mountains, with some steep climbs and descents. Truly beautiful. It’s an area of Morocco that most tourists will never see. In fact, this whole tour, with the exception of the Ouzoud waterfalls, is well off the beaten track. At the end of part B, we cross the main road from Marrakech to Ouarzazate in the village of Touama, it’s here we stop for lunch at a Moroccan roadside restaurant. Tagine anyone??

Question…Why do we often have tagine on our tours?
Answer…Because a tagine (the pot the food is cooked in) is basically a pressure cooker…everything in there is dead, including the buggies.

Part C is 71 km long and is all on scenic, winding country roads meandering through the mountains.

We expect to arrive at our stunning Maison d’Hotes near Demnate at around 16.00 hrs allowing us plenty of time to enjoy the pool and facilities.

Day 2 – Demnate to Ouzoud (81 km)

Breakfast at 08.00 hrs, leave at 09.00 hrs.
On leaving the hotel we head down the hill on the asphalt into Demnate, a bustling market town, where we will fuel up the bikes. Once fueled up it’s 5 km more on-road and then we ‘hit’ the dirt. Another real mix of tracks today, all beautiful with some stunning scenery. Morocco really is a magical place and so changeable. One minute we are on wide, winding tracks that remind me of Namibia, and the next we are picking our way down through a forested valley. It’s been 25 years that I’ve been off-road biking here and I never tire of it. Midway through the morning, we will stop at the Green River for a swim and a break from the riding.

Swim over and we are off direction Ouzoud waterfalls. The scenery is much more open now and the tracks are dusty so spread out. Hopefully, you have downloaded the Wikiloc app and are able to follow our track on your mobile phone. It’s a great way to get around and not only adds another dimension to the tour but gives peace of mind too.

On arrival at the Ouzoud falls we will park up our bikes and do the tourist thing. Sam, one of the local guides, will take you down through the olive groves to the falls basin where you can take a cooling swim. We have arranged lunch in a restaurant overlooking the falls.

After lunch, there’s the option to go for a long walk further down the ravine passing more restaurants, campsites, and swimming spots. It’s a beautiful hike with great views as you walk further away from the falls. On our way back to the hotel we will pass shops where all the locals sell their wares. Watch out for the Barbary apes as they can be aggressive.

Day 3 – Ouzoud to Zouit Ahansal (172 km)

Breakfast at 08.00 hrs leave at 09.00 hrs.

We leave the waterfalls and head to the market town of Azilal where we will stop for a coffee. Coffee done and we’re off deeper in the mountains with a spectacular view over the lake of Bin el Ouidane.

On leaving the lake we head in an easterly direction through the village of Ouaouizergt where it’s our last chance to fill up with fuel as for the next 3 days there are no stations on our route (the support vehicle always carries extra fuel with her).
We ride around the eastern side of the lake and back up into the Atlas mountains. More great riding as we head upwards towards the Cathedral rock. We will stop for lunch at Imsfrane.
We have 25 km of well-established track in the Geopark of M’Goun, a UNESCO world heritage park. Stunning scenery with huge views across the valley. The track climbs up through the pine forest to a height of 1800 mtrs before descending back down to the asphalt near Zouit Ahansal, our destination for the night.

Our very nice hotel for the night is built in a mountain lodge style. No pool but a nice terrace to chill out on. There is a big kasbah to visit just around the corner.

Day 4 – Zouit Ahansal to Tabant (105 km)

This day takes us from Zouit Ahansal to our hotel in the village of Tabant which is 60 km away. We will drop our luggage at the hotel then take a 45 km round trip to have lunch with a local family in the mountain village of Tamernout.

Today’s route is in 2 parts A and B.

Part A is 60 km in length and takes us over 2 passes of more than 2000 mtrs, the highest being 2750 mtrs. The first part is new, very smooth asphalt…skate park smooth.
Shortly after starting, we are soon above the tree line. Again great views stretching off to the horizon. Lots of Berber villages dotting the hillsides with the locals tending their goats and sheep. A great rock escarpment to your left is one of the best climbing sites in Morocco.
Our hotel is situated in the Ait Bouguemez Valley better known as Happy Valley. It’s one of the most beautiful places in Morocco.

Part B is 45 km in total and takes us for lunch with a local family. A nice, winding 22 km of asphalt takes us up through the pine forests to lunch. Huge drop-offs into the river below. After lunch, we retrace our route back to our hotel in Tabant.

Day 5 – Tabant to Demnate (85 km)

The first 17 km are in the Palmeraie of the Ait Bougemez valley. We twist our way through the fields of apple trees and cereal crops on single-track walking paths. Lots of friendly locals with animals everywhere so it’s slow going. Real village life on show all around us.
Palmeraie done, and it’s back onto the asphalt for more of the same scenic, twisting roads meandering through the mountains. We will stop for a mint tea in the shade of a walnut tree before setting off again to do the tourist thing at a natural bridge in Imi n Ifri.
It’s well worth taking the walk under the bridge to admire the stalactites of this very touristy attraction. 

3 more km to take us back to the amazing Swiss-run hotel that we visited at the end of the first-day riding, our lunch is waiting. A special place well worth visiting twice.

Day of goodbye

Today you can sleep in unless you have an early flight to catch. On this day we say our goodbyes… or maybe we start planning your next tour?
Make sure you don’t forget anything when you get on your way to the airport or your next holiday destination.

Thank you for joining our tour! We hope you had an amazing time.

Please leave your review of the tour on our Google page. 

The Bikes

  • Docker Apollo (2021)
  • 3rd party insurance
  • All fuel
  • A Quad-Lock mirror mount for your phone

And more

  • Twin-share accommodation with breakfast and dinner
  • Picnic or cafe lunches
  • Drinking water (carried in the 4×4) to fill up your camelback
  • Support vehicle equipped with; Fridge, Compressor, Large first aid box, Medical equipment, Satellite phone, GPS
  • A guide on a Docker Apollo
  • All tracks provided with the Wikiloc app

DRINKS ARE NOT INCLUDED

We advise everyone to have dirhams in cash to pay for drinks, as small establishments don’t have card facilities.

VERY IMPORTANT!

We are very confident our bikes will not have anything other than minor problems, and we feel sure that you, as temporary “owner” of our bike, will look after it as if it were your own and as such will return it to us in good order. If the bike becomes unusable due to an accident then you could be doing the rest of the tour in the support vehicle. So please go carefully and take care of our bikes and yourselves!

THE ESSENTIALS

  • Return flights
  • Transport to starting point and back from ending point
  • Medical insurance, with repatriation (OBLIGATORY)
  • Returnable deposit. 50€ in cash (can be equivalent in $, £ or $) against bike damage
  • Pocket money – for souvenirs, alcohol and soft drinks, etc.

BIKING GEAR

Your Desert Rats guide will be wearing;

  • an open-face helmet with drop-down visor
  • a camelback type drink system
  • a pair of cool sunnies
  • a strong cotton long sleeve safari type shirt
  • a strong pair of cotton cargo pants
  • tactical elbow and knee protectors (over the top of the clothing)
  • Timberland style boots with good ankle support
  • gloves

We consider this to be the minimum clothing required on our tours.

RECOMMENDED CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES

  • T-shirts per day
  • Underwear
  • Lightweight thermal underwear (just in case)
  • Socks
  • Pair of casual shirts for wearing at the hotels
  • Pair of trousers/jeans for wearing at the hotels
  • Swimwear
  • Small torch
  • Trainers/shoes
  • Shorts
  • Jumper or fleece
  • Small medical kit comprising: aspirins/paracetamol – some form of pain killer
  • Anti-inflammatory pills/cream
  • Lip salve – to avoid chapped lips
  • Plasters
  • Sun cream
  • Rehydration powders.
  • Energy/glucose tablets to chew during the days
  • A Quad-Lock case for your phone (read more)

Desert Rats also carries a large medical box in the support vehicle.

DESERT RATS DOES NOT SUPPLY BIKING GEAR.

VERY IMPORTANT!

The support vehicle has limited space to carry luggage so travel with everything in a soft barrel type bag – no bigger than 60 liters –  for your tour. No wheels or hard cases can be accepted. We would also appreciate you keeping the weight down.

MAKE A LASTING IMPACT

We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact on the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you’ll make a priceless impact on the lives of our local children and families. Please visit the Pack for a Purpose website to see what supplies are needed for our project/projects.

Have a look at the local project you could help support.

Small hotels, riads and auberges wherever we stop.

We have carefully chosen the selection of accommodation for our tours. Always the nicest available in the area where we stop. Most of the hotels have swimming pools and most of them provide alcohol. If not, don’t worry, Desert Rats can provide you with a cold beer after a day in the saddle!

Most hotels will have internet but cannot guarantee the quality. If you must be sure of a good connection, we suggest you purchase a Moroccan internet data card before leaving on tour. Let us know if you need help with this.

If you have an allergy or special dietary requirement, please let us know beforehand.

VERY IMPORTANT!

We advise everyone to bring dirhams in cash (available on arrival at Marrakech airport, at an ATM or one of the Forex offices) to pay for drinks and daily purchases, as small establishments don’t have card facilities.

Desert Rats (hereinafter referred to as “the Company”) accepts clients, and any accompanying 4×4 passengers (hereinafter referred to collectively as “the Client”) subject to the following conditions:

1. BOOKING AND PAYMENTS
The booking will be done online on the Company website. There will be no deposit required. 100% of the payment will be done on arrival, in cash (euros, pounds or dollars).

2. CANCELLATION
Cancellation must be notified by e-mail to the Company 4 weeks beforehand.

3. DAMAGE DEPOSIT
When using one of the Company bikes or equipment, the Client agrees to pay a deposit of FIFTY EUROS before beginning the tour, which will be returned in full provided that no damage has occurred to the bike.

4. Only the Client recognised and accepted by the Company may drive the motorbike.

5. Should the Client cause the motorbike to be retained or embargoed, all costs will be payable by the Client, including any losses to the Company whilst the motorbike is immobilized.

6. All fines, judicial costs, etc., derived from any form of traffic infraction or other, which are against the motorbike, the Company or the Client, and caused by the Client during the period of this contract, will be payable by the Client except when caused by the Company.

7. The Company reserves the right to refuse to allow the Client’s participation in the event that the Company’s insurance agent will not accept the Client as an insurable risk.

8. WHEELIES ARE NOT ALLOWED
If damage is caused as the result of doing a wheelie the Client will be responsible for the cost of ALL damages.

9. If for whatever reason, it is not possible to check the bikes at the end of the tour, the Company will have up to 7 days to advise the Client of any damages and costs due

10. The Client understands that;

  • He/she is responsible for his/her own personal insurance with repatriation and acknowledges the inherent risk and dangers of the tour.
  • Will travel entirely at his/her own risk.
  • Neither the Company, its agents, or any other person assisting with them, is liable for any personal loss, injury, accident, damage, delay, or inconvenience, whether caused by acts of the Company, its agents, or events outside the Company’s control (e.g. strikes, civil war, mechanical breakdown, weather, etc.).
  • Due to the nature of the tour, no responsibility can be accepted by the Company for any damage, loss, or accident to a Client’s vehicle or other property, whether owned, on hire, or loaned to the Client.
  • If the Client leaves the tour voluntarily before completion of the tour or is required to do so by a Company representative, then all liability that the Company may bear to that Client will cease immediately, and the Company will have no responsibility for repatriation or any other expenses incurred by the Client which may arise out of such an event.
  • In the event of an accident when the bike becomes undrivable or the client cannot continue the tour then any costs incurred to get the bike back to the Company’s garage base, will be to the cost of the client (110€ to 350€).
  • He/she will abide by the authority and decisions of the Company and/or its representatives.

11. The Company reserve the right to alter or cancel all or part of the tour without prior notice. If a tour is canceled, any payments already received by the Company will be refunded in full.

12. The Client will comply strictly with the laws and customs of all countries visited, whether in respect of health, immigration, exchange control, drugs, or any other matter.

13. All distances and information quoted in our itineraries are approximate. These are meant as a rough guide and can vary if there is a change of route. At all times we will try to maintain this itinerary but due to climatic conditions or availability of accommodation, the company might have to alter part of it.

14. Any dispute that may arise between the Client and the Company will be dealt with under the jurisdiction of the country where the Company is registered. Costs incurred by the Company (including lawyer and procurator fees) whilst reclaiming monies owed by the Client from this contract, will be payable by the Client.

15. The Company reserves the right to alter or change all or part of these Terms & Conditions without prior notice.

VERY IMPORTANT!

We strongly advise people with little or rusty riding experience to book a one-day training. This will be the day before the tour starts, in Marrakech.
The cost for this day is 170€ and includes accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner, the bike, 3rd party insurance, fuel, and an instructor.

Available booking dates 2022

Available Appointments on April 10, 2022

ARRIVAL 10 APRIL - DEPARTURE 16 APRIL  10 spaces available

Available Appointments on April 17, 2022

ARRIVAL 17 APRIL - DEPARTURE 23 APRIL  10 spaces available

Available Appointments on May 23, 2022

ARRIVAL 23 MAY - DEPARTURE 29 MAY  10 spaces available

Available Appointments on May 30, 2022

ARRIVAL 30 MAY - DEPARTURE 5 JUNE  7 spaces available

Available Appointments on June 6, 2022

ARRIVAL 6 JUNE - DEPARTURE 12 JUNE  10 spaces available

If you have a group of between 4 and 10 people, that wishes to do a tour, let us know and we will find a suitable date for you!

HIGH ATLAS TOUR

FOR THOSE HOT SUMMER MONTHS

Looking for some stunning High Atlas scenery, beautiful off-the-beaten tracks and Berber culture? This is the tour for you!
Enjoy the freedom of cruising on your Docker Apollo bike and breathe in the fresh mountain air. No driver’s licence is needed!

With our guide, support vehicle and the chance to download the Wikilock tracks on your phone, you’re good to go. And don’t forget, after a day riding, a cool beer at the pool, relaxing in the sun in one of our carefully chosen accommodations!

Total of 10 rider places on the tour.

HIGH ATLAS TOUR 850€

A total of 6 nights and 5 days biking.

YOU WILL EXPERIENCE

  • Nearly 70% on winding asphalt and 30% off-road, carefully chosen for their lack of traffic.
  • Spectacular tracks combined with dramatic mountain landscapes, green palmeraies and awesome views.
  • Big green forests you never expected to find in Morocco.
  • A hike to the 110mtr high Ouzoud Falls with her Barbary Apes.
  • 2,500m mountain passes with spectacular scenery.
  • River crossings – get ready for a swim with the local kids!
  • Isolated Berber villages that welcome you with open arms.
  • Crossing green fields, with occasionally a donkey blocking your way.
  • Lively local souks.
  • Lunch with a local family.
  • A mix of accommodation, some with a swimming pool.
  • Alcohol is available every night (provided by the hotel or by Desert Rats).
A PREVIEW
ITINERARY

30% of this tour is offroad and all the tracks we have chosen are ideal for the Docker Apollo motorbikes. Nothing too technical and no deep sand or ‘feshfesh’.
The 70% asphalt sections are 99% country roads with little traffic.

DAY TO DAY

Day of arrival

Pickup from the airport and a 45-minute transfer to our hotel outside Marrakesh, in a mountain village named Ouirgane.

A lovely Berber-style auberge in the foothills of the High Atlas, located in the woods at an altitude of 1000 meters. Enjoy the afternoon by the pool or take a walk down to the lake… or why not do both.

Dinner and general briefing at the hotel at 20.00 hrs.

Day 1 – Ouirgane to Demnate (176 km)

Breakfast around the pool at 08.00 hrs. Once breakfast is done and the assistance 4×4 is loaded with your luggage we introduce you to your bikes with a brief explanation of how they operate.

(Those with little riding experience will have booked an extra day at the beginning of the tour so that our guide can instruct you on how to ride the bike safely and competently).

Today’s route is split into 3 parts A, B and C.

Part A is 83 km long. The first 30 km takes us on road back in the direction of Marrakesh. At the town of Tahanout we turn south off the Marrakesh road and up into the Atlas mountains. Destination Tidli Mesfior where we will stop for our first mint tea at a local cafe. This section is very mountainous and green. Fields full of wheat and olive trees clinging to the sides of the mountain. We will pass through many Berber villages on our way. 

Part B is 22 km long. Now we are ‘proper’ into the mountains, with some steep climbs and descents. Truly beautiful. It’s an area of Morocco that most tourists will never see. In fact, this whole tour, with the exception of the Ouzoud waterfalls, is well off the beaten track. At the end of part B, we cross the main road from Marrakech to Ouarzazate in the village of Touama, it’s here we stop for lunch at a Moroccan roadside restaurant. Tagine anyone??

Question…Why do we often have tagine on our tours?
Answer…Because a tagine (the pot the food is cooked in) is basically a pressure cooker…everything in there is dead, including the buggies.

Part C is 71 km long and is all on scenic, winding country roads meandering through the mountains.

We expect to arrive at our stunning Maison d’Hotes near Demnate at around 16.00 hrs allowing us plenty of time to enjoy the pool and facilities.

Day 2 – Demnate to Ouzoud (81 km)

Breakfast at 08.00 hrs, leave at 09.00 hrs.
On leaving the hotel we head down the hill on the asphalt into Demnate, a bustling market town, where we will fuel up the bikes. Once fueled up it’s 5 km more on-road and then we ‘hit’ the dirt. Another real mix of tracks today, all beautiful with some stunning scenery. Morocco really is a magical place and so changeable. One minute we are on wide, winding tracks that remind me of Namibia, and the next we are picking our way down through a forested valley. It’s been 25 years that I’ve been off-road biking here and I never tire of it. Midway through the morning, we will stop at the Green River for a swim and a break from the riding.

Swim over and we are off direction Ouzoud waterfalls. The scenery is much more open now and the tracks are dusty so spread out. Hopefully, you have downloaded the Wikiloc app and are able to follow our track on your mobile phone. It’s a great way to get around and not only adds another dimension to the tour but gives peace of mind too.

On arrival at the Ouzoud falls we will park up our bikes and do the tourist thing. Sam, one of the local guides, will take you down through the olive groves to the falls basin where you can take a cooling swim. We have arranged lunch in a restaurant overlooking the falls.

After lunch, there’s the option to go for a long walk further down the ravine passing more restaurants, campsites, and swimming spots. It’s a beautiful hike with great views as you walk further away from the falls. On our way back to the hotel we will pass shops where all the locals sell their wares. Watch out for the Barbary apes as they can be aggressive.

Day 3 – Ouzoud to Zouit Ahansal (172 km)

Breakfast at 08.00 hrs leave at 09.00 hrs.

We leave the waterfalls and head to the market town of Azilal where we will stop for a coffee. Coffee done and we’re off deeper in the mountains with a spectacular view over the lake of Bin el Ouidane.

On leaving the lake we head in an easterly direction through the village of Ouaouizergt where it’s our last chance to fill up with fuel as for the next 3 days there are no stations on our route (the support vehicle always carries extra fuel with her).
We ride around the eastern side of the lake and back up into the Atlas mountains. More great riding as we head upwards towards the Cathedral rock. We will stop for lunch at Imsfrane.
We have 25 km of well-established track in the Geopark of M’Goun, a UNESCO world heritage park. Stunning scenery with huge views across the valley. The track climbs up through the pine forest to a height of 1800 mtrs before descending back down to the asphalt near Zouit Ahansal, our destination for the night.

Our very nice hotel for the night is built in a mountain lodge style. No pool but a nice terrace to chill out on. There is a big kasbah to visit just around the corner.

Day 4 – Zouit Ahansal to Tabant (105 km)

This day takes us from Zouit Ahansal to our hotel in the village of Tabant which is 60 km away. We will drop our luggage at the hotel then take a 45 km round trip to have lunch with a local family in the mountain village of Tamernout.

Today’s route is in 2 parts A and B.

Part A is 60 km in length and takes us over 2 passes of more than 2000 mtrs, the highest being 2750 mtrs. The first part is new, very smooth asphalt…skate park smooth.
Shortly after starting, we are soon above the tree line. Again great views stretching off to the horizon. Lots of Berber villages dotting the hillsides with the locals tending their goats and sheep. A great rock escarpment to your left is one of the best climbing sites in Morocco.
Our hotel is situated in the Ait Bouguemez Valley better known as Happy Valley. It’s one of the most beautiful places in Morocco.

Part B is 45 km in total and takes us for lunch with a local family. A nice, winding 22 km of asphalt takes us up through the pine forests to lunch. Huge drop-offs into the river below. After lunch, we retrace our route back to our hotel in Tabant.

Day 5 – Tabant to Demnate (85 km)

The first 17 km are in the Palmeraie of the Ait Bougemez valley. We twist our way through the fields of apple trees and cereal crops on single-track walking paths. Lots of friendly locals with animals everywhere so it’s slow going. Real village life on show all around us.
Palmeraie done, and it’s back onto the asphalt for more of the same scenic, twisting roads meandering through the mountains. We will stop for a mint tea in the shade of a walnut tree before setting off again to do the tourist thing at a natural bridge in Imi n Ifri.
It’s well worth taking the walk under the bridge to admire the stalactites of this very touristy attraction. 

3 more km to take us back to the amazing Swiss-run hotel that we visited at the end of the first-day riding, our lunch is waiting. A special place well worth visiting twice.

Day of goodbye

Today you can sleep in unless you have an early flight to catch. On this day we say our goodbyes… or maybe we start planning your next tour?
Make sure you don’t forget anything when you get on your way to the airport or your next holiday destination.

Thank you for joining our tour! We hope you had an amazing time.

Please leave your review of the tour on our Google page. 

GALLERY
WHAT'S INCLUDED

The Bikes

  • Docker Apollo (2021)
  • 3rd party insurance
  • All fuel
  • A Quad-Lock mirror mount for your phone

And more

  • Twin-share accommodation with breakfast and dinner
  • Picnic or cafe lunches
  • Drinking water (carried in the 4×4) to fill up your camelback
  • Support vehicle equipped with; Fridge, Compressor, Large first aid box, Medical equipment, Satellite phone, GPS
  • A guide on a Docker Apollo
  • All tracks provided with the Wikiloc app

DRINKS ARE NOT INCLUDED

We advise everyone to have dirhams in cash to pay for drinks, as small establishments don’t have card facilities.

VERY IMPORTANT!

We are very confident our bikes will not have anything other than minor problems, and we feel sure that you, as temporary “owner” of our bike, will look after it as if it were your own and as such will return it to us in good order. If the bike becomes unusable due to an accident then you could be doing the rest of the tour in the support vehicle. So please go carefully and take care of our bikes and yourselves!

WHAT'S REQUIRED

THE ESSENTIALS

  • Return flights
  • Transport to starting point and back from ending point
  • Medical insurance, with repatriation (OBLIGATORY)
  • Returnable deposit. 50€ in cash (can be equivalent in $, £ or $) against bike damage
  • Pocket money – for souvenirs, alcohol and soft drinks, etc.

BIKING GEAR

Your Desert Rats guide will be wearing;

  • an open-face helmet with drop-down visor
  • a camelback type drink system
  • a pair of cool sunnies
  • a strong cotton long sleeve safari type shirt
  • a strong pair of cotton cargo pants
  • tactical elbow and knee protectors (over the top of the clothing)
  • Timberland style boots with good ankle support
  • gloves

We consider this to be the minimum clothing required on our tours.

RECOMMENDED CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES

  • T-shirts per day
  • Underwear
  • Lightweight thermal underwear (just in case)
  • Socks
  • Pair of casual shirts for wearing at the hotels
  • Pair of trousers/jeans for wearing at the hotels
  • Swimwear
  • Small torch
  • Trainers/shoes
  • Shorts
  • Jumper or fleece
  • Small medical kit comprising: aspirins/paracetamol – some form of pain killer
  • Anti-inflammatory pills/cream
  • Lip salve – to avoid chapped lips
  • Plasters
  • Sun cream
  • Rehydration powders.
  • Energy/glucose tablets to chew during the days
  • A Quad-Lock case for your phone (read more)

Desert Rats also carries a large medical box in the support vehicle.

DESERT RATS DOES NOT SUPPLY BIKING GEAR.

VERY IMPORTANT!

The support vehicle has limited space to carry luggage so travel with everything in a soft barrel type bag – no bigger than 60 liters –  for your tour. No wheels or hard cases can be accepted. We would also appreciate you keeping the weight down.

MAKE A LASTING IMPACT

We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact on the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you’ll make a priceless impact on the lives of our local children and families. Please visit the Pack for a Purpose website to see what supplies are needed for our project/projects.

Have a look at the local project you could help support.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Small hotels, riads and auberges wherever we stop.

We have carefully chosen the selection of accommodation for our tours. Always the nicest available in the area where we stop. Most of the hotels have swimming pools and most of them provide alcohol. If not, don’t worry, Desert Rats can provide you with a cold beer after a day in the saddle!

Most hotels will have internet but cannot guarantee the quality. If you must be sure of a good connection, we suggest you purchase a Moroccan internet data card before leaving on tour. Let us know if you need help with this.

If you have an allergy or special dietary requirement, please let us know beforehand.

VERY IMPORTANT!

We advise everyone to bring dirhams in cash (available on arrival at Marrakech airport, at an ATM or one of the Forex offices) to pay for drinks and daily purchases, as small establishments don’t have card facilities.

T & C's

Desert Rats (hereinafter referred to as “the Company”) accepts clients, and any accompanying 4×4 passengers (hereinafter referred to collectively as “the Client”) subject to the following conditions:

1. BOOKING AND PAYMENTS
The booking will be done online on the Company website. There will be no deposit required. 100% of the payment will be done on arrival, in cash (euros, pounds or dollars).

2. CANCELLATION
Cancellation must be notified by e-mail to the Company 4 weeks beforehand.

3. DAMAGE DEPOSIT
When using one of the Company bikes or equipment, the Client agrees to pay a deposit of FIFTY EUROS before beginning the tour, which will be returned in full provided that no damage has occurred to the bike.

4. Only the Client recognised and accepted by the Company may drive the motorbike.

5. Should the Client cause the motorbike to be retained or embargoed, all costs will be payable by the Client, including any losses to the Company whilst the motorbike is immobilized.

6. All fines, judicial costs, etc., derived from any form of traffic infraction or other, which are against the motorbike, the Company or the Client, and caused by the Client during the period of this contract, will be payable by the Client except when caused by the Company.

7. The Company reserves the right to refuse to allow the Client’s participation in the event that the Company’s insurance agent will not accept the Client as an insurable risk.

8. WHEELIES ARE NOT ALLOWED
If damage is caused as the result of doing a wheelie the Client will be responsible for the cost of ALL damages.

9. If for whatever reason, it is not possible to check the bikes at the end of the tour, the Company will have up to 7 days to advise the Client of any damages and costs due

10. The Client understands that;

  • He/she is responsible for his/her own personal insurance with repatriation and acknowledges the inherent risk and dangers of the tour.
  • Will travel entirely at his/her own risk.
  • Neither the Company, its agents, or any other person assisting with them, is liable for any personal loss, injury, accident, damage, delay, or inconvenience, whether caused by acts of the Company, its agents, or events outside the Company’s control (e.g. strikes, civil war, mechanical breakdown, weather, etc.).
  • Due to the nature of the tour, no responsibility can be accepted by the Company for any damage, loss, or accident to a Client’s vehicle or other property, whether owned, on hire, or loaned to the Client.
  • If the Client leaves the tour voluntarily before completion of the tour or is required to do so by a Company representative, then all liability that the Company may bear to that Client will cease immediately, and the Company will have no responsibility for repatriation or any other expenses incurred by the Client which may arise out of such an event.
  • In the event of an accident when the bike becomes undrivable or the client cannot continue the tour then any costs incurred to get the bike back to the Company’s garage base, will be to the cost of the client (110€ to 350€).
  • He/she will abide by the authority and decisions of the Company and/or its representatives.

11. The Company reserve the right to alter or cancel all or part of the tour without prior notice. If a tour is canceled, any payments already received by the Company will be refunded in full.

12. The Client will comply strictly with the laws and customs of all countries visited, whether in respect of health, immigration, exchange control, drugs, or any other matter.

13. All distances and information quoted in our itineraries are approximate. These are meant as a rough guide and can vary if there is a change of route. At all times we will try to maintain this itinerary but due to climatic conditions or availability of accommodation, the company might have to alter part of it.

14. Any dispute that may arise between the Client and the Company will be dealt with under the jurisdiction of the country where the Company is registered. Costs incurred by the Company (including lawyer and procurator fees) whilst reclaiming monies owed by the Client from this contract, will be payable by the Client.

15. The Company reserves the right to alter or change all or part of these Terms & Conditions without prior notice.

BOOK NOW!

VERY IMPORTANT!

We strongly advise people with little or rusty riding experience to book a one-day training. This will be the day before the tour starts, in Marrakech.
The cost for this day is 170€ and includes accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner, the bike, 3rd party insurance, fuel, and an instructor.

Available booking dates 2022

Available Appointments on April 10, 2022

ARRIVAL 10 APRIL - DEPARTURE 16 APRIL  10 spaces available

Available Appointments on April 17, 2022

ARRIVAL 17 APRIL - DEPARTURE 23 APRIL  10 spaces available

Available Appointments on May 23, 2022

ARRIVAL 23 MAY - DEPARTURE 29 MAY  10 spaces available

Available Appointments on May 30, 2022

ARRIVAL 30 MAY - DEPARTURE 5 JUNE  7 spaces available

Available Appointments on June 6, 2022

ARRIVAL 6 JUNE - DEPARTURE 12 JUNE  10 spaces available

If you have a group of between 4 and 10 people, that wishes to do a tour, let us know and we will find a suitable date for you!