Morocco is a land full of contrasts and a destination to awaken the senses. You will get a true sample of the extremes of this land on our Deserts and Rivers adventure. Travel from the heart of the Atlas Mountains by river sampling scenery few people get to experience. Along the way, you'll have gourmet food in spectacular surroundings. After your river journey, we'll return to Marrakech to take in all that this fascinating city has to offer. We'll journey to the Sahara desert through Ait Bennhadou, the scene of so many great movies to the heart of the desert. Here you'll ride camels and sleep under the stars miles taking in the peace and serenity of this magical place. Morocco will surprise you in so many ways, but its variety of landscapes is illustrated perfectly on this trip.

6 nights
5 nights
What You Will Be Up To!
  • Day 1

    Flyingsleeping

    Arrive in Marrakech and be met by your Trip Leader. You'll spend the night in the heart of the old town in a Riad

    No meals included.

    Day 2

    campingdriving

    A gorgeous drive through the heart of the Atlas Mountains to the river. On a clear day, you'll get spectacular views of Mt Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa. We camp on the bank of the river beside the spectacular La Cathedrale.

    Included: All meals

    Day 3

    campingrafting

    After a thorough safety talk and paddle instructions, you'll paddle off down the best river in Morocco. As well as all the fun rapids, you may well see monkeys or turtles from the raft. We stop in a superb lunch spot for a feast of gourmet sandwiches. This afternoon sees more fun rapids including the highlight, "Wee Stinky"

    Included: All Meals

    Day 4

    campingrafting

    As the sun creeps over the hillside, you'll wake up to hot drinks and a yummy breakfast. We put on the water for some fun filled rapids in the morning before pausing and taking a walk up to a Kasbah, giving us a great outlook over the area. After a lunch of fresh salads, we float down another series of fun rapids camping at "Cheeky Monkey" Rapid in the heart of a spectacular gorge.

    Included: All meals

  • Day 5

    campingrafting

    Considering we are in the heart of the Atlas Mountains, each corner brings a new rapid or amazing sight such as one of the many Kasbahs we see today. After lunch we walk up to one of the most spectacular in the area. The afternoon sees us with more rapids and the chance to swim in the lovely clear water before we reach camp in the heart of the stunning gorge.

    Included: All meals

    Day 6

    drivingraftingsleeping

    After breakfast you'll drift through two spectacular gorges 400 metres high. As we emerge onto the lake, we get a tow across by power boat and then we get to relax at our stunning lakeside hotel. Relax and take in the scenery, or soak in the hot tub. We enjoy our evening meal tonight together with stunning views.

    Included: All meals

    Day 7

    drivingsleeping

    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

    campingdriving

    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

    Day 9

    campingdriving

    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

    drivingsleeping

    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

    drivingsleeping

    After breakfast we depart Ait Benhaddou bound for Marrakech. We stay in Marrakech at Le Meridien N'Fis.

    Included: Breakfast & lunch

    Day 12

    Flight_Up

    After breakfast we take our return flight back home.

    Included: Breakfast

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Flights To Marrakech, Morocco

We suggest that all of our clients from the UK and Europe check out the best deals on Skyscanner which will list all options from your nearest airport. Many "low cost" airlines such as Easyjet have excellent options from London, Edinburgh and Manchester and Ryanair from other airports in the UK. Scheduled flights can be taken with Royal Air Maroc from North America into Casablanca and then connecting flights through to Marrakech. Please note to fly in on Day 1 as listed below (anytime) and depart on the last day (anytime). We can of course organise extra nights for you if that gives you cheaper flight options. For flights from the UK we have teamed up with GYT who can provide you with a competitive flight quote by filling out this form on the Water By Nature website. Please do not book your flights until the trip is CONFIRMED.

Please note: A Single Supplement of £450 applies to this trip if requested.

Rafting - Multiactivity - Deserts & Rivers

Sunday 15 March 2015 - Thursday 26 March 2015
12 days
GBP £ 1495
Euro € 1825
USD $ 2550
Saturday 28 March 2015 - Wednesday 8 April 2015 - EASTER
12 days
GBP £ 1495
Euro € 1825
USD $ 2550
Saturday 4 April 2015 - Wednesday 15 April 2015 - EASTER
12 days
GBP £ 1495
Euro € 1825
USD $ 2550
Saturday 23 May 2015 - Wednesday 3 June 2015
12 days
GBP £ 1495
Euro € 1825
USD $ 2550

What You Should Bring

We find most of our clients have in their posession already what is needed for a river trip. We have broken down here the items into what you'll need on the river and in camp. Each guest will get a drybag to use for the river trip distributed at your Pre-departure meeting in Marrakech. A short video on the size of this and how to pack your drybag can be viewed here. An equipment list of what you will require for your Moroccan adventure will be sent to you prior to your departure along with your Water By Nature Travel Bag and other goodies.

River Fashion:

  • A pair of Chacos or similar sandals. Trainers are also okay
  • A pair of River shorts or swimming costume - shorts can be purchased from your river crew
  • A baseball cap for under the helmet to keep sun off – can be purchased from your river crew
  • Wide brimmed sunhat – can be purchased from your river crew
  • Sunglasses
  • Chums for fastening your sunglasses to your head – can be purchased from your river crew
  • Nalgene or similar water bottle – can be purchased from your river crew
  • Carabiner for fastening water bottle to your boat – can be purchased from your river crew
  • Thermal Top. Medium weight - Heavyweight Capilene or polypropylene is the best.
  • Waterproof sunscreen and lip balm SPF15 minimum.

For evenings, for the Sahara and around camp

  • Lightweight long trousers.
  • Lightweight long sleeved shirt.
  • Fleece jacket, warm hat and lightweight raincoat.
  • Thin scarf for the Sahara to keep sand of your face – can be purchased in Morocco
  • Ladies should bring a long skirt or sarong to cover your legs whilst in the company of locals.
  • Wide brimmed sunhat – can be purchased from your river crew
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear
  • Glasses or Contact lenses. Disposable lenses are ideal.
  • Toiletries. Toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap and shampoo.
  • Forget the cosmetics and hair dryer! But we do suggest moisturiser
  • Hand wipes and a small bottle of hand sanitiser.
  • A 3-season sleeping bag.
  • Travel Pillow.
  • Small pack towel.
  • Headlamp or head torch and spare batteries.
  • Shoes or boots for wearing around camp and on hikes.
  • Any medication you may be taking.

Optional Items

  • Your favourite book or a journal for recording your river memories.
  • Sketchpad.
  • Photographic or video equipment. We recommend a cleaning kit as sand gets everywhere.
  • Bring a spare memory card or plenty of film.
  • Waterproof camera such as GoPro for the "action" on the raft shots.
  • Swiss Army Knife or Leatherman.
  • An iPod or other music preferences. We have speakers.
  • The only money that you need to bring is for meals in town, souvenirs, DVD, personal items and the beer kitty for the raft trip if you drink.

Personal Spending

  • The only money that you need to bring is for meals in town, souvenirs, DVD, personal items and the beer kitty for the raft trip if you drink. Please remember that many of the countries we visit do offer Credit Card and ATM facilities and for a small charge you can withdraw cash either from your account or Credit Card for convenience.
  • If you wish to pass on a gratuity to your guide we leave this entirely up to you.
  • Basically, we advise you to keep things as light as possible, without skimping on the necessities. It is great to bring back a load of goodies for everybody back at home and shopping in Morocco is fabulous!

You do not need to bring tents, sleeping mats, wetsuits and booties – but make sure that we have your weight, height and shoe size for wetsuit sizing.

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