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.
Other trips similar to this you may be interested in, are our Hidden Morocco rafting trip or our Morocco Kayak School.

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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Dates & Prices

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 £495 applies to this trip if requested.

In order to secure your place you can pay just your deposit now of £400 per person. The remainder isn't due until 90 days before your trip.

Please note that prices shown in Euros and USD are indicative only, as they fluctuate. The actual rate payable is always GBP only.

Rafting - Multi-activity - Deserts & Rivers

Saturday 18 March 2017 - Wednesday 29 March 2017
12 days
GBP £ 1650
Euro € 2150
USD $ 2700
Saturday 8 April 2017 - Wednesday 19 April 2017
12 days
GBP £ 1650
Euro € 2150
USD $ 2700
Saturday 15 April 2017 - Wednesday 26 April 2017
12 days
FULL
FULL
FULL
Saturday 24 March 2018 - Wednesday 4 April 2018
12 days
GBP £ 1725
Euro € 2150
USD $ 2700
Saturday 31 March 2018 - Wednesday 11 April 2018
12 days
GBP £ 1725
Euro € 2150
USD $ 2700

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 Wear:

  • A pair of Chacos / Keens or similar sandals. (Sandals with a closed toe are ideal) Trainers are also ok.
  • A pair of river shorts (longer leg length) shorts can be purchased from our online Water Shop.
  • A Swimming costume or bikini for ladies.
  • A set of thermal long sleeved top and bottoms to wear under your personal flotation device. Merino wool polypropylene or capilene is the best, not cotton.
  • A baseball cap for under the helmet to keep sun off – can be purchased from our online Water Shop.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Chums for fastening your sunglasses to your head – can be purchased on line or from your river crew.
  • 1 Litre Nalgene / Sigg or similar water bottle.
  • Carabiner for fastening water bottle to your boat.
  • Waterproof camera such as GoPro for the ‘action’ shots
  • Waterproof sunscreen and lip balm SPF30 minimum.

Around Camp:

  • Neutral coloured long trousers.
  • Tops - long sleeved shirt or t shirts.
  • Fleece jumper / sweatshirt.
  • Light weight down jacket.
  • Shorts.
  • Sarong or long skirt for ladies to cover your  legs whilst in the company of locals.
  • Wide brimmed sun hat. Thin scarf or buff for the Sahara to keep sand off your face.
  • Woolly hat and gloves.
  • Underwear & socks
  • A 3-season sleeping bag (Can be hired in advance)
  • Travel Pillow.
  • Light weight down jacket.
  • Shoes or boots for wearing around camp.
  • Thermal top and bottoms. (Good to sleep in)

You do not need to bring tents or sleeping mats.

We provide personal flotation jackets, leg floats, spray jackets, helmets and wetsuits and booties – but make sure that we have your weight, height and shoe size for wetsuit sizing.

Personal items:

  • 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 moisturizer.
  • Hand wipes and a small bottle of hand sanitiser.
  • Small pack towel.
  • Headlamp or head torch with spare batteries.
  • Any medication you may be taking.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Blister plasters.

Optional:

  • Your favourite book/kindle or a journal for recording your river memories.
  • Sketchpad.
  • Binoculars.
  • Photographic or video equipment. We recommend a cleaning kit as sand gets everywhere.
  • Spare memory card.
  • Solar or portable charger.
  • Zip lock bags to keep valuables dry and sand free.
  • Rehydration tablets (Phizz, Nuun and O.R.S are easily available)
  • The only money that you need to bring is for meals in town, souvenirs, DVD, personal items, gratuities and the beer kitty for the raft trip if you drink.
  • If you wish to pass on a gratuity to your guides we leave this entirely up to you.

 At the pre departure meeting you will be given a dry bag. Into which you will pack all you require for the trip, including your sleeping bag and camping mattress. Your travel / duffle bag and valuables will be left securely at our hotel.

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