At a glance

Duration
12 days
Cost
£1995
Arrival Airport
Marrakech (RAK)
Grade
river grade
Air Temp
22 °C (72 °F)
Water Temp
16 °C (61 °F)
Camping
5 nights
Hotel
6 nights
Trip Rating
5.0 rating

Overview


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.

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Destination Map & Video


What you will be up to


1

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.

2

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

3

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

4

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

5

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

6

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

7

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

8

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

9

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

10

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

11

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

Included: Breakfast & lunch

12

After breakfast we take our return flight back home.

Included: Breakfast

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Dates & Prices


DatesDuration
Sunday 15 March 2020 - Thursday 26 March 202012 days£1995€2350$3250
Sunday 29 March 2020 - Thursday 9 April 202012 days£1995€2350$3250
Sunday 5 April 2020 - Thursday 26 April 202012 days£1995€2350$3250
Sunday 12 April 2020 - Thursday 23 April 202012 days£1995€2350$3250

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 (airport code RAK). 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. Please do not book your flights until the trip is CONFIRMED to run by our office.

Please note: A Single Supplement of £595 applies to this trip if requested.

In order to secure your place just pay your deposit  of £500 per person (U.S. customers pay USD $700). Your final trip payment is not due until 90 days before your trip. See our Terms and Conditions for full payment terms.

Prices shown in GBP & USD are payable. UK residents should pay in GBP and USA residents should pay in USD.

 

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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.

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7th July 2018

Although I am a Water By Nature veteran now, Morocco was my first experience traveling with Hamish and WBN. It was also my first foray into an Arabic country. The trip was amazing from start to finish. The trip is essentially a two for one. Rafting first, then sightseeing through the vast and different desert regions. The accommodations and food were awesome and different everywhere we went. The rafting was great fun. Aside from the river and rapids, the other highlights were visiting and iteracting with the various tribespeople we met along the river. I’ll bet some of those people had never seen such colorful, strange looking travelers in our full-on rafting gear. They has also never seen themselves in a photo or on a phone! We were able to take a short hike to see how the people lived In harmony with the river and their surroundings. The desert portion of the trip was equally rewarding. Each “oasis” was populated by a different peaceful sect completely unique in every way. The finale was spending time on the sand dunes and riding camels through a beautiful star filled night sky. Contrary to what other might say, the camels were very comfy. My only comment is that I would have liked an extra day on the camels and dunes getting deeper into the desert with our Bedouin guides. Will save that for my next trip!

Sheri Feldman

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