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Duration
12 days
Cost
£2395
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

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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What you will be up to


1

Arrive in Marrakech and be met by your Trip Leader. You’ll spend the night in a beautiful hotel just outside the old town walls. We’ll explore the vibrant Djeema El Fna after dark to see how it comes alive.

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 13 March 2022 - Thursday 24 March 202212 days£2395€2750$3395
Sunday 27 March 2022 - Thursday 7 April 202212 days£2395€2750$3395
Sunday 3 April 2022 - Thursday 14 April 202212 days£2395€2750$3395
Sunday 10 April 2022 - Thursday 21 April 202212 days£2395€2750$3395
Sunday 17 April 2022 - Thursday 28 April 202212 days£2395€2750$3395

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 £600 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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Current COVID Travel Status To Morocco


Travelling from the US

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? It depends
  • Air travel to and from Morocco remains restricted to specific categories of travelers. Citizens and residents of Morocco, U.S. citizens with reservations at Moroccan hotels, and business people invited by Moroccan companies are allowed to enter and depart. Special operation flights serving these passengers, including a direct flight on Royal Air Maroc between Casablanca (CMN) and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Washington Dulles Airport (IAD), will continue to operate under the Health State of Emergency. U.S. citizens wishing to return to the United States should book directly with the airline.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
  • The Government of Morocco (GOM) has established pre-arrival COVID-19 testing requirements for all travelers entering Morocco. Travelers entering Morocco must complete a PCR test within 72 hours of travel, with printed results to present on request at check-in and to GOM officials on arrival. Children under 11 years of age are exempt from this requirement.
  • U.S. citizens not resident in Morocco are typically permitted to remain in Morocco for only 90 days. If any traveler is questioning whether they have overstayed and might be subject to a fine, before they depart their city where they have been staying, they should visit the immigration officer at the main police station.  In the past, the fines have been less than 1,000 Moroccan dirhams and require a court appearance. The U.S. Consulate General does not play a role in determining who has overstayed nor can we extend anyone’s stay in Morocco.
  • Travelers should check entry and exit requirements in place in the countries and states where they plan to travel.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • The Government of Morocco will conduct a health screening on travelers entering the country.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is there a curfew in place?  Yes.  A nationwide curfew between the hours of 8:00 PM and 6:00 AM is in place until the end of Ramadan (around May 14).  During this time, restaurants, stores, supermarkets, and other businesses must close by 7:00 PM.  You must have written permission from the Moroccan authorities for movements during curfew hours.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
  • U.S. citizens should be familiar with local requirements prior to travel between regions and should remember to follow the instructions of local authorities.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
  • U.S. citizens should be familiar with local requirements prior to travel between regions and should remember to follow the instructions of local authorities.

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
  • The Government of Morocco is not imposing a mandatory quarantine on foreign citizens entering the country.

Travelling from the UK

Travel To Morocco Is Subject To Entry Restrictions

  • You may travel to Morocco if you are fully vaccinated with an NHS approved vaccine. Children under the age of 18 may travel and will also be exempt from quarantining when returning to the UK.
  • If you’re eligible to enter, you will have to provide a negative PCR test result before boarding your flight or ferry to Morocco. The result must show that the PCR test itself was undertaken less than 72 hours before the time of departure

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Preparing For Your Return Journey To The UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.

Travelling from elsewhere then contact us to find out the latest.

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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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