Hidden Morocco Off Road Tours


Experience unique Morocco adventure tours over spectacular Sahara routes where few tourists ever go - (safe and secure) - landscapes of gorges, volcanic mountains, open desert, rocky hamada, dunes and the people of remote Berber villages, Nomadic tribes, and desert wanderers.

Trips include one over night camel trek in the Erg Chebbi camp, rural and village markets and UNESCO historic sites. Cross the High Atlas from Dades Valley to Todra Gorge; traverse the remote Anti Atlas Saghro volcanic massif and the desert ergs of Moroccos Sahara from Marrakech or Fes.

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Sample Off Road Tours

6 - 10 days

Marrakech to Marrakech

Fes to Marrakech


What's Included on an Off Road Morocco Tour?

Includes private transport; experienced driver/guide; ensuite rooms with air conditioning/heating, breakfasts and dinners - vegetarians welcome; swimming stops (April to September); off road routes; exploration of oasis palmeries, mountain villages, kasbahs, markets and medinas; camel trekking overnight in nomad desert camp riding camels.

 

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Where is Morocco Explored Camel Trek Camp?

Our Erg Chebbi camps are far from the crowds in Merzouga, located in the north and south parts of the Erg Chebbi dunes. The regular non-luxury camp is about one and a half hours ride from the desert hotel (where the treks start) to a camp that consists of a circle of nomad tents each sleeping 2 people on each side. They are very rarely full except for high seasons of April, October and December over Christmas and New Years. They are equipped with carpets, foam mattresses, wool blankets, freshly washed cotton sheets and pillows - camp also has solar lighting and toilets, and carpeting around the fire pit.

 

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Is it Safe in Moroccos Sahara Desert?

We are often asked if it's safe to travel into the Sahara and the answer is Yes! (See also FAQ's). For many the desert is the absolute highlight of their trip. You'll transport into the Erg Chebbi sand sea as well as many varied and incredible places along the way. The Erg Chebbi dunes at Merzouga are the highest in Morocco and climbing them is an exhilarating experience - just remember to always carry a bottle of water with you. You can walk or ride a camel to the dunes and enjoy the ever-changing colours of this remarkable landscape, especially at sunset.

 

 

What Vehicles Does Morocco Explored Use?

We use vehicles like Toyota Land Cruisers and Prados or similar. SUV 4x4's have lots of room for luggage and seat 4 people quite comfortably. All are within 4 years old and are routinely required to update licensing and service checks through Transport Touristic in Morocco. Read more at FAQ's.

 

 

Who Are the Drivers and Guides?

Our vehicles and drivers are assigned to tours on the basis of who is available when and where. Our vehicles and drivers originate from Marrakech and if you are staying in any location for an overnight the car and driver will also stay as well. Your driver however will stay at the desert hotel while you are on the overnight camel trek. Your camel trek guides are local young men who are working to support their families. They are highly regarded by our explorers and we have great reviews about all our guides on TripAdvisor. Read more about how it works at FAQ's and Who Are We?

 


 

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SAMPLE 7 DAYS
FROM MARRAKECH TO MARRAKECH

Day 1
Your driver will meet you at your riad or hotel. Depart Marrakech to transport over the High Atlas mountains Tichka pass. Stop and enjoy impressive landscapes and break for coffee and fresh-squeezed orange juice. Pass through Ouarzazate for lunch. After Ouarzazate you'll head to the Skoura oasis and then turn at the Valley of the Rose, famous for producing elegant Persian rose oil, towards the remote village of Boutaghrah. You'll pass through many Berber villages and green riverside oasis and barren red hillsides clustered with kasbahs (fortified dwellings that house many families and their livestock). From here you'll drive off road through the mountain valleys and visit nomads in the area, then head for Dades gorge. Along the way you'll visit the red Tamnalt hills called locally the monkey fingers. Stay in Dades hotel overlooking the valley and gardens.
Options to add a day hike in the Dades valley.

 

Dades valley

 

Day 2
You'll head up valley toward the High Atlas hidden valleys and villages. Here you will see Nomads who every spring and fall move their herds of sheep, goats and camels to good grazing in the desert and mountains. You might be invited in for tea in one of their caves or tents. The off road tracks here cut across high plateaus and rocky highlands to decend into the Todra gorge and Tinehir valley on the edge of the Sahara. Visit Todra for a walk through sheer limestone walls rising over 300m in its narrowest part. If there is time you can wander with a guide through palmery villages, gardens and kasbahs for a close look at traditional Berber ways of life. Stay in a traditional old kasbah.

Day 3
Leave the main tourist route for one of the most remote regions in Morocco, the Saghro Massif. It's populated by the Ait Atta nomad tribes. The traverse climbs a rugged trail, crossing near volcanic cones and ridges, and you'll take time to enjoy spectacular views over this area. Stop for a picnic lunch near Bab n’Ali, two ancient weathered volcanic cores and visit a unique desert waterfall. Continue on to the south desert route to N'Kob.

 

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Day 4
Today drive east of the stark Saghro Massif. This route is peppered with isolated villages and towns, rocky mesas and acacia trees. Have lunch near Rissani before departing for the Erg Chebbi dunes. Your late-afternoon destination is the auberge (small inn) 29 km from Merzouga. Meet your camel guide and ride into the dunes at sunset to the camp. You will be served a traditional tagine dinner (vegetarians welcome), served under the stars shining above. Climb the big dunes and watch the moon rise before retiring to your bed in the nomad tent.

 

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Day 5
This morning you'll wake very early to have tea and get ready to ride the camels by a different route back to the auberge. Stop to watch the sunrise before returning for a leisurely big breakfast and hot shower. After breakfast you can take your time and enjoy a bit more time in the dunes to try sand boarding or just hang around the pool. Or you can off road and explore around the Erg Chebbi sand sea. Visit the village of Hamlia and experience the Gnawa music of the Sufi tribes, and visit the bustling tourist town of Merzouga. This night you are back in the desert hotel for dinner and a good nights sleep.

 

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Day 6
Back on the road this morning to Ait Benhaddou. Along the way you can visit the fossil workshops for a closer look at Sahara's wonderful variety of ancient life. Explore any local markets at your leisure and visit a small museum about Berber life in an ancient mud village of Khorbat. Rissani has a lively thrice weekly souk selling many goods, animals and spices brought in from the surrounding villages, and it's fun to explore and people watch. Your next destination is Ait Benhaddou World Heritage site kasbahs. You're welcome to visit the Atlas film studios in Ouarzazate as well. Spend the night in a small hotel with views of Ait Benhaddou.

 

 

Day 7
Walk among the kasbahs at Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO world heritage site, long before the tours arrive from Marrakech. This village of clustered Berber Kasbahs has been used as a backdrop for more than 20 films (most recently The Game of Thrones) and was one of the most important Berber fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road where caravans brought slaves, gold, ivory and salt from Saharan Africa to Marrakech and beyond. Back in the car, you'll follow the Salt Road to Telouet to visit the old Glaoui kasbah. This once beautiful palace now stands crumbling to ruins because no one wants to remember "the vulture" sultan and his son "Thami" who lived here until the 1950's. Descend the High Atlas mountains Tichka pass (2260m) to Marrakech. Arrive in Marrakech at your riad or hotel approximately 4 p.m.
You will need to book a hotel in Marrakech this night.

 

 

SAMPLE 6 DAYS
FROM FES TO MARRAKECH
or from Marrakech to Fes

Day 1
Your driver will meet you at your riad or hotel at 8:00a.m., and he'll take you to the car. Depart Fes and transport over the Middle Atlas mountains through the cedar forests of Azrou, Ifrane, to Midelt. The alpine town of Ifrane is a nice contrast from the desert. You can stop here and visit the Barbary apes in the cedar forests at Azrou. Continue towards Sahara until the Erg Chebbi dunes appear on the horizon. Your destination is the auberge (small inn) 29km from Merzouga where you'll meet your camel guide and ride 1.5 hours into the dunes at sunset to the bivouac (camp). Upon arrival in camp you will have a traditional tagine dinner served under the evening stars. Climb the dunes and watch the moon rise before retiring to your bed in the nomad wool tent.

 

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Day 2
This morning you'll wake very early to have tea and get ready to ride the camels by a different route back to the auberge. Stop to watch the sunrise before returning for a leisurely big breakfast and hot shower. After breakfast you can take your time and enjoy a bit more time in the dunes to try sand boarding or just hang around the pool. Or you can off road and explore around the Erg Chebbi sand sea. Visit the village of Hamlia and experience the Gnawa music of the Sufi tribes, and visit the bustling tourist town of Merzouga. This night you are back in the desert hotel for dinner and a good nights sleep.

 

camels drinking at well

 

Day 3
Leaving the desert dunes, you'll travel through the remote volcanic Saghro Massif towards Tinehir. Along the way you can visit the fossil workshops for a closer look at Sahara's wonderful variety of ancient life. Stop to hunt for fossils in the rocks, explore any local markets at your leisure, and visit a small museum about Berber life in an ancient mud village of Khorbat. Rissani has a lively thrice weekly souk selling many goods, animals and spices brought in from the surrounding villages, and it's fun to explore and people watch. Before arriving in Tinehir, you'll visit the Todra gorge, then after a short drive back to town, settle into your room in an old kasbah.

 

 

Day 4
Leave the main tourist route for one of the most remote regions in Morocco, the Saghro Massif. It's populated by the Ait Atta nomad tribes. The traverse climbs a rugged trail, crossing near volcanic cones and ridges, and you'll take time to enjoy spectacular views over this area. Stop for a picnic lunch near Bab n’Ali, two ancient weathered volcanic cores and visit a unique desert waterfall. Continue on to the south desert route to N'Kob.

 

 

Day 5
After breakfast drive east of the stark Saghro Massif towards Zagora. This route is peppered with isolated villages, rocky mesas and acacia trees. You'll off road taking an isolated route through the desert where only Nomads follow their herds and emerge in the Draa valley and proceed to Ouarzazate. Stay in Ait Benhaddou.

 

tree in Sahara

 

Day 6
Walk among the kasbahs at Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO world heritage site, long before the tours arrive from Marrakech. This village of clustered Berber Kasbahs has been used as a backdrop for more than 20 films (most recently The Game of Thrones) and was one of the most important Berber fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road where caravans brought slaves, gold, ivory and salt from Saharan Africa to Marrakech and beyond. Back in the car, you'll follow the Salt Road to Telouet to visit the old Glaoui kasbah. This once beautiful palace now stands crumbling to ruins because no one wants to remember "the vulture" sultan and his son "Thami" who lived here until the 1950's. Descend the High Atlas mountains Tichka pass (2260m) to Marrakech. Arrive in Marrakech at your riad or hotel approximately 4 p.m.
You will need to book a hotel in Marrakech this night.

 

 

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PRAISE FOR OUR TOURS


We have just returned from a 7 day 4x4 'Hidden Morocco' trek with Morroco Explored and this was the ulitmate highlight of our trip to Morocco.

Our guide Hammou was wonderful, friendly and very professional. Essalah has had wonderful previous comments and after meeting him I would say that he would have also been a great driver and host.

Nothing was too much trouble for Morocco Explored and Essalah would check each day that all was going okay. We saw marvelous sites, some majical picnics in the middle of the Atlas mountains - with only nomads wandering around, it was the ultimate highlight of our trip and would totally recommend them!!

L Micalef, UK

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