8 Amazing Moroccan Adventures to Add to Your Bucket List
Morocco’s rocky mountains, unforgiving sand dunes, dramatic mountain-scape and extreme river rapids make the perfect playground for action-fuelled adventure. Here are 8 amazing Moroccan adventures to add to your bucket list.
1) Rock Climb Todra Gorge
This mighty canyon is home to approximately 400 climbs and is Morocco's premier sport climbing destination. This stunning limestone gorge sits on the South side of the Atlas range and has more than 150 routes rated French Grade 5+ to 8+. Its sheer rock walls rise 200 vertical metres from the narrow road and its impressive sight attracts tourists from all over the country.
2) Sand Boarding Down the Mighty Erg Chebbi
Ever tried sand boarding? There is no better place to begin than the mighty Erg Chebbi in the Sahara Desert! If you like surfing, then this is your chance to practice your favourite sport in the sand. The Erg Chebbi sand dunes reach up to a gigantic 150m high!
3) Hot Air Balloon over the Fringes of Marrakech
Watch the sun cast colours over Morocco’s deserts and mountains on a sunrise hot-air balloon ride from Marrakech. In the early morning, enjoy a 4x4 ride to the launch spot and drift the skies over hillsides and desert valleys. Finished with a camel ride and a tasty, traditional Berber breakfast.
4) Mountain Biking North Africa’s Highest Peak
If you love adventure, nature and jaw-dropping scenery, then don’t miss the chance to mountain bike through the Atlas Mountains. Snow-capped Jebel Toubkal reaches 4167m, making this Africa’s second highest peak after Mt Kilamanjaro. Pass through ancient Beber villages, beautiful valleys and take in the stunning views of the Atlas Mountains all around you. If mountain biking isn’t your thing, you can trek by foot, camel or by horse instead.
5) Rafting Morocco’s Grand Canyon
Need an alternative adrenaline rush? Then white-water raft through canyons, red coloured mountains and waterfalls on the wild Ahansal river in the High Atlas Mountains. This grade 3/4 snow melt river passes desert and mountainous landscape and runs from March- May each year.
6) Quad Biking and Camping in the Sahara Desert
Head off the beaten path on a fast acceleration quad bike! Drive through rocky desert, climb the top of mountains and admire the breath-taking panorama. Or choose 2 activities and add camel trekking, dune buggies or dirt bikes to the itinerary. After an action packed, adrenaline fuelled day camp over-night in the desert and share stories underneath a starry sky.
7) Surf, Kitesurf or Stand Up Paddle in Wild and Windy Essaouira
The ancient walled town of Essaouira, also known as ‘the windy city,’ has a sandy beach stretching for six miles. The sea offers ideal conditions for kitesurfing, surfing or stand up paddle where advanced wave riders will love Moulay Bouzarktoune and Sidi Kaoki, while others can find flat water close to the medina. Finish your day with a drink in an authentic Moroccan beach bar which can be found dotted along the main beach.
8) Ziplining Across the High Atlas
Take in the breath taking famous 700-foot gorge while tree-to-tree zip-lining! Throw in some tight-rope bridges, hiking, horse trekking, archery and game of ancient Berber bowling for enough to satisfy the biggest adrenaline junkies.
Which adventure will you add to your Moroccan itinerary?