A Ten day 4×4 Adventure through The Atlas Mountains, deep valleys, and the challenge of the Sahara driving yourself in our fully rally prepared 4×4 vehicles.
Our Self Drive Off-Road tour provides the opportunity to discover the beauty, diversity and varied landscapes of Morocco and to take the path less travelled. It is a chance to see a different side of Morocco, meet local tribes and enjoy the camaraderie and fun that can only be experienced on a 4×4 tour. Memories and the friendships made will also be a lasting reminder of the beauty, magnificence and excitement of Morocco.
The result is a country of extremes, where the traditional and modern live side by side, where you can find the primitive and sophisticated. All of this is against the most spectacular landscapes you can find anywhere.
9 o’clock in the morning
Your English guide and lead driver on this tour has 20 plus experience in off-roading in Morocco. Whether you have no experience of driving off-road or an enthusiast you are in safe hands. This tour has been designed to provide an experience you will never forget. Whether it is manoeuvring mountain paths or learning the skills of dune driving. You will be guaranteed that every day you will learn something new, and experience moments that will live long in your memory, with many tales to tell on your return home. Once in the desert you will be joined by an additional local guide who has participated in the Paris-Dakar rallies and is recognised as one of the best.
We’ll arrange your airport transfer from Marrakech airport to a comfortable Riad in the Medina. In the evening we will conduct a driver briefing and a tour of Jma el Fna, with dinner and belly dancers at a nearby restaurant. Return to the Riad by horse drawn carriage.
Collect the vehicles and familiarisation with controls, 4×4 system, etc.
Then we follow a gravel and red earth piste along the valley of the Tassaoute into the High Atlas. This area has been virtually untouched by tourism and the tracks were only constructed in the last ten years. Lunch at a Berber farmhouse in the Atlas. We follow the river bed of the Tassaoute, an often challenging and beautiful route, past Ait Hamza before rejoining the paved road at Amezri. Overnight in a 17th century kasbah in the Skoura Oasis.
A mixed route of tracks and road, crossing from the Valley of the Roses to the Dades Gorge. Caves in the area are often used by nomad families moving between the Atlas and the desert. We’ll explore the high altitude track linking the Dades and Todra Gorges, reaching close to 2,900 metres altitude. Return to gourmet food and very comfortable accommodation in the Dades Gorge.
We cross the arid Jbel Sarho mountains on gravel pistes before rejoining the tarmac; visit and steep ascent of Jbel Medouar, made famous by James Bond, before reaching an auberge at the foot of the dunes of Erg Chebbi for the night.
We start the day with a driver briefing followed by sand driving instruction at Erg Chebbi. We’ll explore the remote area between the dunes and the (closed) Algerian border, where nomadic families are still living in Bedouin tents. Sand driving through the dunes on the old Paris – Dakar route to the village of Merzouga.
A challenging day in the high dunes of Erg Chebbi, some of the highest dunes in the world, putting into practice the experience gained the day before. This is one of the most exciting driving experiences in the world and not to be missed. The summits of the highest dunes are around 300 metres above the surrounding desert, and, if the conditions are right, it’s possible to get a 4×4 very close to the summit… You’ll return to the Auberge and a well earned local beer in the evening.
We follow a mixed gravel and sand track across the Sahara, south to Zagora. The piste is long and we have to maintain a good pace to reach the tarmac before dusk, so some exciting driving. Picnic lunch en route. End the night in a comfortable hotel with a pool in Zagora, owned by an ex Paris Dakar driver.
From Zagora we follow the narrow tarmac road to M’hamid el Ghizlane, end of the road network and start of the open desert. Rough gravel tracks lead across the hamada (stony desert) via an isolated oasis to the vast sand sea of Erg Chegaga. We end the day at a luxury bivouac in a particularly remote location in a little known dune set south of Chegaga itself.
More dunes lie ahead of us as we cross the Chegaga dunes to reach the dry salt flats of Lake Iriqi, with an eerily smooth surface allowing high speeds providing you watch out for the huge holes and ruts left by vehicles unwise enough to attempt the crossing on the rare occasions when Iriqi floods… We end the day at a comfortable Auberge in Foums Zguid.
We follow narrow tarmac roads before joining the iconic Tiz n Tichka pass back to Marrakech across the High Atlas. The hairpin bends climb to 2,200 metres at the summit of the famous pass. We’ll arrange dinner in a comfortable hotel in Marrakech.
Your airport transfer.
Map available on request