Known for its dramatic landscapes and ancient traditions, Morocco has also become a centre for adventure. See the desert from the air in a hot-air balloon ride or get a closer look with a blast on a dune buggy. Trek to waterfalls in Ackhour National Park or splash through waves on horseback. We can even arrange a ride in a vintage sidecar through Marrakech’s narrow streets or a camping adventure in the Sahara Desert. Whatever you level of adventure, here is a selection of our favourite Moroccan adventure activities. 

1. Desert dune buggy rides in Agafay

Set against a backdrop of the Atlas Mountains, the desert landscapes of Marrakech are hauntingly beautiful and one of the most thrilling ways of exploring them is by dune buggy. You will be shown how to drive these open-sided 700cc vehicles. As your confidence increases, so will the speed as your guide leads you on an exhilarating journey along the numerous desert trails. Be prepared to get sandy!

2. Hot-air balloon ride from Marrakech

Take to the skies for an early-morning hot-air balloon flight. Soar above the desert landscape, dotted with Berber villages and farms. You’ll soon be taking lots of Instagrammable photos as you see the colours of sunrise reflect on the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. 

3. Trekking Akchour National Park

Whilst Morocco may be known for its desert landscapes, the serene setting of Akchour National Park will unveil a different setting. Located near to the blue city of Chefchaouen and surrounded by the Rif Mountains, it’s a wonderful place to hike. Take the river path to view incredible cascading waterfalls. The Bridge of God is a natural rock arch and well worth the effort trekking along makeshift bridges through the verdant valley. 

4. Horse riding at Essaouira

The beach at Essaouira is expansive and riding through the shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean on a Berber horse is an invigorating experience. The Berber horse is one of the oldest breeds in the world and they are known for their stamina and strength, but don’t worry if you are a novice or an experienced rider, your guide will adapt the pace to suit your comfort levels. 

5. Marrakech by sidecar

See Marrakech from a different angle onboard a vintage sidecar. Taking two passengers, one in the sidecar and the other on the back of the motorbike, you will journey through the narrow alleyways and neighbourhoods of Marrakech’s medina and palm grove. It’s a fun way of seeing the city and you’ll get to see areas not normally accessible on foot. 

6. Camping in the Sahara

Experience the solitude of the Sahara Desert with an overnight stay in a camp. A 4×4 will take you through the undulating dunes to The White Camel Acacia set amongst a spectacular natural landscape at Erg Chebbi. You may encounter nomadic Berber tribes who have made the desert their home. 

Whatever your adventure, we have a range of Morocco holidays to suit. For further information on our tours of Morocco please contact us.


Written by Kay Durden