Many drivers -moto and auto- come here to Merzouga for race practice or just fun.
finding your way, in the dune, where there are no roads, can be a unique experience
But beware, behind the dunes, the desert is not as deserted as you would like to think!
Other people, camels, caravans are sharing the uniqueness!
Guide Trekking Maroc run private Morocco tours, and trekking in the atlas mountains and sahara desert with local official guides, that travel at your own pace to explore an exotic land of kasbahs, souks, desert dunes and rose-filled valleys in Spring.
Our Morocco trips, tours and excursions are suitable for couples, friends, small group tours, independent travelers and family holidays with children. We also organise company or corporate events in Marrakech, and throughout Morocco, in addition to social projects.
Browse our Suggested Travel Itineraries for ideas of independent Morocco holidays including the best Marrakech day trips and overnight camel treks to 'sleep under the stars' in the Sahara. Our organised Morocco tours, treks and excursions run from Marrakech, Fes, Marrakech to Fes, Fes to Marrakech, Casablanca (or elsewhere on request) and include the Imperial Cities, desert tours, Atlas treks, New Year Tour, Sahara treks, Berber villages and kasbahs, Marrakech short breaks, honeymoons in Morocco, camel trekking e.g. Erg Chebbi or Erg Chigaga camel treks.
Equipment: A chèche (scarf) for protection from heat and sand storms.
A hat for evenings and cool nights.
A cloth hat, scarf, cap to protect against the sun during the day.
For Body and Legs :
Long sleeved T-shirts.
Second layer, arctic, shirt…
Jacket : rain in the desert is very rare; however, the wind is often present.
A "Goretex type" jacket as it offers the advantage of protection against wind and rain.
Tights are very useful for the evenings and are a good layer when sleeping.
Hiking trousers; choose a very light material, large enough to let air circulate.
Long Bermuda shorts for either men or women but please note that the local population does not like shorts and these must not be brought.
For the Feet :
Des chaussettes « chaussette anti-ampoule pour randonnée de montagne ».
Anti-blister socks for mountain hiking.
Trainers for walking in the sand.
Sandals or flip flops.
Provide appropriate footwear for walking in water.
For Hands :
Woollen gloves, stretch or silk
To experience the real Morocco, discover the surrounding of Essaouira (countryside, beaches, dunes, argan trees, berber villages,...), I recommand horse rides (for everybody including beginners, good riders and children) or horse trekking (for good riders). The team of Zouina-cheval (www.zouina-cheval.com) propose horse trekking and horse rides in Diabat, a small berber village situated at 3 km from the medina of Essaouira. They are very good and professional so do not hesitate to contact them if you are interested!!!
Equipment: They have good equipment but if you have a riding helmet and you want to use one, bring it along!
For the punishing version of this game (no money, just spanks) You must play this game to NOT lose - got it? Otherwise there is a severe hand-whacking waiting for you at the end...no matter who you are (even though polite and timid folks bow out with a 'la3fu'...
Equipment: A pack of Moroccan playing cards that will be mutilated by the end of the game through folding, throwing, dramatic wins or losses...
Even though this could come as a bit of unbelievable stuff: There are gyms on almost every block - and in almost as many are opportunities to train and get a great workout. The sport tip here is for people who are little more puggy and enjoy a good scrap. Fes is wealthy with talented fighters, so just duck into to any of the gyms you see along the streets and see if they have a padded floor. There's your clue! Or, as I would like to stress in this tip, train in your own place!
Equipment: Better if you have your own gloves, the gym gloves are fairly foul. You can buy them at some gyms.
Though it is considered bad form to bodycheck old women in the States, you may find yourself doing it here. Do it without anger, and you will be excused.
This Rugby Lite is performed at banks, on buses, trains, utilities drop-offs, baggage claims, etc.
Anyway there are more than 5 people and queue - beef up, baby, cuz' you will need to assert your self.
Alright, Morocco is a fairly known place for surf travellers! So if you need detailed information just check some surfing websites or surf guide books. All I can say it's a wicked place to go in winter (northern hemisphere). It's still warm outside and the water is not too cold (3.2 Wetsuite should be alright). Most of the spots are gathered around Taghazoute. Surf camps are plenty full and are a good bet to score good waves. The camps bring you to the spots further noths which is quite important if there isn't too much swell around! If the swell is pumping go to the famous spots like Anchor Point, Killer Point or Boilers. It is quite crowded but Killers handles the crowd quite good since they spread out! There are spots for all typ of skills.
Just go there and I'm sure you will like it!
Equipment: There are a few surf shops in Taghazoute but don't rely on them. Bring all you need. For the very few big days a gun is needed but otherwiser you're fine with your ordinary short/long board!
Morocco is a great destination with wonderful trails, wild mountains, fascinating people and a dozen summits over 4000 metres high - they're not called the High Atlas for nothing! Lower elevation treks are available too. English speaking guide(s) cook your meals, and mules carry all the essentials so you can enjoy travelling light and spend your day exploring ancient villages, pastoral valleys and hidden passes that lead to panoramic ridges. Far above dramatic stark crags and rocky trails contrast with terraced village gardens and ruined kasbahs. You can wander at will and perhaps bag a few peaks.
My trekking itineraries are designed to be integrated into a tailor-made holiday and are, therefore, independent and private to each client rather than fixed date departures of large groups and because of this freedom they have become very popular with those who really wish to get away from it all. With our trekking you can enjoy the incredible beauty of the Atlas Mountain region at your chosen pace and for the duration and route of your preference.
Equipment: What To Bring *denotes essential or highly recommended
Pack light and pack tight.
water bottles (Platypus collapsible bladders pack flat!) *
towel (Moroccan hotels don't always have them) *
ziplock baggies *
needle and thread / safety pins
camera, batteries and film – bring lots!
sarong (can double as a towel, lightweight sheet or scarf)
cotton long sleeved shirt (for intense sun) *
light wind-proof jacket
a hat (sun) *
lightweight long pants *
woolen sweater/fleece *
cotton scarf (doubles as a wash cloth)
Hiking boots or hiking shoes*
First aid – make sure you use water proof labelling when re-packaging
disinfectant creme / gel (Polysporin)
Ibufrofen (Advil or generic – for pain, swelling) *
Tylenol (colds and fever)
cold medication – Echanacia / zinc lozenges
Aloe vera gel (for burns)
diahrrea medication (Immodium) *
sanitary supplies with ziplock baggies to carry out
moisturiser / lip balm with sunblock *
small torch / flash-light (small bicycle lights make good travelling torches)
soap / shampoo / toothpaste / toothbrush etc *
Pick up soccer in the street, on a beach, at a park is a great way to get to know people. Moroccans totally dig on the sport and it has a rabid following. Just jump into a game - no one will refuse you. And you can communicate your excitement at being in Morocco through your playing. Moroccan kids love to break out flashy moves that don't always benefit their teams but look cool. Go on, jump in, boo.
Equipment: Shorts, comfy shoes, and anything else you'd wear for a pick up game.
Serpent movement in the Sahara.
Run at least 3 metres, jump as high as you can put your body towards lift your legs and give the cobra strike full power. On nice tip is to lift your waist as high as you can, body will follow. One of the hands protecting the head.
Equipment: fsssss...you in very nice shape...
There are many sports acrivities available in Morocco, hiking and surfing are the more popular for tourists.
As my vacation was not that long, I just experinced a camel riding in the desert, the scenery was just breathtaking and for someone who only rode a bycicle untill that moment, the camel riding required some effort.
Equipment: A blanket and a very light legguage.
This sport activity consists on getting a bicyle and ride it in the desert tracks of Sahara. If you get one of this ones I got from local friends, brakes dont really exist, dont speed too much then...
You can ride the bicycle all the way of the dunes of Erg Chebbi in a total (circle trip) of 20km. You pas many hotels, 2 lakes, one with flamingoes and 3 villages (one of them is Merzouga).
Equipment: Bicycle. Water. Money if you have problems.
Try to stretch yourself, back straight, and lift one leg on the level of your waist. one hand goes above you body and one goes in front of your face continuing the balance of your body front.
Equipment: take your shoes out.
Normal jump. just run, run and run towards the end of the dune and lift your bodey as high as you can. JUMP JUMP JUMP!
Try not to fall on top of the dune but many metres above the top, as you can actually jump at least 4 up to 5 metres... Dont hurt yourself...cos when you hit the ground it will be tough...
Equipment: you in good shape and feeling a bit crazy...
High Round Kick with body in low position. You just have to deep your feet into the sand not to fall as sand dont give you body balance. Turn your body down (begin moving your head first) and lift your leg the higher you can. Kick hard. After the kick lift your body (start again with your head as lifting point) up. Enjoy the view of Sahara. haha
Equipment: You in nice shape...
This riad is consider the oldest- may be the fiart- and best riad in Marrakech. Hoever. it is a bet...more
La Maison du Chameau (House of the Camel) is this incredible little inn located just at the entrance...more
I worked very hard during the day in a office witout air conditioned. You can understand how I was...more
More Regions in Morocco