For the Adventurous Types
Flying High - Hot-air Ballooning
Seeing Marrakech, and Morocco, from the ground is one thing, but imagine the scene from up above. A hot air balloon ride, early in the morning – preferably at sunrise – is the perfect way to witness the panorama of the Atlas Mountains, the ochre walls of the city and the labyrinthe in the Medina. The whole experience lasts around four hours and begins with a pick-up from the riad.
Guests are then driven in a 4×4 to the take-off position, which is located around 25 miles north of the Palmeraie area of Marrakech, in a typical Moroccan village.
Expectations rise as the balloon is inflated and then there are plenty of magical moments as take-off begins. For around an hour the views open up and the colours of the city, surrounding region and the bright blue sky allow for great photographic opportunities.
Quad Biking in Marrakech
Take an exhilarating ride through the lush green oasis of the Marrakech Palmeraie. Reaching speeds of up to 80 kilometres per hour, quad bikes are by far the most fun you can have on four wheels. With a low centre of gravity and over-sized tyres even a novice can get adventurous.
Just a stone’s throw from Marrakech, this fantastic trail winds and twists through sand and bush, towering palm trees and past Berber hamlets. A fantastic half-day of thrills amidst stunning scenery and African sunshine.
Skiing in Morocco
Skiers looking for a good-value adrenaline filled adventure could do worse than head to Africa’s highest ski resort (complete with the highest ski lift in North Africa at 3273m), Oukaimeden, 45 miles south of Marrakech. The longest run is 3km and while the piste is not as polished as European resorts, it’s a fantastic getaway and is very economical.
For something completely different, try riding a camel. Kids and adults alike can enjoy a camel ride in the Palmeraie, just a few minutes’ drive from Marrakech. Camels, known as the ‘ships of the desert’ are remarkable animals and offer a relaxing way to enjoy the peace and quiet of the Palmeraie.
If you would like to venture further afield then go camel trekking in the Sahara Desert and sleep under the stars at a nomad-tented camp in the desert dunes.
Rafting the Grand Canyon of Morocco
Rafting the Grand Canyon of Morocco (March-June) or The Ahansal River (March-June)
For an exhilarating experience have a go at White Water Rafting on the Ourika River, just one hour from Marrakech and a popular tourist destination. The river is fantastic fun and a great place for beginner and experienced rafters alike.
The stunning back drop of the often snow-covered Atlas mountains along with the steep-sided gorge with the Ourika river running its length make this a must-visit destination. Rafting trips here are a bit of a spectator sport and you will have all the local children and villagers clapping and cheering you as you pass down the river.
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Awesome unforgettable rafting trip in Morocco
Getaway Ideas: Top 5 spots for rafting in Morocco
All water sports are easily do-able in Morocco, including rafting. This is a water sport navigating river sections on board a raft or rubber dinghy, handled either using paddles or, on very large rivers, using onboard motors. Whitewater rafting is most commonly practiced on river descents, but it can also be experienced on the sea. Morocco, a country with a long coastline, offers exceptional sites for the sport. To make your stay in this part of the world more enjoyable and to help you in your quest for the ideal spot for rafting, here is a list of the top 5 ideas for trips.
Going downriver in Morocco is the dream of almost all lovers of rafting. This is the paradise of whitewater rafting and paramount amongst locations is Assif Melloul. Rafting on Assi Melloul is undoubtedly a unique experience not to be missed.
In an exceptional environment, this valley offers a journey of almost 20 km of navigation. It is located 80 km south of Beni Mellal. The route is dotted with rapids crossing an Aleppo pine forest landscape. In a magnificent setting of beautiful river gorges, Assif Melloul allows you an easy, enjoyable rafting trip. To help you get the most out of your trip, guides are available to give instructions and guidance on navigation.
The most-favorable period is between February and June.
To discover unusual landscapes and the forests of the Eastern Atlas, pass by Oued Ahansal.
Oued Ahansal, a great spot for water sports, has several whitewater routes that are among the most popular in Morocco.
Situated in the Bin El Ouidane region in the Mgoun Geopark, this river is nearly 45 km long and flows into the famous great lake of Bin El Ouidane. Viewed from the sky, you get a fabulous view over the gorges of Oued Ahansal.
Oued N 'Fiss
Today, still relatively unknown, Oued N'Fiss is one of Morocco's top spots to practice rafting.
Lying in the area of Ouirgane, the land of the Almohads, this destination envelops you in a fascinating landscape. Five hours of non-stop rafting for discovery and thrills. This river is not far from Marrakech, in the south.
Whether you are beginner or experienced rafters, this trip is for you. Discover this spot for a new experience in water sports.
The ideal time would be between autumn and spring.
This will also be the opportunity for you to discover a beautiful valley and the must-visit Tinmel mosque.
Rafting in the Oued N'Fiss, what better way to cool off after a hard summer and spend an unforgettable holiday in Morocco ?
Agadir attracts an increasing number of tourists who love beautiful beaches. Indeed, they are considered to be the most beautiful in Morocco.
A wide range of water sports are available. Measuring nearly ten kilometers, they offer a unique advantage for lovers of rafting. Even being a beginner in this sport, you do not have to be afraid of suffering the beating of the waves of the Atlantic as these beaches are protected by the bay.
Moreover, Agadir is refreshingly beautiful with its clean golden beaches. Volunteers regularly come to clean the beaches. You absolutely have to go to enjoy the sunrise and sunset on the Moroccan coast. Also make time to discover and admire the pleasure boats on your rafting trip.
The Ourika Valley is one of the best destinations around Marrakech. Whether for trekking or rafting, it's a friendly spot for all water sports.
The place is incredibly beautiful. There you will feel completely refreshed full of joy and eager for adventure. For those of you who are just starting out, know that professional teams are there to help you on site to get you going in this sport. For an experience in luxury. Minimum age is 16.
As already mentioned in the four spots mentioned above, the necessary equipment is provided to make the most out of your rafting experience. A professional team will guide you throughout your journey. For a luxury trip to Morocco, Ourika Valley is really worth a visit.
During your trip, you will also have the chance to have a camel ride. The domesticated camel is the symbol of the Moroccan deserts. What are you waiting for?