Close to the Atlas Mountains and the shifting dunes of the Sahara desert, Marrakesh is an ideal base for outdoor activities. Highlights include high-adrenaline quad biking tours. But if you prefer a more traditional mode of transport, you can try out a day of riding a camel through the desert like the Bedouin of old. For those who prefer to move under their own steam, there are abundant hiking and mountain biking trails in the nearby Atlas mountains. Trips range from short strolls to multi-day expeditions for the truly adventurous. And the Merzouga Desert offers the spectacular sight of seemingly endless sand dunes stretching out to the sun-baked horizon. For an adventure holiday off the beaten path, Marrakesh and its nearby attractions are hard to beat. Whatever your taste in outdoor activities, you’ll be sure to find something to your liking in this part of Morocco.
What could be more classically North African than taking a ride on a camel
? For centuries, these hardy creatures provided the primary means of transport through the endless deserts of the continent. The culture of the nomadic herders and traders who practiced this lifestyle has changed over time, but the traditions have been preserved. A camel ride offers a great way to experience Moroccan culture at a leisurely pace. The perspective you'll get from high on the humped back of one of these animals is like no other. Who knows? You might find yourself yearning for the life of a Bedouin. Or maybe not.
If you’ve never ridden a camel before, Marrakesh might be the ideal place to try it out. You’ll have no trouble finding street vendors who will offer you a quick photo opportunity on the back of their camel. But if you want to truly experience camel riding for yourself, it may be better to book a proper tour. Depending on your budget and available time, there are several options for your camel riding adventure. Short 3 hour rides through the palm groves outside Marrakech offer a quick taste of this traditional way of life. Often, these tours include a visit to a Berber house that will give you an insight into the way of life of real Moroccans. North African hospitality is legendary! For a more immersive experience, you can embark on multi-day camel trekking adventures deep into rural Morocco. Traveling the same routes as ancient Arab traders through the desert is an experience you’ll never forget.
If you're looking for an experience to get your heart pumping, a quad tour
just outside Marrakesh might be just the thing. These powerful all-terrain vehicles are capable of going off-road in a way other vehicles just can't. The view from the top of the Atlas mountains or while crossing the palm grow is utterly captivating and worth the price of the tour by itself. A trained guide is there to ensure your safety at all times as you set off into the desert. Quad bikes offer the opportunity for exploration for people of many different capacities and levels. Of course, some age restrictions will apply to this activity
Quad tours are a great way to get out in the arid Agafay desert that surrounds Marrakesh. This is the desert experience you’ve been dreaming of. Not only do the tours offer a way to experience the natural beauty of Agafay desert, but they also provide a real adrenaline rush. If it seems daunting to hop onto a quad for the first time, don't worry. Trained guides will help you get to grips with your machine. Many tour operators offer tandem quads for one driver and one passenger, and some even have large four-seater quads for those who don't wish to drive. Even if you’re not comfortable driving the machine, you can still experience the thrill of seeing the Agafay Desert in this high-octane way. Racing along the Agafay Desert is the most exciting way to experience this fascinating place.