13 Adventure Thrills in Morocco

Every traveler is a born adventurer. The mere fact that you’re willing to go abroad and encounter new people, traditions, and ways of being is a pursuit once reserved for only the boldest and most courageous in our ancestors’ tribes. Of course, it’s now easier with structured methods of travel and technologies like our phones, where all you need to do is type in your destination and travel dates. Yet, in this sea of possibilities and unlimited information, finding a one-stop source of information listing intriguing adventures to try in a new destination can be challenging.

Here are 15 curated adventures that will create lasting memories of your time in Morocco:

 

Surfing

Rabat Surf Camp Rabat waves

Firstly, at Waverick, we can’t talk about adventures without envisioning the thrill of surfing. As you might have seen in our previous article ‘How to Plan Your Perfect Surf Trip to Morocco, this country boasts an abundance of incredible surf spots. So, dust off your board and set your sights on some of the finest locations like Taghazout Anchor Point, Safi Ras Lafaa, or Imessouan Bay.

 

Kitesurfing

Kitesurfing Dakhla Morocco

In the realm of kitesurfing, Morocco boasts spots that draw surfers from around the world. Whether you’re already skilled in the sport or eager to learn, Dakhla and Essaouira offer optimal weather conditions, alongside exceptional equipment and lessons. To ensure your experience is guided by passionate professionals, be sure to visit Dakhla Kitesurf World or Essaouira Kite Paradise.

 

Riding a Camel

Who isn’t guilty of envisioning a camel when thinking of Morocco? Yes, Tajines and Couscous come to mind as well, but the image of Morocco as a sandy country with countless camels wandering around is hard to beat. That is, until one visits and discovers that this isn’t entirely the case. Yet, there’s an undeniable allure to camels here. Many circuits offer the opportunity to trek on the back of a camel while immersing oneself in Moroccan culture. Consider the Zagora desert tour, explore unique sites like Dades Gorge and Ziz Valley, visit historical Amazigh villages such as Ait Ben Haddou, or even experience it along the seashore. Riding a camel through Morocco is undeniably enchanting. Camels used to be the backbone of trade and the overall economy in days gone by, and they still won’t let you down even in the middle of nowhere.

 

Hiking in the Atlas Mountains

Morocco boasts a magnificent range of mountains known as ‘The Atlas.’ It captivates international nomads and seasoned hikers alike. While the impressive Toubkal, towering at 4,167 meters, attracts the average tourist, a multitude of enigmatic routes within this expansive range awaits discovery. Embarking on a journey through Morocco’s landscapes on foot presents a golden opportunity to connect with its nature and local tribes. Hospitality and knowledge are abundant on your hiking adventure, as the natives are keen to offer tea and share ancestral wisdom about their culture and lands.

The optimal time for hiking and trekking around the Atlas Mountains is between April and May when rainfall is minimal and the paths are clear for exploration. Given the intermittent snowfall throughout the year, paths and roads may be covered, potentially leading you astray from your intended route if not vigilant.

Many locals in the area work as guides, so consider hiring one without hesitation. This not only contributes to their economy, as guiding is one of the most vital professions, but also ensures a safer and more stress-free journey for you.

 

Hot air balloon

There’s a heavenly place near Marrakech known as Ourika, and it offers a unique hot air balloon experience. Immerse yourself in breathtaking views as the sun rises over the red earth, palm groves, and expansive landscapes, all while your experienced pilot provides commentary on the sights around you. You can savor an intimate experience with a small group or reserve the entire adventure for you and your partner.

Marrakech Dream Ballooning provides excellent service, includes a local breakfast, and even offers hotel pickup. They prioritize safety protocols and are staffed with seasoned pilots who have decades of experience in this field.

 

Sandboarding

Presumably originating as a pastime for nomadic children in the desert, sandboarding has now evolved into an enjoyable sport that’s rapidly gaining popularity. It’s akin to snowboarding, but on sand instead. The same board, the same foot attachment, and a similar rush of sensations—only with a hotter twist. Referred to as dune surfing as well, you’ll find yourself ascending steep dunes, knowing that the higher you climb, the faster you’ll slide down. It’s quite a workout if you think about it.

The well-known destinations for experiencing this activity are the dunes of Erg Chebbi and Merzouga. These spots often combine sandboarding with nomadic camping and camel treks. So, if you’re interested in such a package, consider places like the Nomadic Desert Camp Tours.

 

Kayaking the Ahansal

Embraced by the weathered and rugged mountains of the Central High Atlas, the Ahansal Valley showcases granite cliffs, rocky buttresses, and a slender slot canyon, all set against a backdrop of lush green pastures. It’s a truly idyllic locale for gliding on water and beholding the ‘Grand Canyon’ of Morocco. Kayaking in this area offers a journey through unspoiled river wilderness and the concealed ancient Berber villages of the region.

A collective known as Berber Rafting Adventures can equip you with a high-quality inflatable Hypalon canoe, ensuring both safety and excitement. Comprising local experts, they possess an intimate knowledge of these rivers – a familiarity so profound, they could navigate them with closed eyes.

 

Akchour Exploration

Akchour comprises a mythical collection of waterfalls nestled within the Chefchaouen region, famously known as the Blue Pearl of Morocco. Between these waterfalls lies a labyrinth of pathways waiting to be explored, revealing camping havens, caves, and occasional hidden gardens. It’s an ideal destination for novice trekkers and cautious campers. If you’re seeking a tranquil night beneath a star-studded sky, with the soothing sound of flowing water as your backdrop, this is the place to be.

To venture into this paradise-like expanse, consider connecting with Noaman from Xauen Tours and Excursions. He can arrange transportation, guide you to authentic local eateries, and offer a tour rich in knowledge and enjoyable anecdotes.

 

Scuba Diving

Diving is a sport that’s rapidly gaining popularity and evolving into a fashionable trend. Many individuals are captivated by its allure and journey across the globe in search of reefs to explore, immersing themselves in the exotic world of underwater plants and animals. If you’re among these enthusiasts or simply intrigued to give it a try, Morocco presents two primary destinations: Tangier and its surrounding regions, as well as Agadir.

Tangier boasts a captivating site known as the Strait of Gibraltar, where the convergence of the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean gives rise to currents that nurture stunning flora along walls and slopes.

For those interested, PADI, an international corporation, can arrange your diving experience in Morocco even before you arrive in the country.

 

Ziplining in Terres d’Amanar

Terres d’Amanar stands as a prime example of ecotourism in Morocco executed at its finest. Located just half an hour outside of Marrakech, these breathtaking foothills provide a haven for the untouched forests of Toubkal National Park. Ziplining is merely one of the array of activities available, promising an adrenaline surge as you traverse from tree to tree across the renowned 700-foot gorge.

This thrilling experience is often incorporated into Marrakech tour extensions. Alternatively, you can independently visit and connect with the staff of Terres d’Amanar, who will ensure that all necessary safety and hygiene measures are in place.

 

Mountain Biking the Dades Gorge

Dades Gorge stands as another marvel in Morocco, situated near Ouarzazate, ready to infuse you with a rush of adrenaline. The narrow roads wind their way through the mountains, featuring steep ascents and dramatic descents. Cycling in this terrain is not recommended for the inexperienced or faint-hearted, yet it promises exhilarating and rewarding experiences.

The Dades Experience Tours is a sightseeing agency that can facilitate your exploration in a relaxed manner or provide you with a bike to dive in wholeheartedly. The choice is yours.

 

Quad biking

SURF CAMP ESSAOUIRA QUAD TOUR

Quad biking is an incredibly popular activity in Morocco, with quad bike rental shops scattered across the country. You have the freedom to decide whether you’d like to cruise your four-wheeler along sandy coastal stretches, conquer hills, or search for hidden caves on remote beaches like Oualidia.

Upon arriving in any city, simply inquire around the beach area, and someone will easily direct you to a rental shop, as they are abundant.

 

Boating mysterious lands

Up north, in a town named Al Hoceima, a plethora of legends enshroud the isolated islands adjacent to it, and many locals have taken it upon themselves to impart these mysteries to tourists. In proximity to Al Hoceima lie approximately a dozen pristine islands, most of which can only be reached by boat. If you yearn to explore these enigmatic isles and experience a taste of the untouched realm for a few hours, head to Al Hoceima’s port. There, you’ll discover numerous rental stands and shops where you can secure a boat for you, your friends, or your family.

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