7 day concept from which 5 days desert driving in 4WD vehicles.
This tour is ideal for those who like to be a week on-track with nothing but pure nature around them . You will be driving along in one of our air conditioned 4x4's. During this tour we cross the Atlas mountains and Sahara desert . There are plenty of photo stops and around noon we have lunch in one of the local restaurants or we enjoy a picnic lunch in the shade of a palm tree.
We visit canyons, oasis , fossil sites, 6000 years old rock-paintings and Berber villages where time seems to have stood still.
The whole tour is safely escorted by a English speaking Dutch guide with 36 years Morocco experience . You will not miss anything the beauty that the desert has to offer.
Our 4 × 4's have Air conditioning, Proflex suspension, snorkel air-filter, winch, tools, sand-plates, high-jack and a Engel fridge with cold drinks.
DESERT TOUR, 7 day arrangement with 5 days off-road riding.
This tour is highly recommended for enduro bikers who love desert riding. You will be respectfully provided a KTM 450 EXC off-road bike, excellent tool for this kind of work. Guiding is done by GPS on the handle bars, one GPS per 2 bikes. A detailed track on the GPS screen shows you exactly where to go. You’ll ride an average of 150 km’s per day from which 95% off-road.
The whole tour is accompanied by our fast 4x4 support vehicle; it’ll be there when you need it. We move as a group so nobody wanders off and we keep a comfortable distance between bikes and car. Too close means eating dust and too far might result in losing each other so keep an eye on the group. Logic.
At arrival in Ouarzazate we welcome you in our ***hotel where we have dinner at 20:00h. Accommodation during the tour is twin-share. If you prefer a single room let us know and we arrange it for you. Breakfast is at 8:00h and after that we pick up the KTM’s at our garage. Between 9:00h and 10:00h we’re on track heading south, crossing the 1500m high Jebel Bani mountain range. In a small village we spend the night in a mid-class hotel. It’s a traditional cozy place, hot showers, good food, with friends we know for many years. The next morning, after breakfast and filling up fuel we ride into the desert. Just outside the village smooth trails leads us south towards the Algerian border. Thanks to our 39 years of Morocco experience we avoid most of the stony tracks. We move straight over the flat plains of the dry Iriki Lake in order to reach the largest dune area of Morocco, Erg Chegaga. Here we find our way up to the highest dune top. Sand as far as the eye can see. That night we stay in a luxurious bivouac in Berber tents at the foot of the sand dunes. Next day we head east towards Mhamid for lunch and fuel in Tagounite. Afternoon we arrive at our ***star hotel in Zagora. Here we take time to relax beside the swimming pool enjoying a cool drink. After all, we are on holiday.
From Zagora we head north east to the Sahro mountains. Hotel for that night is a 150 year old Kasbah, all build from 1m thick clay walls. Also here we have a swimming pool at our disposal and delicious dinner in the garden.
The last riding day will be on 120km winding mountain tracks finalizing with a 40km road section back to Ouarzazate where we bring the bikes back to the Bikershome garage, give them a short damage check, and drive to the hotel.
Task of the 4x4 support truck:
As mentioned before, our 4×4 pick-up truck with mechanic follows the same track as the bikers. Assistance is therefore always close by.
A puncture will be repaired by our mechanic… your help is appreciated.
If case of a crash where medical care is required the rider is brought immediately to the nearest doctor/hospital.
On board the 4×4 service vehicle we carry: Fuel supplies, air-compressor, tubes, tires, spares, tools, fridge and your personal luggage. The amount and size of personal luggage you can take on tour is restricted to one (1) “ryanair-hand-luggage-sized” duffle bag. Your big riding-gear bag is kept safe in the first/last hotel.
• 5 days rent of KTM 450EXC
• All fuel during the tour
• GPS on the handle bars with track information
• 4×4 service truck with mechanic follows the same track
• Drinking water during the ride
• All days dinner breakfast and lunch
• 5 nights hotels and 1 night Desert Bivouac
• Transfers between Ouarzazate Airport & Hotel
• In case of emergency: Repatriation to nearest doctor/hospital
Not included are:
• Airplane ticket
• Riding gear
• Drinks in hotels and beer from the 4x4 fridge
Group size: 4 to 6 persons
Price for this 7 day arrangement on KTM 450 EXC: 1895 euro pp
Price for this tour on your own KTM 450 or similar machine: 1195 euro pp
Note: Obligatory to have travel/health insurance that includes personal repatriation.
1. Tour can be partially or totally adapted to your personal preference.
2. At special request a guide on KTM can be in front. This brings extra costs of 250 euro per day, shared by all the group members.
3. A similar version of this Desert Tour goes on Yamaha TTR600E. In that case we skip riding in the dunes.
Price on Yamaha: 1495 euro pp.
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Morocco offroad motorcycle tours can be booked throughout March April --- September October --- December January
Send us your prefered dates and we’ll check if that week is free.
Minimum number of participants per motor tour is 4 persons.
Minimum number of participants per 4x4 tour is 3 persons.
A deposit of 1/3 of the total tour price is required at the time of booking to reserve the bike/car and dates. The balance of the full payment is due 8 weeks before the start of the tour.
We will furnish the details of our bank account when you are ready to book.
Bookings outside the normal season are also possible, Contact Us for info!
(for those who travel by own transport)
Temporary import of vehicles / Border regulations
To enter Morocco with your vehicle you need to temporary import your vehicle. This can be done at the border in 15 minutes… but it always takes « a little » more time.
To make the border crossing go smoother you could hire one of the un-official helpers… the know the way and get things done others don’t.
Easier to do it at home via this website: http://www.douane.gov.ma/EDouane/vehicule.htm (D16ter)
Rule 2014 : Only one vehicle per person is admitted into the country
Formalities on the border
• Have your passport stamped by the Customs (Douane)
• Give your motorbike registration papers to the Police. They will hand you a green and a white paper. That’s your temporary import document. Don’t loose it…!
• Finally a check-up by the customs just before you enter the country.
Obligatory 3rd party motorbike insurance in Morocco
Only for those whose insurance does not cover Morocco…
Usually you can get vehicle insurance at the border. However, it can happen that the office of the insurance company on the border is closed.
No problem, AXA has offices all over Morocco where you can buy temporary insurance. AXA in Ouarzazate arranges all for you within 15 minutes and cost 65 euro for 10-day coverage.
Speed control by radar
Speed limitations in Morocco are 60km/h in cities (unless signs indicate different), 100km/h on the main roads outside towns and 120km/h on the highway. Especially at the entrance/exit of villages police can be waiting for you, armed with a speed gun. The fine for speeding is 400dh / 36 euro per violation, and 7000 dh when more than 50km/h too fast.
Option to solve it ‘as friends’ is many times possible…
Rules in Morocco considering stolen vehicles
Be careful to protect your bike or car from getting stolen during your holidays in Morocco because if it does the authorities will hold you responsible to pay import duty.
We know people who had to pay 8500 euro import tax for their 18 year old stolen Nissan Patrol. These victims tried to get help from their embassy but also they could do nothing about it.
You are on holiday and need to fly back home unexpected
A person who came in the counrty with a temporary imported vehicle is not allowed to leave the country without his/her vehicle. The customs at the border will not let you pass. Bikershome can arrange a permit with the customs in Ouarzazate which allows you to leave Morocco without your vehicle.
Costs per case is 800dh to seal the bikes and 200dh to undo the seals when you are back in Morocco to pick up the bike.
• This price inludes our mediation and driving to town both times.
• During your absence the bikes are parked safe in the Bikershome garage.
• Storage costs are 5 euro per day, per bike. For more than a month 4 euro per day.
Note: There is a 6-months-limit. This means that you must be back and with your vehicle out of the country before the 6 months limit is reached. The 6 months counting start on the day that you+vehicle entered the country.
How long can you stay in Morocco
As a tourist you are welcome to stay in Morocco for as long as you like.
One restriction; every 3 months you have to cross the border. There you exit-stamp your passport, walk around the office to the other side and entrée-stamp your passport. Ready… you can stay another 3 months.
Note: Only 6 months per year you can be in the country with a vehicle.
Email Peter if you have any questions firstname.lastname@example.org
Vehicles used during his tours: Nissan King-Cab, Toyota Hi-lux, Unimog 1300, Daf 4440 dutch-army-truck, Yamaha XT600 en BMW R100GS type “paris-dakar”, Mahindra Scorpio pick-up, Toyota Landcruiser BJ45, HJ45, HJ61, HZJ80 and now a Toyota Landcruiser KXR special edition.