In our older age, my friend and I decided to embark on a moto adventure. We browsed the Internet and randomly chose an off road desert tour with a Bikers Home agency run by Peter, a man in our own generation.
We had no anticipations whatsoever, no off road experience as well, only some fear from the unknown country and unmapped travelling.
Peter picked us up at the airport and took over us. Right from the first moment there was a general feeling that he knew what he was doing and that he was true professional.
The next morning our 5-day adventure tour started. After the first round we found out that there were five crazy days waiting ahead, full of joy and new experience.
Within all five days we drove, under a vigilant eye of Peter, over pathless mountain crosses, wherever possible away from regular roads, through the desert, abandoned lakes and riverbeds. Considering there were only two of us and relatively fast, Peter was each time choosing new routes and obstacles; he was passing on road advice and taking care we did not reach our daily ends too soon.
At the end of a hard-working day, Peter looked out we were wonderfully accommodated and well fed.
I cannot compare Peter's agency with others as I have not been with any other; however, when I decide on a similar moto experience again, I will not think for a single moment to look for another guide and tutor.
Because he has got first-class equipment, he is an excellent host and makes you experience a sense of being very well taken care for. If you are by any chance thinking of a similar foolishness, do not hesitate for a moment; empty out your bank account and – off you go!!!
Rado & MIco
Description of the KTM Tour with 5 riding days.
The tour has 7 days in total.
Day 1. Arrival in the hotel in Ouarzazate.
Day 2. First tour day.
Day 6. Last tour day.
Day 7. Departure from Ouarzazate.
Area where we ride:
Ouarzazate, Nkob, Oum-Jrane, Zagora, Chegaga dunes, Foumzguid, Tazenakhte, Ouarzazate.
Total length of the tour is about 900km from which 95% off-road.
Tour is including:
5 days rental of KTM 450EXC or KTM 690R.
All fuel during the tour.
6 nights accommodation, 5x hotel, 1x bivouac in desert tents.
All days dinner breakfast lunch.
4x4 support follows the bikers on short distance via the same tracks.
In the support vehicle; luggage, tools, tubes, spare fuel, fridge.
Mineral water for your Camelbak's is free available from the 4x4 during the day.
Free transfers from Ouarzazate airport to the hotel in Ouarzazate and back.
Not included are:
Flight tickets, riding gear, drinks from hotels and beers from the 4x4's fridge.
1. Clients need to bring their credit card for the damage deposit; A bike-rental contract must be read and signed by each client, then a roll-off print will be made and signed at the start of the tour.
2. Client is responsable for the motorcycle during the rental period, damages occurred due to fall, crash, bike abuse, dent in rim, etc will be for the account of the client. The bikes will be checked for optical damages directly after the tour. Usual "battle scrathes" are no problem.
3. Clients need to bring and show us their valid motorcycle drivers licence A.
4. All bikes have third party insurrance.
5. Minimum number of participants is 4p
6. Renting a full set of riding gear is possible for 35 euro per day
1895 euro pp on KTM 450/690
1495 euro pp on Yamaha TTR
Join the tour in our 4x4. 995 euro pp
(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
Off-Road Motorbike Adventure Tour on KTM 450 EXC with 4×4 support.
For those who like to miss nothing of all the natural beauty Morocco has to offer:
• All is included except flight tickets, riding gear and drinks
• See further down for a detailed description.
Hire our 4×4 assistance pick-up with driver for service during your own tour.
Our 4WD support vehicle is standard equipped with:
• 200L petrol cans
• Water supplies
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