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Morocco – Raid Medlantic

(1 customer review)

£2,900.00

 

From the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean and back, using as much dirt as possible – the equivalent of Land’s End to John O’Groats and half-way back – on dirt roads!

At a Glance

Duration: 16 Days

Riding Level: III (see FAQ’s)

Distances

Total: 2162mi/3479km

Tarmac: 1089mi/1753km

Piste: 1072mi/1726km  –  50%

Dates:

2021: February 12th – 27th

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Overview

Short of entering a motorcycle rally, there’s nothing out there that comes close to this Moroccan Adventure tour.

The riding includes tarmac, dirt, grit, gravel, sand, rock slab, fesh-fesh as we follow old Dakar Rally pistes through the Sahara, skirting the Algerian border so closely we can wave to the border guards.

Onward, across the dunes of Erg’s Chegga and Cheggaga, through the deep gorges of the Middle Atlas to the Atlantic coast and a 27km blast along the beach to a well earned rest day! And that’s just the outbound route.

The idea behind this tour was to create an experience as close as possible to how we travel on our own dirt road adventures. Carrying all our own kit – Motopacking style – we’ll shop in markets, draw water from wells, cook our own food and thereby be self-sufficient; allowing us flexibility in our itinerary on our five bivouac days. We’ll eat lunch in restaurants when possible and picnics out in the boonies when not.

Following along is our 4×4 support vehicle containing our medic and medical kit, whilst our support van* keeps to the tarmac, meeting us at all the accommodation.

5 nights bivouac – 9 nights accommodation – 1 night on the return ferry

 

Who’s it for ?

Regular trail riders with the appropriate fuel range of 250km/155mi. Don’t worry if you’ve never ridden in the sand before or find it rather daunting; there’s not a lot of opportunity to practice in the UK. The sandy stages build slowly, giving you a chance to develop your skills as the sections become deeper and longer.  There’s plenty of help and advice on-hand should you want it.

This tour is best suited to single-cylinder motorcycles due to the sandy sections. However, if your surname is Poskitt or Price or you’re a man mountain that can muscle you multi-cylinder bike through such terrain, then you are welcome.

If you want to ride your multi-cylinder bike to Almeria, we’ll carry your knobby tyres for you to fit when you arrive.

* Each rider is allocated a 45 litre spares box. It’s up to you to choose what you pack but you’ll want to include service items.

* The support van carries larger tools and a few generic spares (available for purchase).

*Secure van storage & camping available 50miles NE of Almeria.

Itinerary

Day 1: Almeria

Meet in hotel in Almeria, Spain and reunite yourself with your bike. Group dinner.

Day 2: Almeria to Selouanne

26mi /46km

Following breakfast we’ll have a briefing before heading down to the ferry and our 1200 sailing to Nador. Once disembarked the process of entering a foreign country with your own vehicle ensues. Get the right official and it’s a breeze; get the wrong one and it’ll test your patience. Either way it’s all part of the experience!

Day 3: Selouanne to Bivouac 1

Tarmac: 132mi / 213km   –   Piste: 68mi / 110km   –   Total: 200mi / 323km   –   Piste: 34%

It’s a steady ‘knobby friendly’ ride south to Debdou and the climb up to the Rekam Plateau. It’s easy going on a mix of dirt and gravel piste (unless its been raining!) with magnificent views of the snow capped middle-Atlas to the west. Did you remember your tent pegs?

Day 4: Bivouac 1 to Tissard Mine

Tarmac: 39mi / 63km   –   Piste: 124mi / 200km   –   Total: 163mi / 263km   –   Piste: 76%

An easy, undulating start to the day as we loose some altitude on the approach to Bni Tajite. After filling up with fuel, snacks and coffee we’ll turn SW over the rocky Col de Belkassen before the first of the sand begins as head towards Algeria. Great views abound from the El Korbine cliffs before we drop off the plateau to follow the ‘berm’ – the de facto border between Morocco and Algeria. It’s deep sand and date palm oases here on this old Dakar Rally piste.

Our accommodation for the next two nights sits right on the edge of the desert and a well used rally piste to Erg Chebbi.

Day 5: Erg Chebbi rideout

Approx 62mi / 100km   –   Mostly sand, dunes and piste

A chance to ditch our luggage, drop our tyre pressures, load up with water and head out into the dunes of Erg Chebbi for some unencumbered fun. Never ridden in the dunes before? No problem, we’ll have a briefing prior to heading out, share some riding tips and talk about how to stay safe out there. It’s a day of sweatin’ ‘n’ laughin’ (no g).

Day 6: Tissard Mine to Bivouac 2

Tarmac: 24mi / 38km   –   Piste: 185-277mi / 297km-446km  –   Total: 208-301mi / 335-484km   –   Piste: 89-92%

With two sections of tarmac totaling just 38km/24mi we’re in for a big day on the piste. There are some challenging sand sections early on, but once across the Oued Gheris and the shallow dunes beyond so the sand thins out as the landscape opens up. This is ‘Big Sky’ country.

Skirting the Algerian border once again, we commence a run of police checkposts as we cross the rugged Tafenna Basin and drop into Tagounite for fuel and supplies. The sand of Erg Chegga beckons but will we make it through there and onto the dry Lac Iriki before we pitch camp?

Day 7: Bivouac 2 to Tata

Tarmac: 52mi / 84km   –   Piste: 36-129mi / 58-207km   –   Total: 88-181mi / 42-291km   –   Piste: 41-71%

As drifting sands regularly covers the piste we rarely ride exactly the same route twice as we head due west towards a final police check post. The 84km/52mi of tarmac to Tata are a chance to give our chains some love. Will it be an early shower & a beer? – depends how far we rode yesterday!

Day 8: Tata to Tighmert

Tarmac: 129mi / 208km   –   Piste: 67mi / 108km   –   Total: 196mi / 316km   –   Piste: 34%

Leaving the open desert behind us, we head into the twisted strata of the anti-Atlas. Vertical gorge sides tower over us as we wend our way westwards, climbing a vertical kilometre to a ridge before plunging into the next gorge. Although ‘only’ 108km/67mi of piste today, every one of them will have you wishing you had eyes in the back of your head.

Day 9: Saturday – Tighmert to Ksar Tafnidilt

Tarmac: 52mi / 84km   –   Piste: 54mi / 87km   –   Total: 106mi / 171km   –   Piste: 51%

‘Atlantic Ocean Day’ – with 1829km/1136mi under our belts since leaving the Mediterranean, it’s time to hit the beach at Plage Blance. Aside from the odd fisherman and perhaps a beachcomber, we’re unlikely to meet anyone on this 28km/17mi of coastline.

The days timings are dictated by the tide times so be prepared to get up at silly O’Clock or limp in at dusk.

Day 10: Rest/Service Day

Own a DRZ and you can spend the day chillin’ by the pool wth a cold beer; own a KTM and you can change the oil and screw it back together.

Day 11: Ksar Tafnidilt – Bivouac 3

Tarmac: 91-97mi / 147-156km   –   Piste: 87-125mi / 140-201km   –   Total: 178-222mi / 287-357km   –   Piste: 49-56%

With bikes and bodies rested it’s an early start as we head eastwards into the far western end of the Jebel Bani. Following lunch in Assa – where we’ll also pick up camping supplies – we’ll return to the piste, and head NE on a little used route dotted with acacia trees.

Day 12: Tuesday – Bivouac 3 to Bivouac 4

Tarmac: 118-124mi / 190-199km   –   Piste: 87-125mi /140-201km   –   Total: 205-249mi /330-400km   –   Piste: 42-50%

By the time we fill up with fuel and supplies in Tata, most of the days tarmac will be behind us. Soon after, we’ll turn NE into a wide valley with views north to the anti-Atlas and south to Djebel Bani.

Day 13: Bivouac 4 to Amellago

Tarmac: 123mi / 198km   –   Piste: 96mi / 155km   –   Total: 219mi / 353km   –   Piste: 44%

Into the mountains as we cross the geographically distinct basalt massif that is the Djebel Sarhro. Our route takes us over the highest pass on this tour, the 2316m/7600ft Tizi n‘Tazazert before dropping into the famous Todra Gorge and it’s less famous (and less touristic) cousin, the Imiter Gorge.

With 1040km/646 miles and two nights in bivouacs between us and our last showers we’ll be ready for tonight’s accommodation set in a peaceful walled garden in the village of Amellago.

Day 14: Amellago to Bivouac 5

Tarmac: 133mi / 214km   –   Piste: 69mi / 111km   –   Total: 202mi / 325km   –   Piste: 34%

A second chance to ride through the Imiter gorge as we return west a short distance to pick-up the sometimes rough piste to the Tizi Tagounista for a spectacular view of the Amane Plain. The piste curls back on itself through a tunnel as it drops off the plateau and crosses the plain. Two more piste stages will see us return to Bni Tajite where we’ll rejoin our southbound route and return to our first nights bivouac.

Day 15: Bivouac 5 to Nador & ferry to Spain

Tarmac: 161mi / 259km   –   Piste: 68mi / 110km   –   Total: 229mi / 369km   –   Piste: 30%

It may be the final day but as per day one there’s still 110km/68mi of piste to go and you’ll be surprised how different everything looks in reverse.

With the scheduled ferry departure not until 2200, there’s time for dinner and souvenir shopping in Nador. Tagine anyone?

Day 16: Saturday – Arrive Spain

 Scheduled arrival time is 0700 so plenty of time to get changed and catch a flight home.

Route Map

Route Map for Big Sky Riders Moroccan Raid Medlantic Adventure Motorcycle Tour

Route map for 16-Day Raid MedLantic Tour

What's Included

Return ferry from Almeria (Spain) to Nador (Morocco) for bike and rider.

Bed & Breakfast accommodation on a twin-sharing basis – unless a single room has been booked.

7 evening meals in Morocco

Tour lead by Adventure rider and World Traveler  Adam Lewis.

Support vehicle carrying medical kit, tools and some spares including tyres.

Professional Medic

Use of 45 litre spares box for your spares/consumables

Excludes

Any travel costs associated with getting to the start/finish of the tour.

Personal Travel Insurance (compulsory)

Motorcycle Insurance including compulsory 3rd Party motorcycle insurance (Green Card or buy at the border)

Breakdown recovery insurance

Fuel, oil, tyres, and any other motorcycle consumables or spare parts

Road tolls and traffic fines

Meals – except where stated

Drinks

Tips

Personal spending money

Food at bivouacs (evening meal & breakfast)

Anything else not stated as included

How to book

Bookings can be made through the website, via email or over the phone!

Payment Methods

 – Website
  • Direct Bank Transfer
  • Debit/Credit Card
 – Phone
  • Direct Bank Transfer
  • Debit/Credit Card
 – Email
  • Direct Bank Transfer

To make a booking online…

The method has changed recently and should be more straightforward.  Read below for more details.

  1. Go to the relevant page of your desired tour, first select the tour date then simply add your chosen tour to the cart.  At this point you can also choose if you’d like to pay the single room supplement (on certain tours) as well as choosing if you’d like to pay a deposit only, or the full amount.
    NB – If you are booking within 10 weeks of the start date you must pay the full amount.
Selecting your date

Selecting your date and deposit option

 

2. Once you press Book Now the tour is now in your basket, which will appear on the right.

Checkout button

 

3. You’ll now be asked to login.  If you haven’t already registered please do so.  You’ll be automatically logged in and forwarded to the checkout.

Login or Register

Login or Register

 

4. Checkout is straightforward and once you’ve done so you’ll receive a confirmation email.

 

IMPORTANT

5. Once you’ve placed your order you’ll now have access to TWO important forms.

You’ll need to complete these forms and submit them at least 10 weeks prior to your tour start date (which is the same time you’ll need to complete your final payment). 
If you’re booking within the ten week window, please complete the forms ASAP!

If you’re travelling with us for the second time you should submit new forms.

 

6. To find the forms please go to your account dashboard, by the link in the menu.

MyAccount

Click to go to your account

 

7. Once your in your account you will see several tabs.  Here you can check your account details, order and payment history as well as find your booking forms.

Your Forms

Your Forms to be completed

 

8. You don’t have to complete and submit all the form straightaway.

If you partially complete a form, and press submit you can return to it later.  To view, complete or amend a historical document, click in “My Submitted Forms” and choose the form you want to edit.

Please do not edit documents within 10 weeks of your trip as we will have already made advance bookings on your behalf.  If you’ve made a mistake, please contact us.

Your Submitted Forms

Your Submitted Forms

 

9. At the bottom of the form page, is the link to edit.

Edit Submission

Edit your Submission

 

As always, if you have any trouble please contact us by email, phone or on facebook messenger.

Useful Info

Documents

Passport – valid for at least 6 months.

Driving License

Registration document (Logbook/V5)

Motorcycle Insurance

Green card – if available from your insurer, otherwise available to buy at the border.

Health

It’s a good idea to check the validity of your current vaccinations prior to coming on tour. The following websites should be useful in determining what vaccinations you need.

https://www.masta-travel-health.com/

https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home

Local currency

The local currency is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD). ATM’s are widely available.

Language

The official language is Modern Standard Arabic but most government and official business is conducted in French so dust of your old school books. – “Deux bières s’il vous plait”.

Weather

Once we get down to the desert it’ll be comfortably warm but leaving Nador and crossing the Rekam Plateau can be quite chilly, downright cold if it rains. By the middle of day two we should see temperatures around 20°C and increasing to the mid-20’s as we head further south. Desert nights can be cold so a 0°C rated sleeping bag is recommended.

1 review for Morocco – Raid Medlantic

  1. Graham matthew

    I have just got back from the Raid Medlantic tour with Adam and I can honestly say it is one of the best experiences of my life. The riding is fantastic: hundreds of miles of off-road through rocky desert, mountains, sand dunes, canyons and across huge plateaus and dried up lakebeds, even a ride along the beach. I loved the wild camping too. I have done this in the UK but it’s something else to do it in the desert, in beautiful scenery and under the perfectly clear skies. Morocco is a brilliant place to visit. The scenery is diverse and spectacular, the people are incredibly friendly and the food is fantastic. As this trip is miles off the tourist routes we never got hassled or ripped off. I would whole heartedly recommend this trip to anyone with off-road riding experience who fancies a bit of a challenge. Adam is a brilliant guide and has the experience and knowledge to handle any possible situation.

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