8 Days from$1350 p/p in USD
Guided, Large Group
This bike safari takes you from Morocco’s scenic Atlas Mountains near Marrakesh to the traditional coastal port of Essaouira, with fascinating Berber culture along the way. Surprisingly good road surfaces, amazing early season weather, a warm culture and some incredible climbs make this a must-ride destination. Mountain bike holidays in Morocco are increasingly popular and for good reason with diverse and scenic mountain terrain, an extensive network of trails and opportunities for interaction with the Berber culture. Get there before everyone else!
Safari types:Camping Safari, Cultural Safari, Cycle Safari, Guided Safari
Getting around:Transfer Vehicle
Start/end:Start/end in Marrakech
Day 1: Marrakech city
Day 2: Leave Marrakech AM, start biking
Day 3: Biking
Day 4: Biking
Day 5: Taftachte – Essaouira biking, stay in Essaouira
Day 6: full day Essaouira (bike/beach), stay in Essaouira
Day 7: AM Transfer Essaouira to Marrakech
Day 8: Marrakech & fly out PM
The internationally important reserves in the vicinity are the Argan Forest Biosphere Reserve and the Souss Massa National Park, the latter is well known for its estuarine birdlife, but most particularly for the last remaining wild breeding colony in the world of the Bald Ibis.
For those with an interest in reptiles, tortoises, lizards, including geckoes, the spectacular Uramastix and chameleons are often spotted, especially in the south of Morocco. It is warm enough near Taroudant for tortoises to be out basking at Christmas (everywhere else this species hibernates).
RATES – PER PERSON USD
From USD 1,350 per person
- English speaking mountain bike guide
- All meals and water
- Transfer back and forth for four days in an air-conditioned all-terrain vehicle
- Guided tours
- Air tickets and airport taxes
- Travel insurance (recommended)
- Tips, tourist visits, entrance fees to monuments, etc
- Other foods and drinks not specified
- Personal expenses
- Uncontrolled unforeseen expenses caused by cancellations, flight delays, atmospheric, natural disasters
- Anything else not specified in Includes
Day by Day Overview
Arrive in Marrakech, welcome by our team then transfer to the hotel for the night. Discussion about the tour with our tour leaders.
Start at 09h30 and bike up toward Tizi n’Tmatert (a pass up to 2300m). Take a rest with some tea at the top then keep biking to the Amagdoul for lunch there. Alternatively have lunch at Techdirt village. Afterwards head to Asni town between the Berber villages, enjoying the wonderful landscapes.
Overnight at a Berber house
Distance: 35 km
Elevation: +1200m /-1900m
After breakfast, start biking from the Tizi Ouado pass to start the best downhill across the Kik farms all the way down to Lalla Takerkoust. Stop for lunch on the way and keep biking to Agafay Desert with a possibility of transfer if you are feeling tired. The rest of the team will go ahead after lunch to prepare our camp.
Distance: 65 km (almost all the distance is downhill, option to do a part transfer)
Elevation: +460m /-1000m
After a leisurely lunch depart by the local road to Mjat then on to Chichaoua. Continue biking until you reach the beautiful village of Sidi Lmokhtar in Morocco’s region of Argan. Argania is a genus of flowering plants containing the sole species Argania Spinosa, known as argan, a tree endemic to the calcareous semidesert Sous valley of southwestern Morocco and to the region of Tindouf in southwestern Algeria. Argan trees grow to 8–10 m high and live up to approximately 200 years. Dinner and night in bivouac.
Distance: 65 km (35 km on a mountain bike and transfer to the campsite)
Elevation: +300m /-500m
After breakfast continue on the road to Essaouira, a port city and resort on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. Its medina (old town) is protected by 18th century seafront ramparts called the Skala de la Kasbah, which was designed by European engineers. Old brass cannons line the walls and there are lovely ocean views. Strong ‘Alizée’ trade winds, which make the city’s crescent beach popular for surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. With lunch on the way, continue biking until you reach the beaches. Check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
63 km of mountain bike or 35 km and transfer
Elevation: +90m /-110m
Enjoy a biking tour of Essaouira to explore the city and find out more about the local culture as well as swimming on the beach. Back to the hotel for the transfer back to Marrakech.
10 km biking in the city
Elevation: +0m /-0m
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
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Secret Morocco bike tour
My 13-year-old son and I enjoyed this October bike tour of Atlas with Lahcen, an extremely friendly and attentive guide who made us discover unsuspected places in the heart of Atlas. Very interesting comments on the history and the news in English of course. If possible at the beginning of your stay to get an overview of the city, especially as Lahcen will give you a list of interesting addresses in Morocco and give you some tips to make the most of your stay. Last asset, the flexibility announced on the website is not an empty word: we could easily shift our visit while we had already booked on the site and it had been confirmed.