With a wonderful climate, a rich heritage, a wealth of antiquities, over 1800 km of dramatic coastline, the high peaks, villages and picturesque valleys of the Atlas Mountains and a vast Saharan wilderness of desert dunes, oases and camels – there is an adventure of some kind for everyone in this fabled land.
With its rich traditions, time quickly takes on another dimension. Morocco is a place for escape, for experience, for adventure, for revitalisation and for reconnection with a lifestyle fast disappearing in the developed world. Here you will an abundance of adventure travel experiences that range from winter trekking to four wheel drive desert adventures and horse riding in the breathtakingly beautiful Atlas Mountains.
Below are some of my best destinations for adventure travel in Morocco:
1. The High Atlas Mountains – Located in central Morocco, The High Atlas Mountains, also called the Grand High Atlas, are the biggest mountain range in North Africa. The area boasts the 4,167 metre peak Toubkal which can be ascended on foot. The Central High Atlas offers its visitors magnificent gorges, valleys and canyons. The most popular are the Todra and Dades Gorges. Rock climbing and trekking are quite popular in these areas. The Eastern High Atlas contains other peaks that compete with that of Jebel Toubkal. Both Jebel Ayachi and Jebel Saghro offer some amazing hiking. Extreme skiers frequent the area in winter in order to enjoy the difficult terrain and splendid views of the surrounding countryside.
2. The Sahara Desert – Isolation and wilderness, vast-open spaces, palm-lined oases, desert wildlife, surreal scenery, nomadic people, camels and often remarkable volcanic vistas are just some of the attractions that the Sahara holds for the traveller who takes time to journey there. 4WD desert exploration, camel trekking safaris, desert walks and trekking, quad biking and dune boarding are activities enjoyed in Morocco’s Sahara desert.
3. Dades Gorge – Carved over the centuries by the Dades River, the Dades Gorge is now a very popular destination for travellers attracted by the sheer beauty of the scenery. With red and mauve rock towering above the road, fig and almond trees, lush gardens, Ksour and Kasbahs – the appeal of this natural panorama is obvious. On a Dades Gorge journey see the kasbah at Ait Youl, Ait Oudinar’s Sunday market, and take a 4WD through the gorge following the piste leading into Todra Gorge.
From mountains to desert Morocco has a charm that brings travellers back time and time again.
Nick Anstead is co-founder of addictedtotravel.com, seasoned traveller and Africa expert. He has made over 200 trips to Africa in the last 20 years. Check out a wide selection of adventure holidays in Morocco and make Morocco next on your list of holiday destinations.
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