Morocco - The red Rekkam
Off Road - Guided

9 days / 8 nights / 9 stages / 2 400 km
Morocco - Off Road
Motorcycle

price from 2220 €

This trip offers an unrivaled variety of landscapes! You probably think you already know Morocco and yet this country still has many secrets to be revealed to the traveler who is willing to step off the beaten tracks!
The itinerary takes the visitor through a forest of century-old cedar trees in the Middle Atlas mountains, it crisscrosses high-altitude plateaus riddled with volcanic lakes, it tickles the snow-covered summits in the High Atlas range, crosses through the Anti-Atlas, weaves its way across the steppes before gliding under the refreshing shade of the most unexpected palm tree groves.
This is Morocco at its very best! A true festival of colors and emotions…
To the North, the rolling mountainous region of the Riff, peaking at 2 548 m. The Mediterranean Sea nibbles away at the massif which plunges abruptly into its waves. But the altitude begins to drop as we drive down sunny slopes and hills enjoying the view of olive and fig trees all the way to Fez, the cultural capital.
Further south, the space is occupied by the Middle Atlas (3190 m) with its harsh climate, where ancient cedars adorn the abrupt slopes and high plateaus. The Middle Atlas leans against its grandfather, the mighty Grand Atlas (4167 m), where the sharpest peaks cut the country in half.
The valleys in the south open onto the desert and the Saharan regions, where the Anti-Atlas stands with its volcanic landscape and the eroded relief and basalt rocks are silent witnesses of its phenomenal age...
 

Map

Your day by day program

1
Day 1 / Stage 1 - Melilla - Guercif: 160 km

A network of playful flowery roads covers the area above the Mohamed V dam. A track then continues through a lovely area. Curve after curve, the landscape keeps taking the visitor's breath away.
Overnight stay in a hotel.

2
Day 2 / Stage 2 - Guercif - Midelt: 400 km

Throughout this first stage, the itinerary cuts across the Rekkam plateau taking, now and then, some straight stretches of the mythical Paris-Dakar race. Soon, you will reach Missour. From this point on, the decor changes and you will find yourself in the midst of rocky surroundings interspersed with deep gorges. A tiny track seems to flutter above a colorful steppe. The last stretch will take you through a narrow canyon bathed in amaranth hues!
Overnight stay in a hotel.

3
Day 3 / Stage 3 - Midelt - Erfoud: 300 km

After Rich and as you leave the Ziz gorges, the asphalt comes to an end right in front of the Amellago post office. The walls of the oued seem to cave in as the track becomes even narrower but then, the mountains give way to the desert and you will see afar, the luxuriant palm grove of Goulmima. Our track spans a multitude of watering channels that create an amazing labyrinth and will take you on tiny dirt streets through a city that seems lost in the depths of time.
You have reached Tafilalet! Then, the itinerary seems to wiggle through the sand as it takes you to Erfoud! A series of palm groves lines the oued. Other surprises also await the traveler: a “stairway to heaven”, a giant “golden spiral” that plunges into the earth and leads to an underground river…
Overnight stay in a hotel.

4
Day 4 / Stage 4 - Erfoud - N’kob: 320 km

The air is perfectly clear as we enjoy the dunes of the Erg Chebbi massif and their coral hues as they emerge against the black rocks blanketing the plateau. Our itinerary will then take you on a smooth rider-friendly track, where you might come across the local fennec or jerboa. You will reach the dry seemingly infinite lake of Maïder and its ever present companions, the Simoun or Sirocco winds.
An easy off-road track bounces its way across the desert all the way to Oum-Jrane. Then, the itinerary continues towards Tarbalt and its purple dunes and finally towards Tazzarine and N'Kob.
Overnight stay in a hotel.

5
Jour 5 / Étape 5 - N’kob - Skoura : 170 km

Dès la sortie de N’Kob, notre parcours se débine dans un petit canyon perdu, planté d’abricotiers et d’amandiers. Puis, entre des pitons volcaniques et autres coulées de lave, une piste minuscule torsadée s’élance en plein cœur du Jbel Sarhro, zébrant un territoire aride aux roches de basalte éclatées (Anti-Atlas). L’oued Dadès alimente un chapelet d’oasis absolument sublimes. Nous voici dans la Vallée des Roses, terme de l’étape du jour.
Nuitée à l'hôtel.

6
Day 6 / Stage 6 - Skoura – Bin El Ouidane: 350 km

Assermo guards the imaginary gates into a narrow pass embedded in the red rocks that seems to slash through the High-Atlas range, like a sword. Under the guidance of a flock of storks, you will take this track and enjoy the ride as you whirl around the summits until you reach the valley of Toufrine and its century old walnut trees, the meeting point of two very powerful oueds.
Overnight stay in a hotel.

7
Day 7 / Stage 7 - Bin El Ouidane - Fès: 460 km

Streams of clear water rush out of the mountains and flow towards the valley. Our itinerary today will allow you to drive through a forest of cedar trees and on a blanket of pine needles and green grass covering the luscious plateaus. Volcanic lakes such as the Aguelmane Azigza, the Dayet Ifrah among others offer the perfect conditions for cattle farming. Sheep, goats, cows and horses graze here and there. A perfectly clear mountain river that zigzags across the pasture land is rich with crayfish. You are at an altitude of 2 000 to 2 400 m. You might see a family of macaque monkey, a species that long ago chose this harsh climate to establish their home.
North of the surprising little village of Ifrane, your track will take you through the Valley of Rocks. Then as you drive through the Kandar massif and its forest of green oak trees, you will begin to feel the temperatures rise as you enter the region of Fes and its olive and fig tree plantations.
Overnight stay in a hotel.

8
Day 8 / Stage 8 - Fès - Chefchaouen: 250 km

The light is almost surreal as the track gently winds along wheat fields and through fig and olive trees. The Al Wahda dam collects the turquoise waters of the Béni Zeroual river. The track then starts to climb overlooking the most spectacular views and continues plowing through the red earth, skirting the peaks. The surroundings are spell-binding! In spring, poppies, wild geraniums and a thousand other species of flowers blanket the sides of the road. And then, after a last curve, the “blue” village of Chefchaouen makes its appearance, with its tiny almost hidden streets, as if by magic. The time has come to take a moment to enjoy the multicolored boutiques and the unique Moroccan atmosphere!
Overnight stay in a hotel.

9
Jour 9 / Étape 9 - Chefchaouen – Tanger : 120 km

This is the last stage of this breathtaking trip but the stunning views and surprising surroundings continue to delight the traveler. Although today’s tracks are well known to the locals, they are unique and or simply nonexistent on a regular map. Once again, Trail Rando would like to thank the local inhabitants for their generosity and patience when guiding us through their land on our scouting trips.
In Asilah, you will enjoy a meal of freshly caught fish! The last resting point before heading for Tangier and back to your home country!

Calendar

Departure Return Price Guaranteed departure
29 May 2021 06 June 2021 2220 € 8 drivers required Book

Technical information

Fact sheet
Starting point
  • Melilla (Spanish territory on Moroccan soil)
End
  • Tangier
Accommodation
  • We've sourced some wonderfully charming accommodation, in the very nook and crannies of the Atlas Mountain Range or in a Kasbah in the desert and even in the heart of a palm tree grove, for when it's time to rest and relax. As is often the case in the world’s remotest places, you can be sure of a very warm welcome!
    In the ancient medina in Goulmima, amidst a collection of quaint little gardens, we have discovered an unexpected B&B.  In this little corner of paradise, Saïd offers his guests a delectable lunch. The setting is remarkable! After a coffee and if there is enough time, he will undoubtedly invite you to follow him through a maze of streets to discover the Ksar, a fortified village made of adobe and cut stone.
     Here are some examples:
    www.ksar-elkabbaba.com
    www.kasbah-hotel-said.biz
    www.kasbah-imdoukal.com
Level of difficulty
  • The route alternates between rider-friendly tracks and picturesque roads, making it perfectly accessible to maxitrail bikes. However, a lighter bike would suit perfectly, too! A little biking experience will allow the traveler to follow this itinerary with ease. Since the total amount of kilometers involved is high, a comfortable mount is required.  Likewise, the many hours spent driving also mean it is important to be determined and in good physical condition.
    TWO UP? Though it is not recommended, it could of course be evaluated provided that both riders and passengers are fit and have the adequate off-road experience.
     
Guide and luggage
  • You will be accompanied by a Trail Rando staff member, driving his own bike. A chase vehicle will also follow the group with the luggage, a basic first aid kit, tools, some spare parts and is always able to lend a hand if required. In case of motorbike breakdown or pilot fatigue, the bike or driver can be picked up by the chase vehicle, too. 
     
Navigation
  • There's a definite feeling of freedom about this journey. To preserve the spirit of exploration and discovery that we wanted to create, we've put you in control.
    For this reason, and so that everyone truly plays a part in their own journey, we provide an uploadable GPS itinerary for the entire trip. This technology allows you to be totally independent in terms of navigation.
    Thanks to this wonderful tool, everyone has the freedom to go on ahead, to be carried along by their artistic inspirations, or to stay with their friends, knowing that as a general rule the Trail Rando motorcycle guide will be looking out for the team at the rear.
    “Free people in a structured group” is the motto that accurately reflects the reality of a Trail Rando trip.

    A GPS IS MANDATORY
    The itinerary is safely up loaded and stored stage by stage on the GPS...
    Before you start your trip, Trail Rando will provide you with the total uploadable GPS itinerary. The entire route and its main points such as sites of interest, petrol stations, lunch meeting points and accommodation are programmed into the GPS.
    If you do not own a GPS, Trail Rando can rent you one.
Options
  • Single room supplement : 210€
  • GPS rental : 60€
Rental vehicles
  • Yamaha WR250R : 1380.00€
Included
  • • Lodging
         o hotels, in twin rooms,
         o from the evening of the first stage, to the morning of the last stage
    • Food :
         o Breakfast, dinner
         o from the morning of the first stage to the morning of the last stage,
    A complete uploadable version of the GPS track,
    Tour leaders :
         o Tour leader on his motorcycle,
         o Support vehicle for luggage transport
Not included
  • Transportation :
         o To and from tour start,
         o Vehicle transportation to and from tour start,
         o Transfers from airports to hotels and back
    Lunches and beverages
Vehicles
  • With which motorcycle ?
    Ideally any 250cc to 450cc trail motorcycle is suitable for this tour.
    What kind of tires ?
    Mixed tires with knobbies
    Rental bikes
    If you don't own the adequate motorcycle, we can rent you one. We will surely find something suitable.
    To know precisely the available makes and models, please refer to our online booking form.
    Other possible vehicles
    This itinerary is also feasible with a quad or an SSV.
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