Top 7 Outdoor Activities in Morocco

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A tour to Morocco would not be complete without some of the most surreal activities that can be found when hitting Morocco’s great outdoors.

1) Camel trekking in Erg Chigaga

Erg Chegaga (or Chigaga) is one of two major dune fields of the Sahara desert in Morocco. This dune field, located in the Souss-Massa-Draa area has a length of approximately 40 km and is roughly 15 km wide, and features some of the largest and wildest dunes in Morocco.

Because it is relatively difficult to access – it is only accessible by 4×4, camel or on foot – The untouched Erg Chigaga makes for a memorable desert experience.

2) Kayaking in the Ahansal Valley

In addition to the majestic Atlas Mountains and stunning beauty of Morocco, one of the draws of a rafting trip on the Ahansal River is the rich cultural experience travelers get while visiting this region. Marrakech is known for its bustling markets and souks, delicious food, and local wines.

The white water on the Ahansal River is continuous and fun. It varies from steep, technical rapids, to big wave trains. The Ahansal River is nothing short of spectacular. While floating on the crystal blue river, it is easy to forget that this is the edge of the Sahara Desert.

3) Hiking in the Rif Mountains

Morocco is renowned for its hiking trails with most people heading to the High Atlas Mountains, but one of the lesser known but beautiful places to trek is in North Eastern Morocco’s Rif Mountains. These peaks rise to 6500 feet above the Mediterranean and are covered in cedar trees with many trails. Start at the blue city of Chefchaouen for a hike through the Rif Mountains.

4) Climbing the Tondra Gorge

The Todra Gorge is one of the premier climbing destinations in Morocco with high walls offering hundreds of routes of sport and multi-pitch climbing routes on solid, reddish limestone. There are hundreds of high-quality climbing routes covering a wide range of difficulty. The Todra is located in the South of Morocco about seven hours east of Marrakech.

The rock is superb and the walls are high! The gorge is also a great place to learn to climb.

5) Mountain biking in Jebel Saghro

Situated between the High Atlas Mountains and the Sahara desert are the Saghro Mountains. Rarely visited and well-liked for their spectacular views, peaks over 2700m and wild landscapes that also offer excellent winter treks, makes for a classic mountain bike holiday adventure.

6) Skiing in the High Atlas Mountains

Africa is hardly the continent you associate with skiing and snow, but the High Atlas mountain range in Morocco offers surprisingly good skiing with varying degrees of difficulty.

7) Surfing in Taghazout

Taghazout was a hippie haven in the Sixties, but now draws international surfing enthusiasts with its butterscotch beaches and surging Atlantic waves that feature some of the most perfect right hand breaks the world has to offer.

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