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For The Thrill-Seeker: The 15 Best Adventure Tours In Morocco

Hannah
Updated Jul 20, 2017

Morocco is a city that lives in the shared imagination of spicy scents wafting from a hot tagine, of vibrant rugs hanging over medina walls, and the heat, drifting across the massive dunes of the Sahara. In this storied country, however, you can experience adventures that are beyond imagination.

Create unique memories with curated tours from knowledgeable guides and enjoy matchless experiences for any adventurer. From sleeping under the stars at a Bedouin camp in the desert to trying a new sport along the pristine coastline, there are choices for every type of traveler. Look over the list below, choose which adventure you want to add to your Morocco bucket list, and book the tour now!

Top 3 activities to book in Morocco

1. Get your feet wet at Ouzoud Waterfalls (from 30.93 USD)

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The Ouzoud Waterfalls are one of the natural wonders of Morocco and are located just a short distance from the imperial city of Marrakech. Hop in an air-conditioned bus and travel through the Great Atlas Mountains to admire the dramatic cascades of water, over a 360-foot (110-meter) drop. Along the approximately 3-hour drive to the town of Tanaghmeilt, you will pass through groves of ancient olive trees and admire Berber villagers.

Start your hike to the oasis of the Ouzoud cascades and keep your eyes open for the local Barbary apes or even Macaque monkeys as you listen to the roar of the water over the rugged, red rock cliffs. When you reach the pools, enjoy the pristine beauty of the area or spend the afternoon swimming in the clear water. Make your way back to Marrakech and arrive back in the evening.

Ouzoud Waterfalls Full-Day Tour from Marrakech

Price: from 30.93 USD

Duration: 1 day (approx.)

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2. Experience a Saharan safari (from 126 USD)

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Embark on a safari across Morocco’s most iconic landscape. This 3-day tour highlights the dramatic scenery from Marrakech to Merzouga, from the High Atlas Mountains to the dunes of Erg Chebbi. Upon entering the “Gate of the Sahara” at Ouarzazate, take the backroads through the Dades Canyons for incredible panoramas of rock formations and fortified Kasbahs.

The stunning vistas continue as you pass through the towering red rock Todgha Gorges, on your way to the desert oasis of Merzouga. From there, you’ll leave all villages behind, as you begin your trek across the shifting Erg Chebbi dunes on camelback. As the sand darkens with the evening light, sit back with a traditional Moroccan dinner at your Bedouin campsite, where you can relax under the vast blanket of stars. When you wake in the morning, you can watch the sun rise over the dunes, before hopping on your camel for the trip back to Merzouga.

Marrakech to Merzouga 3-Day Desert Safari

Price: from 126 USD

Duration: 3 days (approx.)

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3. Hike in the shadow of Africa’s second-tallest summit (from 84.60 USD)

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Toubkal National Park is in the High Atlas mountain range, in southwestern Morocco. On this tour, enjoy the scenic trails along the rugged crags and cavernous canyons that emanate from the small village of Imil.

Follow your guide on a hike through the lush landscape of Toubal Massif, where lunch is waiting for you at the end of the trail. Enjoy a traditional Moroccan meal while admiring Mount Toubkal, at 12,700 ft (4,167 meters), which is the second highest African peak, after Mount Kilimanjaro.

Splendid Imlil Mount Toubkal

Price: from 84.60 USD

Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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4. Hang Ten in Essaouira (from 131.73 USD)

Cool off from rushing around the Marrakesh medina with a trip to the coastal city of Essaouira. Located along the Atlantic Ocean, this port city is the perfect place to take a dip in the water, with a surf lesson. Over the course of 2 hours, an experienced guide will get you standing up on your board and catching the refreshing, briny waves.

After a lunch break, your guide will lead you through the fishing port of Scala and into the medina. While walking in the city’s old town, you can check out its artisan craft shops, including the thuya wood workshops, where wood from Tetraclinis trees has been carved for centuries, by local tradesmen.

Surf Trip to Essaouira from Marrakech

Price: from 131.73 USD

Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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5. Spin your wheels in the Palmeraie (from 80.18 USD)

Just outside of Marrakesh is an oasis of thousands of palm trees, known as the Palmeraie, where legend cites the area was created from the date seeds left behind by Arab warriors. One of the best ways to explore this desert destination is on a bicycle tour, led by a knowledgeable guide. In addition to the fables of the region, your guide will tell you about the rural traditions still held in the area, as you pedal your way under the palms.

After a few hours of cycling along the dirt roads, you can stop for a glass of refreshing mint tea, which is a Moroccan specialty, before heading back to Marrakesh.

Marrakech Palmeraie 3-Hour Bike Tour

Price: from 80.18 USD

Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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6. Saddle up for a ride in the Atlas Mountains (from 185 USD)

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Enjoy unparalleled views of the Atlas Mountains and the surrounding valleys by joining a horseback tour. A local guide will lead you past great trees of juniper, oak, and pine, in Terre d’Amanar Accro Park, which is nestled next to Toubkal National Park. As your trail climbs higher into the Atlas Mountains, you will see stunning panoramas over the Asni Valley, the village of Moulay Brahim, as well as the Al Haouz plains.

Make your way back down the mountain path to the village of Imil, where lunch will be waiting for you before you head back to Marrakech.

Half-Day Horse Riding Tour in Atlas Mountains from Marrakech

Price: from 185 USD

Duration: 1 day (approx.)

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7. Hold on tight while wakeboarding (from 74.46 USD)

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When the heatwave hits in Marrakech, it is time to hit the water. And there is no cooler place to chill out than the Waky Marrakech, Morocco’s first cable park. The artificial lake was designed specifically for waterskiing and wakeboarding and is a great place to try out an exciting new water sport. The park’s coaches are on hand with guidance, whether you want to try thrilling stunts or simply glide over the water, with ease.

A restaurant, infinity pool, and beach area make a day at the cable park the perfect leisure-filled experience.

Cable Wakeboarding Marrakech

Price: from 74.46 USD

Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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8. Rev your engines in the desert (from 75.59 USD)

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Instead of riding a camel in the desert, you will ride quad bikes on this tour, just outside Marrakech. After a safety briefing, you can put on your helmet and enjoy an adrenaline-filled experience, careening over the dunes. Kick up the sand as you rush across the dramatic desert landscape of the Palmeraie foothills. Whet your whistle with a glass of mint tea in a Berber village, before starting your engine once again, as you head back to Marrakesh.

4-Hour Quad Ride Experience in Marrakech

Price: from 75.59 USD

Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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9. Swim in Paradise Valley (from 40.70 USD)

With a day trip to Paradise Valley, you can be sure the views will be spectacular. When you leave Agadir in the morning, you will pass traditional villages, before stopping in at an Argan farm, where oil is processed by Berber women. Your guide will then lead you on a hike to Paradise Valley, which snakes along a river, to panoramas of lush cascades. Cool off from your trek by swimming in the crystal clear rock pools, while your lunch cooks in a tagine.

Paradise Valley Day Trip from Agadir

Price: from 40.70 USD

Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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10. Take flight over the Atlas Mountains (from 232.59 USD)

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Enjoy peaceful serenity as you float above the Atlas Mountains at sunrise, on a hot air balloon tour. From your aerial viewpoint, you will see the deep gorges of the canyons and the high peaks of the summits of the mountains, as well as the vivid orange of the Sahara as you pass over the desert dunes. Float across the colorful dawn skies and watch the world beneath you wake up and come to life. When you land, you will be treated to a Berber breakfast, before heading out to explore the Palmeraie desert area on the back of a camel.

Atlas Mountains Hot Air Balloon Ride from Marrakech with Berber Breakfast and Desert Camel Experience

Price: from 232.59 USD

Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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11. Grab your paddleboard at Lalla Takerkoust Lake (from 81.41 USD)

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Lalla Takerkoust Lake was made in the 1920s by the French, as part of an irrigation project. Today, the lake is a beautiful place to spend a leisure-filled day, when you feel like escaping the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh. Enjoy beautiful desert views as you relax on the water and practice paddling on a stand-up paddleboard. An experienced guide will provide you with the equipment you need, as well as information about the history of the area.

SUP Experience on Lalla Takerkoust Lake from Marrakech

Price: from 81.41 USD

Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

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12. Lace up your boots for a mountain trek (from 148.91 USD)

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Tucked amid the deep gorges and rugged outcrops of the Atlas Mountains are pockets of traditional Berber life. With your local guide, you will start your 2-day trek into the Atlas Mountains, to visit these villages and learn more about the history of the Berber way of life. As you make your way up the trail to Tizi n’ Tamatert, you will pass verdant forests of pine and juniper, gurgling mountain streams, and red-tinged canyons. Your bird’s eye view from Jebel Oukaimeden, at 10,498 feet (3,200 meters), rewards you with a vista of a beautiful plateau, before you make your way down to the site, where you will spend the night.

The next day, meander through the Berber villages of the lush Imnane Valley, as your trek continues to the village of Aguersioual, where you can have lunch before heading back to your hotel.

From Marrakech: 2-Day Berber Village Trek

Price: from 148.91 USD

Duration: 2 days (approx.)

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13. Rappel down the Path of Nomads in the Todra Gorge (from 34.89 USD)

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The Todra Gorge is a geological wonder. Located in the High Atlas Mountains, the massive ochre cliffs and tawny rock formations that characterize the canyon are strikingly beautiful. The scenery is both jaw and stomach-dropping, as dark orange limestone splits into a 900 foot (300 meter) ravine.

One of the most thrilling ways to explore the gorge is on a rock climbing tour over the color-shifting, overhanging cliff sides. A mountaineering teacher will help you climb up the sheer rock face, for impressive aerial views, before teaching you how to rappel back down the dramatic rocky landscape.

The Path of Nomads or The Path of Vertigo with rappelling in Morocco

Price: from 34.89 USD

Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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14. Ramble in Ourika Valley (from 63.96 USD)

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Follow a hiking trail that sneaks through flourishing flora and fauna to reveal gorgeous streams and waterfalls. In the Ourika Valley, see gorgeous scenery and exotic wildlife around every twist and turn, along the windy trail. You can choose to swim in one of the revitalizing pools of the waterfalls or opt to continue your hike for even more superb views.

Day Trip to Ourika Valley from Marrakech including a hike

Price: from 63.96 USD

Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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15. Ride the wind in Essaouira (from 212.20 USD)

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While there are miles of golden sandy beaches, it is the wind here that has given Essaouira a sudden boost of popularity. The ancient city has fast become one of the top destinations in the world for kitesurfing. Gorgeous waves and impressive swells driven by the trade winds entice water-sport enthusiasts to the “Wind City of Africa”, every year.

With help from an expert instructor, you can join the legions of people who dive into the Atlantic, in search of an adrenaline thrill. When your lesson is over, there is plenty to see and do in this coastal city. Explore the local fishing harbor and the medina, which is filled with exquisite goods from local artisans, before driving back to Marrakesh.

Kite Surfing Course in Essaouira

Price: from 212.20 USD

Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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Choose your perfect adventure in Morocco

Let your imagination run wild with these incredible tours. There are so many options to choose from, and each one offers a fantastic adventure. Morocco is the land of stories. Which story will you create, on your trip?

This article was originally published on Jul 18, 2017

Hannah is a freelance writer, list making aficionado, and world traveler currently based in the United States. She is an avid explorer, and believes in creating new experiences to put on her bucket...Read more

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