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Morocco River Expedition

Location: Imsouane
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Season: Spring
  • Duration: 8 Days
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  • Type: Rafting-Kayaking
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Season: Spring
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Region:
  • Type: Rafting-Kayaking
About The Morocco River Expedition

Our eight day river expedition in Morocco offers you the chance to raft or kayak on the Ourika and Ahansel Rivers along with surfing in Imsouane, one of Morocco’s best surfing spots. We warm up on the Ourika River running 20km of class II in one of the most beautiful and lush valleys in the High Altas mountains.

This is followed by two days on the Ahansel, Morocco’s best river with continuous class II/III white-water. This low volume river has similar white-water to that in Ireland and the UK. The Ahansel is incredibly beautiful. Starting at the impressive Cathedral rock we pass many old fortifications, before descending into a deep gorge with a couple of amazing box canyon sections.

After the Ahansel we drive to the Atlantic coast and Imsouane village. This beautiful fishing village has great waves for novice and experienced surfers. Apart from surfing there is plenty to do in the area such as fishing, quad biking, camel riding, hot air ballooning, trekking, and sightseeing in the beautiful town of Essaouira.

The expedition also offers the opportunity to meet plenty of friendly locals and learn about the Berber culture and way of life. As well as enjoying the rivers and surf we will also get a chance to sample the dramatic sights and smells found in the walled city of Marrakesh.

Why do The Morocco River Expedition with Earth's Edge

100% Financial Protection – Earth’s Edge is Ireland’s only fully licensed (TA:0711) and financially bonded adventure travel company.

All our Morocco expeditions are inclusive of flights from Dublin, in-country transport, a full local guiding & support team, accommodation, all meals on the activity days, a celebratory meal & an Earth's Edge technical tee-shirt.

Our 8 day itinerary includes 5 days on the water as well as time to explore the vibrant city of Marrakesh.

We use excellent local guides, cooks and support staff. We have a strict Responsible Travel Policy and ensure our local partners are treated fairly.

Training day – Meet your Earth's Edge expedition leader, your Earth's Edge expedition doctor and your fellow Morocco River expedition team members two months before departure. Our training days consist of a full brief and a session on the water in Co. Wicklow.

We have a strict Leave No Trace policy and do everything we can to ensure we leave the places we visit as we found them.

Our Morocco River Expedition Itinerary

Day 1: Dublin to Marrakesh.
Fly Dublin to Morocco, overnight Marrakesh.

Day 2: Marrakesh to Ourika Valley, 1 hrs drive.
Spend the morning sightseeing and then drive to the Ourika Valley.

Day 3: Kayaking Ourika River, afternoon drive to Cathedral rock, 3 hrs rafting/kayaking.
Kayak 20km on the Ourika River (Class II) in the morning and then drive to Cathedral Rock.

Day 4: Cathedral Rock to Tilougguite, 3 hrs kayaking.
Kayak on the Ahansel river (Class II/III) to reach Tilougguite.

Day 5: Tilougguite to Lake Bin el-Quidane, 6/7 hrs kayaking.
Long day on the Ahansel river (Class II/III) to reach lake Bin el-Quidane.

Day 6: Bin el-Quidane to Imsouane, afternoon surfing.
Drive to Imsouane and enjoy a surfing session in the afternoon.

Day 7: Surfing in Imsouane.
Spend the day surfing.

Day 8: Imsouane to Dublin.
After a morning surf go sightseeing & shopping. Evening flight back to Dublin.

Interesting Facts about Morocco

The Kingdom of Morocco is a country in the Maghreb region of North Africa. Geographically, Morocco is characterized by a rugged mountainous interior and large portions of desert. It is one of only three countries (with Spain and France) to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines.

Morocco is about the same size as the state of California and has a population of over 32 million people.

The capital city of Morocco is Rabat, although the largest city is Casablanca with nearly 4 million people.

Ethnically, Moroccans are predominately of Berber (North African indigenous) and Arabic decent. The Berber people have been living in North Africa for centuries, historically living in the mountainous areas but in more recent times moving to the cities for work.

The official languages of Morocco are Berber and Arabic. The distinctive group of Moroccan Arabic dialects are collectively called Darija. French and to a lesser extent Spanish and English are also spoken in the country.

The southeast of the country is intersected by the Sahara Desert and direct to the south lies the Western Sahara. Morocco claims that the Western Sahara is part of its territory and refers to the area as its Southern Provinces, although officially this area is still a disputed territory.

The Sahara Desert is the largest hot desert in the world spanning 12 different countries including Morocco.

Moroccan cities commonly have mosques with beautiful towers called minarets, market areas called bazaars, old medieval sections called medinas and old fortresses called kasbahs.

Green tea with mint and sweetened with sugar is a popular beverage in Morocco. The most famous of Moroccan dishes is couscous, other popular dishes include pastilla, tajine, and harira. Chicken is the most widely eaten meat.

Morocco has reputation as a hot, dry destination but the temperatures at night with no cloud cover, can plummet, particularly in the desert and in the Atlas mountains.

The name Marrakech originates from the Amazigh (Berber) words mur (n) akush, which means "Land of God." It is the third largest city in Morocco, after Casablanca and Rabat, and lies near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. It is a few hours from the foot of the Sahara Desert.

The Atlas mountain range stretches across  north western Africa, extending about 2,500 km through Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. The Atlas range separates the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines from the Sahara Desert.

Activity and adventure tourism is the fastest growth area in Moroccan tourism. As well as boasting huge potential for water sports such as kayaking and surfing, the Atlas mountains provide exciting trekking and superb mountain biking opportunities.

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