Riding the Sahara Desert in Morocco on a Motorbike: An Adventure of a Lifetime
Morocco, known for its rich history, culture, and stunning landscapes, is a prime destination for tourists and adventure seekers. The country is home to the largest desert in Africa, the Sahara Desert, and riding through it on a motorbike is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that should not be missed.
The vast and open spaces make motorbike riding an unforgettable experience. The quiet and peaceful surroundings are the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and provide an opportunity to connect with yourself.
Finding your Way
One of the best routes when riding through the desert is the road south, from Marrakech to Merzouga. A small village located on the edge of the Sahara Desert.
This route takes you through small villages, past ancient kasbahs, and the stunning Toubkal National Park. The road is well-maintained and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.
When planning your motorbike adventure, it is often overlooked to choose the right time of year to go. The best time to visit Morocco is between October and May when the weather is mild and the skies are clear. The summer months can be extremely hot, and it is best to avoid them if possible. Most of us aren’t made for this kind of heat.
In addition to the stunning landscapes, one of the best things about riding through the Sahara Desert in Morocco is the chance to interact with the local people. The people of Morocco are known for their hospitality and warmth. Riding through the desert allows you to meet and interact with the locals. You can stop at small villages, drink mint tea with the locals, and learn about their way of life. You are never alone. Get used to the hustle; just be polite and show some patients.
Tough on you and tough on your bike
Riding a motorbike through the desert is a unique experience. I felt a sense of liberation, a déjà vu I had experienced on previous trips. I was able to slow down, take in my surroundings, and appreciate the simple things in life. But the journey was not without its challenges. The harsh terrain and changing conditions made for a bumpy ride, and the relentless sun was unforgiving. However, overcoming these obstacles was exhilarating and made me feel truly alive. Along the way, I met some amazing people who welcomed me into their homes and showed me the hospitality that Morocco is known for. I learned about their lives, customs, and culture, which was eye-opening. The generosity and kindness of the local people only added to the richness of my experience.
You have to embrace the hospitality, or you lose out on generosity and kindness. There is no doubt in my mind that a motorbike travelling alone opens doors along the way.
Doing it again and again
In conclusion, my motorbike journey through Morocco stands undeniably as one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Having done it before, I am hooked and eagerly await the next opportunity. This adventure taught me valuable lessons about myself and the world around me, and I am deeply grateful for the chance to have embarked on this extraordinary odyssey. Whether you are an experienced traveller or a novice motorcyclist, I wholeheartedly recommend exploring Morocco on two wheels – you will never regret it!