Morocco - Kayaking in the High Atlas.
Visit the Grand Canyon of North Africa on this epic 7 day adventure in the High Atlas Mountains.
10th-16th March 2024 (Week 1) - Spaces Available
19th-25th March 2024 (Week 2) - Spaces Available
A guided grade 3(4) whitewater adventure delivered in partnership with our local partners, Anzar Adventures.
This trip is designed for intermediate-advanced level kayakers who want to escape the cold of Europe and enjoy some fun white water in the sun. Morocco is a fascinating country that has a huge diversity from high mountains to pristine beaches and of course the Sahara Desert. Not to mention the colours and tastes that make this place vibrant in culture.
Day 1- Arrive in Marrakesh. We will be staying right in the centre of the Medina. You'll experience the vibrant streets of Marrakech, and the in the evening there will be a briefing with your trip leaders who will talk you through the plan of the trip and answer any questions that you may have.
Day Two: Journey to the river. After breakfast we will load up our minibus and start our journey into the Atlas Mountains. It’s a long drive up to the start point but we take it easy so we can soak up the spectacular views that Morocco has on offer. We will stop for lunch, overlooking the lake Bin el Oudiane, and then carry on up to the starting point of the river Ahansel. Once at Cathedral Rock we will set up camp for the night and enjoy our first night under the stars.
Day Three: Kayaking the Meloul River. We have a lazy morning at camp, drinking coffee and outfitting our kayaks, ready for our warm-up paddle down the Meloul river, which flows into the Ahansel. We will have lunch at camp and for our afternoon those seeking more adventure can either paddle another excellent section of whitewater, or hike up to the stunning Cathedral Rock'. After a fun day we relax at camp and prepare for the adventure that awaits us down stream.
Days Four, Five and Six : Kayaking the Ahansel.
Get excited as today we start our river trip
down the mighty Ahansel River. The white water is continuous and scenery is unforgettable. Our days will be spent negotiating rapids such as "Wee Stinky, “Rock the Kasbah” and “The Big Shawarma”. We will have lunch on the river and we will break one afternoon to visit a local Berber village hidden in the mountains, before carrying on downstream to sleep under the stars deep in the gorge.
After breakfast on our last day we load up our boats and navigate our way through the narrow gorges of the Ahansel river down to the lake “Bin el Oudiane”. The gorge walls rise up to 70 meters high in some spots and they can get pretty narrow in some places. Once through the gorges the river opens up and meanders down to the lake, where we meet up
with our pontoon motorboat, there to tow us and all our gear across the Hotel Bin Ouidane where we will spend the night and celebrate a successful mission.
Day Seven: Drive to Marrakesh
After breakfast at the hotel, we will start loading up our minibus and trailer so that we can start our journey back to Marrakesh. It’s a good 5 hours of driving back to the city and if people would like we can stop at Morocco’s highest waterfall for lunch “cascades Ouzoud”. Once back in Marrakesh you can either catch your flight home (flights 5pm or later) or head back to the Hotel for one last evening at the before we say goodbye.
Day 8: Departure. See you again soon!
Who's this trip for:
This trip is for anyone with regular grade 3 kayaking experience.
You don't have to be all over it, that's what we're here to help you with, but you'll get the most out of this trip if you regularly paddle class, 3 and occasionally some 4, and have a working white water roll.
If you're completely comfortable on class 3 and 4 but still want to join, don't worry! This is an amazing adventure with some quality whitewater to enjoy, and we cater our coaching to suit your needs, so you can be sure that'll you'll get worked hard!
If you or your favourite adventure buddy is not quite at this standard, not to worry! Our partners at Anzar Adventures can offer the use of one of their Rafts to allow you to kayak challenging whitewater without the added stress of potential capsize.
Included in the price:
-Use of a whitewater kayak provided by Anzar.
-Airport pickup and drop off if you are bringing your own kayak (on scheduled arrival and departure days.)
-Private bus transport for our time on the river.
-All food whilst on the river tour.
-Accommodation (including river camping and hotels in town. Excluding sleeping bag & mat)
- Top class professional coaching and guiding from qualified, experienced coaches and guides who know Morocco.
-Raft support for all river expeditions.
-Digital copies of our photos throughout the trip.
-A personalised action plan moving forward
-A whole lot of fun!
Not included in the price:
- Alcoholic drinks and any extra drinks outside of those offered in the package.
-Dinner out on your arrival night in Marrakech.
-Personal kayaking gear with the exception of a kayak only. (Decent modern creek boats and paddles are available to use, or you can bring your own). We carry spares for an emergency but not enough for everyone.
-Sleeping bag, mat and personal camping equipment (please ask us if this causes issues)
-Flights to Marrakech.
-Personal insurance. (It is essential you take out a fully comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for kayaking on waters of gd4.)
Total cost 2024
"This trip was just so incredible! I'd recommend the course to any of my friends that are wanting to progress their paddling..." - Elizabeth Lennon
"I loved the course - learning to paddle big volume white water in a totally different style was really helpful as well as interesting! Every aspect of the trip was well thought out and totally captivating!" - Ailsa Brown