Paddling the Atlas
Josh Macfarlane, March 1, 2011
Type of Trip: White-water rafting
Operated by: Water by Nature
Duration: 8 days
Departure Dates: For 2011: trips leave on: 12 th, 16th March and 16th, 23rd, 28th April.
Ability: No previous experience is required, children are welcome
Start Point: Marrakech airport
Finish Point: Marrakech
You will be picked up from the airport by a member of the Water By Nature team before being shown the sights. You’ll finish the first day dining in the famous Djeema el Fna square which comes alive at night. Day 2 is mostly spent on the road, although the gorgeous scenery is bound to take your mind off the long drive. The following day you will have a hearty breakfast before having a thorough safety induction, after which you will be able to test out your newly acquired skills on the river. Day 4 involves more rafting, and the pace is stepped up slightly as the rapids grow larger. After a long days’ paddling you will camp underneath the stars and the cedar trees that cling onto the river banks. Day 5 gives you the opportunity to test your fishing skills on the river between tackling some serious rapids and having a riverside lunch. The next day gives you the morning to make the most of the river by overcoming the final set of rapids. In the afternoon you will be transported back to Marrakech for a much needed feast and sleep. Day 7 allows you the opportunity to get to grips with Marrakech, testing your bartering skills in the Medina’s enormous market. The following day you will fly home.
Included in the price
- Transfers to and from Marrakech airport.
- Hotel accommodation night before and two nights after river trip.
- All meals from breakfast on Day 2 to lunch on Day 6.
- All necessary rafting and camping equipment, except sleeping bags.
- Fully qualified rafting guides
Clothes to bring
- Swimming costume
- Lightweight long t-shirt and trousers
- Baseball hat
Equipment to bring
- Nalgene water bottle and carabiner to attach to boat
- Waterproof sunscreen
- 3-season sleeping bag
- Headlamp with spare batteries
- Travel towel
- Travel pillow
Getting there responsibly
Have a look through greentraveller.co.uk’s journey planner for London to Marrakech.
Unlike many other African countries no specific jabs are required to travel to Morocco and anti-malaria tablets are not necessary.