Off the beaten track with a private 4x4 in Morocco

If you’re looking to get a sense of the scale of the wilderness in Morocco, and assuming that you don’t have the months or years required to cross it on foot, then there are few better ways to do this than with a private 4x4 with a driver and knowledgeable local guide.  A safari like this is in part about experiencing the distance – actually covering the ground, watching horizons unfold in front of you and feeling the vast, but breathtaking emptiness of the landscape.  But having a good guide - as anywhere - is critical to getting a proper understanding of the area, its history and culture.  With your own vehicle comes the freedom to take diversions, stop frequently to sample local markets, or clamber up sand dunes and soak up the immensity of the scenery.

The areas to the south of the High Atlas - the Draa and M'goun Valleys, Dades and Todra Gorges and Ergs Chebi and Chiggaga to name a few places - lend themselves best to this style of nomadic exploration, using a combination of small Auberges and private tented camps to dig deep into the deserts, valleys and small settlements that make up this intriguing region.  Much of this part of the world is accessed using small networks of tracks that crisscross the desert, following ancient trade routes.  For much of the time there is little or no sign of human presence.

This is a truly fantastic adventure and one from which few people return without a sense of revitalization and exhilaration.

Posted by: Alex

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