You don’t often think of Morocco as a magnet for adventure-lovers and outdoor types, but its varied landscape and natural wonders draw people seeking a unique thrill. Whether you’re looking for adventures that are wet or dry, cold or hot, you can find them in Morocco. From kite surfing to sand skiing, Morocco is a Mecca for activity and adventure.
The Cascades d’Ouzoud Waterfalls
With the rainbows that color the mist and deep pools carved out by the cascades, this waterfall is one of the most picturesque places in Morocco. A secluded place to find peace in this vibrant country, the waterfall offers a place to camp, picnic or swim. The cascades loom above a tiny village, connected by underground passages that can be reached by a short hike. The cascades are a natural habitat for Barbary apes, which can sometimes be spotted in the trees or on the banks of the river.
Sand Skiing in the Sahara
If you’re a skier or snowboarder surrounded by miles and miles of sand dunes, what better opportunity is there to go skiing? Some of the tallest dunes in Morocco are found in the Western Sahara. In the small city of Hassi Labied, a ski shop sells or rents ski equipment for those brave enough to attempt this unusual feat. The friction generated from sand against ski can make for a bumpy yet exhilarating ride.
Snow Skiing in Oukaïmden
When you tire of skiing in the sand, take your equipment to the powdery slopes of the Atlas Mountains. Morocco’s tallest ski lift takes you high into the clouds at this resort. Donkeys pack you and your gear to the chairlift, which takes you more than 10,000 feet above sea level. Be prepared to make use of all your skills on the way down; skiing in Morocco is not for the faint of heart. The snow lies where it falls—it isn’t groomed the way it is in the United States and Europe—and the runs can be quite steep. If you’re not exactly the world’s best skier, you can stick to the beginner slopes or join the families on the sledding hill.
Camel Trekking Across the Desert
It would be disappointing to travel in Morocco without seeing a camel or even riding one. Organized camel treks take you through the Sahara, away from tourist traps, carpet stores, and snake charmers, with only the sound of the camels’ footsteps for miles around. Take in the views of mountains and Berber villages from your humped transport. Visit the Todra Gorge and stay overnight in a Berber tent. Without the reflection of city lights, the constellations ignite the midnight sky.
Kite Surfing in Ad Dakhla
Ad Dahkla is one of the most ideal places in the world for kite surfing. When the warm air from the desert mixes with the cold ocean currents, a strong northwesterly wind blows across the water, offering consistent fun for kite surfers. The shallow lagoon allows beginners to learn the basics, and professionals to practice more challenging stunts without dealing with large waves.
Even if you prefer outdoor activities of a tamer sort, such as golf, you won’t be let down when visiting Morocco; its 12 golf courses include one of the world’s best. Fishing is popular along Morocco’s long coastline, lakes and rivers. Birdwatchers will enjoy Morocco’s sanctuaries and wildlife reserves. In the right season, visitors can even catch sight of the extraordinary pink flamingos that flock to the temporary lakes that suddenly appear in the desert. And if being adventurous isn’t quite your thing, opt for a desert tour in a four-by-four instead of hopping onto a camel’s back.