2023: the Course


 November 6-12, 2023


Monday November 6, 2023: Welcome to Marrakech

Arrival at the Barcelo Palmtree hotel in Marrakech starting at 2pm, depending on flights and other travel arrangements (hotel name TBC).

The cars will be delivered directly to the hotel.

2pm: Training session in navigation and desert driving (mandatory for beginners) – during this time, the cars will be equipped with Tripy devices (handled by the organizers)

6.30pm: Briefing sessions for all participants and instructions on how to use the Tripy GPS.

7.30pm: Welcome happy hour followed by dinner.

Night at Barcelo Palmtree hotel Marrakech


1st Leg:  November 7, 2023: Marrakech - Bin el Ouidane

Departure from Raid via a trek through the Atlas and our first pit stop in Bin el Ouidane.

2nd Leg: November 8, 2023: Bin el Ouidane - Midelt

Lodging at the beautiful Widiane Hotel in front of The Bin El Ouidane Lake

3rd Leg: November 9, 2023: Midelt - Merzouga

Here you’ll only have the Road Book to guide you to the Erg Chebbi, where your hotel will be waiting for you to rest up and recharge during three delightful evenings at the friendly Auberge du Sud - lodging during 2 nights

4th Leg: November 10, 2023: Merzouga - Merzouga

Here you are at the foot of the dunes!

All together will spend the day with Patrick Zaniroli and Alain Lopes at the "Dunes Driving School", exit timing and Regularity tests in the dunes.Everyone will head out together to explore the famous Erg Chebbi.

This time it’s a full-on sand bath for everyone! Maneuvering through the dunes will be like a walk in the park by the end of the day since you’ll all have become experts in the art of driving in the sand.

The whole day will be dedicated to exploring the incomparable Erg Chebbi and reveling in the totally unique feeling of driving in the seemingly endless waves on an ocean of sand.

Lodging: Auberge du Sud (2nd night)

5th Leg: November 11, 2023: Merzouga - Boulmande Dadès

Lodging at the nie Xaluca hotel in Boulmane du Dadès

6th Leg: November 12, 2023:Boulmane - Aït Ben Haddou (near Ouarzazate)

That evening we’ll all enjoy the rewards and applauds for the winners followed by a lovely poolside dinner.

7.30pm: Awards Ceremony

8.30pm: Closing dinner

Lodging in the sublime Kar Ighnda Hotel near the beautiful Kasba Aït Ben Haddou (Unesco)


The End :  November 13, 2023: Back to Marrakech and Europe

The morning will be spent driving to Marrakech to return the 4WD rentals and catch your planes home, unless you decide to spend the weekend onsite and take in the sights.

Our travel agency is at your service if you’d like help planning with insider tips about Marrakech.

Dare to embark on an incomparable adventure where you’ll discover the Moroccan desert under ideal conditions.

Agence ESCAPADES : 16 rue A. Crespin - 45000 ORLEANS – France
Contact : Françoise Chanteloup - Port : +33 (0)6 13 07 31 03 - Email : francoisechanteloup04@gmail.com