October 2021: the Course


 October 30 - November 6, 2021

Saturday October 30, 2021: Welcome to Marrakech

Arrival at the 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.


1st Leg: Sunday October 31, 2021: Marrakech - Skoura

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

Lodging at the Sawadi Hotel and Aït Ben Damiette Kasba.

The first day is all about getting into the swing of things with a connecting leg and a few easy trails to bring us down South.

2nd Leg: Monday November 1st, 2021: Skoura - Erfoud

For this second day, a little more time to explore the Atlas Mountains in the morning and then we’ll tackle the great southern plains on our way to Erfoud.

Lodging at the Berbère Erfoud Hotel.

3rd Leg: Tuesday November 2, 2021: Erfoud - Merzouga

Now it’s time for some real desert challenges and magic along the side by side trails that follow the cape and the first crossing of the dunes to 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.

4th Leg: Wednesday November 3, 2021: Merzouga - Merzouga

Here you are at the foot of the dunes!

The “beginners” will spend their morning with Patrick Zaniroli at the Dunes Driving School, while the “experts” hit the dunes for two Regularity Tests.

That afternoon, everyone will head out together to explore the famous Erg Chebbi.

5th Leg: Thirsday November 4, 2021: Merzouga - Merzouga

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.

6th Leg: Friday November 5, 2021: Merzouga - Ouarzazate

The sand is replaced by high-speed trails and the pleasure of navigating from one oasis to the next as we gradually make our way to the final destination in Ourzazate.

Lodging at the 5-star Berbère Palace.

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

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


The End : Saturday November 6, 2021: Back to 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.