Morocco

Pete Cornes

Kayaking has taken me to some amazing places over the past few years, through the pursuit of quality whitewater I have met some incredible people and seen sights that will stay with me forever. The driving force behind that travel has always been the kayaking, the promise of amazing whitewater and phrases like “five days of continuous class 4/5…” are what has driven me to explore new places, and the experiences that I have had were just been icing on the cake. My recent trip to Morocco was almost the opposite, it is the country, scenery, and people that made me put a trip together, and any good kayaking would be the bonus. Thankfully we got all we expected and plenty of bonus action.

Stunning scenery:

Atlas MountainsKayaking in Morocco

Plenty of Sitting Around and some relaxed multi-day paddling:

mulit day kayaking

Great quality paddling in some stunning deep sandstone gorges:

Emma Runciman kayaking in Morocco

The usual transport problems and associated Sitting Around:

Moroccan wildlife:

Stork Morocco

Classic North African skylines:

Marrakesh

The enticing hustle and bustle of the Djema el Fna in Marrakesh:

Djema el Fna Marrakesh

And some great whitewater kayaking (Chris on the Sources of the Oum er Rhiba):

kayaking the sources of the Oum er Riba

Over the ten day trip, we had some great paddling from grade 2 to 4 through some beautiful gorges and valleys. The paddling wasn’t the hardest and we didn’t get as much boating in as we could have if the van had been a bit more co-operative or the had been a touch more snow melt in the High Atlas, but as an experience and a chilled out trip with good friends, it would be hard to beat. Often on kayaking trips I can get quite stressed in focusing on trying to maximise the amount of boating, but I on this one I was getting quite into participating in the national pass-time of Sitting Around. I would recommend that everyone add Morocco to your destination wish list, regardless of your level of kayaking, and the sooner the better as we did encounter a few large dam construction projects on the trip, so some of these rivers, especially the Oum er Riba may not be around for much longer…

Oh, and the food beats any other country I have been to.

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