1,000km of trails
Customer Information Pack
Your Typical Day on the Road
• General attributes and experience needed
• Who else will be taking part?
• Riding experience
Training and orientation
• Kudu Expeditions’ motorcycles
• Bringing your own motorcycle
• What if my bike breaks down?
• Staff and vehicles
• What is included in price
• What is not included in price
• Spending money
Preparing for departure
• Personal documentation and visas
• Riding equipment
• Carriage of personal belongings
• Personal clothing
• Miscellaneous items
Communications on the road
How do I join?
Welcome to Adventure Morocco – 1,000km of trails. Morocco is perhaps the
finest adventure motorcycling destination in the world, with thousands of
kilometers of unpaved tracks and trails, as well as maintained tar roads through
some of the most breathtaking scenery on earth. We have been bringing
adventurers here since our fist tour and for good reason. Fantastic culture,
ancient history, the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert all combine to make
the ultimate adventure motorcyclists playground. Remember – you don't need
to be an experienced off-road rider to join any one of Kudu's tours so read on,
and wet you appetite for 2 weeks you will never forget!
Meet in Malaga, southern Spain, for your orientation day. Get to know the Kudu team and your fellow riders
and get an introduction to the Kudu motorcycle you will be riding. We will take a little time to go through all
aspects of the tour, routes, navigation and everything else before heading on a gentle ride-out to Algeciras.
Cross the Straights of Gibraltar to the enclave of Ceuta on the
continent of Africa before crossing the border into Morocco. A
very pleasant ride all the way to Fez incorporating a very
beautiful trail ride through the Rif.
Day 3 & 4
Great riding on good roads lead us up into the Middle-Atlas and
towards your first proper trail ride and wild camp in the mountains. Fairly easy tracks through remote
villages and woodlands lead you over dry river beds and up into the mountains for a great taster of what is
to come. After a fantastic day's ride it is time to get the kettle on, the camp fire lit and enjoy the unique
experience of setting up for the night in such beautiful surroundings.
The trail continues to climb up over high mountain passes and through remote
villages, seemingly cut off from the outside world. This exposed but technically
straightforward trail through fantastic scenery will bring you back down out of
the mountains and into the spectacular Todra Gorge, where a well deserved cold
beer and a bed await you.
From Todra we take good tar roads into the northernmost reaches of the Sahara
Desert and the huge sand dunes at Erg Chebbe. Here we will set up camp for
the night and you will get an afternoon to practice your sand riding techniques
for the Saharan trail to come.
Day 7 & 8
From Erg Chebbe we head south until the road disappears into the sand. We then turn due west on more
challenging desert trails for 200km of riding towards the desert town of Zagora. At the mid-way point we
will once more set up camp in the wild. Remote desert camping and seeing the desert sky at night is an
experience not to be forgotten. The following day we continue to Zagora for another well-earned bed for
Day 9 & 10
From Zagora we continue on graded tracks and some more
challenging trails turning north onto stunning, twisting tar roads
back towards the Anti-Atlas. We will stop off at Ouazarzate and
Ait Ben Haddou before hitting the pistes once more. From here
we ride beautiful trails into the High Atlas until we join up with
the main road over the Tichka Pass to Marrakech – perhaps one
of the greatest road rides on earth with switchback after
switchback for miles on end.
A well earned rest day in Marrakech where the Kudu team can look over bikes and equipment and you can
either head into town to see the sights, or relax by the pool before the journey continues.
Day 12 & 13
Two day's ride up the north-western edge of the Atlas range bring
us back towards the Royal city of Meknes and then Chefchaouen.
We will be heading back onto the mountain trails and enjoying
some tourist sights along the way too.
The final ride of your Moroccan adventures takes you out of Africa
- back over the Straights of Gibraltar and to Malaga. Wash the
dust out of your hair, hand your trusty bike back to the Kudu staff
and bid your fond farewells to the many new friends that you will have made during the past two weeks of
unforgettable adventures. You've made it!
*11Important note: This route is given as an example of what you can expect on Adventure Morocco and should not be taken as
necessarily the route that your trip will actually take. We are constantly changing the route to make sure that it is unique each time it
runs. Please contact us for the latest information and updates.
Your Typical Day on the Road
On a typical day you can normally expect to be on the road by 8am, and we aim to have reached our
destination by 5pm making steady progress, but ensuring that riders have time to stop, take photos and rest
as they go along.
Tarmac or trails... the choice is yours.
All of the off-road stages are entirely optional and if you are
after an easier ride, or just a break for the day, then you will be
given all of the information you need to do this. Completing all
of the off-road stages will involve a lot of early starts and tiring
days, so taking the tarmac route can mean an earlier finish, and
a much more relaxing day!
During the trip you will receive comprehensive notes providing
you with a wealth of information on all aspects of the route. The detail covering roads, accommodation, food
and fuel will mean that you can start the day’s ride confident that you know where you are going, and
exactly how you are going to get there. Contingency plans in-case of any problems en-route will also be
given to you so that if the need arises you can summon help from the Kudu team as quickly as possible.
For those of you not familiar with GPS (Global Positioning System) Technology, it is used
extensively by us to plan and run our expeditions. A GPS is a hand-held device which you
can mount onto your motorcycle handlebars, and using satellite technology it will enable
you to very easily navigate to any given destination en-route. That could be to meet up with
the support crew for lunch, a key petrol station, or your hotel accommodation at the end of
the day. All of the co-ordinates (or “waypoints”) that you will need can be pre-programmed
into your GPS for you by the Kudu team and you will be given practical instruction on how
to use the system during our training sessions. You must provide your own GPS and we
recommend the Garmin GPSMap 60CSx (pictured). In addition you will need a handlebar
mount which can be purchased from www.expansys.co.uk. If you are riding a Kudu
bike then you will be able to power your GPS from the bike's battery provided you bring the
correct cable with you. Kudu now have GPS systems for hire – please contact us for current
General attributes and experience needed
Adventure Morocco is – as it says – an adventure. It is not a holiday, however neither is it a rally raid or
race. This means that at times you can expect to get tired, dirty, hot and frustrated – however we will also
ensure that you are able to rest, have some relaxed evenings and experience the culture, sights and sounds
of Africa. The qualities you should be able to display to get the
most out of the experience are:
• A sense of adventure and a desire to be challenged
• A desire to see the real Africa
• The ability to work as a team
• The ability to endure some tough and tiring days on
Your suitability from a riding point of view is easier to gauge.
These adventures are not just for very experienced motorcyclists. It is central to our philosophy at Kudu
Expeditions to enable almost anyone, irrespective of background or experience, to achieve truly amazing
things. Adventure Morocco is organised in such a way as to be ideal for those with little experience of
adventurous travel or trail riding, as the duration of the tour is short, the trails are not too technically
challenging and there are opt-out tar routes available as we go along also.
The principal guidelines we have are as follows:
• You should have held a full motorcycle licence for a minimum of one year in order to ride one of
Kudu’s motorcycles – if you are bringing your own bike there is no such requirement.
• You must be confident and competent to ride and handle a motorcycle of the relevant weight
and size safely.
If you feel that your riding experience is lacking or you hold a licence but haven’t ridden for years, there is
no reason why you can’t make the effort to get lots of bike miles under your belt in the weeks leading up to
your trip. This will ensure that you are able to handle a motorcycle confidently and safely before you leave.
Who else will be taking part?
Your fellow trip members will be just like you – after an adventure of a lifetime which they will never forget.
They may be any age, come from any walk of life and from any country. They may be experienced bikers or
relative novices but we can guarantee that there is little chance any of them will have done anything like this
TRAINING AND ORIENTATION
All training for this tour will be held on route, with most topics being covered
during the orientation day on day 1. Anyone who requires extra training,
whether it is using the GPS navigation system or with their off-road riding
skills, will receive this as the trip progresses. There will also be dedicated sand
riding practice at Erg Chebbe. Please note that for safety reasons we reserve
the right to insist that customs who do not reach a required skill standard
when off-road riding take the alternative tar route when appropriate.
Over the course of the tour you will cover the following areas:
• General route information
• GPS introduction and practical lesson
• Basic motorcycle maintenance
• Puncture repair
• Safe riding in Africa
• Equipment familiarisation
• Accident and emergency procedures
Kudu Expeditions’ Motorbikes
If you opt to take one of our bikes you will currently be riding a Yamaha XT660 Tenere (pictured) – a very
robust and comfortable adventure motorcycle. They have been selected for their reliability and strength, as
well as their go-anywhere ability. They are well suited to the rigours of African riding and they are also
extremely comfortable and easy to ride. We also have a limited number of lowered bikes for those riders
who may find the full seat height too tall.
• Single cylinder 4 stroke
• Water cooled
• Chain drive
• Electronic fuel injection
• Electronic ignition
• 17” rear wheel, 21” front
• Full seat height – 895mm
• Lowered seat height - 865mm
Even if you are riding a Kudu bike you will still be responsible for day to day maintenance and safety
checks. In the unlikely event that there is a mechanical problem with these extremely reliable bikes, we
should be able to quickly repair it and have you back on the road in no time at all. A daily routine of basic
checks will be put in place which will be the responsibility of riders to carry out on the motorcycles they are
riding. This will include checks and maintenance on such things as:
• Chain lubrication and tension
• Tyre pressures
• Oil and coolant level
• Brake checks
• Light and indicator checks
Kudu personnel will have their own matrix of more detailed bike checks to carry out to ensure the bikes stay
safe and mechanically reliable. The rigours of Trans-African travel can quickly turn a new, mechanically
sound motorcycle into an unreliable and potentially dangerous one if not cared for properly. It is absolutely
essential that tour members take a keen interest in the mechanical upkeep of their machines and you will be
given plenty of guidance where this is concerned.
Bringing your own motorcycle
We must be certain that your bike is up to the job. It must be able to keep up
with the trip’s progress no matter what the terrain and it must also be
mechanically sound and not too old. Adventure motorcyclists will argue until
they are blue in the face as to the pros and cons of each model. Some of the
heavier bikes (e.g. BMW R1150GS/R1200GS) can be difficult to handle off-
road for the more inexperienced riders and some bikes may also need
modifications and we will happily advise you with this. One definite
stipulation is that engine size must be a minimum of 400cc.
If you have a bike and you want to bring it – whatever the make and model –
all you have to do is contact us and we can discuss how suitable your own
bike is. If we find that it isn’t you can always just take one of ours!
What if my bike breaks down?
Those riding Kudu bikes can relax and let the Kudu mechanic with our stock of on-board tools and spares
sort things out for you. Those on their own bikes will have access to the equipment and mechanic expertise
that comes with the support vehicle and our staff. Assistance will generally be given free of charge but parts
and costs incurred to third parties must be paid by the tour member. We will make every effort to fix your
bike ourselves, and if this is not possible, to recover it to a location where it can be fixed or recovered back
to the U.K.. You can bring your own spares to keep in the support vehicle at the discretion of Kudu
Expeditions. Please discuss with us what items you wish to bring at the earliest opportunity to enable us to
limit weight on the support vehicle.
What constitutes trip support?
Taking a group of vehicles through 1,000km of trails is a
challenge for people and machines alike. The 4x4 support
vehicles will be driven by employees of Kudu Expeditions
and they are equipped to keep our vehicles and riders on
the road. They carry emergency medical supplies, spare
parts and tools to deal with almost any eventuality. They
also carry the majority of tour members’ personal kit and
camping equipment to make our night-time stopovers when
not in hotels a pleasant and comfortable experience.
All trips are accompanied by a qualified mechanic, medic and experienced guide. In addition cooking duties
are carried out under the direction of Kudu staff. Expedition members will be expected to assist with food
preparation and general camp administration on a rotational basis.
At present the split between rooms and camping is 6:7. All
rooms are shared, however you may opt for a single room
when available and at your own cost. If you have decided
that you have what it takes to ride Adventure Morocco on a
motorcycle then desert camping should not be a problem for
you. Most people find it a really pleasant and memorable
experience, and often prefer it to staying in hotels or official
campsites. The support vehicle will carry tables for cooking
and washing, and chairs for you to slump into around the
camp-fire when darkness falls. The morning routine will
usually consist of an early rise, more filling and healthy food
for breakfast with cups of tea or coffee, and a quick pack-up
ready for the briefing on the day’s adventures to come.
People tend to find that the routine of camping is something that they very quickly become accustomed to,
and it can be one of the most worthwhile aspects of the entire trip. We will, however, have accommodation
to give you a chance to re-charge your batteries and get a good night’s sleep in a proper bed at regular
It is essential for the health and overall well-being of tour members that they are well fed every day. Food
will tend to be simple, healthy and filling and much of it will be purchased fresh on a daily basis.
• Breakfast will consist of cereal, toast, eggs, fruit, tea and coffee.
• Lunch will typically be baguettes and fruit.
• Dinner will typically be pasta, rice, locally procured meat or fish, stews, fruit, tea and coffee.
Important note: Please ensure that you inform us on booking if you have any special dietary requirements.
Please visit www.kuduexpeditions.com for current prices. Adventure Morocco has amazingly few extra
costs in comparison to our other tours due to the availability of cheap flights and the food kitty system which
will be used. Below is a summary of what is and is not included in price, and also what extra expenditure
you can expect to have to budget for.
What is included in price?
Riding a Kudu Bike
• Yamaha XT660 Tenere
• Support vehicle with mechanic
• Spare parts for Kudu bikes
• All equipment oil and fluids required to service and repair Kudu bikes
• Hotel room fees (normally based on twin rooms sharing)
• Tents (1 x tent per person)
• Communal cooking and eating equipment
• Filtered water for cooking and washing food
• First Aid assistance (and use of emergency medical equipment)
• Ferry charges
• 3rd party motorcycle insurance to cover travel in Spain for those riding Kudu bikes.
What is not included in price
• Miscellaneous border crossing fees
• Sleeping equipment (sleeping bag, roll mat etc)
• Food (75% of meals will be available from the 4x4 support vehicle prepared from the food kitty)
• Miscellaneous personal camping equipment (torch, penknife etc)
• Medical costs beyond those incurred as first aid. This relates in particular to those incurred to third
parties. All participants must have comprehensive medical insurance cover which includes
repatriation to their own country.
• Costs incurred conducting independent tourist activity and all park fees.
• Drinking water (readily available throughout Africa in bottled form)
• 3rd party motorcycle insurance in Morocco. It is a customers’ own responsibility to obtain this type of
insurance and assistance and advice will be given by Kudu personnel to enable you to do this at the
The main non-inclusive costs will be fuel, your flights and personal spending money on evening drinks at the
bar or a night out somewhere. Depending on how committed you are to keeping your own costs down you
may budget as follows – please remember these are very rough guidelines only:
• Fuel - £95 (based on 16mpl & prices at the time of writing)
• Personal spending money - £100 to £400 depending on budget
• Travel (medical) Insurance - £45 to £120 depending on insurer and level of cover taken
• Road/Bridge Tolls - £25
• Sleeping equipment - £40 to £150 depending on budget
• Morocco third party motorcycle insurance - £85 and purchased at the Moroccan border on arrival
• Return flight – Available for as little as £58 UK-Malaga-UK with Ryan Air at the time of writing. You
may like to try the following low cost UK providers and Internet sites:
Getting money in Africa
Euros are now much more popular than Dollars and you should carry them in smaller denominations for
ease of changing (20 and 50 Euro notes). We recommend that no more than 30% of your money should be
held in traveller’s cheques (Euros) as they can be difficult and time consuming to change, and attract poor
rates. The remainder can be carried as cash or better still can come from the use of ATMs in towns and
PREPARING FOR DEPARTURE
Although personal administration for this tour is much simpler than for any of our other trips, it must still be
checked prior to departure to ensure it does not become the source of frustrating delays once the journey is
• Passport – it must be valid for the duration of the tour and have 1 empty page.
• Credit/Debit/ATM card (Visa or Mastercard recommended)
• Driving licence
• Photocopies or preferably a digital scan of the key pages of all documents
If using your own bike or 4x4 you must also bring the following items each with photocopies:
• V5 / proof of ownership or letter from the vehicle's owner giving permission for you to ride it.
• Third party insurance and green card covering Europe and Morocco (Moroccan insurance is also
available on the border at Ceuta).
Visas are not required for passport holders from the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, USA, or
Canada as well as for several other nationalities. If in doubt please contact us for your requirements.
Motorcycle riding equipment
This tends to be a matter of personal preference, however there are some guidelines as to what you should
be looking at wearing below. If you want our personal recommendations on specific items feel free to
contact us by phone or e-mail and we will be more than happy to give them to you. It is each riders own
responsibility to ensure that they arrive adequately prepared for the tour.
• Helmet – If you are wearing a motocross helmet it is advisable to use one that gives you the option
of wearing a full visor with it (e.g. TourX or budget alternative) in the event that the weather is poor.
• Goggles – A very good idea to keep sand out of your eyes in the desert in particular.
• Jacket/trousers – Easily accessible pockets, vents and synthetic/textile materials are best. It should
be able to keep you warm in the cold, cool in the heat, and dry in the wet! Non-removable
waterproof outer layers (i.e. they form part of your normal riding outfit) must be vented and
breathable if you are going to wear them when riding in the desert . Non-breathable, removable
over-suits are perfectly acceptable. It is recommended to have detachable thermal inners or bring
extra warm clothes to wear underneath your outer layer. Try the Hein Gericke or RevIt brands for
some good options. Motocross style outfits may be worn when off-road but you must make sure
that you are adequately protected at all times when riding on tarmac.
• Boots – a high-leg motocross/enduro type is essential (other than for participants who are not
• Gloves – 1 x warm set for the Atlas mountains, and 1 x light set for the desert.
• Ear plugs – at least 1 x pair per week is recommended as a minimum for health and hygiene
IMPORTANT - Carriage of personal kit
The majority of your personal kit is carried on the support vehicle (bikes do not have panniers) and there are
strict limits on the size of baggage that we can accommodate per person. Each rider will receive 2 x tough
40L waterproof bags in which to store your belongings and this represents the total allocation of space in
which to carry all of your kit. If you follow the basic list below as a guideline you will find yourself well
equipped to look after yourself throughout the duration of the trip, and you should easily be able to fit it into
your allocated bags. Please be aware, if you arrive at the start with excessive baggage it will not be allowed
onto the support vehicle and you will have to make arrangements to leave it in Malaga until the trip returns.
• Small day sack to keep on your bike
• Sleeping bag
• Inflatable pillow
• Roll mat or compact/inflatable sleeping mattress
• Head torch
• Sewing kit
• GPS (also available for hire from Kudu)
• Laundry soap
• Penknife (Leatherman or Gerber multi-tool recommended)
• 4 x bungees to attach bit to the back of your bike
• Water bottle/camel pack
• Cable ties x 10
You may well wish to take some smarter casual clothes for evenings out to good hotels or restaurants in the
large cities and this is perfectly acceptable. The clothes that you wear on a day to day basis however, will
get very dusty and dirty, and so the majority of garments that you bring (if not all) should be old or at least
• Light trousers/long skirt x 1
• Shorts x 1
• Swimwear x 1
• T-shirts x 5
• Underwear x 5 sets
• Socks x 5 sets
• Sun hat (wide brimmed or baseball type)
• Light walking boots or trainers
• Sun glasses
• Soap and dish
• Shaving soap/razors
• Ear buds
• Foot powder
• Compact travel towel
• Toilet roll
• Sun lotion (a 100% sun blocker is essential for nose and face)
• Insect repellent
• Wet wipes
• Nail clipper
• Headache tablets/non-prescription pain killers
• Music/MP3 player
• Note-book and pen
• Guide book (e.g. Lonely planet)
• Morocco road map (photocopies of maps will be given to all riders at the start)
Seek advice from your doctor if you have any concerns about ongoing or previous medical problems you
may have had. Make sure he knows the true nature of what it is you are undertaking and if you require any
further information regarding the tour then don’t hesitate to contact us.
• Those who wear glasses should carry a spare pair in their luggage.
• Equip yourself with a personal first aid kit. They can be purchased cheaply from high-street chemists
and as a minimum should contain the following:
• Anti-septic cream
• Immodium (diarrhoea prevention tablets)
• Re-hydration sachets
• First aid dressings
• Headache tablets
• Iodine or other water purifying tablets
Get good travel insurance, which includes all medical costs with repatriation. You must make sure that your
insurance company is aware of the nature of the tour – in particular the fact that you will be riding a
motorcycle off-highway and also make them aware of the size of the bike's engine.
COMMUNICATIONS ON THE ROAD
Reception is usually available in towns and cities provided you have arranged a roaming facility with your
service provider. By far the cheapest means of staying in touch is to take an “unlocked” mobile phone and
purchase a sim card locally.
Internet cafes are becoming more and more common in African towns and cities and although often very
slow, are cheap and easy to use. In addition more and more hotels are gaining wireless access and the
Kudu support vehicle carries a wireless enabled laptop which customers may use when available.
How do I join?
By far the easiest way to book your place and pay your deposit is online at the Kudu website – please go to
www.kuduexpeditions.com/prices. Payments can also be made by UK cheque or bank transfer. UK
cheques only, made payable to “TTA Trust Kudu Expeditions Limited”, should be sent to:
Kudu Expeditions Ltd
Court Farm Business Park
Alternatively you can make a bank transfer using the following details:
Payment to: TTA Trust Kudu Expeditions
Sort Code: 50-41-01 Account Number 45127891
I-Ban Number: GB83NWBK 50410145127891 Swift Code/BIC: NWB KGB2L
Thank you for taking the time to read through the Adventure Morocco information pack. We have tried to
make it as comprehensive and informative as possible but it is inevitable that you will have more questions.
Please feel free to e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone +44(0)1885 490828 for a chat
on any aspect of your amazing adventure, and hopefully you will be joining us on a tour soon!