Airport & Airlines
The closest international airport from us is the Menara Airport (RAK) in Marrakesh. Many airlines from Europe has direct flights from Europe to Marrakesh including Air France, British Airways, EasyJet, Iberia, Royal Air Maroc, Ryanair, Swiss.
Currency & Exchange Rate
Moroccan currency is the dirham (MAD). Currently €1 is about 10.7 dirhams. Exchange offices and banks are present in airport, and big cities, especially when you arrive in Marrakesh. We recommend you exchange some cash at the banks or exchange offices in the airport. There are also ATMS whereby you can use your VISA or MasterCard to withdraw cash. You can also use your Visa or MasterCard in hotels, restaurants and shops.
Yes, it is mandatory to provide us with your insurance company emergency contact number and policy number, stating particularly the activities and repatriation coverage. You will also need to sign a Liability Waiver Form before departure.
CANCELLATION BY THE DESERT WANDERER Our short excursions requires a minimum of 2 people. Our long expeditions have a minimum requirement of 4 participants. If this minimum number is not met 14 days before departure, this expedition can be cancelled and any fees paid by the client will be refunded in full. In this case, The Desert Wanderer will recommend an alternative. Under circumstances of unexpected events or weather conditions that cause safety and security concerns for the participants, we may cancel our tours. All participants will have full refund in these cases.
CANCELLATION BY THE CLIENT All cancellation must be in writing for reimbursement to be considered and processed. In case of cancellation, only the following amount will be reimbursed: More than 30 days prior to departure: 100% 15 to 29 days prior to departure: 70% of the cost of the tour 7 to 14 days prior to departure: 40% of the cost of the tour Within one week prior to departure: 20% of the cost of the tour
We provide the basic safety equipment in all of our tours: helmet, gloves and goggles. However, you are free to bring your own. We recommend you to wear boots or ankle boots, rain and all-terrain jacket and trousers for protection especially in high passes and desert. If you wish, you can bring a silk sleeping bag for extra warm in the cold desert nights.
Most accommodation and meals are covered by our tour fee. However, you do need to pay for any personal expenses, such as extra drinks, alcohol, souvenirs, and/or tips. There are many exchange offices at the airport in Marrakech and in the city. ATM machines are available in most towns for cash withdrawal with your Visa or MasterCard.
Water and Food
We recommend you drink mineral water which can be purchased at many convenience stores on the road. All meals are prepared in very clean and safe way in most restaurants and at our camps. You will enjoy traditional Moroccan food in most cases. Some restaurants do have western menu. However, we do not allow any alcohol until our driving is finished for the day. If any problems arise, there are pharmacies in all towns, staffed with well-trained pharmacists that can help you with most common health problems.
Roads in Morocco
Most roads between small towns and villages are paved. However, we will drive on dirt roads in some sections with lots of sand and dusts. Also roads going uphill to the mountain passes and downhill can have many turns so extreme cautions should be taken at all times. Desert dunes can also be very steep sometime. So enjoy yourself but also make sensible judgement to avoid any unnecessary incidents at the same time.
We require all our tour participants to have general good health, physical fitness and alertness. Quad biking can be bumpy on some dirt road sections so we do not recommend anyone with back or spinal problems to participate. Please refer to the detail on TERMS AND CONDITIONS
What to Wear for Quad Tours
Because quad treks are usually dirt roads, we recommend wearing clothing that cover your legs and arms. Close shoes are important. Running and light hiking shoes are recommended. In long expeditions, jackets are highly recommended in spring, autumn and winter because of high wind in some areas.
What to Wear in City and Town
It’s common and ok for men to wear t-shirt and shorts in the city and villages. Women may want to cover their shoulders and legs by wearing loose tops and trousers in the summer, especially in small villages or visiting mosques. From November, temperatures in the south of Morooco can fluctuate a lot from day and night. So layers your clothing, fleece or even down jacket will be necessary.