From Marrakesh to Dakar:
Motorcycle expedition through Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal

$5,478 16 days from 6 to 12 participants for true adventurers

tour description


Marrakesh to Dakar: Motorcycle expedition

You start by flying from your origin to Morocco. In Marrakech the motorcycles and off-road vehicles (if you want us to transport your off-road vehicle to the start) are waiting for you and off you go. After the crossing of the Atlas mountains we continue into the desert and move on to large sections off-road in the Western Sahara. Along the wild Atlantic coast we drive to Mauritania. In Mauritania it will really get down to business and we will only rarely see asphalt. The goal is to reach the capital of Senegal on the 14th day of Dakar, which is a thriving metropolis in West Africa.


Motorradreisen in Afrika mit Overcross
City in Morocco


Motorcycle Tour Day 1: Arrival in Morocco

After landing in Marrakech you will be picked up at the airport and given your motorcycles. The rest of the day you can spend in the alleys of Marrakech pack your motorcycles and prepare for the upcoming tour.


Mit dem Motorrad durch Afrika. Overcross Off-Road Reisen
Valley in Morocco close to Ouzoud


Motorcycle trip day 2: Meeting in Asni and crossing of the Tizi n'Test

We meet the participants of the Paris 2 Dakar in Asni at the foot of the Jbel Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa. Together we continue to the pass summit of Tizi n'Test. Even if it is not too many kilometres it takes almost a day until we are in Taroudant on the other side. On the single-lane road everything from donkeys up to 40 ton trucks can come from ahead.


Enduroreisen in Afrika mit Overcross
 Auf Motorradtour am Tizi n'Test


Motorcycle trip day 3: African culture and wonderful riding fun with the motorcycle

Driving onwards through a beautiful valley full of almond trees towards Tafraoute. The road meanders along the valley wall and makes the motorcyclist's heart beat faster. The first dromedaries will be visible and slowly the desert begins. Arrived in Tafraoute we can stock up with provisions for the next days and admire the gigantic monoliths which look as if they were built by human hands.


Motorcycle trip day 4 & 5: Through the Sahara to Smara

The first major off-road stage is ahead of us. Through the western foothills of the big Sahara we will drive for 2 days in the direction of the desert city Smara. On the way there is the controversial border between Morocco and the former Spanish Sahara. This is obvious to ones eye until today in the mentality of the inhabitants and the language. While in Morocco French is very common, you can now suddenly get on with Spanish.


Enduroreisen und Abenteuer mit Overcross
Motorcycle tour in Africa with Overcross


Motorcycle Tour Day 6: To the Metropolis of the West Sahara

Continuing on a dusty track always along the Seguiet el Hamra, which also carries water most of the time of the year. Todays destination El Aaiún is not far away and there is time to rest your bike a bit, stretch your legs or take a dip in the sea.


Land Rover Discovery Zebra in der Sahara Marokko
 Expedition 2014: Morocco

Motorcycle trip day 7&8: Sahara, Sahara and Sahara

For two days we continue on the N1 for approx. 500 km to Dakhla. To our right is the blue Atlantic and to our left the endless expanse of the Sahara. We will have time to stop again and again at the beautiful coast or to drive parts of the beach along Off Road. Optionally we could drive faster on tarmac and have a rest day in the surfer city Dakhla.


Dakhla Surfer Marokko Senegal Dakar Tour
Coast of the westerrn Sahara close to Dakhla


Motorcycle trip day 9: Off to the unknown

While Morocco is known to everyone, Mauritania is rather unknown despite its size. From Dakhla we drive to the border and cross the no man's land. Then we will spend the rest of the day entering Mauritania. Here they remind you of the fact that the Europeans have perhaps invented the clock but Africans the time. After the border we make camp for the night in the idyll of the dunes.


Motorradtouren, Off Road Abenteuer in Afrika mit Overcross
 Enduro fun in the Sahara

Motorcycle trip day 10 & 11: The oasis Atar as destination

We follow the route of the iron ore train Off Road to Atar. The route is very difficult and it will take us two days to reach the oasis. Atar was once an important city in the high culture of the Moors who are the original name givers of the country.


Motorcycle trip day 12: Out of the desert to Dakar

We drive back to the sea and will be half on and half off road in the Sahara for the last time before the Sahel Zone begins. We will spend the night at the beach and even if you only have one thread to fish you should be succesfull. The sea off Mauritania is considered to be one of the richest in fish in the world.


Dakar Geländewagen  Motorrad reisen
 On Tour in the Western Sahara


Motorcycle Tour Day 13: On the Beach

Before the road was built in 2006, the official way to Nuakchott was along the beach. Due to the tides, the sand is smooth and you can still make better progress than on the actual road. We take advantage of this and continue our motorcycle trip on this route. Our destination for the day is the capital Nuakchott where half of the Mauritanian population lives.


Motorcycle Tour Day 14: Across the Senegal River

Whoever does not know "Fech Fech yet will get to know today. On covered pistes we drive to the border of Senegal at the Senegal river. There are trees again along the road and more animals. Our road leads us through a bird protected national park in which our European birds spend the winter. The destination of the day is Saint-Louis. The city is located on an island in the delta of the Senegal River and has a very beautiful colonial core.


Motorradreisen mit Overcross in Afrika
Boats coloured in multiple colours on the senegal river


Motorcycle trip day 15: Finish in Dakar

Von Saint-Louis brechen wir morgens auf und werden gegen Mittag Dakar erreichen. Wie die Paris Dakar endet unsere Reise am Ufer des Lac Rose, dem rosa Salzsee am Stadtrand von Dakar. Den letzten Abend verbringen wir gemeinsam und bei einem gutem Essen feiern wir unsere Ankunft.




Do you want to experience the entire adventure? Click here for the Paris Dakar journey

Paris 2 Dakar 21 Days


Fancy more adventure and still have more time?

This is the 7-day tour through Senegal and Gambia:


Vom Atlantik in den Dschungel (GERMAN)

Itinerary may change without further notice due to weather-, road- or any other condition that OVERCROSS or its guides feel will jeopardize the safety of the group or material.


What benefits can you expect?

Services included in the tour price:

  • English speaking tour guide from OVERCROSS
  • All accommodation (hotel and camping) as advertised
  • Accompanying / support vehicle for the expedition trip
  • Flights for participants from Dakar to Frankfurt
  • Technical assistance and support for vehicle repairs
  • Driving and off-road briefing
  • Provision of tools and equipment
  • Securing the logistics of spare parts
  • Expedition kitchen and crockery during the expedition trip
  • All ferry passages for persons and motorbikes to Africa
  • All entrance fees for sightseeing are covered by Overcross
  • *Motorbike transport from Tübingen to Marrakech
  • *Motorbike transport from Dakar to Tübingen
  • Tolls
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • GPS tracking for relatives

Services not included in the tour price:

  • Bar and restaurant visits
  • Visas
  • Foreign health insurance (compulsory!)
  • Other travel insurances
  • Rental motorcycle and deposit
  • Motorcycle insurances
  • Customs documents
  • Everything that is not included

country information

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  • What is meant by desert and what kinds are there?

    Dry deserts do prevent due to their lack of water, the plant growth. At the
    Tropics at about 23, 5 degrees, there are so-called tropic deserts like the Sahara.

    The high-pressure areas there let the clouds dissolve and there is therefore no precipitate.

    These high-pressure areas are established by the intertropical convergence zone. Due to the strong sunlight warms the equatorial region particularly hard, so much water evaporates which prevents the precipitation.
    Descending air masses lead to the degradation of the clouds.
    The different types of desert we travelare: stone, gravel, salt and the sand desert.


    Stone or rock desert:

    Also known as Hammada is covered with dense nature of the blocky, angular fine rock or coarser rock material. These Hamada is the result of the physical

    Often, this rocky desert are coverde with boulders.Plateaus crossed that even with a well-developed havy duty off roaders barely passable. On our safari jeep, we usually travel on the old caravan routes, which is usually like in other forms of the desert

    Alamat acknowledges. Almat are small stone pyramids were usually placed on increases as route of the nomads and caravan leaders. Along the sandy desert, they are usually blown away, and man recognizes the old and new routes in camel carcasses, old tires and the car frame or other veralssenen those who "runs" line. A typical picture is dark colored and the smooth surface of the rocks of a desert rock, due to the smooth shiny surface it is also called desert varnish, results of flexibility accorded by the sun and the creeping permanent audit by the fine desert sand.

    Gravel desert:

    In the Western Sahara, they are called Reg, in the central Sahara, they are called Serir. Gravel deserts caused by erosion of stone or rock desert or by the
    Deposition of gravel where millions of years ago were still glacial. Another cause is a
    physical effect on the surface to collect more and more rocks, since the smaller pebbles or sand grains move down much easier. This process was developed in the desert for thousands of years, because provide moisture, wind and temperature differences for the movement of sand grains. When crossing through this gravel deserts you can still see the tracks after weeks of the knobby tires of motorcycles or the lanes of the SUVs and trucks Expeditions:

    Salt desert

    Chott el Jerid is probably the biggest and most famous salt lake Chott Tunesien.Der term is also used in Algeria and in the Eastern Sahara, the central salt desert, also known as Sebkha. Salt flats occur mostly in arid endorheic
    Sedimentary basins due to strong evaporation. In the Maghreb region of the layer is under-shaped ground conducive to formation of a dei Chotts which Duch promotes its consistency clay to seal the bottom surface. Very many of the deserts lie in the type
    Iran and Central Asia. Salt flats and salt-containing damp voallem deserts such as the Chott el Jerid, they are difficult if not impossible to impassable. Depending on the depth of the drying Sonneneinstarahlung the salt crust / upper class bedinkt passable. Often arise in wells of only a few Zentiumeter "swamp fields and ponds," weren which should in any case not drive through or walk through. The salt is formed mostly by down
    washed up debris from adjacent elevations / mountains, which often contain plenty of salt in endorheic depressions such as the Qattara Depression accumulates naturally as salt-enriched clay and Lehmflächen. This surface is called Salt Flat and Alkali Flats. After precipitation, which are mostly in the winter months, walked these salt lakes.


    The sandy deserts:

    The erg in the Western Sahara and in the Libyan Sahara is a desert is called the surface mainly consists of quartz sand. This is caused by soil erosion, sand a gravel desert. Due to the absolute dry conditions in the sandy deserts due to the lack of vegitation are much harder than stone or gravel deserts. Because of the fine grading of the sand deserts in the lower part of the carrying capacity is solidified, the surface is rather finely and due to the strong sunlight and fine dust-like sand of Einwehung less viable.
    In the northern Sahara dunes are found frequently occurring as longitudinal dunes or sickle.
    In libischen part of the Sahara will find the most beautiful crescent dunes below Seba and the longest sand dunes in Algeria with up to six hundred miles long.

    With the motorcycle and 4x4 suv in the solidified dunes levels passable, but difficult or impossible in up to three hundred feet high Mamutdünen how she finds in Algeria and Libya.

    The world's largest sand desert in Arabia, where we conduct the tours in Oman and the Rub al Khali Dubai. الربع الخالي ar-Rub ʿ al-Khali is the paradise for every off roader. The turning circle running through the desert of Oman, Yemen, and UAE.



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Oct 14, 2023 Oct 29, 2023
Expedition from Morocco to Dakar
$5,478 Marrakesch to Dakar on your motorcycle

Optional additional services
$2,241 Rental bike Yamaha XTZ 700 Ténéré

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Oct 12, 2024 Oct 27, 2024
Expedition from Morocco to Dakar
$5,478 Marrakesch to Dakar on your motorcycle

Optional additional services
$2,241 Rental bike Yamaha XTZ 700 Ténéré

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$5,478 Marrakesch to Dakar on your motorcycle
There are no fix dates for this tour. We are happy to set up dates to your liking.

Optional additional services

$2,241 Rental bike Yamaha XTZ 700 Ténéré