whitewater rafting moroccoIf you are looking to give your feet a break on your next trip to Morocco, consider finding a reputable whitewater rafting company. Day trips are possible but you also have to opportunity to float for a few days, which allows you to experience a great camping experience as well. One of the most popular places to begin a whitewater rafting trip is from the Middle Atlas Mountains on the Ahanssel River. The area is remote, but knowledgeable guides and warm weather make it easy to get used to the isolation.

Journey Beyond Travel is one of the more reputable tour companies on the water who can customize trips and combination packages that mix time on the water with a trek in the mountains of Morocco. For the most part, these trips are reasonably priced and family friendly. While you are on the river, all meals will be provided so you only need to bring your clothing and other personal items.

For those who have never gone whitewater rafting in Morocco before, the first thing you need to know is that there are no clocks on the river. Nature provides the incentives for life here. You will be awoken by the sunlight and the birds chirping in the canyon. A hearty breakfast and hot mug of coffee help you prepare for the day.

As you float down the river, you’ll have the time to meet and mingle with your fellow rafters. Depending on weather conditions and time of day, you may have the opportunity to stop for a short trek to nearby waterfalls or a local village. Lunch will probably be a leisurely affair along the river’s edge. Keep your eyes open for Morocco’s local wildlife.

For a multi-day trip, you’ll probably leave the river in the early afternoon so there is plenty of time to set up camp before dinner. Take this down time to swim, read, hike, take pictures or relax against the backdrop of the river.

A campfire rounds out a day on the river. Retire when you wish, but try to stay awake long enough to watch the stars spill out across the sky.

Posted by JoAnna Haugen, managing editor at Journey Beyond Travel and author of Kaleidoscopic Wandering.

Photo by QuiteLucid.