Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Regional Forums > Sahara Travel Forum

Sahara Travel Forum Topics specific to North Africa and the Sahara down to the 17th parallel (excludes Morocco)
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Desert Travels - Motorcycle Journeys in the Sahara and West Africa!

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 2 Dec 2008
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 2
Short motorbike trip - Morocco or Tunisia?

I'm hoping to ride to one of these countries from the UK sometime next year on a motorbike - maybe with firneds also on motorbikes. The trip would be 2-3 weeks in total.

I'm not sure which country would be the better to visit.

The Plymouth - Santander ferry (about £200 per person inc bike return) is about half the price of the Marseille to Tunis one (£400). So on that basis alone I'm thinking Morocco would be the better option.

Is that madness?

Are there any reasons Tunisia would be a better choice?

Many thanks!

PS - GREAT forum!
Reply With Quote
Old 2 Dec 2008
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Posts: 1,366
Think you'll find you need a guide in Tunisia. And as you are on bike the guide will need a car .. you pay for the guide and his car.

If you have never been to Morocco .. go there .. see Tims Morocco FAQ over on UKGSer :::: For BMW GS Enthusiasts for things to do/routes etc ...
Regards Frank Warner
motorcycles BMW R80 G/S 1981, BMW K11LT 1993, BMW K75 G/S
Reply With Quote
Old 3 Dec 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: FRANCE
Posts: 139

The most interesting in Tunisia is the south part, to ride dunes and eat sand, but since fews months a guide is mandatory and even some area are totaly forbiden and the prices are crasy, I've been in both countries, and without hesitation for a first trip in north africa i would choose Morocco.
Reply With Quote
Old 3 Dec 2008
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 2
Ok, thanks guys - Morocco it is then.
Reply With Quote
Old 3 Dec 2008
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: holland
Posts: 124
if you have never been to morocco before, i would definetly choose for morocco. It has everything, nice mountains, beautiful city's, some desert, kind people and the coast and good roads for your motorcycle.
Have fun

Reply With Quote
Old 5 Dec 2008
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 9
Morocco is great, was there for 10 days in March.

Good luck on the ferry (also portsmouth to bilbao route v similar) as its generally rough and not pleasant for 36 hours. Dont make the mistake of getting a cabin at the front of the boat as it is even more unpleasant!

The ride down through Spain can be done in a day and there are early ferries across from Algeciras so that you have a full day once arriving in Morocco - i went to Fez on day one after stopping for a great breakfast in chechaeouen. Worth riding down to Merzouga to the dunes and crossing back across the high Atlas.

You see a lot of old people now travelling in camper vans around the country. They all seem to go anti-clockwise for some reason so i was glad to be going the other way.

The police arent allowed to stop tourists riding now as the king stopped them after realising how the bribes they wanted were damaging tourism. Usually police have checkpoints either side of towns but all they can do is wave as you pass, unless perhaps you're speeding.

Most of the country is very safe and people v friendly - except in Tangiers where everyone looks at you like they want to steal your bike - some even try and flag you down. Fre kids throw stones at you here and there but its not too bad. Hope you enjoy.
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Short Bike trip in SA kiwi_cj sub-Saharan Africa 1 3 Jul 2008 12:25
Bike for a trip to Morocco/Algeria/Tunisia loolah Which Bike? 2 11 Jan 2008 21:29
short french trip happy pilgrim Europe 13 26 Jun 2007 20:44
Short movie of our Morocco trip supersub Sahara Travel Forum 0 22 May 2007 20:55
oz short trip jez Travellers Seeking Travellers 2 17 Aug 2001 04:23


NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!

HU DVD Autumn Special!

Take 40% off Road Heroes Part 1 until October 31 only!

Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley); Dr. Greg Frazier (5 times RTW); Tiffany Coates (RTW solo female); and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads).

The first in an exciting new series, Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers."Inspiring and hilarious!"

"I loved watching this DVD!"

"Lots of amazing stories and even more amazing photographs, it's great fun and very inspirational."

"Wonderful entertainment!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'HEROES' on your order when you checkout.

Renedian Adventures

Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!

What turns you on to motorcycle travel?

Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

Books & DVDs


All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.

Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 11:19.