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The Moroccan Monkey Run

The Monkey Run Morocco

If a gigantic all-terrain dual-sport bike is a way of announcing to the world that you’ve got a tiny willy, a monkey bike serves to remind folk that you’re hung like a donkey or lady donkey.

This is the Monkey Run. A farcical battle between humankind, cheap engineering and humour.

01.The Moroccan Monkey Run

The most unsuitable bike in the most unsuitable terrain. For most, idiotic, for Adventurists, bliss.

What Monkey Bikes lacks in size, they make up for in personality. Sit astride, gawp at the sand dunes of the Sahara and marvel at the Atlas mountains. These geographical features will astonish and annoy, because it’s your job to cross them.

With up to 50 riders on each adventure, meet with likeminded morons for the most ridiculous two-wheeled roadtrip out there. There is literally thousands of miles of off-road chaos between you and the finish line.

02.The Unroute

Depending on which edition you’re signed up for will determine where you start from and where you finish. We give you a start and finish, but outside of that, you're on your own. This way you get to choose how much desert and how much mountain you get, how many back-road and wrong roads you take and how far into Algeria you accidentally stray.
Point A - a secret desert oasis near Merzouga.
Point B - another secret location, this time not too far from Marrakech.
Transport from Marrakech to the start line and from the finishline back to Marrakech will be provided by us.

03.Schedule

April 19

  • 28th March

    Thursday

    Arrive in Marrakech in time for an early bus to the start line the following day. Optional meet up for beers in the evening

  • 29th March

    Friday

    Test driving and party

  • 30th March

    Saturday

    Launch Day

  • 5th April

    Friday

    Finish line opens plus the finish party and prize-giving ceremony

  • 6th April

    Saturday

    Bus back to Marrakech. Bear in mind it’s a full day’s drive and you’ll arrive back in Marrakech late at night

October 2019

  • 17th October

    Thursday

    Arrive in Marrakech in time for an early bus to the start line the following day. Optional meet up for beers in the evening

  • 18th October

    Friday

    Bus to start line (departs early)

  • 19th October

    Saturday

    Test driving & party

  • 20th October

    Sunday

    Launch day

  • 26th October

    Saturday

    Finish line opens plus the finish party and prize-giving ceremony

January 2020

  • 29th December

    Sunday

    Arrive in Marrakech in time for an early bus to the start line the following day. Optional meet up for beers in the evening

  • 30th December

    Monday

    Bus to start line (departs early)

  • 31st

    Tuesday

    Test driving & party

  • 1st January

    Wednesday

    Launch day

  • 7th January

    Tuesday

    Finish line opens plus the finish party and prizegiving ceremony

04.Some handy stuff about Morocco

• If you have a UK driving licence from pre-2002 you can drive a 50cc bike without a licence

• In Morocco, you can drive a bike up to 50cc without a licence

• The bikes come with the legally required third party insurance so you can show some forms to the policemen at the checkpoints

• For many nationalities, you can get a visa-on-arrival - double check yours before you go

• Fuel is mostly available, but less so in the desert

• Likewise with food & water. You probably want to avoid tap-water in more rural areas, unless you enjoy defecating through the eye of a needle

• Camping is the most versatile plan for a place to lay your hat, but you'll find a fair few pensions in the towns & mountains

05.What you get for the entry fee

• A mighty if diminutive bike to fall in love with

• The bike transported to the start line

• Bike paperwork and 3rd party vehicle insurance ready to go

• A launch party to kill half your brain and a finish party to kill the other

• The most ridiculous week of adventuring chaos imaginable

06.Saving the world

Not only is the Monkey Run an industrial dose of adventure, it’s also about Saving the World. We ask every team to raise a minimum of £1000 for charity, at least £500 of which goes to our official charity Cool Earth.

To date The Adventurists have raised over £7 million for charity and, along with the teams on our other adventures, you'll be saving the world one rainforest at a time. Not because we’re tree hugging sandal weavers, but because the world would be shit without them.

07.The warning

These are genuinely dangerous things to do. The website is written in a light-hearted fashion but you cannot overestimate the risks involved in taking part in this adventure.

Your chances of being seriously injured or dying as a result of taking part are high. Individuals who have taken part in past Adventurists' adventures have been permanently disfigured, seriously disabled and even lost their life.

This is not a glorified holiday, it's an unsupported adventure and so by its very nature extremely risky. You really are on your own and you really are putting both your health and life at risk. This is what makes them adventures.