With each passing day, we're getting closer and closer to take-off, so to get your trip kicked off right, we have some important information below that you'll need.
Take a read through and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out.
A full trip itinerary can be found here.
November 14th - Final balance due in full. Can be paid in instalments ahead of time.
December 29th - Your first day in Morocco. Plan on arriving before 5PM.
January 6th - Your final day in Morocco. Departure is anytime after breakfast (but leave early if needed).
As the trip nears, we will deliver to you some important information that will round out your experience including:
Documentation Requirements - info about passports, visa, permits, insurance
Trip Organization - some key details about the trip and your experience
Daily Routine - insight into the day-to-day of Sahara Surfari including hiking and camp set-up
Money Matters - currency, spending money, and tipping
Country Info & Destination Facts - some key information about Morocco
Responsible Travel - high-level look at some initiatives behind your trip
Photography - high-level information about photography on the trip
Suggested Reference List - additional reading to learn about Morocco
Health & Fitness - health & fitness considerations for the trip
Packing, Clothing, & Equipment - what to pack, what's provided, etc.
All balances due will need to be paid in full by November 14th, 2018.
If you would like to pay in instalments or pay before that date, please send the transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will confirm payment upon receiving it.
WE NEED SOME THINGS FROM YOU!
To make sure we have all your proper information on the trip, there's a few things we need from you no later than 45 days before take-off (but sooner if possible):
Passport Copy - a clear scanned copy or a photo.
Flight Details - full international itinerary, either a screenshot or photo.
Insurance Details - insurer, policy number, the worldwide contact number. Insurance is absolutely mandatory.
Signed Medical Form - will be sent out 45 days prior to the trip.
Pre/Post Trip Arrangements - if you have additional travel plans pre- or post- event.
Completed Intake Form - see the full intake form below.
Please send all of this information over in a single email with the following subject line:
"Sahara Surfari 2018 - Required Trip Info - First Name Last Name"
YOUR MOROCCAN VISA
Most travelers who want to visit Morocco can do so without applying for a visa if your trip will not exceed three months. However, you must arrive with a passport that is valid for at least six months from the time you enter Morocco.
Canadian citizens using Canadian passports do not require a visa to enter Morocco for tourism or business stays under ninety (90) days.
Nationals of the following countries do not need a visa:, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, CANADA Chile, Cyprus, Congo (Brazzaville), South Korea, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Denmark, Spain, Andorra, Estonia, UAE, USA, Russia, Finland, France, Germany Monaco, UK, Greece, Guinea, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mali, Malta, Mexico, Niger, Norway, New Zealand, Oman, Netherlands, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rica, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Czech, Tunisia, Turkey, Venezuela.
All other nationals will need a visa.
SAHARA SURFARI INTAKE FORM
To make sure you have the best experience possible, we have a few questions below.
FLIGHT ITINERARY QUESTIONS
For most of our trips, we try and organize group flights if there are enough of you flying out of the same city and want to be on the flight. Generally, we need 10+ people that want to fly out of the same city on the same flight to make it work.
Fill out the form below so that we can get an idea of what you want for your flights and we will see what we can make happen.
If you have any questions about the trip, throw them down below and we will get them answered.
Q: Is all transportation provided during the trip?
A: Other than airport transfers, all transportation during the trip is provided. This includes transportation from Marrakech to the Sahara, from the Sahara to Tamraght, and back to Marrakech.
Q: Will everything be done as a group or is there some freedom for independent adventures or eating somewhere separate, etc.?
A: We build our trips to be a mix of both group experiences and individual freedom. There will be time for you to experience things as a group, as well as time for independent adventures. Certain days/stops lend themselves better to one or the other and we will have conversations at each location to let you know what we’re thinking. We design our trips to pack in a lot of cool experiences, but always know that nothing is mandatory.
Q: What are the accommodations like throughout the trip?
A: Thanks to our on-the-ground guide, we’ve had a chance to scout out all the accomodations we will be going to through the trip and made sure they live up to our standards at Chasing Sunrise. You can see the names and some images of the pictures (through the links) below.
All accommodation will be shared and room styles will vary depending on the location we are at. Feel free to contact us if you have specific questions.
Q: Who from Chasing Sunrise is leading the trip?
A: Your CS trip leaders on this one will be Julian DeSchutter, Gordon Swenson, and Amy Tanner.
Q: Who is our local guide on the trip?
A: Adil, a Moroccan-born local guide who runs Barefoot Trips and The Lunar Surf House will over see the entire trip, and lead his guides who will manage the individual groups. Adil will be on the trip throughout. Throughout the entire trip, we will have the same group of guides taking us from spot to spot.
Adil is well-versed in the area, culture, language, and country of Morocco. He has visited all the places we are going multiple times and understands the ins, outs, and safety of Morocco.
Q: How are you determining who is in which group?
A: For group selection, we use a mix of asking you what you want (pairing you up with the people you want to travel with) and then random selection.
Q: How will the two groups work?
A: The trip will start in Marrakech with each group at their own hotel. The following morning, both groups will head out with the intention of making it to the Sahara the next day. One group will travel through and spend the night in Zagora and the other will travel through and spend the night in the Dades Valley. A day later, both groups will meet up in the Sahara and spend New Years Eve/ News Years Day together in the Sahara at a Moroccan Berber camp. Later that day, both groups will take off, with the groups switching the locations they travelled through to get to the Sahara. The group that spent the night in Zagora will head to the Dades Valley and the vice versa. A day later, both groups will meet up in Tamraght, where we have two hostels book for the three days of surfing, exploring and hanging out. At the end of the trip, both groups will have experienced the same experiences, sometimes together, sometimes as separate groups.
Q: How will you decide who sleeps with who in a room?
A: For room selection, we use a mix of asking you what you want (male only, female only, etc.), pairing you with your friends, and a little randomness to make the rooms happen. As the trip unfolds, we will happily accommodate room changes if you need to switch it up, bunk with someone else, or just aren’t jiving with the people you’re currently bunked with.
Q: If I’m traveling by myself and someone else is too, can I contact the person beforehand to possibly connect and travel together?
A: Absolutely! We’ll be launching a few things closer to the trip that will help all of us get to know each other better and connect about our plans before the trip begins.
Q: Will you guys be checking up on the local advisories and safety conditions in the area we will be traveling to?
A: The safety of all of you is always priority number one for us and we will be keeping a close eye on the local advisories and safety conditions, as well as consulting with our on-the-ground host to get the best understanding we can.
Currently, the Government of Canada advisory level is a 2 (out of 4) “exercise a high degree of caution”, however no “No Travel Advisories” are in place. Other countries with this level of advisory are Mexico, Turkey, United Kingdom, France, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Belgium, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Bahamas, China, Vietnam, France, Brazil, and Nepal.
You can see all Canadian travel advisors on the Government of Canada’s Travel Advisory site.
Q: What’s covered and paid for during the trip.
A: During the trip, all your transportation and accommodation are covered. We cover a majority of your meals (all but 7), as well as full surf gear, lessons, and excursions.
Q: How much extra spending money should I budget for this trip?
A: Most of your expenses during the trip will be paid. You should budget between $20 and $40 per day, plus whatever extra spending money you want for drinks, excursions, gifts, clothing, rugs, etc.
Q: How long of a commute is the hostel from the airport?
A: Marrakech airport is very close to the city; 15 to 20 minutes drive from the main square. Budget between 30DH/$5CAD (bus) 100DH/$30CAD (taxi) to get into the city.
Q: Will/can we find out what flights other people picked to try and travel as a group?
A: Absolutely. If you haven’t filled out the Flight Survey yet, do so and we’ll work to put together some group travel.
Q: Will I need to bring any camping/sleeping gear?
A: All sleeping gear will be provided.
Q: Can my meals contain no animal products (vegan)?
A: We do our best to accommodate the various diets people have and will work to ensure that your meals contain no animal products. We can generally accommodate the following diets: vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and paleo.
Q: What should I pack?
A: You will be given a full packing list approximately 90 days out from the trip.