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Surfing in the Sahara

Surfing in the Sahara

Specialist tour operator for tailor-made kitesurfing and windsurfing holidays, Waveriders, has just added Dakhla to its range of destinations across the world.

This is one of Waveriders’ truly spectacular and unique kitesurfing spots ideally suited for both single travellers and groups. Dakhla base camp is right in the middle of the Sahara desert in southern Morocco. With a 25km flat water lagoon, consistent year-round wind and warm temperatures, Dakhla is the perfect location for beginners to learn, the more advanced to hone their skills and for freeriders to experience superb wave spots.

The desertscape around Dakhla is simply stunning and, despite the remoteness of its location, the nearest airport is just 20km away making holiday transfers trouble-free. The focus is kitesurfing, with evenings spent enjoying traditional Moroccan cuisine and a few lights refreshments at the bar, sharing stories of the best ‘moves’ of the day! Afterwards, bed down in comfortable bungalow-style accommodation on the shores of the lagoon.

One-week beginner and progression kitesurfing packages to Dakhla are available from £699 pp (two sharing) including seven nights’ full board accommodation, tuition, equipment and transfers (excluding flights).

Kitesurfing is an exhilarating sport which is easy to learn and can be enjoyed by all ages. Waveriders’ instructor, Julius Bull, says: “I recently taught a guy in his 60s to forward loop and the oldest person I taught to kitesurf was in his 80s – he started when he was about 72!”


Waveriders’ Director, Richard Rice, says: “The advice offered by our passionate team of kitesurfers and windsurfers ensures our clients get the right holiday, most suited to their needs. Our experience and long-standing relationships with our in-resort partners also mean we can negotiate excellent, flexible packages on our clients’ behalf. Try a taster session during a beach holiday, head for a destination that caters for all the family or add extra dimensions such as a safari in Kenya or the pyramids of Egypt.”