A recent quote from a client “You guys bring your trips to the top!”, well that is what John and I have been doing for nearly 25 years.
Owned and run by John Griffiths and Su Downham, Moto Aventures was born as the result of an idea John had whilst spending two winters biking across Africa from London to Cape Town.
Started in 1996, MOTO AVENTURES initially organised quality guided off road tours around the Pyrenees, to Portugal and the Mediterranean and exciting off road adventures in the Atlas Mountains & Sahara Desert of Morocco, all on enduro bikes - KTM450s.
Head office is based in Andorra, while our Moroccan company MOTOAVENTURES MOROCCO is set up in Ouarzazarte where we have our garage and tour base. This is where we keep our fleet of 12 KTM450 exc.
From 2007 we operated wonderful touring adventures on BMW GS1200 in southern Africa, taking many riders and their friends from Cape Town to Victoria Falls and back, through Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, and on what was our final big adventure in September 2019 from Zimbabwe, through Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia.
NEW from 2020 we are offering adventure biking tours starting out of Marrakech - on and offroad, on our BMW GS850 and 1250s. A mixture of culture and adventure.
With our nearly 25 years of travelling this beautiful kingdom both on and off road, we know routes that still remain undiscovered and off the beaten track.
I was born in Tanzania, and worked for the 16 years prior to Moto Aventures in the oil-related diving business. I have hyperbaric medical training and experience from my years working offshore, as well as the Wilderness Medical Certificate, and safety (a highly important issue in biking – one which is often not given sufficient attention) is something I pay particular attention to.
Being responsible for track finding and checking, and plotting the routes for the GPSs that we have installed on all our bikes on our tours, I get to wander around discovering hidden, lesser known parts of this beautiful country. Early 90s I rode solo from London to Cape Town over two years and apparently I'm a very experienced off road rider ;-).
I have lived and worked in Andorra for over 30 years. I speak English, Spanish, Catalan and French fluently and have considerable experience in tourism and PR, as well as having run my own estate agency and building company in Andorra before Moto Aventures was started. I am responsible for the admin and legal side of the company, finding and booking tour accommodation etc., and generally making sure that all aspects of the tours run smoothly and efficiently. I drive the assistance vehicle on some offroad tours and as of 2020 I am organising all the logistics and will be driving the support 4x4 on all our new BMW adventure biking tours out of Marrakech. I also have my Wilderness Medical Certificate.
Hussein and Maryam have been working with us for many years and are part of the family. Hussein is our chief mechanic and knows the full history of all our bikes and accompanies all of the tours they are used on to keep them in good order, while helping the clients when necessary. Maryam is our secretary/PA helping organise the accommodation and ground logistics before the tours in Morocco.