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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.

In 2007 we began our touring adventures on BMW GS1200s across Southern Africa and in 2015 held our first tour into Morocco from Spain on the BMWs.

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.

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About John

Born in Tanzania, John worked for the 16 years prior to Moto Aventures in the oil-related diving business. He has hyperbaric medical training and experience from his years working offshore, and safety (a highly important issue in biking – one which is often not given sufficient attention) is one of his main concerns. John is also responsible for track finding and checking, plotting the routes for the GPS and setting up the ground work for the tours. He is a very experienced off road rider.

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About Su

I have lived and worked in Andorra for over 25 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.

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The rest of our team in Morocco

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 most of the tours keeping them in good order and helping the clients when necessary. Maryam is our secretary helping organise the accommodation and ground logistics before the tours in Morocco.

Our joint aim is to make your adventure with us a memorable one so, as many do, you will come back and do another!


In late 2006, Moto Aventures Africa was established in Morocco to enable us to offer more off road tours on our KTMs and spend more time there. We have set up our main workshop base in Ouarzazarte where most of our off road tours start and finish.

2015 was the first year Moto Aventures Touring offered touring adventures on BMW GS1200s to discover the beauty of Morocco’s scenery and people. Just once a year, starting and ending in Malaga Spain, these tours are unique in that though on road we are also offering you the option to try sand and dune riding on our KTMs in the Cathedral dunes at Erg Chebbi on the day off.

With our 20 years of travelling this beautiful country both on and off road, we know many places that still remain undiscovered and off the beaten track.

South Africa

In 2007, we decided there was a definite lack of quality touring adventures on bigger bikes, and so our touring branch "Moto Aventures Touring" was established and the Southern Africa tours were created.

These adventures are on the BMW GS1200s and only happen once a year. The tours are around 16 days in length, with 15 to 20 bikers travelling independently or as small groups following our GPS track; ( a limited number of pillions/4×4 passengers are welcome too); travel a total 13000km and take in 5 countries – South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and the little known Kingdom of Lesotho.

Looking to offer our regular repeat bikers something different we have chosen these two exciting new destinations to ride our KTM 450 EXCs.