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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 over 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, MOTOAVENTURES initially organized 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 2021 we are offering adventure biking tours starting out of Marrakech  – on and off road, on our BMW GS adventure bikes. A mixture of culture and adventure. 

With over 25 years of travelling this beautiful kingdom both on and off road, we know routes that still remain undiscovered and off the beaten track.


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John griffiths - alias “Johnny maroc”

I was born in Tanzania and worked for the 16 years prior to MotoAventures 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 route finding and checking for our various different adventures, 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. I am the “gaffer” on all our off-road tours, mainly riding my bike within the group, with Martine following closely giving 4×4 support accompanied by Hussein.
I have a reasonable smattering of various languages. Early 90s I rode solo from London to Cape Town over two years and apparently, I’m a very experienced off-road rider 😉

Su Downham

Su Downham

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 starting up MotoAventures with John more than quarter of a century ago!
I am responsible for the admin and legal side of our companies, our website and social media, finding exciting new tour accommodations, and generally making sure that all aspects of the tours run smoothly and efficiently from the moment you book to your return home.
I can be found driving the support vehicle on some off-road tours and on our BMW Dual Sport motorcycle tours, as well as organizing all the logistics for your GS tailor-made tour requests.
I have my Wilderness Medical Certificate.


Having been brought up on a charter sailing ship in the Netherlands, tourism, hospitality and adventure are in her bones. After working as a hospitality, safari camp, and lodge manager in several African countries she started working for MotoAventures in 2020.

With her offshore Medical First Aid and Medical Care certificate she is good to go!
She is responsible for driving the assistance vehicle, for the ‘on ground’ smooth running and the well-being of our guests on our off-road tours. No challenge is big enough for her!
Martine is also the proud co-owner of our sister company Desert Rats. Responsible for all aspects of running the company, she is also the Desert Rats motorbike guide, making sure all the tours run smoothly and everybody has a memorable time!
She has added Dutch and German to our team’s languages.

Maryam Bousenane

Is from Ouarzazate and has been working with us for many years as our secretary and PA, helping with the local company business, coordinating the reservation of the accommodations and arranging all the ground logistics before our tours. She also helps clients with any problems they might have.

She speaks Arab, Berbere, French and English.



Click on the link below to chat with Martine on WhatsApp, or email us on info@motoaventures.com

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