Posted by: yourmoroccotour | June 14, 2013

Laila in the Morocco desert

When planning desert tours Morocco many clients think it is not good to take their little ones into the desert of Morocco. I always oppose to that idea as long as you have plenty of dates for the journey then it is wonderful place for the children to explore. 

We have taken our 13th months old Laila on our journey to Merzouga and Erg Chebbi sand dunes. She loved it. We had 6 days in total for the desert excursion from Marrakech which was ideal so we did not spend so much time in the car driving. 

We were still making plenty of car stops. Here is one on the way to Todra Gorge:

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She has enjoyed so much the hospitality of Dar and Kasbahs. She always made so much attention and got lot of kisses. 

 

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Nigh in cave room:

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The desert was though highlight. She even got a little chech

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She made lots of friends with locals and little Jamilla (3 moths old camel)

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Take your children into the desert tour of Morocco. They will love it!

 

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Posted by: yourmoroccotour | May 31, 2013

Dressing code Morocco Travel

I enjoy leaving in New York because the mix of different cultures living together. There is no surprise why New York is being called the melting pot. There are so many people working and living together off different believes, religion, color, language. Each person there is so different yet they mostly all understand each other and provide great amount of respect. Living in New York I have made so many friends from all around the globe.

When I moved to Marrakech I though life will be very different here in this respect. But I am so shocked how much sometimes two totally opposite culture co-exist here. The other day I took walk into the medina and saw so many tourists with short shorts and tank tops. Something one would wear in New York on hot summer day, but not in Morocco. But needless to say Moroccans did not feel bothered at all by the sight. You have some Moroccan women completely covered and right next to her girl walking with summery short dress. It seems to be working fine here. The different worlds that meet in Morocco and I think only in Morocco.

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I ask sometimes is this right, correct? Should tourists be bit more respectful of the culture and religion of Morocco and dress more modestly.  It used to be this way several years ago, and change significantly over the year or so.

What do you think?

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Posted by: yourmoroccotour | May 13, 2013

Day at Ourika Valley

Summer is here. This past week temperatures raise to 40C in Marrakech and it just dam too hot.  Pool is great way to cool down, to escape the heat little, bathing in the cold water, but it still might not fully do it.

That was the reason why, as many other Moroccans, we decided to head to Ourika Valley and Setti Fatma in the High Atlas Mountains. The valley  is less than 1 hour away from Marrakech, yet the temperatures there are so much cooler and fresher in comparison to the heat of Marrakech. It is possible to be 20C less in the Atlas mountains then in Marrakech. Just perfect relieve to the hot soaring temperatures. Many Marrakech people head to the valley during  weekends. They pack little picnic and then just sit by the river eating, sleeping or playing games. It is great way to spend the weekend.

River at Ourika Valley

River at Ourika Valley

We left our home early afternoon, arriving at the Valley just for lunch. There are many places to enjoy your meal, we choose lovely restaurant with terrace opening some great views of the valley. After lunch and nice cup of coffee we head farther up,  had little walk around the falls of the Setti Fatma and then just relax by the river.

No need of fridge, the water in the river perfectly cools off your drinks.

Cooling drinks in Ourika river

Ourika Valley is popular destination for day trip from Marrakech. It is nice though to combine it with the 3 valleys of the Atlas including Asni and Moulay Brahim as you get to view more of the High Atlas Mountains. You travel passing many Berber villages whose homes melt into the mountains. You get to see the pastures of goats and sheeps grazing at grass. And you might even visit one of the Berber homes for quick look of their home and delicious cup of mint tea.

Ourika Valley can be also seen in half day tour from Marrakech if you are in time restriction.

The river is lined by many bridges. If you don’t feel like crossing over the higher one, there is other option over the lower bridge


Bridges over Ourika river

Green in Ourika Valey

Posted by: yourmoroccotour | April 12, 2013

Moroccan Food – Fresh and Ogranic

It is very sad yet true we are much unaware of the food we eat.

How is it possible that tomatoes get salmonella, cows get mad disease and we are afraid to buy cucumbers as at one period of time people were dying in Europe from it.

The answer is simple, our food is being modified to produce more meat, bigger fruit but how healthy that actually is no one cares. Cows get mad disease because they are fed bones in spite they don’t eat meat.  Chickens live in small cages where light is on 24 hours so they can produce more eggs and injected by hormones so they grow much bigger and producers can get more for their buck. Many more food horror stories we hear now and then.

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I guess that is the reason I absolutely love Moroccan food.  Here animals live in the pastures  grazing on grass, breathing fresh air.  They are being killed carefully not by machines.  You are guaranteed to have fresh meat when you buy it from store.  You can even go and buy chicken that is killed right before you and meat given to you is still hot. How much fresher can it be.

Even the vegetables and fruit is so much tastier and organic in Morocco. True, you most likely will not get oranges in the summer and you have to wait till their season comes out, but you get rewarded by sweet and juicy fruits that are fresh pick.

Travel to Morocco not only for the cultural experience and wonderful natural surroundings but also for the fresh food used in Moroccan cooking.  We can also organize culinary Morocco tours if you are interested just contact us.

Posted by: yourmoroccotour | April 5, 2013

Missing Morocco

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I am calling myself lucky living in Morocco  for at least 6 months of the year.

Morocco is beautiful very diverse country that offers great hospitality.

At first people thought of me as mad coming to Marrakech from New York. Leaving the capital of the world where all is happening to some small desert town that some might not even place on the map.

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I though myself crazy too at first, wondering if I made the right move. But now 2 years pass I am so thrilled and happy calling Marrakech my home.

Sitting at my office desk in New York looking at the grey cloudy day outside wishing I am back in Marrakech. There days are mainly sunny and warm.  The streets are bustling with life yet all is so much at slower pace where one can always sit down in cafe and sip the fresh squeezed orange juice and watch the world go by. It is city full of gardens and beautiful architectures.

Hopefully I will be back soon. 

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Posted by: yourmoroccotour | July 7, 2011

Movies made in Morocco

You think that going to Morocco on a tour is a waste of time? Morocco tour is not worth the precious earned vacation time?

Well, think again. Morocco is a country that attracts millions of tourists each year but also many movie makers and documentaries makers. Here is a list of movies that were made fully or partially in Morocco. But please note that the list is not fully completed there were many many more movies made in Morocco.

It is just to entice your spices to this country that hosted some of the biggest stars of our world.

Majority of movies made in Morocco were filmed in Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou and around the city of Ouarzazate, where famous movie studios are located.

Gladiator the blockbuster movie of 2000 starred Russell Crow – Do you recall the scene where Maximus fights in the African arena or where he gets sold as slave? Well  it was the famous Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, a must on your morocco tour. Arrange a tour to visit this Kasbah in one day trip from Marrakech.

Ait Ben Haddou and Ouarzazate hosted many movies and after your visit you will understand why. Among some of the others that are very well know are:

Lawrence of Arabia  (1962)

The Last Days of Sodom and Gomorah (1962)

Jewel of Nile  starred Michael Douglas (1985)

The Last Temptation of Chris (1988)

Kundum (1997)

Rules of Engagment (2000)

Troy  (2004) starred Bread Pitt and Orlando Bloom

Alexander (2004) starred Colin Farrell an epic movie based on the life of Alexander the Great

Kingdom of Heaven (2005) starred by Orlando Bloom

Body of Lies (2008) starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Kim Cattrall set mainly around the area of Ouarzazate, but also in Casablana and Rabat

The exotic and mesmerizing destination of Sahara Desert with its wind swept sand dunes and blue caravans appeals to most of us.  It is an ideal destionation for Morocco tour but also to many movie makers.  One advice, please have at least 3 days in mind for your Sahara Desert tour from Marrakech as it is a long journey.

Movies made in Moroccan Sahara:

Sahara (2005) starred by Penelope Cruz, Mathew McConaughey – movie about an adventure treaure hunt through the Western Africa and Sahara Desert. The set of the movie was made mainly around Erfoud and Rissani not too far from Merzouga (popular tourist destination)

Mummy (2001) – another Blockbuster movie starred Brendan Fraser about a Egyptologists unearthing a prehistoric relic. The legendary city of Dead, the ruins of lost city of Hamanaptra were set again by Erfoud.

The Four Feathers (2002) starred Kate Hudson, Heath Ledger – the modern twist to an old story, when to redeem himself Harry travels incognito though the desert amidst a war to help his friend.  Scenes from the Desert were filmed in Morocco including 600 year old town and sand dunes higher than a football field.

The diverse scenery of deep gorges, high mountains and deep oasis was set in other movies.

Babel (2006) starred Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, husband and wife came on vacation to Morocco to get away from the stuggle of their life.  They travel in a bus through the High Atlas Mountains the Tizi Tichka pass when a bullet hits the bus and critically wounds the wife.

You can view many of the Berber villages located in the High Atlas Mountains made of mud dwellings and the picturesque scenery of the High Atlas Mountains. Most tours in Morocco journey this highly scenic road cutting the mountains to the city of Ouarzazate.

The Imperial Cities of Morocco with narrow, cobbled alleyways and bazaar lined streets are top destination in Morocco for many clients on their morocco tour.  Movies, follow their footsteps:

Fes – an ancient city of Morocco with the largest medina when one can get easily lost.

El Clon – this Brazilian „Novella“ or soup opera was made in Fes.  If you travel to Fes you are welcome to visit the old house where uncle Ali lived, the tanneries where leather is made. The images of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou come to mind where the secret lovers were meeting.

Essaouira – Coastal town on the Atlantic Ocean is one of the most relaxed and picturesque town.  The UNESCO protected medina gives the city breath of romantism and history just ideal for movie sets:

Othello (1952) – Orson Welles fimed his version of Shakespeare drama mainly in Essaouira the coastal town of Morocco, great destination for a day trip from Marrakech.

Marrakech, the cultural capital of Morocco:

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)  suspense film directed by Alfred Hitchcock has many beatufiful scenes set in Marrakech.

Hideous Kinky (1999) features Kate Winslet about young English mother who moves from London to Morocco with her daughters.  The maze of Marakech streets, the courtyards, the Djema El Fna Square as well as the varied scenery of the mountains, desert are all featured in this fascinating memorie for search of life fullfilment.

Sex and the City II – the girls of New York venture onto the adventure to Morocco invited by a wealthy Arab man. Well on the movie set they travel to Abu Dhabi but everyone knows the movie was made in Marrakech. All familiar with the city recognize the souks, Marrakech airport, the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi and famous Amerjena resort

Rabat, the capital of Morocco with inviting Atlantic Ocean is where many scene of this Black Hawk Down were made:

Black Hawk Down (2001) – Many people might be surprise but yes this movie about capture of the Somalian warloards was set largely in Morocco around the capital of Morocco Rabat and nearby city of Sale. Once you visit Rabat,  you will recongnize the beaches along Rabat and the old medina.

Casablanca, the commerial capital and bustling modern city of Morocco featured the famous movie:

Casablanca (1942)  this romantic drama about man torn between two words of love and virtue was filmed in Morocco as well.  The Rick’s cafe in Casablanca worth your visit if you are in town, was designed to recreate the famous bar where the clasic movie took place.

Tangier, two and half millennia old is one of most ancient cities  of North Africa. The city lined by many souks, kasbahs, and vibrant beaches an ideal destination for a day trip from Spain or as an arrival city to start your Morocco holiday.

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) starred Matt Damon this action movie took place in this lovely city of Tangier.

Every year Morocco attracts many movie makers and every year a new movie comes onto the big screen. But it is not only movies, but many documentaries and adventure series.

Just right now the TV series of Expedition Impossible (2011) competitors of 3 racing throught the Moroccan landscape crossing the desert, mountains and rivers premiered on the TV screens.

Posted by: yourmoroccotour | July 7, 2011

Best 10 Shopping buys on Morocco tour

Morocco is shopper‘s paradise. There are so many of exotic and beautiful articfats to buy.

Here is list that we believe are the best 10 popular things tourists buy while  on morocco tour:

1. Carpets

Without any doubt, the carft of weaving is one of the oldest in Moroco. The tradition of this craft has been passed from mothers to their daughters. Carpets in Morocco were once important part of life, they serve  as protection against cold, decoration and perhaps source of income.

The Berber carpets (rural rugs) are recognized for its best quality. Those carpets are handmade knotted with long wool, with naturaly dyed wood. Color ranges from bright and happy to subdued amost faded.

Morocco carpets designs are extremely varied so look fo something that pleases you and have your budget price in mind.

2. Leather

The images of tanneries where handmade leather is made and colored into variety of dyes comes to mind when planning your trip to Morocco.  European merchants were buying leather in Morocco since the 1500’s.

Fes is the central of handmade leather and its products. The Moroccan leather represents high quality. Visit to the tanneries should be on your list when traveling to Morocco.

3. Argan Oil

The Argan tree from which the precious argan oil is extracted grows only in south-west of Morocco. The production of the argan oil is done mainly by traditional method and it is lengthy process.  The oil is suited for cooking and it is claimed to have various medicinal properties such as lowering cholesterol, stimulating circulation and strengthening body’s natural defenses. It is also used in many cosmetics for its rejuvanating character.

4. Spices

Bring the taste of Morocco home with you.  You can buy Moroccan spices anywhere in Morocco, souks or even supermarkets.  Exotic aromas towers pile like sand of pyramids full of vibrant colores.  Choose from the deep red paprika, vibrant yellow turmeric, to brownish cinnamon and green olive and lemones that catches your eye as you pass.

5. Poufs

Pouf is essentially a leather ottoman. They are made with different quality of leather and different colors and many have different patterns or even artwork on them.  They are great item to buy in Morocco as they don’t take space in your luggage as you need to stuff them when you get home with newspapers, old clothing

6. Pottery/Ceramic

Moroccan pottery is handmade from the clay that is put on the spinning wheel and gorgeous bowls, water jugs, tajin dishes and other kind of pottery is created. There are many regions in Morocco well know for pottery but Fes, Meknes and then Safi are the main one.  The designs and patters of each dish depends on the region where the pottery is produced.

7. Thuya and other wood crafts

Essaouira, town ideal for a day trip from Marrakech, is where you can buy items made of thuya, an aromatic wood carved into everything from bowls to chess sets.  Woodworking has a long history in Morocco and on your Morocco tour you will certainly see many other wood artifcats sucha as hand painted tables in Marrakech or plainted boxes in Fes ao Tetouan.

8. Textiles / Clothes

The hand woven textiles in Morocco are typically rich, bold in colors. They are made of cotton or Moroccan silk  and you can see many garments while touring Morocco. The weaving is wondefully inventive and used in curtains, bed covers, clothes . Many scarfes, comfortable kaftan clothing will protect you against the sand and keep you cool.

9. Lamps

Lamps commonly made of brass and copper are a great accessory and souvenir from your tour of Morocco.

10. Silver Handcraft Jewelry

Making jewelry has a long history in Morocco.  Silver is particulary important especially in rural areas. It is the characterstic of Berbers and Nomads. These man and women are highly skilled making by hand beautiful silver jewelry. Silver in Morocco is suitable to wear by man too.

Tiznit and Taroudant are the most famous stop for silver Berber jewelry . Please beware when buying silver that there is many fake goods present at the markets.

For travellers  in Morocco all these items are a great gifts that will bring back memories of their vacation in Morocco.  An authentic souvenirs that will remind them about their Morocco tour.

Posted by: yourmoroccotour | July 4, 2011

Best 10 Shopping buys on Morocco tour

Morocco is shopper‘s paradise. There are so many of exotic and beautiful articfats to buy.

Here is list that we believe are the best 10 popular things tourists buy while  on morocco tour:

1. Carpets

Without any doubt, the carft of weaving is one of the oldest in Moroco. The tradition of this craft has been passed from mothers to their daughters. Carpets in Morocco were once important part of life, they serve  as protection against cold, decoration and perhaps source of income.

The Berber carpets (rural rugs) are recognized for its best quality. Those carpets are handmade knotted with long wool, with naturaly dyed wood. Color ranges from bright and happy to subdued amost faded.

Morocco carpets designs are extremely varied so look fo something that pleases you and have your budget price in mind.

2. Leather

The images of tanneries where handmade leather is made and colored into variety of dyes comes to mind when planning your trip to Morocco.  European merchants were buying leather in Morocco since the 1500’s.

Fes is the central of handmade leather and its products. The Moroccan leather represents high quality. Visit to the tanneries should be on your list when traveling to Morocco.

3. Argan Oil

The Argan tree from which the precious argan oil is extracted grows only in south-west of Morocco. The production of the argan oil is done mainly by traditional method and it is lengthy process.  The oil is suited for cooking and it is claimed to have various medicinal properties such as lowering cholesterol, stimulating circulation and strengthening body’s natural defenses. It is also used in many cosmetics for its rejuvanating character.

4. Spices

Bring the taste of Morocco home with you.  You can buy Moroccan spices anywhere in Morocco, souks or even supermarkets.  Exotic aromas towers pile like sand of pyramids full of vibrant colores.  Choose from the deep red paprika, vibrant yellow turmeric, to brownish cinnamon and green olive and lemones that catches your eye as you pass.

5. Poufs

Pouf is essentially a leather ottoman. They are made with different quality of leather and different colors and many have different patterns or even artwork on them.  They are great item to buy in Morocco as they don’t take space in your luggage as you need to stuff them when you get home with newspapers, old clothing

6. Pottery/Ceramic

Moroccan pottery is handmade from the clay that is put on the spinning wheel and gorgeous bowls, water jugs, tajin dishes and other kind of pottery is created. There are many regions in Morocco well know for pottery but Fes, Meknes and then Safi are the main one.  The designs and patters of each dish depends on the region where the pottery is produced.

7. Thuya and other wood crafts

Essaouira, town ideal for a day trip from Marrakech, is where you can buy items made of thuya, an aromatic wood carved into everything from bowls to chess sets.  Woodworking has a long history in Morocco and on your Morocco tour you will certainly see many other wood artifcats sucha as hand painted tables in Marrakech or plainted boxes in Fes ao Tetouan.

8. Textiles / Clothes

The hand woven textiles in Morocco are typically rich, bold in colors. They are made of cotton or Moroccan silk  and you can see many garments while touring Morocco. The weaving is wondefully inventive and used in curtains, bed covers, clothes . Many scarfes, comfortable kaftan clothing will protect you against the sand and keep you cool.

9. Lamps

Lamps commonly made of brass and copper are a great accessory and souvenir from your tour of Morocco.

10. Silver Handcraft Jewelry

Making jewelry has a long history in Morocco.  Silver is particulary important especially in rural areas. It is the characterstic of Berbers and Nomads. These man and women are highly skilled making by hand beautiful silver jewelry. Silver in Morocco is suitable to wear by man too.

Tiznit and Taroudant are the most famous stop for silver Berber jewelry . Please beware when buying silver that there is many fake goods present at the markets.

For travellers  in Morocco all these items are a great gifts that will bring back memories of their vacation in Morocco.  An authentic souvenirs that will remind them about their Morocco tour.

Posted by: yourmoroccotour | June 19, 2010

New Years Eve in the Sahara Desert

An unforgottable New Years Even in the Moroccan Sahara desert. Celebrate the New Years Even 2011 with dance and live Berber music and drumming in the Sahara desert around the camp fire. Take your camel on a ride over the sand dune; watch the desert sparkled by thousand of starts, and sleep under the Nomad tent.

Explore the snow capped High Atlas Mountains and enjoy the fantastic views. Visit the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou and travel green oasis and deep gorges.

29th December Marrakech -Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate

Morning pick up from your Riad/hotel in Marrakech and travel through the High Atlas Mountains via the Tichka Pass (2260M), the highest road pass in Morocco. Offering panoramic views of the snow capped High Atlas Mountains and their magnificent landscapes. Visit the extraordinary sight of the Atlas Mountains Kasbah Telouet, a rustic town that was once a principal stop on the mian caravan route to Mali. Here visit an amazing relic of Moroccan history, the crumbling Kasbah that was once the palatial residence of extremely powerful Glaoui family. Then continue your trip to another perhaps the most impressive Kasbah of Morocco AitBenHaddou. Buil on a hilltop, it has been featured in many movies such as the Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator.  The views from the upper heights of the Kasbah are awe inspiring and worth the climb of the narrow streets. Then we continue to a nearby city of Ouarzazate known as the doorway to the Sahara Desert where we spend the night.

Overnight in Jardin de Ouarzazate, dinner

30th December Ouarzazate – Zagora – M’hamid

Depart in the morning Ouarzazate and travel via the scenic Draa Vally lined by many palm groves and Sub Saharan Berber villages. One of the most impressive and biggest valleys of Morocco. Make a lunch stop in Zagora. Then continue towards Tamengroute to visit the underground Kasbah and Koran library. Your trip then con tines towards M’amid where the Draa valley ends and the vast of Sahara desert starts. Spend the in Berber tents.

31st December M’hamid – Erg Chigaga

Today experience a camel ride. Saddle your camels and follow your guide into the desert on the back of your camels. Ride approximately for 2 hours – a unique experience. Later meet your driver who will carry you even further into the wilderness of the Sahara desert in the 4×4 wheel driver. Arrive to the sand dunes of Erg Chigaga, magnificent sand dunes spreading over 40kms and reaching up to 300m high.

Feast in the desert includes:

  • Welcome with Moroccan mint tea, dates and almonds
  • Big Fire – different music groups
  • Dinner under large Berber tent
  • Moroccan soups
  • Mechoui (roasted lamb)
  • Royal Couscous
  • Dessert

1st December Erg Chigaga – Marrakech

After breakfast and stunning sunrise start heading back towards Marrakech. Travel through the sand dunes in your 4×4 wheel drive. Your driver’s skill will carry you across the sand dunes, the old rally Paris – Dakara road. Pass the imaginery lake of Iriqui to Forum Zquid. There get back onto the main route. Make a lunch stop in Taznakcht – known for handmade Berber carpets. Expected arrival to Marrakech at 7pm.

Cost of this tour is 345 Euros per person

Services included in price:

  • 4×4 WD & Fuel & Driver
  • Accommodation in Ouarzazate with breakfast and dinner
  • Overnight in Berber tent by M’hamid with breakfast and dinner
  • Overnight in Nomad tent by Erg Chigaga with breakfast and New Year’s Eve Feast
  • Party for the New Years Eve in the middle of Sahara desert
  • Camels & Guide

Our driver will make arrangements to stop by liquor store if you are interested purchasing alcoholic beverages for your night in the Sahara Desert.

For other New Years Eve tours, please visit our website:

http://www.your-morocco-tour.com/tour/tour-of-the-month

Posted by: yourmoroccotour | March 28, 2010

Photographic tour with Ben Pipe

Photograph Morocco with Ben Pipe

Join Ben Pipe on this six-day photography workshop in the heart of Morocco. This photographic adventure will take you to the majestic sand dunes of the Sahara, the impressive Atlas Mountains, and colorful old town centres. You will have the chance to immerse yourself in Morocco’s rich culture, while improving your photograhy skills.

Introduction

Brimming with contrast, color and mystery, Morocco is a photographer’s dream. Situated between the Mediterranean and Atlantic, Europe and Africa, Morocco has always been a land of exchanges and encounters. Since early Antiquity, it has been a land of successive invasions, by the Phoenicians, then the Romans and the Byzantines. Here, Berber, Arab, Jewish and Christian cultures have learnt to live together. Each has contributed to making Morocco a land of shared beauty.
During this workshop, we will give you the chance to explore this fascinating country through your lens. Throughout the trip, you will be guided by photographer Ben Pipe, who will offer guidance and help you be the best photographer you can be. The trip is facilitated by African Encounter, one of Africa’s leading tour operators.

The Photographer

Ben Pipe first became interested in photography when he started experimenting with a second hand Olympus at school, and decided to study photography at college. After having worked as a portrait photographer, Ben became a freelance photographer, which allowed him to follow his passion for travel. Visiting countries such as Japan, Russia, South Africa, and America, he produced images that were published in publications like The Guardian, The Independent, and The Telegraph. Throughout the trip, Ben will be available to answer questions and offer advice. Moreover, he will present several photographic workshops, teaching you how to take pictures like a pro.

Your Itinerary

Day 1 Marrakech

Greet and meet at the airport and transfer to your Riad. You will be welcomed at the airport by Ben and your guide/driver. Ben will brief you on the itinerary, after which you will have some time to unpack, unwind, and explore your surroundings.

Day 2 Marrakech – Ouarzazate – Zagora

You will be picked up early in the morning and head towards Ouarzazate via the Tichka Pass, the highest road pass in Morocco. This trip will offer you views of the High Atlas Mountains and beautiful scenery peppered by small Berber villages typical of the region. We will make a stop in Ouarzazate to visit Kasbah Taourirt, the old Gladoui palace residence of the Pasha of Marrakech. Then, on route to Zagora, we will visit the small town of Agdz and impressive Kasbah of Tamnougalt with distinctive wall decorations and tapering towers. We will continue passing the scenic river Draa Valley lined by many palm groves and Sub Saharan Berber villages where life continues unchanged over many centuries.

Day 3 Zagora – Tamengroute – M’hamid – Erg Chigaga

We will depart in the morning toward Tamegroute, which is home to a famous Koran library that contains many rare books and documents. In the library, you will see documents written on gazelle skin that date back to the 13th Century. You will also have a chance to visit the Underground Kasbah and pottery artisans. After that, we will drive to M’Hamid, known as “the doors of the desert,” the last town of the Draa River. The palm oasis and the road all dissolve into nothing but sand and rocks as we drive through the sand dunes. We will pay a visit to a small, unique water oasis in the desert – Oasis Sacred. Later in the day, we will arrive at Erg Chigaga, just in time for the sunset. At night, we will sit around the fire, enjoy the starry sky, and listen to local Berbers play their drums.

Day 4 Erg Chigaga – camel trek

We will get up early to take images of the sun rising over the sand dunes, which gives the sand a beautiful mix of colors. Then, after a leisurely breakfast, we’ll saddle our camels and trek over the area, crossing the impressive and surrealistic sea of sand dunes.

Day 5 Erg Chigaga – Taznachkt – Ait Ben Haddou

We will swop our camels for 4×4 vehicles and head to the old Paris-Dakar road to Forum Zguid, crossing Lake Iriki, a dried salt lake bed. We will stop for lunch in Taznakht, where you can watch local women making handmade Berber carpets. Then we will continue north to arrive at small village by the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou.

Day 5 AitBen Haddou – Marrakech

Early in the morning, we will visit the UNESCO protected Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou. This Kasbah is one the most impressive and well-preserved fortress cities in Morocco. Built on a hilltop, Ait ben Haddou has been featured as a backdrop for memorable films, including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. The views from the upper heights of the Kasbah are impressive and well worth the required climb through winding, narrow streets. A perfect spot for the perfect pictures. Then we will start heading back toward the Atlas Mountains via the Ounila Valley – an off road that offers unparalleled views of green valleys, river and remarkable colored slopes and hillsides. The region nearby is home to salt mines that produced a product once as valuable as gold. We will visit Telouet, a rustic town that was once a principal stop on the main caravan route to Mali. Here we visit an amazing relic of Moroccan history, the crumbling Kasbah that was once the palatial residence of extremely powerful Glaoui family. Then we will cross the Atlas Mountains back to Marrakech.

Day 6 Marrakech

A free morning to wonder the streets of Marrekech then after lunch a airport transfer depending on your time of departure.

Group Size

You will travel in a small group of between five and ten people only (not including your guides).

Price

This trip costs £849 per person.

Included in this price are:

! All transport, fuel, tolls, road taxes and fully equipped vehicle for the duration of the trip

! Guidance by Ben Pipe and a local guide

! Meals as per the itinerary (most days do NOT include Lunch)

! All accommodation as per the itinerary

! Entrance fees to all National Parks

! All activities stated In the itinerary

Not included:

! Meals as per itinerary (we will make sure we are close to a restaurant for all lunches)

! Flights

! Items of personal nature

! Travel insurance

Start Date and Getting There

The trip starts on Saturday, November 6th. You will fly into Marrakech

International Airport, where you will be welcomed by Ben Pipe and your local guide.

Bookings and Further Information

To book or inquire about this exciting workshop, contact either Jana Pekova at info@your-morocco-tour.com  or visit website. http://www.your-morocco-tour.com or

contact Greg Bows at African Encounters at  safaris@africanencounter.org or Ben Pipe at benpipephotography@yahoo.co.uk.

Alternately you can ring Greg on 02089919378 (office) or 07891204846 (mobile) or visit www.benpipe.com.

www.benpipe.com

http://www.africanencounter.org

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