Responsible tourism: Morocco hike and bike holiday
Cycling and trekking are a great way to visit these two natural regions with minimal environmental impact and maximum exposure to the local environments and people. Travelling in this way can really enhance your trip. While camping in Jebel Saghro – close to Bab n Ali, we limit the use of well water to drinking and cooking, as the area is so dry and water is in short supply – it is worth enduring a night of no washing to preserve this wonderful environment. Throughout the trek, any mules used are accompanied by their owners so that they receive constant care and attention. Muleteers (a person who cares for and drives the mule) are hired locally and we ensure that we have signed agreements in place with the Muleteers on their mule’s welfare. Our guides and cooks are responsible for ensuring that these agreements are kept to and that good practices are implemented during our treks. Rubbish from the group’s food such as tins and glass are brought back to Marrakech for recycling. A fine system is in place to ensure that our guides and cooks stick to this policy.
This trek makes use of the local muleteers from the nomadic Ait Atta tribe in Jebel Saghro during your time in Bab n’Ali. This provides extra income for the families and ensures more money from our tours goes back to the local communities and benefits the local economies. Despite being a sparsely populated area, where possible our local guides facilitate interaction with the locals, visiting a nomad family or one of the settled farmers near Tifdassine. We encourage visitors to buy genuine handicraft souvenirs directly from their makers in Ait ben Haddou or the Draa valley if they are looking to do some shopping. We also recommend that our clients purchase items such as beaded bracelets that are made by the local women and children, rather than giving money and sweets out, encouraging independence and the development of business rather than encouraging begging which can lead to a negative cycle of dependency.