Morocco holiday, Atlas mountains and Marrakech

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Responsible tourism: Morocco holiday, Atlas mountains and Marrakech

Environment

1. Village labourers used traditional building techniques and local materials in its construction, with everything having to be carried in by hand or on the backs of mules. Power tools could not be used, as electricity didn't arrive in this remote region until 1997.

Perched on an imposing outcrop 1820 metres above sea level, the kasbah crowns Imlil Valley with its population of around 5000 mostly subsistence farmers, whose own fields and walnut, cherry and apple orchards flourish below.

2. Trying to reduce plastic waste. Please help us to make this a reality.

As in many countries, Morocco has a waste disposal problem which here in the inhabited Toubkal National Park can be more noticeable. Rubbish, particularly plastic rubbish, that does not decompose, is one of the main culprits.

Accordingly, we are trying to reduce the use of plastic bottles at the Kasbah, as we believe these are unnecessary. We are in the very privileged situation of having safe spring water as our water supply, so we are instigating a new system at the Kasbah based on 2 of the R’s, Reduce and Rethink in relation to plastic water bottles.

Our ultimate aim is that we and our guests will not be a source of plastic water bottle waste. We believe this is possible, as we have a source of safe drinking water and hence bottled water serves no useful purpose.

Community

1.Education for All Morocco Limited EfAM is a charity established in 2006 by Discover Ltd. and other friends in Marrakesh. EfAM was set up to build boarding houses near to secondary schools in Morocco, providing accommodation and care to girls from remote mountain communities in the High Atlas mountains, enabling them to further their education through the Moroccan state system. Primary education in Morocco is compulsory and readily available to both boys and girls between 7 and 14 years old. However, it is unusual for girls in the High Atlas mountains to continue their education beyond primary level. This is because the nearest secondary school may be over 20km away, and impractical to travel to each day. Many families do not have the financial resources to support their daughters through secondary education. Those that do may lack a family network near to a secondary school to whom they can entrust their daughter. Girls from these communities deserve the opportunity to continue their education.

“We believe that if you educate a girl, you begin to educate the next generation.”

Education for All and Discover Ltd. organise community work and service projects through which you and your students can make an essential contribution to our ongoing work in Morocco. We have already built 3 boarding houses, which between them accommodate over 100 girls. Through fund raising and practical community work or service projects.

2. all our invoices will incur a 5% charge this is in favour of the local Village Association “Association des Bassins d’Imlil” and Education For All. The Association Bassins d’Imlil covers the whole of the surrounding valleys. This association provides the ambulance that you see in Imlil which provides a service to the local population and visitors, other community projects that have been undertaken include the rubbish clearance system and the provision of the village Hammam. Education For All helps provide college education for girls from the rural High Atlas.

Reviews of Morocco holiday, Atlas mountains and Marrakech

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 18 May 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The Kasbah du Toubkal in Imlil was a wonderful place. The people who ran it were very friendly and welcoming, the food was excellent and it was a wonderful place to relax and just look at the amazing views of snow capped mountains after lovely walks around the area with our helpful friendly guide, the hammam was very welcome at the end of the day!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Marrakech is a very exciting busy city great fun for a couple of days but it was lovely to enjoy the peace and beauty of the mountains after.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, the Kasbah du Toubkal has an excellent policy of charging 5% extra for the local community and the charity 'Education for all'. The locals we spoke to said that the work it brought them kept more people from leaving the mountains.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good. Although it was a short holiday we would go again, maybe for longer.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you very much Fiona , we are delighted you had such a memorable time and it was our pleasure to help with your trip.

Reviewed on 30 Mar 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Walking in the Atlas mountains, and the whole stay at the Kasbah du Toubkal.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make sure to let the Kasbah know of any dietary requirements well ahead of time - there's just a single set menu every night.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - the Kasbah is a big part of the community there, and they gave a lot of information on the benefits to the local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We had a wonderful time, saw many beautiful sights, ate excellent food and experienced a new culture.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you very much Kirsty for your feedback.
We are delighted you had such a lovely time.

Yes we can cater for special dietary requirements and advise clients to let us know before arrival and discuss menus with our chef at the Kasbah when there.

Reviewed on 09 Nov 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The fact that we had such a variety of landscapes and experiences without actually having to travel too far. City, mountains. desert and seaside but no journey was more than 3 hours. The tips and recommendations from Michael Logan were much appreciated.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Do your homework before you go with regards to tipping, haggling, local customs etc. It's easy to get caught out and pay far too much for things in first few days. Don't be afraid to stand your ground over certain things.

Some other tourists seemed surprised that the Kasbah did not sell alcohol but I'm not sure why as this was made very clear to us in the info we got prior to the holiday.

Be prepared for the street hassle. It does become a bit tiresome after a while.

Watch out for the mopeds and motorbikes zooming along the narrow streets of Marrakech!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Accommodation was outstanding - especially the Riad Slitine in Marrakech which was such a relaxing escape from the hustle bustle of the streets. Transport was excellent, and there were no problems with organisation. The Kasbah was superb - I particularly enjoyed the free guided walks. Essaouira is a fascinating town. We enjoyed the beach, the seafood, and the more laid back feel compared with Marrakech.

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