Morocco photography holiday

Description of Morocco photography holiday

Join us on a photo-safari of Southern Morocco with adventurous travel photographer Toby Savage. Whether you’re master of your DSLR or lover of your compact camera, you are sure to return home with some great memories to add to your portfolio.

Highlights include:
- excellent tuition from experienced professional photographer
- explore Marrakech’s ancient medina
- travel by 4x4 over the stunning Atlas mountains
- visit the UNESCO World Heritage Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou
- cross the Sahara desert in style and stay in a nomad tent
- discover the delightful seaside town of Essouaria

Tuition:
This Moroccan adventure will be led by experienced photographer Toby Savage. We will have the opportunity to see and photograph some of Morocco’s spectacular scenery and discover the hidden Morocco. Under Toby’s guidance we will refine our photographic skills by learning about the elements of a good photograph and practising our camera techniques on a wide range of subjects including landscape, portraits, architecture and street photography. Peer feedback sessions will take place most evenings, and all participants will receive a one-to-one tutorial during the week with Toby on any aspect of their work.

Accommodation:
We will stay in a variety of comfortable riads and hotels, with one night under canvas in a bivouac of nomad tents.

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Morocco photography holiday

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

It is important to minimise our impact on the local environment for the benefit of future generations.

When we are out in the desert we are very careful to ensure that we preserve the local flora and fauna and leave no traces of our presence. Water conservation is always a key concern and sheets and towels are washed only at the clients’ request. We also ask all clients to conserve water by taking short showers instead of baths.

In the UK we maintain a small office which minimises our use of electricity and gas. We are web-based and all correspondence is sent to clients electronically. The small amount of paper we use in the office is recycled and we rely on natural light for most of the day.

Community

Tourism is an important source of income for people in Morocco and the service industry accounts for over half of the country’s GDP. We work with local guides, tour operators and tourist offices to ensure that our visits are of benefit to the local economy, with opportunities for participants to purchase local products, eat at local restaurants and visit tourist attractions. For this trip, private transportation is supplied by local guides and operators who also assist us in finding the best locations to visit, while also benefiting the local economy.

Throughout this trip in Morocco we stay in friendly, family-run hotels that employ local staff and use fair employment practices. Our food and drink is sourced from local suppliers. We use a local agent in Morocco which employs local guides and drivers who are very familiar with the area and utilise their knowledge to help us engage with the community and ensure that we take care of our surroundings.

When visiting places of interest we divide into smaller groups to minimise our impact and increase the potential for meaningful interactions. We also encourage participants to ask permission from people first before taking photographs. Our visits also help to boost the local economy by giving participants the opportunity to buy locally-made products, for example silver in Taroudant or carved wooden goods in Essaouira. We use local guides who assist in communicating with local people where there is a language barrier, and we try to use their language wherever possible.

6 Reviews of Morocco photography holiday

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Reviewed on 28 Oct 2019 by

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


The whole trip was something special, for me watching the sunset and sunrise in the middle of the Sahara and then photographing the Milky way late into the
night has to be a highlight.

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


Take sun cream and more important Lip salve, the air is so dry my lips still look like the surface of the moon. Don't expect 5 star Hotels the Riads are clean and tidy but basic, staff are helpful and attentive, something to remind us all where we come from.

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


I believe in a lot of cases it did, except for the 1,000 miles or so of driving but if you want to get a feel of Morocco in a week you cant do anything else.
I would like to say that our driver Abdulraheem was a diamond couldn't have been more helpful to us all, he even bought us all lunch one day (fresh fish from
a market and paid for the local cafe to cook it), (he did get a decent tip at the end).

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


"Bedazzling" Group word for the tour, we found this word in a description while walking through El Badii Palace.

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2019 by

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


Walking in the Sahara desert after watching the sunrise.

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


Prepare to have an amazing time. Sometimes the travel between the different locations are tiring but once you get to the location you realize how worth the
effort of getting there is. Each location we visited was amazing.

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


Yes, it benefited the local people, since we stayed at small and fantastic riads and the company seem to employ local guides and drivers.

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


It was a wonderful holiday, the group was very nice. Toby Savage our instructor was fantastic, knowledgeable, professional and fun. I am super happy that I book this holiday!

Reviewed on 03 Dec 2015 by

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


Getting to photograph the Milky Way over the dunes of the desert.

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


Don't worry about going by yourself! You will meet some great people and learn some great things.

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



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


10/10 I would love to go on another trip! Hopefully you can add some destinations!!

Reviewed on 22 Jan 2015 by

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


I think the trip around the Sahara stands out after nearly a year but every stop had huge merit.

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


Be ready for some travel but also a fantastic introduction to the country and some great down to eart tuition.

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?


Great

Reviewed on 06 Jan 2015 by

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


We went to so many amazing places it is difficult to select one. However the 'street photography' in Marrakech has to the has to be some of the craziest in the World!

The holiday was well organised - none stop action and some very special accommodation.

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


Don't worry about having lots of photographic equipment with you it helped to travel light.

Keep an open mind and just soak up the unique atmosphere of the amazing country

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


We used local guides who were brilliant and know all the secret places. All the accomodation were local - no international chains.
The whole trip integrates into the local communities and economy.

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


I have recommended this trip to a number of my photography friends - great organisation fantastic practical advise that will benefit photographers of all standards. I learnt so much and advice I received changed the way I look at things and widened my skills and perspectives. Difficult to imagine how it could have been better........many be an extra week!

Reviewed on 13 May 2014 by

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


Sitting at the top of a 250m sand dune in the desert all by myself. Nothing but Sahara could be seen through all 360 degrees.

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


Be aware that there is a lot of time spent travelling between locations. Nothing wrong with the schedule created by the operator, it's simply a necessity given the size and emptiness of southern Morocco.

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




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


Excellent holiday. Fantastic tuition from the photographer leading the trip and a fantastic location to put his lessons into practice.

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