Morocco Atlas & Sahara 4WD tour

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Responsible tourism: Morocco Atlas & Sahara 4WD tour

Environment

During your trek across the mountains and deserts of Morocco, you will have the chance to encounter various flora and fauna unique to this country, especially while staying in the luxury desert camp and camel trekking in the Sahara. Our expert local guide will give you all of the information needed to interact safely and humanely with wildlife that you may run into during your travels, which may include and are not limited to Cuvier's gazelles, various lizards and jerboas.

A lot of natural environments will be visited on this trip, so we always advise our travelers to be mindful of how much plastic is used and thrown away. We always recommend that our travelers buy larger jugs of water with which to fill their personal water bottles rather than frequently buying small individual plastic bottles in order to reduce the amount of plastic waste created. Similarly, we suggest that you put purchases in your day pack if possible rather than using a plastic bag every time. Every little bit helps!

In terms of water and energy consumption, we ask that travelers be conscious of Morocco's limited renewable water resources and take care not to indulge in unreasonably long showers. We also ask that travelers be aware of their energy consumption by doing little things that can make a big impact if enough individuals participate, such as turning off unused lights, running the air conditioning only when needed, etc.

When choosing all of the activities on this trip, we were adamant about choosing suppliers that have the environment and well-being if the wildlife, plant and animal, of the locality in mind. We prefer local suppliers that have the maintenance and continuity of their homeland in mind and we avoid working with anyone that exploits people or animals. Don't worry though, these will not detract from any of the fun and amazing experiences that you will have on this epic adventures!

Community

All of our local guides and drivers know the best places and things to do in Morocco. They are your insight into everyday life as well as history and culture. They will always point you in the right direction of their favorite restaurants, sites and activities with your interest in mind. We also consider it of utmost importance to compensate all local suppliers and guides fairly and generously according to the local standard of living. We want our guides to be happy and healthy so that they can be in good condition to show you the best that their country has to offer.

We will also only select locally owned and run places of business and accommodation for our travelers to stay in. We avoid large scale international chains at all costs. We think that this is one of the best ways to support local communities and economies and to have a more authentic experience as well as to learn what real life is like in Morocco.

Our tour in Morocco will explore local communities as well as enterprises in order to fuel the economy and help local business owners. We will visit a locally owned and operated rose water factory that has been around for quite a while in which you can learn about the process of how essential oils are withdrawn from the flowers and their importance in the culture.

This trip will be an excellent opportunity to learn about different ways in which people in Morocco live and thrive in sometimes harsh environments. You will have the chance to meet and have tea with nomadic families to learn about who they are, their every day lives, and their culture. We always encourage positive cultural exchange and try to give our travelers as many chances for this as possible.

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


The whole trip was memorable and exciting. We experienced the Sahara in all it's glory, the majestic High Atlas, gorges, high mountain passes and tiny villages where the local people live and work in the fields as they have done for centuries. The itinerary was full of highlights. The time spent in the desert was particularly memorable. Most tours take you to the edge of the Sahara late in the day so you can 'overnight' there and then you are taken back to 'civilisation' early next morning. We really got to experience the desert for a few days - not all of it comfortable - but we felt as though we had actually been there. We travelled on roads the tour buses could never navigate. The crossing of the High Atlas on single lane rough roads was nothing short of spectacular!

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


Go with an open mind, a sense of humour and a relaxed attitude. You will be thrilled by what you do and see. However, if you are prone to car sickness, are
afraid of leaving the bitumen and you lack the ability to 'go with the flow' this is not your ideal trip. It would be impossible to run a rigid itinerary or to maintain a star rating for comfort and amenity. These things varied enormously but that's just 'off the beaten track' Morocco. We were well fed, we slept comfortably - sometimes in luxury - sometimes not, we experienced the real Morocco, we were warmly welcomed wherever we went and most importantly - we had loads of fun. I would also recommend you spend a few extra days pre and/or post tour to see more of Marrakech or other cities in Morocco, if you have the time. This is specifically a mountain, gorge and desert tour.

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


The environmental impact of this trip was very low. Our driver/guides were local mountain and desert people who had an enormous respect and love for their country. We were able to visit a nomad family in the Sahara and helped them with some vital supplies. We stopped in the desert to pump water from a well
where camels and donkeys were waiting to drink. We stayed in small riads employing local people. We dined in local restaurants in villages and towns we passed through.

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


Outstanding! If you want to see the real Morocco - this is the only way to do it.

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