Tailor made Morocco family adventure holiday

“A tailor made family adventure at a great price, covering Marrakech, anti-Atlas mountains, the Sahara and the Drâa Valley. With chauffeur guide throughout. ”


Highlights: Marrakech | Tizi-n-Tichka mountain pass | Drâa Valley | Ait Benhaddou Kasbah | Ouarzazate | Zagora | Desert camp with Saharaoui nomad hosts | Desert camel ride in Erg Chigaga dunes | 4X4 trek in desert on specially established tracks | Sand boarding

Description of Tailor made Morocco family adventure holiday

This tailor made Morocco family adventure takes you to some of the country’s top highlights, with transport in a 4x4 with an experienced English-speaking indigenous Saharaoui guide. After two days exploring the vibrant city of Marrakech, including the souks, the medina and the iconic Place Jemaa el Fna, which is full of food stalls, musicians, acrobats and snake charmers, you’ll head south across the Atlas Mountain range towards Ouarzazate. Here, you’ll spend the night in an atmospheric mud-built kasbah a short distance away from Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, an 11th century hilltop fortified village that’s also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Next, you’ll make your way through the Drâa Valley and on to the ultimate destination of the magical Sahara desert, where you’ll spend an unforgettable night sleeping out underneath the stars in a remote desert camp, where listening to stories and music around a campfire will be one of the highlights of your trip. While in the desert, you’ll also get to go off-roading across desert pistes and try your hand at sandboarding.

Returning to Marrakech, you’ll pass through the saffron-growing region of Tazenakht (off-road for part of the way), where you’ll have the chance to visit a Berber carpet-weavers co-operative. Your final day will be free to spend however you like, whether that be shopping, visiting museums or just relaxing in your riad.

This trip is perfect for a family or a small group of friends. Your accommodation comprises of four nights three star hotels or traditional riads, all of which have a pool, one night in a characterful hotel with a pool at the edge of the Sahara, one night in a riad or traditional Berber guest house near Ouarzazate (both of which have a pool) and one night in a well-equipped desert camp.

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Departure information

This trip can be arranged any time to suit you from Sep - May
Our top tip:
Bring plenty of cash as you won’t be able to resist shopping. And please don’t resist tipping either.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Activity level:
Leisurely, but up to you.
3* hotels, one night desert camp.
Tailor made but most tours include accommodation, private air-conditioned 4x4 vehicle, driver guide, city tour guides, camel ride, half board, transfers.
Usually half board, with no shortage of eateries in Morocco. It’s one big kitchen.
Not Accepted
Holiday type

Travelling with a local operator

This holiday is operated by a company based in the holiday destination and they will be able to provide expert local knowledge. They will be able to tailor make your holiday to suit your requirements not only concerning the dates of travel but also typically the standard of accommodation, and thus price. It is rare for local operators to be able to help with the booking of your flights.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Family small group tours are sent electronically Responsible Travel briefing notes and an Equipment List. Clients can communicate directly with us if there are any specific queries. We do not produce printed brochures and minimal paperwork – our marketing and administration is primarily electronic, thereby reducing paper waste.

Our ground team have been briefed in the ethos of responsible Travel and are encouraged to lead by example. Guidelines regarding Cultural Etiquette are also published on our website.

Within the desert camps all food waste is kept for feed to the working animals (donkeys, mules and camels) and clients are advised not to dispose of toilet paper in the WCs at camp. The use of eco-friendly toiletries and cosmetics etc are encouraged through the Kit List, published on the company’s website.

On our 4x4 Off-Road Desert Expeditions, experienced local drivers will ensure that only established pistes are followed to ensure minimum disturbance and erosion of surrounding desert dunes and eco-systems. Our indigenous desert guides can point out and explain the desert flora & fauna in a local context.

We ask clients to purchase drinking water in large containers (if possible) for decanting to individual small bottles, to avoid creating excessive plastic waste. Plastic containers, bottles, bottle tops etc will be kept for our recycling arts/music projects or disposed of in the municipal amenities of larger towns. Our Moroccan ground team and drivers are briefed in the ethos of environmentally responsible practices and we encourage leadership by example.

This trip (and this company generally) caters only for small groups. This allows for a closer relationship between the local suppliers and the visitor and has a less harmful environmental impact than large tour groups arriving in coaches etc. Our groups will have a much closer relationship with their guides and drivers, receiving a better level of personal service and cultural understanding as a result.

The Impacts of this Trip

Our company is jointly owned in partnership with Moroccans indigenous to the desert community in which we focus our activities and cultural/volunteering holidays. The Moroccan Saharoui co-director of the company is also a founding member of a separate community development association which addresses environmental and economic issues.

All trips are led by English-speaking experienced local guides who has been briefed in the ethos of Responsible Travel and the expectations of the European/Western traveller. We only engage local drivers, transportation and guides who have best knowledge of the area and in so doing we ensure that maximum economic benefits are returned directly to the families in the area. As much as possible we use independent locally owned accommodation and restaurants. For desert expeditions and camps all supplies are sourced within the village from local businesses.

In order to promote the distribution of tourism wealth, on our travels we encourage clients to purchase supplies and souvenirs from smaller shops, individual artisans and co-operatives out of the main tourist centres. With this trip we are developing an innovative relationship with a community of potters in Tamegroute to provide interactive activities for children and arts/crafts enthusiasts. Our family trips are donating towards the cost of developing facilities at the pottery co-operative for hosting workshops and residencies for visiting artists and tourists who want to learn in a ‘hands-on’ way. Your donation for the pottery-activity covers the cost of materials and contributes to the livelihood of the working families here.

We encourage visitors to bring clothing, school supplies and basic equipment for distribution to local inhabitants via appropriate leaders, teachers etc. This is co-ordinated through our relationship with a Community Association in the village of M’Hamid el Ghizlane – our Moroccan co-director is one of the committee members.

Our company is committed to providing fair payment to local people in the tourism trade. We pay our guides/drivers a daily rate that is much higher than the current Moroccan minimum wage (paid by the large tour operators).

We sell our trips from the internet, without a costly office base. In this way the overheads are kept low and at least 80% of the holiday price is directly contributed into the local economy.


7 Reviews of Tailor made Morocco family adventure holiday

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 07 Apr 2019 by

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

Camel ride in the desert and sand dune sliding

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

Take more warm clothes. We were surprised how cold it was in the Todra valley

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

It is very clear that tourism is a main part of the economy of Morocco. We hope that our holiday provided a livelihood for some of them. Mohamed, our guide, was a keen conservationist. We were quite shocked about the amount of trash that was lying there even in quite deserted areas

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

It was great. We loved the Moroccan people and certainly plan to go back

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2019 by

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

The diversity of Morocco - from the cities of Fez, Meknes and Marrakech through to the High Atlas, Sahara and the oasis of Skoura. Amazing scenery and friendly people - and awesome accommodation.

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

The long drives are worth it - you see the most amazing things.

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

Definitely benefited local people - from our wonderful driver and guide Mustapha through to the guides in the cities and villages and our visits to local craft and art cooperatives. We also spent time meeting mountain people and having tea.

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

An amazing experience especially with teenagers. Incredible diversity, beautiful scenery, warm people and stunning arts and crafts.

Reviewed on 01 Jan 2019 by

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

Camping at Erg Chigaga dunes.

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

Read up about the region well and plan the holiday once you know what activities you want to do rather than just going down the touristy route.

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

Yes absolutely. Right from hiking in Atlas Mountains to visiting kasbahs,
staying in riads, shopping in local souks and buying good from local co operatives benefitted the local people.

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

Excellent trip. Will definitely be visiting the beautiful country again.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you, Priti! It was a pleasure to host you and your lovely family here in Morocco. We are delighted that you enjoyed the tour so much and hope that you managed to pack away some sunshine to take back to the UK with you. All the very best from Rachel, Kassim and
Abdou. Looking forward to seeing you again in 2019. Inchallah!

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2017 by

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

We returned a few days ago from an absolutely wonderful 8-day trip to Morocco organised by our tour operator. We wanted to show our children (11 and 13 years old) a different culture and new landscape, in a safe environment. Morocco was a great choice for this, and our tour operator was a fantastic company to travel with.

We started out in Marrakech, and travelled to the Atlas Mountains for 2 nights at the beautiful L'Oliveraie de Maghira: lovely grounds and pools, indigenous tortoises, and resident flamboyant chef. Really family-friendly place, voted by the children as their favourite hotel.

From here, we were picked up by the marvellous Abdoul, who was our guide for the next 4 days, driving us down to the Sahara and back again. He was very
patient with the varying levels of car-sickness from various members of the family, his off-road driving skills were impressive, and he knows the desert like
the back of his hand. We definitely recommend a night of wild-camping and camel-trekking. Watching the sun set from the top of Erg Chegaga was a highlight of the holiday. Our camel-handlers managed to rustle up a 3-course meal for us from fresh ingredients in the middle of nowhere - amazing! On the way back north, we stopped for a night at Kasbah Azul in Agdz. Wonderful for a taste of real luxury as a contrast to the wild-camping. Glyn votes for this one as his favourite hotel, as "this is where James Bond would stay if he was travelling through Morocco".

From here, back to Marrakech, and our 2 final nights at Riad Samsli. This was my favourite, for its lovely staff, soothing courtyard, friendly house-tortoises, and the best tagine of the trip. We did a city walking tour with the most knowledgeable man in Marrakech (Saeed), haggled in the souks, experienced the evening delights of the Jemaa el Fna, and managed to squeeze in a hammam and henna tattoos before having to leave.

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

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?

Rachel responded to my initial emails promptly, and produced an excellent itinerary for us. She gave us useful travel tips, and kept in touch during our holiday to check that all was going well.

I can't recommend Rachel and her team highly enough! We were looked after so well at every stage of the holiday, and Rachel had selected a perfect mix of activities and some fantastic accommodation. We will all have some amazing Moroccan memories for a very long time to come.

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2014 by

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

Our trip to the desert was certainly memorable and enjoyed very much by us all.

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

Take lots of cash because you will want to shop, but many places don't take cards. Also don't buy at the first shop, you will see the same things along the way, and it's really worth getting prices from a few places before you start the inevitable haggling process!

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

Although sadly, not very environmental due to the air travel and car journeys, but we did ride a camel and took a pony and trap ride too!! We'd like to think that we helped the local people by buying our souvenirs from women's co ops where possible. We also felt this was a respectful form of tourism, having local people to guide us and by staying at locally run, smaller independent raids.

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

We really enjoyed the whole experience, and it was excellent with three teenagers too. They enjoyed all the different aspects of our trip and we feel that they learnt about the Moroccan culture along the way. Highly recommended.

Reviewed on 12 Jan 2014 by

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

The holiday was really nice, all of it, but probably the best memory has been staying in Denmate and walking around those hills/mountains. It was just amazing, maybe because it was not peak season we were alone and loved every minute of it!

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

If you want to visit high mountains Denmate is not the place as it is quite low. We liked it because with children it was easy but then we felt that we were missing out and wanted to add another daily excursion from Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains and that was a very good choice. Much more dramatic landscape and proper mountains.

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

Yes, I felt it did. There were no big tourism chains or organisations. We ate at local restaurants when we could and used local guides.

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

Really really good!

Reviewed on 27 Nov 2010 by

My husband and two children aged 11 and 8 recently returned from an absolutely fantastic holiday with this tour operator.

We were really impressed in how intimate and professional the tour was. Everything went smoothly but was also flexible enough, to allow us to spend more or less time on what we really wanted to do. We loved the Sahara Desert, the High Atlas Mountains, the zest of Marrakesh city, and our cooking class. Our children loved the sand boarding, decorating pottery with henna, the music and jokes around the campfire and the unique opportunity to actually collect fossils from a hill range.

We would highly recommend Rachel, and her team Ahmed and Abdoul. It is a once in a lifetime experience!

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