4 independent reviews for Marrakech & the Sahara holiday in Morocco

Reviews for Marrakech & the Sahara holiday in Morocco

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review 27 May 2019

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

The walks in the mountains and the local people.

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

Take a good guide book and explore the cities on your own. Learn French!

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?

Loved every minute, it's a marvellous country and very real - the only 'touristy' bit was the sahara visit.

review 14 Dec 2015

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

This was an excellent trip. In the space of a week we visited the desert near M,Hamid, a Unesco World Heritage Site at Ait Benhaddou, the High Atlas mountains and the bustle of Marrakesh. Very varied and beautiful terrain, with two distinct types of people (Berbers and Arabs). The best bit was climbing a sand dune after a camel trek to our camp for the night.

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

Remember that it can get cold in the desert in December, so bring a good sleeping bag (though warm blankets are available). Camels are not the most comfortable beasts to ride!

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?

Excellent. No criticisms whatsoever.

review 13 May 2013

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

The camel trip was a memorable experience, as was glamping* in the desert and star-gazing. Equally memorable is the trip into the ante-Atlas mountains, and stay in the peaceful village, with gorgeous views from the gite. [* some members of our group were disappointed that the campsite is far more luxury than they were expecting - has low-occupancy tents (2 or 3 sharing max), proper toilets (although flushed with a scoop of water from a bucket and not plumbed) and a 3 course dinner was served on ceramic plates with proper cutlery. Our hosts even managed to rustle up a birthday cake !]

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

Generally the quality of the accommodation is much better than you might expect from the trip notes. Sheets and blankets are provided at the gite and the camp site, so a light sleeping bag or liner should be sufficient - certainly from May- Sep (despite the trip notes recommending 3 season sleeping bag). Group flights change at Casablanca airport for both outbound and return flights, to/from Heathrow. There are limited facilities particularly for the domestic transit lounge on the outgoing flight (you'll have a 3h wait). You can get small amounts of Dirham in the UK (at poor exchange rates) but Euros also seemed to be accepted at the one and only cafe/bar in the terminal and where the group congregated! On the return leg, there was nowhere in Casablanca airport to exchange Dirham and most (Duty Free) outlets would not accept them for purchases even. Recommend you try to spend them in Marrakech. As a guide, 180 per person was plenty for the week for most people to cover meals, drinks, tips and small souvenirs. If you are not particular about returning to Heathrow or being on the group flights, there is a direct EasyJet flight to Gatwick leaving at a similar time to the group flights, for the return journey. This avoids another wait in Casablanca and Air Maroc were not the most efficient of check- in staff, to say the least! Some members of our group flew out on the Saturday, because the group flights arrive in Ouarzazate quite late and you arrive at the hotel around 2am, leave to start the first day proper at 9am. This is something I wish I'd done!

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

The tour operator runs a dedicated programme of volunteer trips in the mountain village, having recently completed building projects at the school, they are now funding and volunteers helping to build a hammam in the community. Restaurants and hotels visited were operated and seemed to employ locals. A visit to a co-op pottery benefits locals in the village.

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

A whistle-stop tour of Southern Morocco, nicely topped off with a 2 nights in Marrakesh. Great trip for anyone looking for a variety of experiences - desert, mountains, city - packed into a week.

review 21 Apr 2011

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

Too many to mention! Walking in the Atlas in general was terrific with the beautiful scenery. Sleeping outside under the stars was also amazing.

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

Sensible shoes! I know it's obvious, but there really is so much walking. Also if you get Abdulla as your guide, there are a lot of picnics, so some plastic utensils would have been really useful.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes, as far as possible. However given the amount of water we consumed, I would have liked to know of a way to recycle the plastic bottles. Advice on this would be welcome.

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

Second to none!

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