Imperial cities, Atlas Mountains, Sahara Desert and the Atlantic coast
For sheer diversity, Morocco is the perfect destination, so close to Europe, yet so completely different. We explore the Imperial cities of Marrakech, Meknes and Fez, with crowded bazaars conjuring up flavours of Arabian Nights.
Our journey takes us through contrasting mountain ranges to the south, where sand dunes and kasbahs are scattered among palm oases inhabited by friendly Berbers. Camel trekking in Morocco is a real highlight, taking us to the edge of the Sahara for a night at a Bedouin camp (or under the stars - your choice!). We fit in a visit to Todra Gorge, to the beautiful 16th century Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, and we enjoy a village walk in a picturesque valley of the High Atlas.
Complete the trip with a walk along the sandy beach of Essaouira and visit the souks for some last minute shopping.
What makes this trip responsible?
With regular training between UK leaders and local staff, we can ensure our responsible tourism practices are passed onto local leaders. Where possible, we use family-run and characterful accommodations, yet this is not always possible in major cities. Recycling is not fully integrated in Morocco, so we always respect the environment and take all rubbish with us.
Morocco Community project
Whilst staying at the gite in the mountains there is the opportunity to meet the villagers and learn what Exodus has achieved over ten years of supporting the village as one of our Responsible Tourism projects. With a new water pipeline system fitted in the village, every house can now enjoy running water and our funds have also stretched to paying for much-needed operations for some of the children. Our biggest achievement is the village hammam (Moroccan steam bath) that will help with important hygiene issues as well as creating a self-sustainable income. Our support is also shared with other remote communities including Tafedna, located near Essaouira.
- visit the village Hammam and help create a sustainable income for Tijhza;
- send your leftover dirhams into Amanda Ceraolo at the Exodus office;
- donate online via our website;
- join a volunteer departure (Trip code: AMO) led by project founder,Andy McKee;
- bring items with you to leave in the village (see our project page for advice). Please ensure that anything you bring is not passed directly to the children.
Group on camels, Merzouga