Exciting adventure in the Sahara Desert and High Atlas Mountains
Almost as large as the continent of Europe, the grandeur of the Sahara Desert is truly experienced on this trip.
After an impressive journey through the palm groves of the Draa Valley, we spend the night at the gateway to the desert, Zagora. We then travel by camel into the incredible landscape of oases and sand dunes of M'Hamid, where we spend the night at a traditional Bedouin camp under the stars.
The desert experience can only be appreciated when we visit something completely different - the impressive 16th century Kasbah Ait Benhaddou. Continuing our journey into the High Atlas Mountains, we pass the crumbling remains of Telouet's great fortress and enjoy a peaceful walk around the remote village of Tijhza.
We have supported this village for over ten years, helping them build a water tower to ensure all houses now lead to running water and our work is very much appreciated by the community.
Last but not least, there is time to explore the medina, souks and square of the 'Pink City' of Marrakech.
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.
Clients on camels among sand dunes, Sahara desert