This was a trip of a lifetime and one I will cherish forever, a great group, leader and a fantastic holiday. I felt like I was travelling again which took me back to my teens and early twenties, brilliant!
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Even arriving in a country abroad is exciting with it's new smells and being a heat lover I enjoyed the change in climate to very hot.
I loved going round the souks with the array of colours and so much merchandise to enjoy and haggle with these experienced businessmen. I love haggling so I very much enjoyed getting the price down!
I think the last most inspirational moment is reaching the top of the mountain on the various walks and looking out over the most beautiful views. It makes you feel very small in comparison to these spectacular Atlas mountains.
- What did you think of your group leader?
The group leader was excellent. He was a very kind man who could not do enough for his guests and he worked exceptionally hard at keeping the group together and supplying all our needs.
All of the group felt privileged to have such a knowledgeable man up in the mountains, you certainly could not survive without a good guide that is for sure.
The food was always homemade and delicious and the group leader always served everyone in the group before himself and made sure we each got a good helping of this delicious food.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Make sure you take out enough money when you first arrive in the country, this sounds obvious but Morocco often seem to have 'holy day' celebrations and if you try to withdraw money on this day, then the machine does not always work and can die on you. I had this happen and found it very alarming, fortunately it came back to life and dispensed my card but I feel I was lucky!
The walking is absolutely beautiful but do make sure you have good supporting walking boots. Again this sounds obvious but soft trainers or such like are no good on the often rocky surfaces and I found a good pair of walking boots with ankle grips made all the difference and good socks.
On the first day you can get altitude sickness when walking up the mountain, which may make it hard to breathe and if you have not experienced this before it can take you by surprise. But don't worry by the second day you have acclimitised and then you are fine.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
I loved this trip as it was so different to your normal package holiday and it gave you a real feel and experience of the country and it's customs and culture.
I loved the afternoon tea with a local family, they had gone to so much trouble and it was an honour to be welcomed into their home, thank you.
Our group where great and we got on really well and that was a bonus, as travelling alone I was concerned about how the dynamics may or may not work.
I can hardly explain the excitement you feel even arriving at your hotel and I felt the mix of being shown sites, walking and having free time worked just right. I loved the food and being up in the mountains away from mobile phones, computers, sitting in traffic and the usual stresses and strains of the west.
The gite accommodation is basic but it felt rather authentic and made you feel that you are actually travelling rather than being stuck in an all inclusive. If you like luxury then the gite is not for you.
I would definitely recommend this holiday and I intend on doing other Exodus holidays as I feel they are so well put together and you feel very safe which as a woman is paramount.