08 – 17 October 2018
We combine three contrasting regions of Morocco: lush valleys, the high Atlas Mountain passes and the Sahara desert. Intertwined come elements of history, agriculture, Berber and nomads’ culture, and a chance to experience life in the desert.
April sees life returning after the winter rains; warm during the day with the temperature dropping at night. We spend three nights in the dunes in luxury tents, each with its own simple shower system and private facilities. For two days we discover the dunes with their plants and creatures, a way of life in a tranquil, atmospheric world apart. We are accompanied by a guide and a team of helpers to ensure an unforgettable visit to the desert.
The first and the final nights are spent in the welcoming, comfortable Hotel Le Beldi, near Marrakech. Surrounded by a field of roses and extensive gardens, the hotel rooms are of authentic, contemporary style. In the Draa Valley our riad hotel is in the Palmeraie de Tamnougalt, with excellent cuisine from the owners’ organic farm. On the desert edge our accommodation is a charming riad, to relax overnight before our adventure into the desert. Bab El Oued is a little piece of paradise, located in the middle of the Palmeraie de Tamnougalt, at the foot of the ancient, scenic kasbah. The garden is beautiful and well-maintained, with a nice little pool at its centre. You wake to the singing of birds and the call of the peacock.
The tastefully decorated reception building has books available on the flora and fauna of South Morocco. You do not need (and you do not want) to go out for dinner, as the team cooks delicious traditional 3-course meals, accompanied by Moroccan wines, served either at the pool or in the cosy and colourful watchtower overlooking the grounds. Most importantly, the staff are wonderful. Mathilde and her small team are incredibly polite and attentive. We will be back, for sure.
The group is small with maximum ten participants and accompanied by Susan. We travel by minibus as far as the desert and then by 4×4 vehicles and dromedaries.
The climate is delightful – autumn, with warm/hot days ± 26ºC, and cool at night ± 15ºC.
Insects and mosquitos are not evident (dry heat). Sun screen and sun hat essential.
A chech-scarf for the desert can be acquired in Zagora. Lightweight wind/rain proof jacket, sturdy trainers and a fleece for the evening in the desert.
Meals included are shown as B (breakfast), L (lunch), P (picnic) and D (dinner).
Wifi is available in the hotels/riads.
The areas we visit are safe; the local people are friendly and appreciate your visit. Apart from Arabic and Berber, most people speak French and some English.
The tour has been well researched personally by Susan Worner.
Ability to ride a camel for two hours or walk in the desert.