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Amazing Trip in Morocco

Discussion in 'Africa Travel Forum' started by john125, Jun 15, 2015.

  1. #1 john125, Jun 15, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2016
    We have just returned from a tour in Morocco and it was amazing trip. We used Hassan from www.moroccodesertdiscovery.com . We were meet at the airport in Casablanca and spent our first night in a nice hotel at Rabat city which is the capital of the country. Our second day took us to Fez via Meknes, Volibulis and Moulay Idress. Fez is beautiful with it's labyrinth of ancient winding streets. We had three days of visiting all the historical and interesting parts of the city and learning of some of the amazing crafts Moroccans are known for, such as pottery, mosaic, carpets, weavers, leather and the well known dying vats. Then on and out to the desert. The drive over the mid Atlas Mountains was quiet spectacular. Berber dwellers had just taken their animals up into the mountains to graze. Over the other side a big change of scenery. It can only be called dramatic. From arid hillsides, spectacular sand dunes to lush oasis. We camped in Berber style tents (but with all the comforts needed) and were fed extremely well. Rode Camels into the sand dunes and camped one night out there and woke to see the sun rise. We were taken to a small village to visit a folkloric Gnaoui show with a great spirited music and dancing. Later on we headed to Rissani town where we bathed in a local Hamman and were feeling very privileged to have been part of locals’ lives though only for a short time. We left the desert with memorable experiences and on to Ouarzazate via Todra Gorge, and Kala Magona. Our hotel in Ouarzazate had an outstanding view of the snow capped Atlas Mountains; Kasbah Ait Benhaddou which is a UNESCO heritage site was outstanding. The drive over the mountains again was quiet spectacular and on into Marrakech. Our Riad in this city was absolutely exquisite, and we had three nights enjoying the hustle and bustle that is Marrakech offers. Then on to Essaouira. A picturesque fishing town and it would seem a movie set with a romantic port. The Medina is easy to navigate, and the people were extremely friendly. We strolled in the market and were enthralled to see every form of livestock, tool, grain and even medicines, food and clothing up for grabs and it made for some really good photographs. On up the coast to Casablanca and sadly to the end of our fabulous holiday.
     

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