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  • 7/18/2016

20th - 23rd December: Fes to Marrakesh with two others

Thur 22 - Wed 28: Saharan Adventure with two others

Sun 25 - Wed 28: Kasbahs, gorges, Erg Cehebbi dunes with two others

Tues 27 - Fri 30: Kasbahs, Dra'a Valley, Zagora, Chagaga with two others

Thurs 29th - Mon 2 Jan: Saharan Adventure with two others

31st Dec - 2nd Jan: Camels in Mhamid, Stars in Chagaga








June 1st website update

  • 5/25/2016

As from June 1st, the old website - much appreciated and praised by many - will have to give way to a more visible and practical site and become available to tablets, and smartphones. So it will radically change its look but at the same time be easier to use away from your PC; on the bus, train, standing at the coffee machine in the office ..... for a quick answer those questions that pop into your head to see whether there is perhaps another better trip for you, if you can add a day, the price for that other person who has asked to join you, check on the length of the camel ride, see whether you get to visit Ait ben Haddou, is there a tour of Marrakesh .......

We like our new look very much and hope you will approve. The quality of service will, of course, remain the same!

trip shares

  • 2/6/2017

February 13-15. Marrakesh, Dades, Erg Chebbi, Fes with a couple from Malta
February 15. High Atlas, Telouet and Ait ben Haddou with a British man
February 22 - 25: Marrakesh, Dades, Erg Chebbi, Fes with an American couple

March 6 - 10: Desert Majesty tour with English speakers resident in Germany
March 12: Dra'a Valley, Zagora, Tinfou Dunes with a Polish man
March 13: Kasbahs Ait ben Haddou, Telouet and the High Atlas with the same Polish man
March 20 - 26: Rock carvings in south Morocco with an American couple
March 21 - 23: Camels in Mhamid, Stars in Chagaga with a couple from UK

April 11 - 14: Fes, Chebbi, Dades, Marrakesh with a couple from US
April 18 - 20: majestic southern dunes starting in Ouarzazate with two Italians
April 18: Kasbahs Ait ben Haddou, Telouet and the High Atlas with an American man
April 19: Dra'a Valley, Zagora, Tinfou dunes with the same man
April 21st Rose Valley, Daddes and Toudgha gorge wiht the same man



Advice

  • 3/24/2016

We just loved this adventure and our wonderful, graceful driver Abdelkader.

Our adventure was Imperial Cities, Sahara, Atlantic - 12 days/11 nights - Departure Casablanca

First and foremost, we felt completely safe and well taken care of - no small feat when crossing mountain passes! Arranging for a birthday cake to celebrate the Nth anniversary of Carol's 39th birthday .... with singing, in the middle of the desert, was an experience we will always cherish.

We brought four guidebooks with us and were delighted when Abdel made sure we saw things which were in none of them. Telouet's Kasbah du Pacha el Glaoui was a perfect example. I wandered around it, then went back outside. Abdel asked if I'd gone upstairs. I'd not, and he took me up to the 2nd floor. WOW! Crumbling on the outside, the interior rooms were the best we'd seen since the Alhambra! We would have completely missed it had it not been for Abdel.

I am a photographer and Abdel saw how important the direction of the sun was. Rather than crossing the pedestrian bridge to visit the UNESCO World Heritage of Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou, we nimbly crossed the river to the east with the help of local kids. That put the sun in just the right place.

The value was great, some of the hotels and riads were amazing, and the experience was priceless.

We were referred to Desert Majesty by our friends Laura and Brad Duggan .... and have already referred several friends to them.

And to Felicity, Abdelhadi, Mariam and Abdelkader, our Desert Majesty friends, all we can say is Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

Ira and Carol Serkes

Our Morocco Travel Tips

1: Book your Morocco adventure with Desert Majesty

2: Download Live Trekker and Google Maps to your smart phone. If you're a photographer, also purchase The Photographer's Ephemeris

3: Save all your hotel, riad and museum/site addresses to Google Maps

4: When you arrive in Morocco, get a Moroccan SIM Card for your phone, and load it with a 5-10 GB Data Plan and at least a few hours of phone coverage. We used Maroc and found it had very good coverage. We used data (maps, surfing, email, etc.) much more than phone service. If you've an iPhone, you can also used it as a hotspot for your computer or iPad. If you run out of phone time, you can always "top it off" at a local shop.

5: When you meet your Desert Majesty driver, and whenever you have a new tour guide or check into a riad, ask them to call themselves from your phone. That way you have each other's Moroccan phone numbers.

6: Whenever you check into a riad, start up Live Trekker and take a screen shot of your location. The GPS was quite accurate, maps were usually several hundred feet off. Start live trekker and create a "breadcrumb" trail before you leave the riad. That will show you how to return to the riad!


7: Many sites close from 1-3 pm, so plan your visits accordingly

8: When you get on a camel, hold onto the "steering wheel" handle tightly!

Visited February 2016

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Lonely Planet recommendation

  • 1/1/2015

A highly recommended local agency offering trips to the High Atlas and the desert. Airport pick-ups, multi-lingual guides originating in Erfoud, Merzouga, M'Hamid and Taouz and reassuringly safe drivers are offered at competitive prices. Booking queries are handled by Felicity who is fluent in English, German, French and Darija.

Lonely Planet guide book 11th edition page 113

Telephone: 00212524890765

Aran - a four-year-old in Morocco

  • 2/14/2012

I have many friends who think we are mad taking Aran to Morocco but I have to say that he absolutely loves it - so much so that after we got back, he asked if we could move there. He is quite reserved at home, but every time we have been to Morocco, it has brought him on in leaps and bounds as he is so stimulated by things being different. We have found that he loves the novelty of the country.

The Moroccans love children in general, so unlike many other countries, travelling as a family will get you a warmer welcome. While we were in Chefchaouen, Aran noticed some children playing with toy cars in the street and we went over to join in. I have some lovely photos of them racing cars together. Aran refers to them as 'my Moroccan friends'!

In Fes we spent hours watching crafts and tradespeople at work, potters, metalworkers etc. that we never see at home and he was totally fascinated. Equally by things like the 'rubbish donkey' in Fes that went around collecting the rubbish - he kept comparing it to home. Even the palaces and medersa are of interest as they provide plenty of places to explore and play hide and seek.

As for the desert, Aran was so excited, he could barely sit still while we were getting there and although I run a lot, I was totally out of breath climbing the dunes. Aran kept going without a complaint as he was so keen to get to the top. In getting to the top of the sand dunes, we have all been left with an enduring memory, not fleeting gratification.

Food wise, Morocco is easy as everywhere we stayed, I was either allowed to use the kitchen to cook him something simple (I quite enjoyed this as I got to see what the local cooks used!) or they were more than happy to rustle up an omelette or pasta at any time of the day. I brought some pasta with me for the desert as I wasn't sure what food they'd have there, and there wasn't a problem cooking that with some vegetables.

I firmly believe that kids don't have to be pandered to all the time - everyone needs their comfort zones pushed - just not too far at once! Morocco is different and exciting, but not too different and you can still find creams, nappies etc. in the supermarkets.

I should add as well that the beauty of a private tour with children is that it can be tailored to suit your needs, both in planning and also on the flexibility during the day. Jamal was very patient with our frequent stops and organisation of the day as Aran doesn't have much patience when he is hungry.
We have all thoroughly loved the variety and interest in Morocco and your trips - I'd recommend them to any family who wants to think outside the square a little bit. I could go on, but I'll never get anything else done!

We'll be back, that's sure!

Why Desert Majesty?

  • 7/21/2011

We frequently have clients among the diplomatic staff of the US, British and German Embassies.

If you would like to read the feedback written by some of these diplomats, please look at our testimonials page!

Since March 2010, we are recommended as “a little gem” in the latest edition of Frommer’s Guide to Morocco. We should like to thank the author, Darren Humphrys, for his seal of approval! He has continued to list us in the new Morocco edition of 2012.

We are also recommended in the Lonely Planet Morocco and also in the Fodor's Morocco .

Desert Majesty and scotland2sahara.com

  • 2/3/2011

This is what Dr Andrew Murray wrote to us on February 6, 2011 after finishing his run and having returned to Scotland:

“Many thanks to Desert Majesty, for the superb vehicle, driver and level of service which helped considerably with my run to the Sahara desert. Tariq's knowledge of Morocco is beyond superb, and ensured we stayed in much better places for much less when he was on board, in addition to explaining all about Morocco, and showing us the best places to see. Many thanks Tariq, Felicity and the team."

At first this seemed like another trip request on the contact page and excitement mounted as we read the request. No, this was clearly something different and special; driving a film crew making a documentary for BBC Scotland of one man’s incredible undertaking of running from the very north of Scotland to Merzouga in the Sahara to raise money for the Yamaa Trust in Mongolia. http://www.yamaatrust.com

It turned into a quite different logistical exercise for the Desert Majesty team. We answered many of the usual questions about the weather and clothing, where to eat and stay, what is available for vegetarians and so on. But suddenly I found myself the go-between for the Department of Public Relations at the Ministry of Communications and the team! I received an unexpected phone call from them about the exact itinerary which was required before the filming could be authorised. I never quite figured out why the phone had come to me and not to the organisers of the filming - Triple Echo! Possibly it was because, being a local company and conversant with the protocols and the country, we understood what was required and how to achieve it without fuss. There followed a series of phone calls and emails with the officials until all the details were clarified to their satisfaction.

Then it was Friday and still no sign of the permission to film! Finally a call came in the afternoon and we were promised it for Monday morning. But the film crew was arriving in Fes with large cameras on Sunday – would they get through customs? Everything went smoothly and at about 11.15 on Monday morning, there was the authorisation in Desert Majesty’s in-box. It was hastily mailed to Tariq, who printed it off in a cyber café and voilà, handed it over to the relieved Triple Echo Team.

To begin with, Tariq was somewhat confused about the unusual request of only covering such short distances each day. It is a long drive from Fes to Merzouga but still achievable in one day. This trip was to take a week to cover that stretch! But he grasped the situation very quickly and really got into the swing of things, acting as interpreter and guide. He advised about better scenery “just round the corner”, hunted down the warmest hotels with the wi-fi needed for Andrew, the runner, to write his daily blog and the crew to connect to base. He explained what was happening to local, bewildered on-lookers. I am sure with time more stories will emerge!

After a while, Andrew realised the crew were onto a better thing and started spending the night in the same Tariq-sourced hotel. And in the last couple of days, it was our new Toyota Land Cruiser TX that took Andrew’s accompanying team into the desert because the camper van couldn’t make it. On the way back to Marrakesh, the film crew, Richard and Carrie, spent the night here with us in Ouarzazate. We dined and danced to Berber drumming in a friend’s riad on the other side of the river. Their last day in Morocco could be a holiday, travelling back over the Tizi-n-Tichka pass in the High Atlas, via the Kasbahs of Telouet and Ait ben Haddou, to Marrakesh for their last night there.

Perhaps on BBC television in March, you managed to see the Adventure show and Andrew’s amazing feat coming to a triumphant finish in the dunes of Merzouga and Desert Majesty’s handsome nomad driver of the Toyota Land Cruiser TX!

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