The desert is a spartan place, yes, but if you go on Morocco desert trips the right way, you’ll lack for absolutely nothing.
Watching the sun rise and set from the astounding setting of the Sahara Desert is an incredible experience that can give you a whole new appreciation of life and the exquisite beauty of the world. You can witness this majestic spectacle of nature yourself on your very own Morocco desert trip — an excursion into the timeless sands of this captivating North African land that will take your breath away and leave you spellbound.
At Desert Majesty, we organise lots of Morocco desert trips for our guests from around the world who want to experience life in the Sahara Desert — the world’s largest dry desert and one that covers most of the northern part of the great continent of Africa — and they can be a couple of days or much longer. One of our most popular Morocco desert trips is our Saharan Adventure, for instance, which lasts seven days, departing from Marrakesh and including two nights at a hotel, three days trekking on camel and four nights in a bivouac — a shelter erected in the desert for the comfort of our guests.
There is not much in the Sahara Desert, of course, and for many people, that’s its innate charm: a chance to get away from the overcrowded and frequently maddening modern world and refresh yourself in a place of absolute quiet and nothingness. But just because you’re heading out on a Morocco desert trip with a tour company like ourselves doesn’t mean you’re going to have to suffer and sacrifice all the comforts and luxuries you’re used to back home. Instead, you’ll be treated like royalty, and enjoy all the benefits of any king or queen.
Morocco Desert Trips: You’re Covered
Out in the vast Sahara Desert and its towering, dreamy dunes that seem to stretch up to the cloudless sky and meander on forever, you will want for nothing. It’s vital that you choose the right tour company so that you get the experience and luxury you desire — preferably one based in Morocco and with expert local staff who know the challenging terrain of the desert and are able to provide everything you need.
And so after a day trekking on camel, walking or travelling around the desert in a climate-controlled 4×4, it’s thrilling to arrive at your very own desert camp, where you will spend the night in the kind of rich and indulgent luxury Morocco is famous for. Is it possible to transfer the kind of luxurious and even decadent settings of some of Morocco’s renowned hotels to desert regions? Definitely (as long as your tour company knows what it’s doing).
Living the Sahara Desert Life
At our camps on Morocco desert trips, everything is catered for. This means all the bed and bathroom facilities you could want and spacious, tented sleeping areas — often in the local Berber style — where you will feel right at home. Luxury desert camps in Morocco give you an accommodation experience like no other, and after you’ve enjoyed a sumptuous dinner catered to your wishes, you can retire for the night and have the best sleep of your life, undisturbed by traffic and all the other disrupting sounds of modern-day life.
Before you nod off, however, there’s the joy of lounging by the fire and gazing up at a sky so densely studded by the brilliant lights of stars undiluted by pollution that it will make you gasp. There’s nothing quite like this nighttime celestial show to cap an extraordinary day in one of the most astounding places on Earth. It’s simply unforgettable, as our clients tell us:
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Discover for yourself how you can experience sheer luxury on Morocco desert trips. We have many excursions to choose from, or we will be happy to create your own customised tour of the Sahara Desert. Contact Desert Majesty now and find out more.
If you’re thinking of going on a desert tour in Morocco this year, we have some invaluable tips to make your trip go off without a hitch.
The average package holiday in sun-drenched parts of Europe doesn’t entail all that much: choose which part of Spain, France, Greece or other tourist hotspot you’d like to spend your holiday in, make the booking, hop on the plane and that’s pretty much it. These easy-to-get-to destinations are popular not just because they’re near but also because they’re familiar — or at least not all that different to what you’re used to back home (minus the sun). For those planning desert tours in Morocco, however, it’s all entirely different.
The mighty Sahara Desert, which fringes parts of the magnificent North African country of rich culture, vistas and sensory experiences, is a place of sheer and exceptional beauty, but it’s also a largely barren and harsh land that you need to be prepared for to get the most out of your trip. There’s a lot to consider and proper planning is essential so that your holiday in one of the most stunning parts of the world will go exactly, or better, than you expected and that you’ll have the time of your life out in the great and undulating dunes that go on for as far as the eye can see.
This is not, after all, a place that you can just blithely wander out into and explore at your leisure. Not being prepared for the heat, and cold, can be perilous, for example, and it’s easy to get disoriented and lost due to a lack of landmarks, which can make even the most experienced desert-goer lose their bearings and walk around in circles for hours. This is not what you want to happen on a desert tour in Morocco, and here at Desert Majesty, we have the vast expertise you need so that you won’t encounter any difficulties out in the endless and mesmerising sands.
Choosing Your Desert Locations
You might think there’s little to see in the Sahara Desert apart from lots of sands, but actually, the desert regions of Morocco are full of wonderful sights and experiences and you can decide what you want to see — as long as you know what’s out there.
Some of the most popular places to visit while on a Moroccan desert tour include the large dunes of Erg Chigaga and Erg Chebbi. These ergs — the word is from the Arabic for “dune field” — are expansive stretches of sand that for centuries have been blown by the winds that pervade this region and formed into shapely mounds that wind and snake into the distance. They are so pleasing to look at for the longest time, as though their basic structure captivates the mind and heart and leaves you in a dreamy otherworldly state of pleasure and joy.
Also on the list of considerations when planning a desert tour in Morocco is the time of year to go. If you find you’re not able to bear extremely high temperatures, it may be best to plan your trip in the spring, autumn or winter months when it’s cooler in the Sahara Desert regions of the country. During the summer months, the mercury can climb to 40 C and above, meaning it can get uncomfortably hot out in the desert — unless you’re properly prepared with protective gear. Getting badly burned, even though you’re wearing sunscreen, is not what you want here and it could ruin your desert holiday experience.
Best Desert Tours in Morocco
Getting about during desert tours in Morocco can be done in a number of ways: on foot, by vehicle or hopping aboard the extraordinary Ships of the Deserts — the camels that for eons have ferried the local Berber people all over the desert, across the country and elsewhere. Organising the way you’re going to travel is best done by consulting a highly experienced Morocco desert tour company that has the expert personnel to guide, drive and keep camels under control.
They will also be able to organise superb accommodation out in the desert where you can relax and unwind after a glorious day of exploration and stunning sights. There you can dine under the stars and have an amazing desert experience that’s as far removed from everyday modern life as possible. But remember — with no cloud cover to keep the day’s heat in, it gets extremely cold at night, so come prepared to wrap up!
Out in the desert, during the day and at night, you may well fall under the silent spell of one of the most magical places on Earth.
If you’d like to go on a desert tour in Morocco this year and are wondering what’s best for you in terms of time of year, what to see and more, contact the experts at Desert Majesty now and they will be pleased to tell you more.
Are you wondering what activities you can do in the Sahara Desert? Here’s a guide.
You might think there’s nothing in the desert and little to do, but there’s a world of activities you can do in the desert — in the mighty Sahara, at least, and especially in the incredible Moroccan part.
The Sahara is the largest hot desert in the world and the third largest among the others — subtropical, coastal and cold. Altogether, the searing sands of the Sahara stretch over an area of 9.2 million kilometres and cover large swathes of North Africa, including substantial parts of Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Western Sahara, Sudan and Tunisia.
The Sahara — taken from the Arabic language and appropriately meaning “The Great Desert” — has become something of a magnet for tourists from all around the world who want to experience its spellbinding beauty, spend some time sleeping under the stars and take it all in — and do all sorts of activities. Those who embark on Morocco desert tours can easily reach great parts of the Sahara from their accommodation in many of the country’s great cities, such as Marrakesh, Casablanca and Fez.
Activities Can You Do in the Sahara Desert
When you really want to get away from it all and not see many people, buildings, traffic or anything else for a while, the Sahara Desert is the ultimate destination. Here you can go trekking with desert nomads, whose people and cultures go back many centuries and are the experts in desert living. You’ll saunter along the plains with your nomad guides and far away from other tourists too. It’s an amazing, captivating and entirely refreshing experience that will have you fully recharged and ready for anything when you get back home.
You can’t come to the desert and not ride a camel, of course. At Desert Majesty, we know this all too well, and that our clients from all over the world have this exciting activity high up on their activity list when they’re going out on Morocco desert tours. Riding a camel gives you an amazing vantage point over the panoramic vistas ahead, but it takes some getting used to and is certainly not like riding a horse.
There’s no need to worry if it’s your first time on a camel, as long as you have expert guides who know what they’re doing, and ours make sure our guests feel comfortable and secure before heading off on their very own ship in the Sahara Desert. It’s essential to come prepared, however, and jeans or trousers are required because shorts or skirts mean the exposed part of the legs will chafe on the saddle and rough camel skin, and turn red and sore.
Thrilling Times on Morocco Desert Tours
Another thrilling activity you can do in the Sahara Desert is sandboarding, which is almost identical to perhaps the more widely known snowboarding, but without the cold, or the snow. Simply climb the towering dunes with your board and ride right down, either standing, sitting or lying on your stomach — the latter two positions are recommended for those new to the sport and just practicing for greater rides to come.
If you’re looking for something totally different in the Sahara, why not consider a Sufi meditation retreat? This age-old practice involves developing a personal relationship with God by deepening your knowledge and exploring your mind. We organise the logistics for Sufi meditation retreats in the desert once a year, and if this is something you might be interested in, do get in touch.
And then, overall, there’s experiencing the humility of human existence against the backdrop of the vast power of the Sahara — its aridness, sudden sandstorms, extreme scorching heat, reliance on wells, and oases and intimate knowledge to survive.
The Sahara Desert, it turns out, has it all.
Book your trip to Morocco and embark on breathtaking tours in the Sahara Desert. Contact Desert Majesty today and find the package and activities that are right for you. We’re also pleased to create customised tours. Get in touch now.
The chance to see how the ancient Berber people live today while on trips in Morocco is an entirely fascinating experience.
Anyone who has had trips in Morocco, and even those who haven’t, will most likely have heard of the Berber people. They’re not specifically native to Morocco, but spread all around North Africa and today, their numbers are estimated to be around 14 million. In Morocco, these ancient folk, known locally as the Amazigh, have developed a rich heritage and culture of their own over the centuries, and for the visitor, it’s a beguiling experience that enhances any stay in this most magical of African lands.
Berber history dates back much further than just a mere few centuries, however, with traces of these desert-dwelling people going back millennia — there is evidence of their activities as far back as 4,000 years ago in parts of North Africa. They are descendants of the pre-Arab inhabitants of this fascinating part of the world, one brimming with brisk trade, high culture and stunning architectural achievements all round. Some of this is visible today in the many museums in Moroccan cities, including the Berber people’s own language, Tamazight, which incorporates three dialects and is chiefly oral. Examples of the written form, called Tifinagh, have been captured and preserved, however, and today there’s a renaissance of sorts on as the authorities increasingly use Tifinagh for official and government signage and notices.
Here at Desert Majesty, we know our guests from all over the world just love to immerse themselves in the colourful Berber culture and to discover all they can about these fascinating and enduring people who live in one of the harshest of climates known to humankind and, at the same time, thrive. It’s as though the tough challenge of existing has brought them to a higher level of life on Planet Earth and they revel in it. This is why we have designed some of our popular tours and excursions to include encounters with Berber people as they live today in modern Morocco, all while still retaining their amazing culture from so long ago.
Staying with the Berbers
The great thing about holidaying in Morocco is not only the wealth of culture in this country — which boasts of over 35 million people and such stunning cities as Marrakesh, Fez, Casablanca and others to stay in — but also the sheer wealth of attractions that you can visit. This makes trips in Morocco incredibly easy and inexpensive, and you can certainly pack a lot into one holiday in this amazing country.
And if you really want to know what the gracious Berber people are all about, there’s nothing better than spending a night with them and seeing right up close how they live. We have deep connections with many Berber families in Morocco, some of whom will allow our guests to spend the night with them in their own home. It promises to be a fascinating time, so different from the fast-paced, tech-focused lives many of us live in the West that, indeed, many of our guests come away from such an experience with a newfound appreciation for life.
For perhaps the more adventurous, we can also arrange for you to spend some time with Berbers who live in caves along the red-earth Dades Gorge, carved out by the river of the same name, which originates high up in the High Atlas mountain range. It’s a wholly unique experience and so far removed from the average sun holiday in the Med that you’ll think you’re on another planet entirely. You’ll break homemade bread with the cave-dwelling families and share their succulent, mouth-watering food as you become fast friends with these astonishing local people.
Great Berber Trips in Morocco
Out in the desert and mountain regions of Morocco, and among the Berber people, you’ll get a vivid sense of the way life used to be and still is. There’s a calming electricity in the air that many people on trips in Morocco are receptive to and liken to a form of spirituality that enriches their lives. Indeed, there’s something wonderful about casting off the heavy burdens of modern life and heading out into places where there’s none of it: just simple, life-affirming living.
Once you experience the soulful majesty of Moroccan cities, the vast expanse of the desert and the dramatic mountain areas, once will not be enough and you’ll keep coming back for more exhilarating trips in Morocco.
It’s what Berber dreams are made of.
If you have a thirst for adventure beyond the ordinary and would love to quench it with an incredible trip to Morocco that features encounters with the intriguing Berber people, contact Desert Majesty today and we will organise what will undoubtedly be the trip of a lifetime.
There’s nothing like the desert to make you feel humble while at the same time giving you masses of inspiration and joy.
The start of the year may be a dreary time — it’s still cold, damp and generally fairly miserable — and you don’t even need reminding about all the money spent and excesses of the festive season just gone. But one of the brighter aspects of any New Year is planning a holiday or more for the coming 12 months. Proper research and planning are essential to unearthing the most exciting getaway experiences that are a world apart from the usual sun-package holidays — ones that will linger on in your mind long after you’ve left and will keep you going until your next thrilling excursion.
At Desert Majesty, we know our guests are always on the lookout for something out of the ordinary: a destination that offers an immersive glimpse at people, places and ways of life that make you stop and think about your own, and that ultimately bathe you in a rich and rewarding glow of having gone further and enhanced your worldview and experience of life. This and more is the promise of Morocco, and it’s one that almost always delivers.
If you haven’t already visited this magical land, will this be the year you put the North African country on your list and embark on Morocco desert tours and other excursions around its mesmerising cities, towering mountain regions and more? And what can you expect when you head out into the mighty Sahara desert and elsewhere in this fascinating country of the timeless Berber people? Here, we’ll give you an overview of what could turn out to be the true holiday of a lifetime.
Sands of a Timeless Place
There is so much to see and experience that sometimes it can seem entirely overwhelming, and it’s certainly best to pace yourself and see it at your leisure, rather than rushing through cities and their exciting bazaars, handsome palaces, lush gardens and everything else — and that’s quite apart from heading out on a Morocco desert tour. After your first taste of this delicious country, you will surely feel compelled to come back again and again and indulge your senses in more succulent feasts.
Surely, chief among the country’s many attractions is the Sahara Desert and the sheer majesty, and spellbinding and timeless appeal of one of the world’s largest stretches of sand. It has to be seen and deeply experienced at least once in your lifetime, and professional Morocco desert tours, such as those we organise for our guests from around the world, give people just what they want from a trek into the enthralling desert dunes.
Some say there’s nothing in the desert but great piles of sand, with nothing to do and nowhere to go — but they’re wrong. Anyone who has spent any time in the Sahara knows for themselves that there’s a potent power in this place that can overtake even the most hardened and world-weary of travellers, and refresh not only their minds but also their souls. It’s a place of tranquillity, supreme quiet and thundering vistas to delight the eyes and heart. The Sahara has many secrets, and one of the most important it transfers to those wandering in it is learning the gift of humility and coming away with a life-changing outlook on the world.
Ships of the Sahara
Going on Morocco desert tours is not just about trekking up and down enormous, stunning dunes on foot. You can also get a view from up high, courtesy of the beloved Ships of the Desert that, like their Berber masters, have been roaming this ancient land for many centuries. You can clamber aboard your very own camel as your group heads out on a romantic caravan into the searing sands of the desert, guided all the way by a local expert who’s highly experienced in not only the Sahara and its sometimes challenging conditions but also in handling these mighty beasts.
And what better after a day in the desert than setting up camp — or having it done for you — and settling into luxurious tented accommodation that has every facility you need and where all your catering needs are met. At night you can lie out under the brightly twinkling stars — no city pollution to ruin the experience here — and get a new and incredible view of the heavens and contemplate our place in them.
It’s all as far away from your typical holiday as you can find, and it has to be done at least once. Make 2019 the year you embark on incredible Morocco desert tours.
With Desert Majesty, you can choose from one of our ready-made Morocco desert tours or you can ask us to create one just for you. Contact us now and soon you could be enjoying the majesty of the Sahara Desert all for yourself.
Thinking about an enthralling trip to the Sahara, but wondering what to expect on Morocco desert tours? We have the essential information you need.
It’s not often you pack up for your holidays and head off into the desert for an incredible adventure unlike any other. After all, many people find it hard to resist the easy lure of the usual tourist hotspots to spend their holidays. But there comes a time when some of us want more than just lazing by the pool or beach and soaking up the sun until we’re scarlet and need a cool-down.
Here at Desert Majesty, we find that many of our clients are seeking something entirely different and it’s why Morocco desert tours have become such a hit in recent times. They offer you a chance to experience life out in the vast and largely barren areas of the Sahara Desert — a place of dazzling beauty, sheer escape and many magical moments that will last well after you return home.
A holiday in African desert regions is unlike anything you have ever experienced before, so it pays to know what to expect on Morocco desert tours. Your trip out into the desert will last a few days or more and it’s essential that you’re fully prepared before embarking on this thrilling excursion, so that you fully enjoy it. Here are some of our suggestions for an excellent Morocco desert tour.
Wrap up Well
The desert is beautiful, but it’s also unforgiving and mistakes can be costly. Going out into this harsh, hot-sand environment is not exactly a day at the beach, so definitely don’t expect to head off in your swimwear and slather on some sunscreen along the way. Such a proposition would be a recipe for total holiday disaster and it’s the opposite of what you need to do.
That means keeping yourself covered as much as possible from the searing effects of the strong sunshine, so that you retain as much moisture as possible. Just look at the local nomadic people out in the desert for an instant clue as to how to dress — head to toe in as much material as possible, including your head and face. Strong winds are common in many desert areas and, with no structures to block them, they can grow and whip up incredible sandstorms that can make it hard to breathe. A light scarf to wrap around your head is, therefore, essential.
Don’t Wander Off
Another vital tip for when you’re out on a Morocco desert tour is to stay with your guide and others in the group — don’t go wandering off. While you may want to climb that amazingly tall dune nearby to get an incredible view of the vast expanse of the desert, this is one place where it’s easy to become disorientated and get lost. There will likely be few, if any, landmarks around and you could wander around for ages without knowing where you are. Without water or anything else, you could soon find yourself in a great deal of trouble.
Get Properly Kitted Out
If your trek into the Moroccan desert involves riding camels, you will especially want to prepare yourself in advance. Riding a camel is not like jumping up on a horse or pony: it’s a rocky ride and so high up that you won’t want to fall off. Again, make sure you’re properly attired — with hard-wearing jeans instead of shorts — otherwise you risk getting your legs painfully chafed. As you’re sure to want to take photos, and perhaps videos, of your amazing camel ride for your social media accounts, make sure your camera equipment is tethered to you with a lanyard, or something else equally secure, to prevent it from plummeting to the ground and getting lost forever in the great sands of the Sahara. If you’re not used to riding, you may be sore the next day, so bring some aspirin or similar pain relief along with you.
Avoiding the Nighttime Chill
Spending nights in the desert under a twinkling constellation of stars is another mesmerising element of Morocco desert tours that you won’t want to miss, so you’ll want to be prepared. Because there will almost certainly be no, or only few, clouds to keep the day’s intense heat in, it will all escape into the heavens and leave you feeling the great drop in temperature. You’ll need to wrap in an extra layer and you should even consider bringing a sleeping bag with you when trekking for several days. Otherwise there are plenty of blankets in the bivouac tents. This will leave you all cosied up for one stellar evening and an altogether unparalleled holiday experience. By contrast, though, in the height of summer, it is warm enough to take your mattress outside to sleep under that panoply of stars lulling you to sleep as you gaze and gaze at their incomparable beauty.
For the best Morocco desert tours, contact Desert Majesty today. You’ll soon discover why we are the best at organising magical trips out into the Sahara desert that will leave you spellbound. Contact us today and soon you could be on your way to the trip of a lifetime.
These shares are available over the coming months.
Please remember when sharing, that although your trip becomes cheaper, there may need to be an element of flexibility as wishes and requirements could differ. We try to limit the number in the car to four for the greatest comfort.
9 – 12th: Marrakesh to Fes with two others
10 – 14th: Marrakesh to Fes five days with two nights in Erg Chebbi with two others
11 – 12th: a little Majesty in Zagora with two others
12 – 13th: a little Majesty in Zagora with two others
17 – 19th: Marrakesh to Fez in three days with two others
17 – 19th: Valleys of the South with two others
25 – 28th: Kasbahs, Dra’a Valley, Zagora, Erg Chagaga – available for one person
26th – 29th Kasbahs, gorges, Erg Chebbi dunes with two others
28 – 30th: Camels in Mhamid, Stars in Chagaga with two others
28th – 31st: Fes to Marrakesh with two others
1st – 2nd: a little Majesty in Zagora with two others
8 – 11th: Marrakesh to Fez with two others
20th – 22nd: Valleys of the South with two others
30th – 2nd January: Marrakesh to Fez with two others
We will be updating these trips as more people book and as more people let us know if they are happy to share.
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
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
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!
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 .
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!