We have a long-standing fondness for Morocco, from another lifetime years ago when we backpacked and camped our way through the Rif Mountains and the larger cities of Fez, Meknes, Rabat and Marrakech. We wanted to share our experiences and our attachment to Morocco with our boys (11 and 17 years old).
This time around, in the summer of 2010, we had initially planned on a relaxing family vacation, ocean-side in Agadir…but then by good fortune, we learned about Desert Majesty and the more we looked into what they offered, the more enthralled and excited we became! The programme developed by Felicity was expansive, comprehensive and irresistible. Perhaps more importantly, it also afforded us optimum flexibility and the ability to adjust and tailor our schedule as we saw fit.
Our family of four embarked on a six-day guided tour through the sites, sounds, and smells of the south, or as we learned, the authentic Morocco. Our driver and guide was a young Berber who demonstrated sincerity, heart, and passion for his country. He added a personal touch that could not be duplicated by mere guidebooks. His unique insight, coupled with his thoughtful efforts to expose us to the widest range of Moroccan life was truly appreciated!
We primarily stayed in quaint and charming hotels that belied their size and location. In each one we can attest to superior levels of service and hospitality that were simply amazing. Our trip to the dunes was remarkable. On this occasion, having experienced a rather long and arduous camel-ride (but not to be missed!), we spent the night in nomad tents in the desert. Being the middle of July, this was somewhat uncomfortable (damned hot!)…but again, it formed an experience that will be remembered for years to come.
We ate well, we saw astonishing sights and came away from our travels with a greater understanding of this country and an enhanced appreciation for the history and way of life of the Moroccan people.
We came upon Desert Majesty by happenstance, and we consider ourselves incredibly fortunate and lucky to have done so. They helped turn our ‘nice Moroccan vacation’ into an unforgettable life-experience!