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MOROCCO - Migration of the Berbers

Take the road less travelled on our unique bi-annual Migration of the Berbers trek, where you will accompany a traditional nomadic family on their fascinating bi-annual migration with their livestock from the high to the low Atlas Mountains.

Duration: 11 Days (10 Nights)

Dates: See Dates tab below

Location: Marrakech, Djemaa el Fna, Atlas Mountain, Dades Gorge, Aït Benhaddou and Cascades D’Ouzoud, Morocco

$1,375

Description

Experience Highlights:

  • Marrakech – UNESCO-listed Place Djemaa el Fna, souks and the Koutoubia Mosque.
  • High Atlas Mountain Ranges, steep passes, waterfalls, Berber villages & valleys.
  • Dades Gorge – valley and stream.
  • Aït Benhaddou –UNESCO-listed fortified Kasbah city.
  • Cascades D’Ouzoud – Morocco’s most spectacular waterfalls.
  • Breathtaking panoramic views over the High Atlas mountains and the valleys below.
  • Ouarzazate – opt to visit the film studio.
  • 5 days trekking with a local Berber family.
Please see a detailed itinerary below:
  • Day 1 – Marrakech. Welcome to Morocco. Arrive Marrakech airport and transfer to our hotel. Be sure to arrive in time for the welcome meeting at 18:00. Overnight in Marrakech. Dinner included.
  • Day 2 – Cascades D’Ouzoud. This morning we travel by minivan/4×4 to see the magnificent Cascades D’Ouzoud. The three tiered waterfall, drops an impressive 110 metres into the river below, where there is a small foot bridge at its base and it’s possible to follow one of the many trails along the river or paddle in the small pools. After lunch in Azilal we continue on to the nomad’s camp in Tamada, to meet the Berber family with their sheep, goats and mules, that we will be travelling with for the next 7 days of their bi-annual migration from the High Atlas to the lower Dades Valley. Overnight in Tamada Camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
  • Days 3 to 8 – The Nomadic Migration. On the morning of day 3 we begin our nomadic adventure! Leaving Tamada we trek for 4 to 5 hours a day, the pace and distance covered each day will be dependent on the movement of the herd of livestock and the route is not set in stone. The pastoral nomadic Berbers have been making this journey all their lives and have an excellent knowledge of the area and the best routes to take dependent upon the conditions. The beauty of this experience is that we do not follow a rigid itinerary. Our journey starts in the majestic High Atlas, which is the highest mountain range in North Africa, with several peaks over 4000 metres and breathtaking scenery. We will trek through rugged terrain, crossing steep passes with spectacular panoramic views and passing Berber villages tucked away in picturesque valleys. Camping each night in rustic Berber tents, we’ll have time to relax and enjoy our amazing surroundings, whilst a cook prepares tasty traditional Moroccan food for us. We will continue our gradual daily descent towards the Dades Valley, until we reach Ait Youl in the beautiful Dades Gorge on day 8, where we’ll camp for the final night. This signals the end of our incredible trek and the Berber family will settle in the lower valleys for the winter, where they are not exposed to the freezing temperatures of the High Atlas. Overnight in Berber Camps. Breakfast x 6, Lunch x 6 and Dinner x 6 included.
  • Day 9 – Ait Benhaddou. Bidding farewell to the Berber family, we head back to Marrakech today stopping en route at Ouarzazate, which African traders once used as a resting point, on their journey up to Europe. Ouarzazate has been used as a setting for several films including, Alexander the Great, The Last Temptation of Christ and The Living Daylights. Our second stop is at the remarkable Ait Benhaddou, a ‘fortified city’, situated along the former caravan route, between the Sahara and Marrakech. Ait Benhaddou is one of the best preserved ancient Kasbahs in the Atlas region. Granted UNESCO World Heritage listing, some Kasbahs date back to the 16th Century and the site had been the setting for many famous films including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. Enjoy the comfort of a bed tonight as we return to the riad in Marrakech for some well earned rest and relaxation. Overnight in Marrakech. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
  • Day 10 – Marrakech. Enjoy a free day exploring incredible Marrakech. Set within the rose-coloured walls of the medina is a reality that is not that far removed from an exotic film set – a tangle of winding streets that open onto verdant gardens and dark alleyways that lead to bustling souks. The focal point is the central square, the Djemaa el Fna, an extraordinary gathering and market place. Full of colour, spicy aromas and traders, it is best seen in the evening, when overflowing with food stalls, dancers, acrobats, fortune tellers, musicians and henna artists. Towering above the bustling square is the beautiful Koutoubia Mosque. Overnight in Marrakech. Breakfast included.
  • Day 11 – Marrakech. The trip finishes after breakfast. Breakfast included.

Included

Experience Fee Includes:

  • Arrival transfer from Marrakech airport on day 1.
  • Services of a driver and an English speaking tour leader.
  • All transportation and transfers in private 4×4 or mini van/touring vehicle.
  • Guided by a Nomadic Berber family.
  • All entrance fees included.
  • Full Board – 10 Breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners.
  • 7 nights Berber camping, 3 nights 2-3 star hotel in Marrakech.
  • Whilst trekking – services of a guide, cook & mules or camels to carry rucksacks.
  • All road taxes and tolls.

 

Experience Fee Excludes:

  • International flights and visa.
  • Tipping Kitty: USD$65, paid in USD or local currency.

Dates

All year round. Enquire at any point in time and we will let you know whether or not there is availability.

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Documents Required

  • Personal Details – Name, Surname, Date of Birth, Nationality.

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