When people throw around the word ‘exotic’, they’re probably referring to places like Morocco.
Places where riding a camel over dunes while the sun shimmers dramatically on the horizon is not an unusual thing. Where tagines come spiked with saffron and argan, carpet merchants haggle in the bazaars and Berber tribesmen herd goats on the slopes of the High Atlas Mountains. A Morocco tour is basically the answer to all your Lawrence of Arabia-type fantasies (right down to the swirling white djellabas): you’ll stay in historic riads, camp beneath the Saharan stars and enjoy some classic Maghreb hospitality (usually featuring plenty of couscous). Whether it’s the wind-battered port town of Essaouira or the crumbling Kasbahs and oases of the deep desert – ‘exotic’ doesn’t come close.
Clear your plate for flavour-filled Morocco, where Berber, Arabic and European influences mix to create an adventurous culinary cocktail. Follow the smell of food through mesmerizing markets and master recipes taught by those that know them best. Grab street food from a souq and share traditional meals in local homes. Take a handful of bustling medinas, mix with a dash of sea and season with fresh local produce, all drizzled with warm Moroccan hospitality for an adventure that will linger long on the tongue and in the memory.
It was a very interesting and an excellent trip. The weather was perfect with only a trace of rain and that mainly overnight. The scenery beautiful with magnificent forested areas and the rice crops golden and ready for harvesting. Our guides were really well informed and did everything possible to ensure our comfort and to make visits to places of interest really worthwhile. They also prepared us well for the final hike up to the Tiger's nest by having two earlier hikes that gave everyone the confidence that they could probably do it and they did. John and Theresa Bishop were delightful hosts, relaxed, friendly and with a good sense of humour. Our drivers were superb and coped with the twisting and rough roads with skill and a calm demeanour.