Camel Trek and Camping in Merzouga, Morocco

Large sand dune in the Moroccan Sahara desert

Around four pm, we met our guide at the entrance of our hotel. Hassan was an aging berber with a beaming smile under a bushy moustache, a couple of missing teeth and glinting black eyes. He showed us how to mount the camels while they were sat down, our legs…

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Morocco – Day Six – The Sahara

Sunday 25 March 2012 On Sunday morning we woke up late, still stiff from the day before and utterly disorientated. Visions of dirt tracks and narrow alleys in the darkness swam before my eyes from the night before. Wandering outside, we found the quiet courtyard of our hotel, brimming with…

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Morocco – Day Five – Driving

Saturday 24 March 2012 Early Saturday morning, after five nights in the city, we embarked on the second stage of our trip. This was the part I’d been most looking forward to, and a huge tick for my bucket list: an excursion to the Sahara. Not a trip for those…

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Review: Riad Dar Nabila

Interior of Riad dar Nabila

A traditional riad is, in my opinion, the perfect place to stay in Marrakech. Converted mansions built around a central courtyard, riads are generally two stories high. On the first floor, a balcony overlooks the ground floor patio, which is warmed by sunlight thanks to the property’s roofless centre. These…

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Review: Kechmara in Marrakech

When you fancy a break from tagines, or want to chill out in an air-conditioned interior away from the frazzling heat of Marrakech, look no further than Kechmara. On one of the most peaceful streets in the city, the tree lined Rue de la Liberte in the Nouvelle Ville, this…

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Cascades d’Ouzoud

Cascades d'Ouzoud

I wrote about the Ouzoud Falls, or Cascades d’Ouzoud, in my last post, but as they are just so pretty I thought I’d include a few more of my photographs. The Ouzoud Falls – ouzoud meaning olive in Berber – are located in the Azilal district in the Atlas mountains around 150km…

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Day Three – Cascades d’Ouzoud

Cascades d’Ouzoud

Thursday 22 March 2012 When it comes to getting out of Marrakech, there are a host of excursions and day trips to choose from. Morocco is an enormous country with a rich and diverse topography, so it seems a shame to stay in just one place. Everywhere we looked in…

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l’Ensemble Artisanal

Belts at l'Ensemble Artisanal in Marrakech

The Ensemble Artisanal in Marrakech is a complex of shops on the edge of the Nouvelle Ville, close to the main square and the Koutoubia Mosque. Although the souqs are an unmissable experience, this is a great alternative for tourists who, like me, find haggling a little stressful. The complex…

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