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Beim Buchen des Trips sollte man bedenken, dass man für den Preis von 95 Euro keinen wirklichen Luxus erwarten kann. Man sitzt tatsächlich sehr lange Zeit in einem klimatisierten Minibus mit 10-14 Mitreisenden. Unser Fahrer sprach leider kein Englisch, war aber sehr freundlich und fuhr angemessen schnell. Genügend Stopps für Fotos und Toilettengang waren gegeben. Die Ausflüge nach Ait Ben Haddou und in eine Teppichweberei waren jeweils mit englischsprachigem Reiseführer. Erwähnen sollte man, dass sich die zusätzlichen Kosten tatsächlich im Rahmen halten, für ein Mittagessen zahlt man ca. 5-10 Euro, für die Führungen ca. 2,50 Euro. Das Hotel, in dem wir die erste Nacht verbrachten, war sehr spartanisch, Zimmer und vor allem Badezimmer waren recht rudimentär gehalten.
Highlight war mit Sicherheit der Ausflug in die Wüste. Jeder bekam sein eigenes Kamel, auf dem man dann ca. eine Stunde in den Sonnenuntergang ritt. Im Berbercamp angekommen, gab es eine reichhaltige Mahlzeit unter dem Sternenhimmel. Der Abend wurde dann am Lagerfeuer bei typischer Berbermusik ausklingen gelassen.
Am nächsten Morgen ging es dann auf dem Kamel wieder zurück zum Abholort, wo dann eine zehnstündige Busfahrt bevorstand.
Ein Reisekissen und gute Reiseliteratur, besser vielleicht noch ein Hörbuch, damit man auch die Landschaft bewundern kann, sollte über die lange Zeit im Bus hinwegtrösten.
Trotz der langen Fahrt und dem fehlenden Luxus war der Ausflug für mich und auch für die Mitreisenden, mit denen ich gesprochen habe, mehr als gewinnbringend, vor allem die Nacht in der Wüste wird mir lange in Erinnerung bleiben. Somit eine klare Empfehlung an Reisende, die für wenig Geld ein wenig mehr von Marokko sehen möchten, als nur die Stadt Marrakesch.
This was a great tour, with a lot of interesting people. The food wasn't the most flavorful, but fine still. There is a lot of driving, with plenty of bathroom breaks. You get to see some stunning places on the way to the desert as well. We got the private tents which were beautiful. Seeing the stars at night in the desert was indescribable as well.
The trip was wonderful. Just some tips if you are going in December. The weather in the desert is cold at night but I have thick coats on so I slept comfortably. Dont throw tissue into the toilet as it can't be flushed. To see the sky filled with stars, wake up between 5:30-6:30 in the morning. Omar the boss I guess is very nice. My drop off location is in a different hotel and he paid for a small taxi at the medina to have the driver drop me off. I really appreciate is kindness and I stongly recommend joining his tour to the desert. Remember to dress warm and you should be very much enjoying this memorable experience.
the ride in the van is long, AC worked well, at the begining its a curvy road, i was getting almost sick, but the driver stops few times to stretch your legs ,use bathroom, etc. the best part is the night in the desert, what a magestic place! we picked the luxury tent, and it was worth it! we played drums at night around a fire, and we had a fun group. next day wake up early and see the sunrise, it was awesome. Going back to Marrakech is a long drive, again, be prepared. the agent from ANDO travel was great also, he always answer when contacted, and was corteous always.
Our camel trek experience far surpassed our expectations. Nothing but compliments to all our guides who were fun and informative as we travelled thru the Dades valley and introduced us to the Berber culture. We had signed up for the luxury tour and were so happy that we did. We had a huge tent-complete with a very comfortable kingsized bed along with a second bed and a complete modern bathroom-plus our luggage was taken to our tent for us so we had it all with us overnight and didn't need to take a backpack with us on the camels. The actual camel trek was so well done.-the campsite was beautiful with the tents in a square and carpets laid down leading to each tent. We mounted the camels late afternoon and had a beautiful ride into the desert, then dinner and entertainment under an incredible starlit sky. The guides also lined up all the camels in the moonlight for us to take some incredible silhouette pictures of them. The next morning we were up early for breakfast before sunrise, then a camel ride and stopping to climb a dune to watch the sunrise. An altogether an incredible experience.The ride back on the last day was an long one along curving roads most of the day-not an easy day but unless you took an extra day, no way to get back by evening. My husband and I were by far the oldest couple on the tour and we felt that they really kept an eye on us and were there to help us climb the dunes etc.The night we returned i got up with food poisoning so be careful in your food selections as you stop in many restaurants along the way-am sure i let my guard down the last day and ordered a tomato salad which is probably where i contacted it.No one else seemed to have any problems so it was most likely just a wrong choice on my part
In general a good trip, but a few negatives:The minibus was full and rather cramped. You have to spend rather a long time in the bus. First night Hotel Bougafer was Ok, but not great and bed was very hard. Next day a visit to the big Kasbah which was great but you get taken to the usual man who spends 45mins trying to sell you carpets. Next night was in the desert. The camel ride was great (but sore). We paid for tor the upgrade at the desert came which was worth it. But the upgrade is only the camp, not the hotel. Next day is a very very very long and uncomfortable drive back to Marrakech. The driver who was supposed to also be our guide, whilst friendly, said pretty much nothing on the trip.
Overall really good experience and great value.
- Picked up and dropped off next to our riad,
- Slept under the stars in the Sahara, saw the sunset and sunrise in the desert,
- All of the places that we stopped off to visit were nice even for someone like me who has never watched a single episode of GoT. The guides were friendly and informative,
- Really good value when you think about what you pay and what you get.
- Be aware that road safety doesn't really exist in Morocco seriously. So probably not for you if you're scared of dying in a road traffic accident,
- The places they take you to eat at lunchtime are basically Moroccan equivalents to motorway service stations. In general you pay about 10 euros for an awful meal,
- The hotel on the first night was, er, quite average. Didn't have hot water when we showered,
- A lot of time spent in a minibus. I was aware of that when I booked so no complaints. But minibuses are difficult when you're over 6ft and you're sat there for 12 hours as is the case on the 3rd day. The air conditioning in the minibus wasn't great i.e. didn't keep me cool either,
Neither positive nor negative:
- Some people in the group were pretty negative about the desert camp we didn't take the luxury option. I thought it was ok. I wouldn't have wanted to sleep inside, but dragging the bed up a sand dune and sleeping up there was just fine really nice even. Not sure the sheets ever get washed, but I just slept in my clothes. If you are used to comfy hotels and can't exist without a shower and flush toilet then maybe take the luxury camp option,
- Probably best not to try and see the whole thing from the camel's point of view. Just enjoy the ride.
So overall a good trip and excellent value. The negative points are just a reflection of the fact that the trip is really inexpensive. Except the one about road safety, that's generally applicable to Morocco.
It was definitely worth it driver Mohammed was extremely nice, first hotel stay was good, but the first tour to the movie set uniesco village where they shot gladiator and GOT the guide was total ripoff. He barely gave any tour and took so much tip from us... The second tour guide for Berber village on the 2nd day was extremely funny and nice though.