Definitely the right way to get from Marrakesh to Fes
Merzouga desert tour 3 days from Marrakech to Fes | mrt 2020
There are a million places to book the exactly same trip, and prices vary very much. I booked the medium-priced option from here, which turned out to be a good deal.
I was the only one from our group who had some kind of itinerary sent to me via WhatsApp - it was nice. I could also give feedback and agree on the details of pickup.
The first night hotel for me was La Fibule Du Dades. I highly recommend it. The room was very nice and comfortable, the dinner and breakfast were really good, but what made the place special was the atmosphere with a late-night Berber jam session with the hosts.
I eventually spent the desert night at the luxurious camp. It was nice, but the camp created some light pollution - there was surprisingly lot of it in the desert, so even if there were a million stars, you couldn't really see the Milky Way.
Along the way we stopped to see some nice locations, but also had a couple of what I think were unnecessary stops: Ouarzazate (which was only a 20-minute stop anyway) and a stroll on some plantation in Tinghir.
The biggest complaints are these:
1. Even though I had the itinerary, still things were happening by surprise. It was most annoying when arriving to the camel trek site and everybody started yelling at me to get on my camel while I had all my stuff unprepared. A tip 5 minutes earlier on things to come would help tremendously. Feels stupid to travel 10 hours to a location only to have 10 seconds to adjust to what's to come. Just keep your calm whatever happens.
2. The guides at each stop have to be paid at least some, even if not mentioned in the itinerary, and even if you'd rather have done without a guide. They will also take you to restaurants where everything costs 100 dirhams, but if you just go to a regular one next door the prices are half of that, so you aren't exactly forced to come - just expected to. If you keep this in mind and just accept it, you won't be disappointed.
3. The trip to Fes didn't go according to any itinerary, I was the only one from my group who wasn't returning to Marrakesh. So I waited and eventually was picked by some random taxi with a few people and not enough working seatbelts. The journey went well, but nobody had a clue what's happening other than we were heading to Fes.
You may also forget about the English speaking drivers, but they did their main job, driving, well.
All in all, a journey definitely worth every cent. Lots of experiences gained, and traveling through Morocco with Berber music playing in the car was also really nice. The only real disappointment was the Milky Way couldn't be seen, so keep that in mind if that's the main thing you are expecting, too....Meer lezen