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sooooo worth it. this tour made the whole trip for me. so much fun from all the stops to the camel rides to the camp . everything is just so organized and fun. highly recommend
It was an amazing experience. Very well organised and was a highlight of my week in morocco
Great experience to contrast the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh with a trip into a Berber region of Morocco! It is a long minibus ride 8-9 hours to get to the Zagora desert, but our driver ensured there were stops along the way to split up the journey the stop at the UNESCO world heritage site was definitely the best. Going in a group with other travellers made it more fun and music for the roadtrip is recommended. When you get to the Berber camp you'll soon realise it was worth the ride the desert setting, accommodation beds and blankets in tents, atmosphere and entertainment.
Get in touch beforehand to confirm your pick-up point as you may not have mobile data when out and about Omar trip coordinator confirmed with me via whatsapp. You'll need extra cash to pay the UNESCO heritage sight guide 30 MAD, camel trip leader and then for lunch on each day 100 MAD each. Our driver was great on the journey, got us to the locations on time and even accommodated stopping people off at different return points.
We were a party of four - two parents and two daughters in their 20s. This has to have been the highlight of our trip to Morocco. It was a long journey over stunning mountain passes and a visit to Ait Ben Haddou, which was well worth seeing but we arrived in time to be on our camels and trekking over the sand when the sun set. One tip is not to try to sit on the camel seat as if you're riding a horse because you'll be sitting on the hump - ouch! Sit at the very back of the seat and you'll be comfortable and not worrying about whether you'll be able to walk the next day. I loved the camel ride to the camp and back.
After a very tasty meal, the evening entertainment was great fun, dancing round a camp fire and keeping warm. The beds in the tents were quite hard and we had pillows of varying sizes. Mine was the size of a biscuit but I wrapped my clothes in my jacket and put that under the pillow to give myself a bit of height. Despite this, I slept like a log waking at 6am for the walk up the hill to watch the sunrise. We didn't see the sunrise due to cloud cover, but it was well worth the climb to see the view.
Back down to the camp for a good Moroccan breakfast before setting off on our return camel trek to the minibus.
There are toilets and showers near the tents but if you want a shower, take a towel as there were three hung up for communal use as you would expect in the toilets. There is a plug in the tent so we took a twin adapter and two phone chargers, so were able to charge our phones.
The men who led the camels, chatted to us, kept us entertained and looked after us, were very pleasant and seemed to be multi-skilled.
Everything was extremely well organised from pick up in the morning to drop off in the evening.
We loved it!!
What a great experience! Staff are great from beginning to end. Please ensure that you dress appropriately for the time of year that you go as the tents aren't heated at night. Try to pack as light as possible as you have to bring everything with you on the camel. Highly recommend!
I had an amazing experience on this tour. All of the guides were amazing and so helpful. An individual from my group fell off of their camel while we were riding them through the desert because she wiggled too far back. The guides immediately ran to her attention and made sure she was okay.
This tour was everything we were hoping for and more.
The tour operator Ando Travel SARL was excellant, the van was spacious, clean and it had airconditioning.
Their driver spoke english and was very informative.
The journey to get there was worth the long drive as there were frequent stops along the was that made it easier.
The desert camp and camel trek was an unforgetable experience. Once we arrived to get our camels we were greeted by the Berbers that took over the tour from there. They were gentle amazing men that looked after us while were there. When we arrived at the camp they greated us with mint tea and snaks and showed us around the camp and to our large spacious tent. The tent had 4 beds, a light and an electrical plug. We were fortunate the group was small and we didn't have to share the tent. The showers and toilets were divided, men and women. The toilets flushed and they provided us with a towel and the showers were large it couldn't have been better. The dinner offered was amazing and filling and if you wanted a cold drink like Coke and Fanta they have it for just a small price.
Later on the Berbers entertained us with their music and they even got the guests to beat the drums and joined in on the fun.
When it was time for bed we asked if could bring the bed out of the tent and without hesitation they took our beds out so we could sleep under the stars. Then the rest of the group did same and they also had the most memorable experience of a life time. I would definitely recommend this tour.
This trip was definitely one of our highlights during our time in Morocco. Our driver, Yessine, as well as the rest of the staff during our trip were simply amazing! Like many of the other reviews pointed out, although the drive is long, there is a lot of activities packed into this tour that make the whole experience and price worth it. My only complaint would be going during the summer when the heat was at its worst. I think it would have been more enjoyable if we had gone during a different time of year maybe during the Spring or Fall. Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed this trip and would recommend this to anyone.
Loved this tour. Our driver and guide, Yessin, was awesome. We ironically had 5 English speaking people on our tour, two from England, two from Australia, and myself from the United States. I thought our driver was awesome and great to talk to during the long drive. I especially enjoyed the company as I was traveling by myself. Yessin took us to lunch, and local shops where we got to learn a lot about the culture which I thought was priceless. The car was air conditioned and comfortable, he really knew his way around the areas. Yes, it IS a very long drive but that's what you're signing up for. We were certainly tired the next day as we came back and opted to not spend to much time in Ben Haddou. I would highly recommend if you want to get to know the culture and want a safe fun, way to do so.
The trip was great! The Atlas mountains are beautiful with their landscapes and Berber villages, the camel ride and the camping in the desert were a lot of fun and we had an excellent driver/guide. This is a considerable amount of driving for two days, but very much worth it. If I had had more time on my hands I would have opted for taking it slower, but for me this trip was a perfect fit at this time.
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