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From our start point in exotic Marrakech, we travel across the High Atlas Mountains to the magnificent Kasbah Ait Benhaddou - the perfect backdrop for many Hollywood films including Gladiator. From here we venture towards the amazing Sahara Desert, through the beautiful palm groves of the Draa Valley, where we enjoy a camel safari ride, some wonderful nomad hospitality and camping out under the desert stars. On our journey back to Marrakech we spend a night in the remote village of Tijhza nestling high in the Atlas Mountains. Here we enjoy a walk through the lush farmland and learn how people farm here, before experiencing a traditional Moroccan hammam. Our final treat is the colourful souks, palaces and mosques of Marrakech, which come alive at night with snake charmers, travelling musicians and acrobats. 

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  • Family
  • Culture
  • Minimum Age 5

Whats Included

All accommodation, All listed activities, All transport, Tour leader (on guided trips), Some meals (details available on request)

What to expect

* 4 nights hotel; 2 nights camping In the desert we sleep in traditional Bedouin-style tents, 1 night in mountain gite. * Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 5 yrs * Travel by air-conditioned minibus and camel * Free transfers to meet any flight 

Explore the souks of Marrakech, walk in the Atlas Mountains and ride a camel through the desert. 

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Days : 8

Price : From AED 2,827*
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights

Trip Style : Classic

Trip Type : Family

Physical Grading : 1

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Reviews

Title : Whetted our appetite for adventure!
Summary : In the past my husband and I have travelled quite a bit but this was our first adventure travel as a family outside of European culture. Our children, aged 9 and 7 thought it was amazing (their word) and we had a great time too. We started with a few days in Essaouria (independently) which was a perfect introduction to the country and a chance for the children to acclimatise, then we travelled back to Marrakech for the start of the Exodus trip. We were at little uncertain about group travel but it worked out very well indeed. The group mix of 5 adults and 5 youngsters (including ours, they aged 7,8,9, 14 and 15) was just right - a little like-aged company but not overwhelming so there was still plenty of family time too. The itinerary was very good. We packed a lot into the week long trip - much more than we would have managed independently - but there was still time for playing round the (chilly!) pools and hanging out. I would have enjoyed an extra day in the desert, perhaps getting as far as the ergs (sand dune seas) at the expense of time in Marrakech, but overall it was a good taster. There was a lot of time in the bus on travel days but we stopped regularly for views, loos and refreshments so the journey passed quickly. The camel riding was a big hit - and pitched at the right length for our kids to love it but not get too hot or tired with the experience. The accommodation and facilities were excellent throughout, with electricity, hot showers and (almost always) WiFi. Indeed, I would perhaps have rathered a day or two away from home comforts to enhance the adventure aspect of the trip - like a wild camp in the desert - maybe next time! Our guide, Mohammed, was excellent. He was non-intrusive but also present whenever you needed him. He was interesting and knowledgeable on everything from change in political policies over the last 20 years to architecture and sustainable agriculture. He was also an amazing fixer, arranging extras like a visit to the Ouarzazate Kasbah with an excellent guided tour and a trip to another hotel's pool when ours was out of action due to renovations. His manner with the children was also brilliant. He was totally trusted and loved - my 7 year old was especially sad to say goodbye. Overall, we loved the trip and although it could have been more adventurous for my and my husband's tastes, it was a pitched just right for the kids and was perfect introduction to adventure travel. It was fun and, at times, exciting trip - without the hassle and stress of organising it independently. It was good value and comes highly recommended.
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : My daughter loved the camel riding best of all - the desert was such an alien environment for them and wrapped in their 'Sahara scarfs' felt to be real adventurers. My son's highlight was the walk to the mountain village. For me, it was seeing my children' s reactions to being in an exotic environment - marvelling at palm trees, delighting at the snow covered High Atlas Mountains and supping mint tea with gusto!
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : Excellent. As above: Our guide, Mohammed, was excellent. He was non-intrusive but also present whenever you needed him. He was interesting and knowledgeable on everything from change in political policies over the last 20 years to architecture and sustainable agriculture. He was also an amazing fixer, arranging extras like a visit to the Ouarzazate Kasbah with an excellent guided tour and a trip to another hotel's pool when ours was out of action due to renovations. His manner with the children was also brilliant. He was totally trusted and loved - my 7 year old was especially sad to say goodbye.
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Do try to extend your visit with extra time in Marrakech or beyond. We had a few days in Essaouria before the trip started which gave the children time to acclimatise and us time to relax. Essaouria is much smaller and more laid back than Marrakech and the children were able to get used to the environment, food and people. They learned to haggle in the souk and came away with scarfs and tops that they enjoyed using throughout the rest of the trip. It was very easy to organise accommodation and bus tickets ourselves (we used Booking.com and Marrakech Tickets).
Question : Is there anything else you would like to add?
Answer : Travelling as a family in Morocco was such fun. The Moroccan people went out of their way to welcome with children and made them feel so special with treats, smiles and jokes. Go!

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Title : Brilliant brilliant brilliant!
Summary : Weather fantastic; guide fantastic; place fantastic; experience unique!
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : Seeing how a self sufficient ancient way of life could be so fulfilling.
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : Top rate!
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Go, go go in case this way of life disappears before you go.
Question : Is there anything else you would like to add?
Answer : A wonderful unique experience.

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Title : Rock the Kasbah
Summary : We travelled with our two sons age 12 and 9 years. The pre-trip information and support was great and the trip proved to exceed our expectations.
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : Ait Ben Haddou.
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : Excellent. Just the right blend of informative and friendly whilst remaining calm and laid back. Great with the kids and a reassuring presence. He was also excellent company.
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Prepare for a few long journey's. The Moroccan people we met were all very friendly and polite. If you can, spend some time before or after the trip to relax and explore Morocco at your own pace. We spent some time post tour on the coast in Essouria (a few hours from Marrakech) which we absolutely loved.

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Title : Meek's Camels Kasbahs trip
Summary : The "Camels and Kasbahs" trip was our first adventure travel holiday as a family and our first trip with Exodus. We loved it and were very impressed by the whole experience. We travelled to Morocco in late December, a perfect time to visit. As one of four like-minded families, we spent seven days travelling and exploring rural and urban parts of Morocco. The first five days were spent in the villages, towns and picturesque remote parts of the High Atlas mountains. This contrasted greatly with the hubbub of busy city life in Marrakech for the last two days. The trip is extremely well organised to allow you to take in a mixture of places and experiences from camping out in bedouin tents, bumpy camel rides, iconic tourist sites, busy souks and a really humbling taste of simple village life. Morocco is a beautiful country and the people there are extremely friendly and welcoming.
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : It is very difficult to pick out the best or most inspirational moments from the trip because every day was so different, each with unique experiences. Our girls were particularly moved by the trip to Tijhza, the project village in the High Atlas mountains, which Exodus has supported for over ten years. They enjoyed the contact with the local children, playing a game of football on a dusty, rocky pitch with players in sandals and thin souled shoes. It's amazing how a simple game of football can bring people together. Many buildings in the village had been damaged in recent storms but even a month after the flash floods, people were rebuilding and mending their homes. Whilst the storms had caused a vast degree of damage in the rural parts of the country that we visited, it had also led to a dramatic change in the landscape. Dry, barren land was covered in green shoots. Locals were out collecting herbs, families were picnicking in the luscious plantations and Behouin groups, normally settled higher up in the mountains had ventured lower down into the valleys to feed themselves and their livestock on the abnormal abundance of greenery. The trip name refers to camels and this was a highlight for many of the children. Our girls enjoyed sitting on their own camel (which of course they had named), wrapped in Moroccan scarves, before playing in the sand dunes. They also enjoyed plodding up the hill on mules to Tijhza.
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : Our tour guide was called Abdellah. He has worked for Exodus for over ten years and is very proud of both his job and his country. Abdellah greeted us on day one with a huge smile and continued to smile throughout the trip. His happy nature was infectious. Abdellah's kind, considerate character made him a perfect guide for the family trip. He always provided helpful advice and had a soft spot for the children. He was a very knowledgeable guide, providing snippets of information at key moments throughout the trip. If asked questions or for more information, Abdellah was more than happy to oblige. As we walked through plantations he informed us of the names of plants, walking through kasbahs he spoke confidently of the history linked to them and as we drove through the winding roads past villages he described the cultures and traditions of the country. On the day that we went to visit the iconic Ait Ben Haddou, we arrived a couple of hours before sunset. As other cars were leaving the site, we arrived and walked up the narrow deserted lanes to the top to appreciate the view and see the sun disappear behind the far off mountains. Avoiding the crowds of the day, made it a much more memorable experience. I don't think you could get a better insight into a country without a guide. Whilst you can read information about the place that you are travelling to, a guide from the country has a true understanding and is able to speak the languages and communicate with locals.
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : If you travel to Morocco in late winter be prepared for a mixture of temperatures; the sun is pleasantly warming during the day but at night it can get quite chilly, particularly up in the High Atlas mountains and when camping out in the bedouin tents. So be prepared with your layers. You don't need to bring American dollars. Bring a small amount of Moroccan Dirham as well as some English pounds. There are plenty of cash machines in the towns and cities to top up from. At the start of the trip the leader creates a kitty, which everyone contributes to. It is a great idea since any tips to local guides come from the kitty rather than each family having to sort out tips. The trip notes might suggest bringing swimming costumes. Although there may be swimming pools at some of the gites they are very cold at this time of year. Pack them if you think you're brave enough!

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Title : CAMELS & KASBAHS - FAMILY HOLIDAY
Summary : My son and I had a fabulous trip to Morocco during October half term 2013; it was my son's first real adventure holiday and we plan to take lots more!
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : The camel trek was certainly a highlight for us - and hunting for fossils in the desert.  My son says that his mule ride up into the mountains was much more comfortable though!The colours of Morocco were amazing, the clear blue skies and beautiful mountains - we have many fantastic photographs to remind us of our trip.  The people were warm and welcoming and my son really enjoyed his taste of a culture far removed from his own
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : Mohamed Maachou was a great leader and really helped us make the most of our Moroccan experience.  He is a family man and made sure that the children were safe and happy and didn't miss a thing.  My son was thrilled at his knowledge of the bird life and his expertise with the camera.  His patience is admirable!
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Be prepared for some longish drives - this may be a bit difficult for younger children.
Question : Is there anything else you would like to add?
Answer : We look forward to booking our next holiday with Exodus - the customer service was outstanding from start to end. We had a great adventure but had the comfort of feeling safe the whole time.

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Title : CAMELS & KASBAHS - FAMILY HOLIDAY
Summary : A fantastic holiday for adults and children alike, with a great mixture of desert, mountains and city.  All the hotel accommodation was excellent, the camping was an adventure in itself,  the restaurants our guide took us to were great (and well priced) and the other trip members were all like minded individuals which made the trip easy going.  The guide was very knowledgeable, well organised and most importantly very friendly and always available to help.
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : Our family especially loved the camel ride (and climbing the sand dunes) and the walks in the mountains.  Viewing the stars from the roof of the mountain gite was a moment to treasure forever!
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : Yahyah was fantastic - very friendly, great with the children and had lots of good tips.  He definitely made the trip special!
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : The pools are freezing at this time of year - even with wetsuits for the children.  Brace yourselves!  We took a mixture of Euros, Dollars and Sterling, but to be honest just having Sterling would have been fine (and cheaper because of Foreign Exchange fees).  Dont forget you are going to rural parts of a Muslim country so take conservative clothing - long sleeves and long legs.
Question : Is there anything else you would like to add?
Answer : Highly recommended by our family!

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Title : CAMELS & KASBAHS - FAMILY HOLIDAY
Summary : Really varied and kids loved it! Especially the mountain trek...
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : The most amazing, massive sand dune! Running down that and being able to see across the Sahara for miles and miles....
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : Really experienced and most helpful
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Taking useful stuff for the local kids and school. Coats if you are travelling in October
Question : Is there anything else you would like to add?
Answer : Great group of folk and that made all he difference!

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Title : CAMELS & KASBAHS - FAMILY HOLIDAY
Summary : Excellent family trip which we all enjoyed for different reasons. The highlight for the kids was the the camel trek in to the desert and the 'sand surfing' down the dunes. For me it was very special to visit Tijhza village and volunteer for an afternoon and help build the hammam. Overall it's a busy trip but very satisfying and weather is excellent at October half-term - not too hot in the desert.
Rating : 5

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : Volunteering at Tighza was unique and cery enjoyable. Personally I enjoyed the football match with local children at the the village school as a personal highlight!
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : Abdullah has been leading this trip for many years and he was exceptional. He has children of his own and naturally knows what families are looking for. He also spoke fluent Berber, Arabic, French and English - all of which he used constantly to help us communicate with everyone we met.
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Bring good walking shoes / boots as there are laods of opportunities for walking, many of which are extra to what is in the trip Notes. Abdullah's speciality is taking groups on impromptu walks arounds villages, date groves, and towns to give the groups a real feel for how the local people live and work in Morocco.
Question : Is there anything else you would like to add?
Answer : If you are looking for a trip that has winter-sun, loads of variety, camel trekking and sand dunes - this is ideal. If you like to lie by the beach forget it! This is a busy holiday. My son is hyper-active and even he was exhausted! Remember there are a few nights camping in bedouin tents, so it is basic for a few nights but comfort levels increase as the trip progresses, with hotels with pools towards the end. Don't forget almost all accommodation has pools - maybe bring wet-suits for the kids as the pools aren't heated!

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Title : CAMELS & KASBAHS - FAMILY HOLIDAY
Summary : Overall it was a very good holiday. We saw a lot of Morocco, Abdullah, the guide, was excellent, as was our driver (Abdellah!), but was slightly disappointed that our tent experiences were more akin to a campsite at home.
Rating : 4

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : The walk up to and back from Tijhza was great.
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : Our group leader was excellent. Very informative and inclusive. I think I can speak for all of us to say that he made us all feel at ease.
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : Watch out for the snake charmers in al Fna square. They think it is OK to invade your privacy by depositing a snake around your neck without asking, but become quite aggitated if you invade their privacy by taking a picture.....in a public place, that may include their snakes!
Question : Is there anything else you would like to add?
Answer : It would have been good if we were told in advance that we were going to be in Morocco dring the Eid festival, which meant that the majority of Marrakech was closed!

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Title : CAMELS & KASBAHS - FAMILY HOLIDAY
Summary : A good mixture of rural and city, camping and hotels, leisurely walks and camel trek.
Rating : 4

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Question : What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Answer : The first night in the camp, looking at the stars was wonderful.  We were initially disappointed that the camp site was indeed a permanent camp site, rather than sleeping in a camp out in the desert, but the upside was the clean showers and loos!  The walk down from the mountain village through the villages and fields was lovely; interesting, leisurely and an education in how people live their day to day lives in the villages.
Question : What did you think of your group leader?
Answer : Abdellah was informative, personable, more than happy to please and educate and had a great sense of humour.
Question : Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Answer : This is a busy week, with a fair bit of travelling although the travelling was broken up by stops for photographs, lunch etc.  We don't have young children and I think it would be quite hard work camping in the Bedouin tents with very young children - however, our teenager loved every minute of the holiday.
Question : Is there anything else you would like to add?
Answer : Morocco has fantastic scenery - it's very mountainous, and we never tired of looking at the landscape.  Although it's a busy trip there are quiet times when you can have time to yourself.  We got up around 7.30am every morning and found ourselves struggling to keep awake past 9pm!

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Start Date - End DateAvailabilityPrice
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights
2018-10-13 - 2018-10-208 AED 2,827
2018-10-20 - 2018-10-270 AED 2,827
2018-12-22 - 2018-12-298 AED 2,827
2019-02-16 - 2019-02-238 AED 2,982
2019-04-13 - 2019-04-208 AED 2,982
2019-04-20 - 2019-04-278 AED 2,982
2019-05-25 - 2019-06-018 AED 2,982
2019-10-12 - 2019-10-198 AED 2,982
2019-10-19 - 2019-10-268 AED 2,982
2019-10-26 - 2019-11-028 AED 2,982
2019-12-21 - 2019-12-288 AED 2,982
2019-12-28 - 2020-01-048 AED 2,982