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Magnificent Morocco – a family adventure

Oasis Overland traveller Ben recently visited Morocco on one of our family adventures.  He has written the following blog to share his experiences.

Over the period of the 25th of October- 5th of November I visited Morocco with my family and some close friends of ours.  We began our journey in Marrakech where we arrived at approximately mid-day.  The sun beamed down, and the dreary gloom of England had been pushed to the back of our minds.  The 12 day adventure of our Morocco trip brought many memorable experiences and moments we would all look back on and laugh at in the future.

Meeting our guide was a nervy experience for everyone as there was high anticipation to see what he would be like.  Luckily, we were blessed with a pleasant Moroccan man called Mustapha, who throughout the trip shared his knowledge on the surroundings, and gave his all to making sure we had the best experience in the country possible.  We were referred to as his “favourite ever tour group”, and this was evident when he took us to visit his family where we were proudly introduced to each member.  The boys were even enticed into a kick-about with the locals, where, of course, England had to put Morocco to shame! We were also introduced to the traditional mint tea, which became an iconic part of our trip; along with the variety of Tagienes we were offered.  We were pleasantly surprised with the standard of food and hygiene throughout our Morocco trip.

Along the way we visited some fascinating locations.  The stunning roads that climb the famous Atlas Mountains were incredible, although at the time it seemed somewhat dangerous!  On the 29th came my personal highlight of the trip, where after a long journey, we rode Camels into the sunset through the iconic Sahara desert!  This was such a fantastic experience, and was matched by the following evening which we spent sleeping under the stars at a Berber camp and enjoying ourselves with the locals.

There is so much that could be mentioned, but it is hard to condense the memorable experiences into such a short space!  Other highlights included visiting Ait Benhaddou and witnessing the fortified city, visiting the famous film studios in Ourzazate and concluding our family adventure trip with a return to the chaotic, but fascinating Marrakech.  Overall, our trip was a fantastic opportunity to escape during the half-term, witness the culture that this extraordinary country has to offer, visiting some memorable landmarks, along with experiencing Morocco on a personal level. The trip will live long in the memory, and I still remember the depressing feeling of touching down at Gatwick airport with the realisation that it was all over!

 

Thank you Ben for sharing your experiences!

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