Adventure Holidays
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Take a trekking tour of Morocco to experience its intoxicating landscapes and culture, from the deserts to the Atlas mountains

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About Morocco

Just a short hop from Europe, Morocco’s dramatic landscapes are overlaid with centuries-old culture.

For us, the wilderness experience in the High Atlas mountains and deserts of Morocco rank among the best in the whole of Africa, giving countries like Namibia a run for their money. Add to this some deeply stylish places to stay, at exceptional value for money, and you’ll begin to understand why we love Morocco so much.

If you’re looking for an intense Morocco wilderness experience that blends seamlessly with the local Berber culture, then consider spending a few days in the wilderness of the High Atlas, or the Southern Deserts. Using private mobile camps, carried on the backs of either camels or mules, we offer private treks into both areas. Unlike similar safaris in the rest of Africa, this form of travel is intrinsically linked to the country’s culture — this is how people have travelled in this part of Africa since the days of Leo Africanus, if not before.

Our Moroccan trekking holidays offer gentle but exhilarating meanders through wild country, from almond-blossomed groves to snow-capped mountain passes — ideal activities for families or groups of friends alike. For those looking for something more immersive, consider joining the Ait Atta tribe on their annual migration out of the deserts of Jebel Saghro up into the pastures of the Atlas mountains.

Away from the wilderness, Morocco is alive with history and regal luxury. Slowly make your way with a private guide and vehicle from Fes in the north, through the souks and squares of Marrakech, the switchbacks and passes of the High Atlas, to the deserts and walled cities of the south. 

Along the way, you can experience a seductive blend of culture, from fresh tagine and mint tea at roadside stops, to fortified mountain Kasbahs in splendid isolation, to the cafés and carpets of Essaouira. Of course, being so accessible also makes Morocco an ideal family holiday destination. This is one of the most rewarding countries for a week or two of authentic, transformative travel.

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Top Reasons To Visit Morocco

Often the best safaris involve looking beyond the obvious highlights. It’s about the myriad exhilarating encounters that will make your heart sing. These are encounters that nobody could ever predict, but that make your safari genuinely unique.

Best Time To Visit Morocco

High season

High season

On days when the sun isn’t shining, you need to be prepared, but fortunately, sunless days are rare, even in winter.

Morocco was described in Michael Palin’s Sahara as “a cold country with a hot sun” — a good generalisation for much of the year. In general, the peak season is perceived as being from March to late June when the risk of rain has largely gone and before the full force of the summer heat arrives.

Low season

Low season

The country is an ideal destination for the northern hemisphere’s autumn and winter months.

In November and December, Morocco’s skies are clear and blue, with an average winter temperature of 27°C. This is an ideal time for sightseeing, especially in Southern Morocco (Taroudant, Ouarzazate, Erfound) which can be very hot in the summer months.

Essaouira on the coast has a warm Mediterranean climate – protected from the fierce summer heat by the onshore winds, however it can be windy during the first few months of the year. From mid July to mid September it can be very hot in the cities and southern Morocco. January and February are the months of highest rainfall.

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Best Time To Visit Morocco

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Morocco’sParks & Areas

From scenic mountain ranges to vast desert-scapes, Morocco offers all manner of places to explore, with no two trips alike.

Essaouira

Intimate and romantic, Essaouira is a beautiful Atlantic coastal town with a tantalising blend of Moroccan history and authenticity.

Highlights

– Wonderful sea food

– Fewer tourists thank Marrakech

– Superb shopping around the stalls of the souks

– Windsurfing hotspot

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Merzouga & The Deserts

Visit Merzouga to see its towering dunes – indisputably one of the greatest sights in Morocco.

Highlights

– Climbing sand dunes at dawn

– Travel with a luxury caidal camp

– Spectacular desert landscapes

– Traditional food cooked over campfire

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The High Atlas Mountains

Escape the modern world in the pristine wilderness of Morocco’s dramatic High Atlas Mountains, just a short drive from Marrakech.

Highlights

– Private treks with Berber guides

– Simple camps carried on the back of mules

– Panoramic mountain views

– Traditional food cooked over campfire

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Fez

Fez is a city where nothing seems to have changed for centuries with narrow lanes, impressive architecture and colourful tanneries – this is a medieval city in motion.

Highlights

– Ancient history and culture

– A medieval city in motion

– Explore the ancient medinas and tanneries

– The Merenid Tombs

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Marrakech

Marrakech is undoubtedly the ‘jewel’ of Morocco and gave its name to the country.

Highlights

– Oldest operating medieval city in the world

– Ancient potteries

– Superb shopping around the stalls of the souks

– Street markets and street food

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Our Favourite Camps & Lodges

Light tented camps, stylish lodges & fly-camps; Africa has it all. Best known for its superb safari camps and lodges – many designed with creativity and a real effort to complement, rather than dominate, their environments.
Mobile Tented Camp

The Moroccan Light Mobile Camp is a private tented camp that we use to explore the wilder parts of Morocco.

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Luxury Caidal Camp

With it’s lavishly decorated Caidale tents, the Luxury Desert Camp, used to access wild parts of Southern Morocco.

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Riad Fez

The hotel is made up of five grand houses interconnected by marble staircases and candlelit corridors, each with it’s own distinctive character.

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La Sultana

It is located in the royal quarter of the Kasbah, between the Royal Palace and overlooking the Saadian Tombs.

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Kasbah Tamadot

Perhaps now the most famous accommodation in Morocco, this idyllic country club style hotel is well deserving of it’s reputation.

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Kasbah Du Toubkal

Having wound you way up the road to the village of Imlil, past orchards, precipitous terraced fields and a fast flowing river.

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Morocco (FAQs) Need to Know

Is Morocco a good family destination?

Morocco is somewhere we have travelled fairly extensively with children, so we can highly recommend it as an unusual and highly rewarding destination. If you want to introduce kids to a new and entirely different culture, as well as a healthy dose of wilderness, there’s nowhere closer or more ideal. The Moroccans love children, and it’s not uncommon when walking in remote Berber villages to find women stopping to spontaneously kiss passing children or chuck them under the chin. Once they’ve overcome the deep embarrassment this causes them, your children will return feeling very cherished!

The short flight to Marrakech from London — 3 hours, 35 minutes — also means that Morocco is ideal for a short half term break. With small children, a few nights in Marrakech followed by two or three nights in the High Atlas is the perfect introduction to the country, with opportunities to try a little bit of trekking, perhaps aided by mules. 

For longer holidays, a family trek in the deep south is something we have done to great effect with children. Despite the long distances, the desert holds a powerful appeal to children – no doubt something to do with the large amounts of sand there is to play in. The coastal town of Essaouira is another treasure trove for children, with endless small shops selling enticing goodies. The weather during the Easter and Autumn half terms makes them the ideal time to visit, as small children would probably find the fierce summer heat too much to contend with.

What is the best place for trekking in Morocco?

In terms of making the most of Morocco’s picturesque landscapes, the High Atlas mountains, and the deserts in the South offer some of the most sensational and untouched wilderness in all of Africa. Leave the capital Marrakech and head south, winding your way through valleys and mountain switchbacks, and you enter a world of dramatic landscapes, small villages and medieval kasbahs.

Originally a small medieval trading post, Ouarzazate is now the centre of Morocco’s thriving film business, where you will find yourself on the edge of a vast expanse of wild territory that stretches uninterrupted for many hundreds of miles. Leave the main roads and the scale and extent of the landscape is awe-inspiring.  At night in particular, when light pollution is totally absent, the thing that strikes one most, under the panoply of impossibly bright stars, is the minimal impact that man has made on much of this landscape to now. Long may that last. 

The Draa Valley, Dades and Todra Gorges are dramatic destinations in themselves while close to the Algerian border to the south and south-west, you’ll find sensationally wild and unspoilt areas of real desert. The Erg Chebbi and Erg Chiggaga are the two principal places to see dunes as high as 150 metres tall, with the sand rolling as far as the eye can see. These areas can be explored on foot, supported by camels over a period of days.

In other areas you’ll find rocky deserts that look like the surface of Mars, red in hue and strewn with strangely eroded black rocks. Craggy ridge lines catch the desert sand, creating massive red dunes scaling up to almost 200 metres in height.  This is a country best seen from a private 4×4 on a guided tour, based from a tented camp to let you explore the rocky expanses, rolling dunes and ragged mountain ranges. Unlike Namibia — another country with sensational deserts, but beset by many thousands of miles of fences — the Moroccan desert is accessible by tracks and trails, many of which have been established camel routes for centuries. Wherever you choose to go, booking a Moroccan adventure holiday with Natural High guarantees a private trek, so can be tailored to all levels of fitness.

How long do you need for a Morocco trekking holiday?

The length of your trip to Morocco will ultimately depend on what you hope to see and do during your visit. Desert treks are worth spending several days on, complete with a camel for transport and luxury tents for accommodation. However, while this could easily be the focal part of your trip, it can easily be coupled with other equally essential sights, from the sprawling city of Fes to the breathtaking expanse of the Sahara. Get in touch to discuss exactly what you want to see, and we’ll help you plan the perfect Moroccan adventure holiday that you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

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