Morocco: Fes, Marakech & into the Desert

A privately guided adventure, from the imperial cities to the deserts of the south

I'm planning a trip for my husband's birthday and was thinking of Morocco. There are 5 of us, we'd love to go to the desert and the High Atlas and take the road between Fes, Marrakech and Ouarzazate”

What we recommended and why

The culture and history of the imperial cities combined with the charm and disarming hospitality of the south make Morocco an exceptional country to explore as a family.

From the narrow alleyways of ancient walled cities to the roof top terraces of fortified Kasbahs.

Add to this some of Africa's most breathtaking wilderness in its deserts and mountains and Morocco is hard to beat for a family adventure.

As a highlight, few things top the experience of heading into the deserts or mountains for a few days with your own private camp and one of our superb Berber guides.

This safari began in Marrakech with a small private riad a few hundred metres from Jemaa el Fna as a base for the family. The location made forays into the souks and square a matter of a few minutes walk, while the cool interiors provided a sanctuary once everyone had had their fill.

A glass of mint tea on the roof top was the perfect place to unwind, listening as the screech of swifts blended with the call to prayer.

From Marrakech we planned a stay in a fortified Kasbah at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and the first taste of rural Morocco. This was about open fires, stunning mountain views and with short walks on winding mountain paths through almond groves and small villages.

Into the wild

From here it was off on a four night private camping safari from the High Atlas to Fes on an itinerary that involved crossing the Tiz n Tichka pass, heading south into the lush Draa Valley, where a private camp was set up, then through Nkob and Tazarine to the dramatic scenery of the desert pistes of Jebel Zireg.  

We organised two nights private camping in the desert, the day spent dune surfing, camel riding and walking. 

The itinerary finished with a drive through the cedar woods of the Middle Atlas to Fez for two nights.

The journey

Begin in Marrakech - souks, snake charmers and exploring an ancient walled city (3 nights)




Few cities can be as beautifully sited as Marrakech. The surrounding land is watered by abundant rivers and streams from the Atlas...

To the foothills of the High Atlas and a fortified Kasbah (2 nights)

High Atlas Mountains


High Atlas Mountains

The High Atlas, the greatest mountain range of North Africa, is one of the most beautiful and intriguing parts of Morocco. It has...

Off into the wild for 4 nights with a private camp (4 nights)

Desert Light Mobile Camp

Desert Light Mobile Camp

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

Through the Middle Atlas and on to Fes (2 nights)




Fes contains an abudance of impressive architecture, but the UNESCO protected old city, Fez el Bali, is more than fine buildings:...

Quotation Mark
We had a wonderful trip, the desert was a real highlight and M and his team couldn't have been better. Thank you for sorting it all out - I'm already looking forward to the next trip”

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