Visitors find Morocco to have far more depth and rich variety than they imagined:
My wife Leonie and I had enjoyed a week in Fes before we jumped aboard Hassan Ouattou’s four-wheel drive for the eight-hour trip through Morocco’s heartland, a 500km journey to Merzouga on the edge of the Sahara.
We figured that the expedition would be a tedious slog through the backblocks against a backdrop of barren and inhospitable terrain. Put it down to naivety.
It was the first day of a three-day Merzouga Experience tour which we booked online. For about $900 it included all travel in Hassan’s 4WD, overnight in a typical nomad camel-hair tent in the Erg Chebbi dunes of the Sahara, two hour-long camel rides and then, over two days, the road trip to Marrakech which included a night’s stay at a fabulous 18th century kasbah run by Mustafa in the Valley of the Roses in Ait Aissa Ou Brahim. Breakfast and evening meals were included.
Anyway, less than two hours into the journey from Fes, we quickly recalibrated our original thinking as we moved up into the Middle Atlas Mountains and the snowfields of Ifrane…[Full Story]