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Migration of the Berbers

11 days  |  Starts/Ends: Marrakech  |  from USD $1,999  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Come to Morocco and take the road less travelled on our unique bi-annual Migration of the Berbers trek, where you will accompany a traditional nomadic family on their fascinating bi-annual migration with their livestock from the high to the low Atlas Mountains.

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September itinerary below. Please note, days 3 - 8 of this itinerary run in reverse on our May departure.

Day 1

Welcome to Morocco! Arrive Marrakech airport and transfer to our hotel. Be sure to arrive in time for the welcome meeting at 18:00.
Overnight: Marrakech  |  Dinner

    Marrakech
Day 2
Cascades D’Ouzoud

Marrakech – Tamada. This morning we travel by minivan/4x4 to see the magnificent Cascades D’Ouzoud. The three tiered waterfall, drops an impressive 110 metres into the river below, where there is a small foot bridge at its base and it's possible to follow one of the many trails along the river or paddle in the small pools. After lunch in Azilal we continue on to the nomad’s camp in Tamada, to meet the Berber family with their sheep, goats and mules, that we will be travelling with for the next 7 days of their bi-annual migration from the High Atlas to the lower Dades Valley.
Overnight: Tamada Camp  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 3-8
The Nomadic Migration

Tamada – Central High Atlas – Dades Valley. On the morning of day 3 we begin our nomadic adventure! Leaving Tamada we trek for 4 to 5 hours a day, the pace and distance covered each day will be dependent on the movement of the herd of livestock and the route is not set in stone. The pastoral nomadic Berbers have been making this journey all their lives and have an excellent knowledge of the area and the best routes to take dependent upon the conditions.

The beauty of this experience is that we do not follow a rigid itinerary. Our journey starts in the majestic High Atlas, which is the highest mountain range in North Africa, with several peaks over 4000 metres and breathtaking scenery. We will trek through rugged terrain, crossing steep passes with spectacular panoramic views and passing Berber villages tucked away in picturesque valleys. Camping each night in rustic Berber tents, we’ll have time to relax and enjoy our amazing surroundings, whilst a cook prepares tasty traditional Moroccan food for us. We will continue our gradual daily descent towards the Dades Valley, until we reach Ait Youl in the beautiful Dades Gorge on day 8, where we’ll camp for the final night. This signals the end of our incredible trek and the Berber family will settle in the lower valleys for the winter, where they are not exposed to the freezing temperatures of the High Atlas.
Overnight: Berber Camp  |  Breakfast x 6, Lunch x 6, Dinner x 6

Day 9

Dades Valley – Ouarzazate - Ait Benhaddou - Marrakech. Bidding farewell to the Berber family, we head back to Marrakech today stopping en route at Ouarzazate, which African traders once used as a resting point, on their journey up to Europe. Ouarzazate has been used as a setting for several films including, Alexander the Great, The Last Temptation of Christ and The Living Daylights.

Our second stop is at the remarkable Ait Benhaddou, a ‘fortified city’, situated along the former caravan route, between the Sahara and Marrakech. Ait Benhaddou is one of the best preserved ancient Kasbahs in the Atlas region. Granted UNESCO World Heritage listing, some Kasbahs date back to the 16th Century and the site had been the setting for many famous films including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. Enjoy the comfort of a bed tonight as we return to the riad in Marrakech for some well earned rest and relaxation.
Overnight: Marrakech  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Ait Benhaddou
Day 10

Enjoy a free day exploring incredible Marrakech. Set within the rose-coloured walls of the medina is a reality that is not that far removed from an exotic film set – a tangle of winding streets that open onto verdant gardens and dark alleyways that lead to bustling souks. The focal point is the central square, the Djemaa el Fna, an extraordinary gathering and market place. Full of colour, spicy aromas and traders, it is best seen in the evening, when overflowing with food stalls, dancers, acrobats, fortune tellers, musicians and henna artists. Towering above the bustling square is the beautiful Koutoubia Mosque.
Overnight: Marrakech  |  Breakfast

Day 11

The trip concludes after breakfast.
Breakfast

Trek Info

Area Covered : High Atlas, Dades Valley
Grade : Moderate
Walking Duration : 4 - 5 hours daily
Altitude : Max. 3200m
Trek Accommodation : Basic Berber camps
Average Group Size : 2 - 8

Please note that this trek runs in reverse in May, trekking from the Dades Valley to Tamada in the High Atlas.

Trip Highlights

Marrakech – UNESCO-listed Place Djemaa el Fna, souks and the Koutoubia Mosque
High Atlas Mountain Ranges, steep passes, waterfalls, Berber villages & valleys
Dades Gorge - valley and stream
Aït Benhaddou –UNESCO-listed fortified Kasbah city
Cascades D’Ouzoud – Morocco’s most spectacular waterfalls
Breathtaking panoramic views over the High Atlas mountains and the valleys below.
Ouarzazate - opt to visit the film studio
5 days trekking with a local Berber family

Included

Arrival transfer from Marrakech airport on day 1
Services of a driver and an English speaking tour leader.
All transportation and transfers in private 4x4 or mini van/touring vehicle
Guided by a Nomadic Berber family
All entrance fees included
Full Board - 10 Breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners
7 nights Berber camping, 3 nights 2-3 star hotel in Marrakech
Whilst trekking – services of a guide, cook & mules or camels to carry rucksacks
All road taxes and tolls

Not Included

International flights and visa
Tipping Kitty: USD$65

This wasn't a touristy experience, it was very authentic! Once again on the go have provided an excellent experience - this trip was truly amazing - the pace was great and the guide (Ibrahim) was awesome!! Cheers

Amanda Hossack

How lucky we were to experience such a trip with such a wonderful crew. Ibrahim was the best guide I could of had. Always helpful and knowledgable and also fun. Our cook Lahson was also very good, always preparing exciting and healthy food, presented in a beautiful way. Everyone had pride in their work, pride in their culture and pride in their country. All the staff are a credit to your company. I would love to come again!

Karen Anderson

I was on the first Migration of the Berbers tour that ran and found it fascinating - a very different experience and certainly one which opens your eyes to a totally different way of life. Be prepared for tough morning treks but long afternoons of 'chill time' (take a good book - I'd left mine in Marrakesh!), but maximise your experience by interacting with the nomadic people as much as you can and learning about their life.

Andrea

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

2015
Price/Person
Single Supp.
 
USD $1999
USD $119
 
USD $1999
USD $119
2016
Price/Person
Single Supp.
 
USD $1999
USD $119
 
USD $1999
USD $119

Single travellers will need to book a single room if additional pre/post tour accommodation is required.

Tour Details
Starts
Marrakech
Ends
Marrakech
Departs
20 May 2015 & 19 Sep 2015
Hotel Rating
3 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 10, Lunch: 8, Dinner: 9
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Taghazoute Surfing
USD $549 / 4 day bolt-on

This wasn't a touristy experience, it was very authentic! Once again on the go have provided an excellent experience - this trip was truly amazing - the pace was great and the guide (Ibrahim) was awesome!! Cheers

Amanda Hossack
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