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Time

Morocco is on Greenwich Meantime (GMT). Daylight Saving is currently being observed. However it changes frequently and is not observed during the holy month of Ramadan.

Voltage

Standard voltage is 220 volts. Primary sockets require the European, 2 pronged variety. We recommend that you pack a universal travel adaptor. You will need a voltage converter, and plug adaptor in order to use U.S. appliances.

Money

The currency of Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham.

Pound Sterling, US Dollars, Euro and other major currencies can be exchanged in Morocco at various bureau de changes in major cities and towns, and most banks have ATMs. Credit cards are virtually useless outside main cities and towns. It's advisable to request bank notes in smaller denominations, as it can sometimes be hard to get change from large notes and smaller notes are handy for smaller purchases and gratuities.

Traveller's Cheques are not recommended as they're often difficult to exchange and incur high fees.

Health

You should seek medical advice before travelling to Morocco from your local health practitioner and ensure that you receive all of the appropriate vaccinations. As a guide Tetanus and Hepatitis A are strongly recommended.

water

While tap water in Morocco is generally considered safe to drink in main cities, it is not advisable in smaller towns and remote areas. It's recommended to only drink bottled mineral water, which is readily available in hotels, shops and restaurants.

Food

Moroccan cooking is characterized by rich spices, with mixtures that combines anywhere from ten to a hundred spices. Couscous is traditional chow and often cooked with spices, vegetables, nuts, and raisins. It’s a meal in itself, though it is often topped with rich stews and roasted meats. Lamb is a principal meat and is cooked until tender enough to be pulled apart and eaten with the fingers. Tagines are a fruity meat and vegetable stew cooked for some time. Savory foods are enhanced with fruits, dried and fresh and preserved lemons are used in many poultry dishes. Pine nuts, almonds, and pistachios are often used as well. Moroccan desserts are uncompromisingly rich. A common dessert is kaab el ghzal (‘gazelle’s horns’), which is a pastry stuffed with almond paste and topped with sugar. Try also honey cakes, which are essentially pretzel-shaped pieces of dough deep-fried and dipped into a hot pot of honey and sprinkled with sesame seeds!

Shopping

Morocco is a shoppers paradise. The souks of Fes, Marrakech and Meknes are full of pottery, carpets and killims, leather goods, spices and cloth. Thuya wood products are found predominantly at Essaouira. Keep space in your backpack for your purchases! Our best buys are: carpets – from the High Atlas mountains or a woven and embroidered Kilim; the burnoose, an elegant hooded cape; spices; art from Asilah; or traditional pottery and leather from Fes.

Atlas Trekking & Camping

If you're trekking in the Atlas Mountains, you will require a good level of fitness and should ensure that you pack a decent pair of walking boots that have been worn in before the trek, to avoid blisters and painful feet.

We offer a very unique Migration of the Berbers camping trek. On this trek we go off the beaten track and there are no official camp sites with facilities en route, so bush camps will be used throughout. Tents and sleeping mats are provided but you will need to bring your own sleeping bag. The guides and trekking crew will set up the camp each night and there will be a cook to prepare the food. With regards to ablutions, you will use a drop toilet (hole in the ground!) and there will be buckets of water for you to use to wash yourself, but no showers. This is a truly authentic experience, that offers a great insight into the nomadic Berber way of life!

Trekking Insurance

Most travel insurance does not cover for trekking above 2000m as standard and you may have to pay a premium to cover yourself for higher altitudes. It is essential that you get the correct level of cover so please check the maximum altitude you'll be trekking to before arranging your insurance. Our Migration of the Berbers trek reaches a maximum altitude of 3200m.

Camping in the Sahara

On our Morocco group tours a memorable night is spent at a remote Berber camp in the Sahara. This is a basic camp with a handful of communal tents, a toilet tent and an outside area for eating, there are no other facilities. Sleeping mats and blankets are provided. You can choose to either sleep under the stars (weather permitting) or inside the tent. The Berbers at the camp will provide an evening meal for you upon arrival.

Please note: Blankets are provided at the camp but you will need to bring a sleep sheet (if travelling May - Oct) or a sleeping bag (if travelling between Nov - Apr). If travelling during the winter months make sure you bring some warm clothing too.

Travelling with Children

We have a three family tours which are suitable children over 5 years of age, in addition to our Morocco with Teens tour which is suitable for parents with children aged 12 and above. On our standard group tours, we welcome teenagers who are 16 years or older, accompanied by a parent/guardian if under the age of 18. We also welcome children of all ages on our private tours and tailor-made holidays.