THE RIGHT SEASON FOR YOUR TRIP TO MOROCCO
The Moroccan climate varies depending on the season and region. The coast has a temperate Mediterranean climate and the interior regions have a warmer, drier, continental climate. In the south of the country, the climate is very hot and dry for most of the year, although the temperature can drop dramatically at night, particularly during the months of December and January. The country is mainly dry with high temperatures in summer and a cooler climate in the mountains. Marrakech and Agadir enjoy an average temperature of 21°C in winter.
To prepare your trip well
THE RIGHT SEASON FOR YOUR TRIP TO MOROCCO
Before your departure you must check with your embassy the conditions of entry into Morocco. For French people, for example, it is essential to have a passport valid for up to 6 months after the return date. The national identity card is not enough. More information from the French Embassy, travel advice section.
No compulsory vaccination for travelers from Europe.
Recommended vaccinations: DT polio + Hepatitis A and B.
HOW TO ARRIVE IN MOROCCO
Morocco is very well served by airlines and has numerous airports.
Regular flights to Morocco exist from major European cities.
Main airlines: www.easyjet.com/fr / www.ryanair.com/fr / www.airarabia.com/ www.govoyages.com/www.transavia.com/.
You can land directly in Ouarzazate which is closer to Zagora with Royal Air Maroc. We can welcome you there in a private 4 x 4 or minibus depending on the number of people.
If you arrive in Marrakech, you can take a bus from the bus station. We recommend CTM or SUPRATOURS (several departures per day, allow hours of travel time) or take a grand taxi (the taxi station at the Marrakech bus station). We can also welcome you to your Marrakech hotel in a private 4×4 or minibus depending on the number of people.
MANAGING YOUR MONEY DURING YOUR STAY IN MOROCCO
The Moroccan national currency is the dirham. The dirham is not convertible outside the borders of the Kingdom and its importation is strictly prohibited. So consider currency exchange and other means of payment if necessary.
You will find exchange offices at airports, in some hotels and in most banks. Some counters will require your passport for the transaction. Consider changing the dirhams you have left before leaving the country. Banking establishments in large Moroccan cities are mostly equipped with ATMs. Change as needed. The vast majority of purchases or services are paid in cash, after the usual negotiation.
PHYSICAL PREPARATION FOR HIKING/TREKKING
The physical effort is more or less important depending on the route chosen. For “discovery” hikes, walking or riding the camel at your own pace is within the reach of any person of normal physical condition.
The most difficult thing for several days for some people will be leaving their usual little comfort: not shower every day, sleep under the stars or in a nomadic tent, etc. But the new sensations that the desert reveals to you more than compensate for these shortcomings and even make them insignificant.
In the desert, water is the essential element. Bottles of mineral water will be available before each caravan departure. Nomadic tea, the best way to combat dehydration and thirst, will be offered throughout your stay in the desert. Its beneficial effect is several times greater than that of mineral water. Don’t hesitate to drink it throughout your hikes in the desert.
During the hike, meals are prepared by a cook. We do our best to bring you varied, tasty, balanced and Moroccan food.
Breakfast: bread, jam, honey, milk, black tea, mint tea, instant coffee, chocolate, cheese (type “Cow who laughs”).
Lunch: varied salads, seasonal fruit, mint tea.
Dinner: Moroccan soup, hot dish (tagine or couscous), or pasta dish, dessert, tea with mint.
Every day, during the walk, dried fruits are provided.
Dinners are served in the restaurant tent.
During a tour where the cuisine is prepared for a group, it is impossible to cook privately for a person with specific dietary preferences or diets (vegetarian/gluten-free type, etc.).
Several reasons for this :
The basic ingredients are based on gluten (wheat flour) for the basic starchy foods (pasta, vermicelli, bread)
The food supplements made available by the agency are mixed (dates, raisins, peanuts, almonds)
The dishes are local, therefore cooked stewed or on gas, by mixing the ingredients: tagines, couscous, soups, cooked salads, etc…)
We can prepare a corn flour bread for breakfast, but for the rest, participants suffering from this type of illness/intolerance will have to make do with vegetables, fruits and meats, served separately and with the common dish.
If you are concerned and to avoid suffering from a nutritional deficiency (you need energy to hike!), you will need to bring your own food supplements to compensate for the wheat (energy bars and gluten-free cereals).
EQUIPMENT TO BRING
Good comfortable walking shoes, a sleeping bag, rather sporty clothes, sweaters and anoraks in winter especially for the evening to fully appreciate the nights full of stars.
The temperature differences between day and night can be important, mainly in winter (November, December, January).
The nomadic scarf (turban) can be useful for protecting the head against the sun, wind and sand. Bring a flashlight or headlamp, matches, sunglasses and sunscreen.
Don’t forget a small usual pharmacy (Smecta, Imodium, Primperan and other anti-diarrheal medications, antiseptics, disinfectants, dressings and strips).
Little extras for your hygiene: waterless soaps, face and body wipes. Antihistamines can be useful, eye drops, etc.
A hiking backpack and a small backpack for your things for the day, a few plastic bags for polluting waste, toilet paper.
- RULES TO OBSERVE
Do not take any solo initiative without seeking the advice of your guide.
- Never go alone.
- The camel is a companion and not a means of transport; Treating him well makes his company pleasant. Walking alongside the caravan can be more relaxing than riding the camel.
- Advocate for ecological and equitable tourism.
- The planet is beautiful and precious, let’s respect it… for ourselves and for our children.