Most Inspirational Moment
We walked to the top of the Todrha Gorge and a nomad family were camped there. The group were invited to share tea in their tent and we were able to ask questions about their lifestyle. I found this quite special. There were lots of highlights - I loved walking around the medina in Fez, walking on our own in the Sahara, the sheer variety of all the sights we saw. There were a few more demanding days in the Todrha Gorge and High Atlas, where it was pretty cold and windy, so having a full day in Essouria with no planned activities was much needed by the time we got to it.
Thoughts on Group Leader
Lachsen was an absolute 100% star. Everything perfectly organised and he made sure we were all aware of what we would be doing every day, start times, when luggage needed to be out. He told us so much about what it was like to live in Morocco, as well as information on the history and geography of the country. Special mention too for Ibrahim, our driver, who had long days and some tricky driving conditions (flooded roads!) to contend with. The local guides were also very good and had great senses of humour.
Advice for Potential Travellers
We went late October/early November and I don't know if our weather was typical - it was never what I would call really hot - very warm and pleasant certainly - but once you got to altitude at the Todrha Gorge and High Atlas it got very cold and sometimes windy. The accommodation there is also more basic than elsewhere, so I wished I had packed more cold weather gear.
Accommodation was an interesting mix - all the Riads were great, particularly liked the one in Essouria. Hotel itself in Fez was fine, but the location wasn't great - not easy to find somewhere to eat nearby. The place in the Todrha Gorge was more like a youth hostel, standards wise, and the room was pretty basic and not especially clean. Not too much of a problem for a couple of nights. That though is followed by 2 nights at Kasbah Oliver and our group got the best rooms in the place as another group had not turned up. Those rooms were fine. If those rooms had not been free though we would have been 3 or 4 to a room with mattresses on the floor and toilet/wash facilities elsewhere on the landing which was open to the elements. That would not have been great, coming after 2 nights at Todrha and I think Exodus should always book those better rooms, even if it means a marginal price hike.
This was a great holiday though and would thoroughly recommend it.