It would be a mistake to be planning a trip to the High Atlas Mountain and the dessert (or perhaps any excursion outside of Marrakech) and not book Arib Voyages! As beautiful and amazing as any trip to Morocco can be, working with this company and our driver and guide, Omar, made it the even more memorable.
I felt at easy from my very first email with the company. Their responses were prompt, full of information and suggestions on how to get the most our of time in country. Our 3 day, 2 night excursion to the mountains and dessert was a festival of experiences, sights, tastes and information. I encourage you not to plan a shorter trip to the south.
Yes, many of these trips are planned and probably run hundreds of times a year but you would not know it. Omar was enthusiastic and very friendly. Often engaging our 2 teenage boys (who in the end offered to show him around our hometown if he was ever over!) and ensured that they had an excellent time as well. As Omar quickly got to know us he made suggestions and adjustments in the itinerary to add things he thought would interest us more and cut other things the wouldn't short (not sure anyone really needs 2 hours on a camel! 1 was plenty...). He also helped eat the local foods we wanted, shop for scarves, dates and pottery in shops that knew him well, and joined us at the top of the dunes for surfing and a spectacular sunset.
Although the driving can be long hours, Omar is an excellent driver on all terrains. He is also from M'hmid and knows the all the areas we drove through intimately. He kept us going with information and updates, great music (even let our son plug-in his iPod), extra stops in beautiful vistas, and for coffee/tea. He encouraged us to ask for additional stops whenever we wanted more photos or breaks. He was ready and open for everything! The hotel in Zagora the first night was a great choice - clean, comfortable and relaxing. Omar was very kind to us all and we ended our trip feeling fortunate and grateful for all the time and energy that was put into sharing his Morocco with us. The next day for returning to Marrakech Omar called me at the Riad, I had forgotten a favorite hat in the car. He quickly offered to bring it by that evening, we were out and I missed its delivery but I would have been pleased to see and thank him again for everything.
I priced many tour companies and all-in Arib was the most competitive. As all the reviews testify, they do a tremendous job picking the routes and providing friendly and smart guides. Omar and Arib, and the adventure the guide you on could very well wind-up being the past part of your Moroccan adventure.
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