I can't express enough what a great time my husband and I had on our four day trip with Cheikh. As soon as we met up with him (we were picked up in Marrakech by one of his drivers and did a passenger switch in the vehicles near the mountains) I knew we were going to be in good hands seeing the reaction of the two travelers parting ways with him which included some tears! We did the four day Dunes of Merzouga tour. We always felt in good hands with Cheikh and he was such an informative and kind person. Each day was filled with so many new things I couldn't wait to see what was in store for us each morning. Although we had a loose idea in advance of what we would be doing, the description of the trip on the website couldn't possibly do the trip justice considering the things we saw and learned while driving along the countryside. We were up for everything that Cheikh suggested along the way.
I never felt rushed on the trip; even though we usually had an 8:30 start in the morning, we always had enough sleep and rest before each day. The riads chosen in the Dades Gorge and Ouarzazate were lovely! I had no idea what to expect (I usually overly research places we're going to stay in) but there was nothing to fear, the places were very comfortable and hospitable with delicious dinners and breakfasts. And our Berber tent on our one night stay in the dunes was equally comfortable. Although we trekked to the dunes on camels that afternoon, our tent camp was out of the dunes, in the desert (along with a nice dining room building with a terrace, showers and washrooms). I really hated to leave in the morning. (Note: make sure you have cash on you for tips, there are no cash machines in the dunes! We also brought small flashlights on the trip which really came in handy in the tents as they only have a small candle for lighting)
Also, Cheikh is an excellent driver; I never felt scared on the roads. Throughout our trip he felt like our traveling companion, had a sense of humor, yet was still professional and had so much valuable information. He could answer every question we had about what we saw and wanted to learn more about.
Lastly, we thought the trip price was VERY reasonable considering the driving involved, places stayed in, meals provided, etc. Cheikh works very hard, and the quality of our trip showed this. I'm sad to have left Morocco, I can't wait to go back. Thank you Cheikh!
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