We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“A walk beyond town....” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ecotourisme et Randonnees

Ecotourisme et Randonnees
8 bis rue Houmam El Fatouaki, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
+212 615-762131
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #9 of 60 Activities in Essaouira
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
More attraction details
Attraction Details
Owner description: Discover the Natural Environnement of Essaouira! You can discover the Argan Woods, the Thuya Forests, and the unimagined world of the Dunes… take mint tea in a berber village, and learn the secrets of a unique and irreplaceable ecosystem at your own pace. Our rangers will give you a guided tour and share their knowledge of the region, on nature trails.
London
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“A walk beyond town....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

This was a pleasant half day trip to the deserted beaches beyong Sidi Kauki, across the sand dunes, a visit to a local Berber hosue and , of course, a visit to a womens co-op producing argan oil.
The guide, Ottomanm, was friendly and knoblewledgeable - and pitched the walk to suit the participants.
I wish we had know the prices for some of the products at the co-op - maybe a price list in advance, so we contirbuted more to the work the women do.

Visited April 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

207 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    161
    44
    2
    0
    0
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Farnborough, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
“The best way to appreciate Essaouira”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

We opted for the 1/2 day walk along the Wadi. Our guide Otman was very informative and this was a great way to understand the ecosystem and vegetation of the area, beautiful views from the extensive area of dunes and a relaxing rather than strenuous walk. All in all a very informative and enjoyable experience.

Visited February 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Melbourne, Australia
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Highly reccomended . Knowledgable guide”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2011

My friend and I went on the half day Arganier tour. We were the only 2 people with our guide Ottmane. Ottomane had a geology background and was a native of Essaouira and was very informative. We enjoyed the walk, viewing goats, a small mosque and a Berber house where we enjoyed a cup of mint tea and were able to try their bread, olive and Argan oil and honey.
Afterwards we visited a women's cooperative and saw them process the Argan nuts into oil.

The walk took 5 hours. Need good walking shoes as the terrain is full of stones. A hat and sunscreen are essential.

Visited September 2011
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Inverness, United Kingdom
1 review
“Wadi Walk - Essouira”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2011

Walked cross country, along a superb beach and up a Wadi to a farm. 6 - 7 mile hike. Great day, saw plenty wildlife, and learned a lot about the Moroccan way of life from a very knowledgeable guide called Ottoman. Well worth the effort - and not too hot in May!!
Highly recommended.
Jim and Jacque Smith
Inverness, Scotland

Visited May 2011
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Adelaide, Australia
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Excellent experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2011

My partner and I joined a half-day tour in English through the Argan Woods. Our guide Ottman (sp?) was very knowledgable and made the trip very interesting. We saw some really nice things - argan trees, a marabout, a berber home and even a goat in a tree! Also enjoyed the mint tea lesson and the visit to the co-operative.

Would def recommend if you were thinking about doing it.

Visited March 2011
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Ecotourisme et Randonnees also viewed

Essaouira, Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region
Essaouira, Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region
 
Essaouira, Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region
Essaouira, Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region
 

Been to Ecotourisme et Randonnees? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Ecotourisme et Randonnees, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.