We decided on a short break to Marrakech but wanted to see more than Medina so we booked a three day tour across Morocco to Erg Chebbi. We couldn't have made a better plan, we were greeted from our hotel by Ahmed our guide and Abdul our driver. You couldn't ask for a better pair to show you the beauty of the Berber culture. Ahmed gave us loads of information about the landscapes, local customs, the history and Abdul negotiated some precarious mountain roads. We had great fun with them and they really made this a memorable experience, if you can ask for them when you book!
As we paved the way to the desert we stopped at Tizi Tichka, Ait Ben Haddou, the Rose Valley and Tordes Gorge where we spent the night. The hotel was simple but their hospitality was excellent, we had home style food and lively entertainment from the staff and their drums, they even got us dancing! We spent our second night in the desert after a very uncomfortable camel ride and an exhausting climb up the sand dunes to see the sunset. Our host in the desert seemed to be looking after multiple camps so be prepared to amuse yourself with the drums.
This was a great way to see the Berber culture and the diversity in Morocco's landscapes before descending on the chaos of the Medina. We'd recommend you save your shopping until you get to the Souks as you can negotiate a very cheap price for souvenirs.
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