This is my posting about the trip i just did and the tour we did with Ali Oussou and his crazy Couscous driver Youseff. Crazy Couscous was our running joke...
I just arrived back from Fes yesterday and had the most amazing time of my life; I’m sitting at work wishing I was still there. I have been to lots and lots and lots! of places and Morocco is in the top 5. So that says something.
The desert trip was amazing. We organised a 3 night 4 day tour with Ali -guide and Youseff -driver and had a landcrusier - you can do any length of tour. There was 4 of us .I think I searched for about a month to find a good guide before I went, its hard as you have no idea who the person is, how good he is, booking before you go… ect ect ect, people on the web sights are always promoting there own tour and crapping on with no exception of trip advisor. I was absolutely spot on with the choice. Ali is 28, speaks Arabic, Berber (he is from the desert near erg chebbi) , French, English, Spanish and a little Japanese – unbelievable!!! Youseff only speaks Berber with a few funny things in between, he is about 50 i think. Youseff is such a character and was a highlight of the trip in himself!! We were so sad to say goodbye.
There is quite a lot of driving involved as we tried to cover as much of the county as possible in such a short time that we had avaliable .The landscape is amazing, deserts, dunes, cedar forests, tiny Berber towns, massive mountains and gorges, oasis’s everywhere, kasbahs, Mind blowing!! We spent a night in the Sahara desert which involved a 2 hour camel trek there and back the next day, on the way there we were caught in a mild sand storm!! So cool! The Sahara… wow!!!
All the hotels that he organised we really good and dinner was included which helped my spending money. The desert trip involves sleeping on a mattress under the stars
We did Marrakesh and Fes our selves. In Fes when we left Ali had recommended a guide for us for a day which we took as it was the only way to cover everything in the souk. I think there is 5000 streets or something crazy like that. After the tour you have your bearings on the place and you can wander your self. There is no way to know to turn town a little street, take a left and right and then be in the tanneries. The same for everything else.
The shopping and quality of stuff is way better in Marrakesh. Make sure you eat in the square at night, stand 114 yummy! The square at night is like nothing I have ever experience before.
For Islamic counties I have been to Syria, Jordan, Egypt, turkey, Maldives and now Morocco. Morocco is way more westernised with the exception of turkey. They don’t drive like maniacs, don’t use there horn every 1 second and seem quite liberal in the way they dress. Not like Syria where its head to toe and hands covered(Syria is also amazing) I also found the people in Morocco to be always happy and not that hassling when in the souks, just say your not interested and they leave you alone. Not like Egypt where you have to tell the guy to F off a hundred times and he still doesn’t leave you alone.
Morocco is not that cheap, but its not to expensive either. Meals are about 50-100Dh which is 5-10euros - so not that cheap.
I think that’s about all of the 8 days holiday. I cannot recommend Ali and Youseff highly enough. They created one of the most amazing trips of my life so far!!! If you use Ali please can you say you were recommended by Lachlan and the Aussies.
I have about 400 photos to go through so ill try and post some pics next week when i get a chance