This is my first contribution & indeed my 1st visit to Morocco / Agadir / Marrakesh, and what a way to start off my innings. Booked with Ciel d'Afrique (Skies of Africa) over the phone and was not disappointed.
From the word go the phone was picked up by the owner / pilot (Maurice) of this small long running hot ballooning company based here in Marrakesh who spoke perfect excellent English / French. Maurice explained that the pick-up from my Riad would be 5.45am sharp and he was on time in a smart / comfortable 4X4 to the minute which I like.
Journey time to the flight site was around 30 minutes, where my wife and I witnessed the balloons inflate with the help of 4 locally employed Berber people & in true 'Montgolfier' spirit away we
The group size was only 5 which (English only which made for good banter as I'm a Londoner).
This was my first flight in a HAB, so I was naturally a little nervous. But as we rose into the sky this soon abates into total awe and serenity. I will not divulge as to what you see on the Flight as this may detract from anyone else's experience but suffice it to say the views are breathe taking.
Flight time is 1 hour (Normal Flight) and the rest of the morning is spent in a genuine Berber villager’s home with a simple but delicious breakfast which I very much enjoyed. This tradition has evolved over the years and assists the villagers in a sustainable way (win win).
Maurice is a charming / knowledgeable man who I could trust implicitly, he has been flying for 32 years and run this company for 23 years in a sustainable way, sympathetic o the needs of the local community. So he knows his onions (also he is French so he probably should know his onions regardless, so sorry Maurice, my poor English humour!)
This guy and his company will blow out the competition!
Thank you Maurice and team for the most memorable part of our 2 week vacation in Morocco, best of luck for the future.
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