Having read the very positive reviews, we sought to enquire further on what the trip entailed by contacting direct through TripAdvisor. Adil replied within half an hour of us emailing, and described the trip well, detailing what the day trip would consist of. We're extremely happy to have chosen this trip, rather than those you can book through the holiday reps.
We were picked up by Yahya at 9am on the dot, who drove us out of Marrakech and stopped off at a market in a small town. This was a real eye opener, and showed us a traditional market, which is a contrast to those you see in the medina in Marrakech.
Next we travelled up into the High Atlas Mountains. Yahya was extremely knowledgable, and told us everything we needed to know, ranging from information on Berber culture, music, geography and much more. We stopped on the way, taking pictures and having a small walk up the mountain itself.
The Argan Oil co-operative was excellent - we had a tour from a very knowledgable guide, who showed us the way the different types of Argan Oil products were produced, as well as allowing us to try samples (both cosmetic and edible!).
We then travelled over to the 2nd mountain. One thing I would suggest to bring on the trip is a bag of sweets and/or pens and pencils for the children in the villages - Adil mentioned this in his email to us, and it's a nice touch.
The camel ride was great! We were taken on a twenty minute ride on 'Aisha' and 'Shakira', whilst having the opportunity for pictures to be taken, a great experience and one that provides many photos for when you get home.
The meal with the Beber family topped the trip off. We sat on an open terrace in the middle of an absolutely stunning landscape, eating the freshest food you could imagine. Having mentioned that me and my partner are vegetarians, Adil and Yahya organised a vegetable tagine to be prepared by the family, which tasted better than anything we tried in the Jemaa El Fna. By the end of the meal, we were very well fed, the meal included a delicious starter and the main course (tagine) was followed by fresh watermelon and mint tea. After this, we had a relaxing drive back into Marrakech, with a small sleep on the way.
We can only thank Yahya and Adil for being such gracious hosts and for providing us with the highlight of our holiday. I can highly recommend this trip to anybody that is travelling to Marrakech. This trip will take you away from the hectic centre of Marrakech, and show you a completely different side to an already beautiful country.
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