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“Good two day excursion - Imlil and Imnane Valley”

Toubkal Guide Day Tours
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: If you´re outdoorsy, go for a hike in a national park at the feet of the Atlas Mountains. Waterfalls and other natural beauty are in good supply. The tour provides good information on the park. The guides allow you to choose the difficulty of your hike, including factors such as altitude climbed and the specific types of sights that you would like to see. In any case, you can expect to be brought to many beautiful vantage points. Come with hiking gear.
Reviewed January 3, 2014

We did the two day hike through Imlil and Imnane Valley. Our guide Mustafa was great, and the scenery is amazing, especiall on day two. The Berber village we stayed at in the night was expectedly basic, but even so, quite comfortable. Jamal was fantastic and super prompt with responding when we were trying to figure out the right trip for us, and I cannot say enough nice things about him and the company. Very efficient. The four of us on our hike were outdoorsy and experienced hikers so we clambered down the second day fairly quickly but spent the afternoon sitting in the sun on the valley floor...magical.

The first day is sort of meh, if you've done other similar hikes in South America or France, but I was just really happy to be away from the crowds of Marrakesh for a couple of days. I think we were the only four people I saw during the entire time there which was great.

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Reviewed December 29, 2013

We went on 2 separate day tours - Imlil and Ourika. Car was new and spacious. Guide and driver were very pleasant. Guide's English was good. Both drives were quite scenic and about 90 minutes each. Imlil walk thru Berber villages was quite interesting. Really unexpected OUTSTANDING lunch at Jamal's guesthouse. Easily the very best chicken tajine we had in Morocco. Beautiful views overlooking the valley. I thought the scenery going to Ourika was ever so slightly better. Short walk thru Berber village, more of a tourist village, then a trail and a rock scramble up to the waterfall. There is quite a bit of scrambling. You need to have pretty good balance. The other possible problem: We went on a weekday in Dec. when there was a short transportation strike that morning. There was still a bit of congestion on the trail/scramble. You can't get that many people up/down at once. I would be concerned about going there on a prime time weekend visit. We had lunch immediately next to a small stream. I was amazed at the number of chairs/restaurants next to this stream for at least a mile up/down the river. Almost all were empty when we were there. I just don't know how the waterfall trek could accommodate so many people as to fill the available seating. The tour was supposed to end between 4 & 5. We got back at 3. I guess Jamal allows an extra hour or two for congestion. I liked Ourika slightly better for the scenery but you will need to scramble to reach the waterfall; be sure not to go when it's going to be real busy. With Imlil you get a better initiation to a Berber village and views of the Toubkal peak. The Ourika village is more a tourist stop. It's not why you would go on this tour, but the lunch at Jamal's guesthouse was SO, SO GOOD. I would happily have go back to eat there many more times.

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Reviewed December 28, 2013

We booked through a UK company Specialist Africa who booked with Toubkal Guide for us. The guide and driver met us promptly at our hotel at 07.00. The 4x4 used was not comfortable for four adults - it was more suitable for 2 adults and 2 children. One adult had to sit on the very hard middle seat. OK for an hour drive but the day tour starts at 07.00 and finished around 20.00 with about a total of 7-8 hours of the 13 spent driving around winding mountain roads. The ksars and kasbahs were very interesting but the most fascinating part was the actual drive into the heart of the Atlas Mountains and seeing the villages and the stunning scenery. It was nice to have the guide and driver to ourselves and did not have to wait for others before we moved on. The guide was knowledgeable in response to questions. The driver is used to the twisty mountain roads and some of the more daring drivers sharing the road with us. Lunch is not included and you are taken to the restaurant which is obviously the one for tourists as the parking outside is full of tourist buses, however it has a lovely view and is very clean.

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Reviewed December 26, 2013

From the initial booking stage Jamal was prompt, informative and extremely courteous. This set the scene for our 3 day climb of Toubkal which went exactly as the itinerary on Jemal's website describes. All collection times were extremely punctual and all advice we received from Jamal and his team was accuarate and very useful. Our guide Mustova was very professional, explaining each stage along the way and we learnt lots about the Berber and Morocan culture which made this a very memorable hike. Apart from Arabic and Berber, Mustova spoke fluent English and French, provided really interesting insights on local stories and traditions and was always very willing to help us wherever possible. Accommodation in the mountain refuse was basic but cold at night when we were there in December but made up for by good food, warm, cosy fire light common room and lively, welcoming staff! Definetly recommend Jamal and his team to take you up Toubkal!

Thank John U
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Reviewed December 25, 2013

If you one of your wish list contains a climb of mount Toubkal, then go! It's more than you think in terms of culture, beauty, hard work and of course the people from the Berber villages. Jamal and his team, where well organised, welcoming, proficient and knowledgable . They made this challenging trip a joy, great people and atmosphere. will be back and have great memories!

Thank Ben G
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