We actually just finished the last 2 days with Abdul and are still in Marrakech. He was such a fantastic guide that I needed to write this review as it was still fresh in my head. First, we are a family of 3 which includes a rambunctious 4 year old. Abdul was a breath of fresh air in a city that will completely disorientate you and was a calming influence. The things that I expect from a guide were completely blown away by Abdul. He always looked out for our best interests, he entertained our 4 year old, he made sure that vendors were being genuine, showed us activities that no one else can show you on a mega tour, his knowledge base is amazing and no question was left unanswered. His love for his country completely shines through -- while he obviously made this a career you can still see his genuine appreciation for showing us his country and enthusiasm.
We booked 2 tours;
1. Full day tour -- lasts about 8 hours -- he showed us all the major sites -- he let us contour or tailor the tour with our interests during the entire day. For example, I needed a US travel adapter because our hotel did not have one that worked and Abdul helped me find one, it was rather cold weather here and he helped my wife find a shawl -- some private guides have a set agenda that they follow and that's it -- not Abdul. He constantly said that he would like to how us this if its okay or we can tell him something different. He always was looking out for my son -- talking to him, racing with him -- genuine and sincere acts as I can easily spot people who are faking it. He is a guide that is independent -- no kick backs, referrals, or commissions with anyone -- for eating we wanted something genuine whether it was street food or restaurant. He had thought about me, a vegetarian, my picky 4 year old, and my carnivorous wife -- he picked the best food. Abdul makes you feel comfortable because you're not going to know how to negotiate, not know the language, how much to tip... For example, many times he would argue with the locals when he felt they were overcharging me, or he felt that the tip was too much -- who does that? If you truly want someone on your side then he is your guide. Let me say this, whatever you want to see he will show you with confidence or he will show you what he thinks is important -- complete personal tour. I wanted activities for my son -- delivered with restroom Breaks, ice cream shops, camel rides, monkeys, snakes, looking at different animals....
2. Essaouira day tour -- amazing tour. I wanted to spend an hour on the beach so my son could play and Abdul said no problem. He made sure that we saw everything in a concise fashion and we were able to make my son happy. No one else would allow this much contouring. One last example: my son wanted to ride the camel on the beach and Abdul had a heated conversation with the owner as he wanted to charge us 300 MAD and Abdul said that was a total scam And he brought it down to 100 MAD. Abdul is passionate about being ethical as does not like it when locals try to overcharge or scam others. Look at his pricing for the tours -- it's well below especially in what he delivers.
Basically, if you want someone who will tell you the ins and outs of Marrakech, make you feel you have a friend in the city, makes sure you are not being taken advantage of, can easily handle children as little as mine, please book Abdul early. You will not make a better choice and your vacations will be so much better.
April 27 and 28th -- tours with Abdul