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“Morocco in Style”
Review of Maroc Nature

Maroc Nature
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Maroc Nature, your Moroccan Travel Company for amazing outdoor activities and day trips. You can enjoy our private day tours either bike, hike or visit Atlas mountains to Sahara.
Reviewed December 8, 2015

Most people recall the CSN song "Marrakesh Express" when they think of Morocco. For me, it is Jackson Browne's "Something Fine." I have wanted to see Morocco since first hearing that song in 1972.

The lyrics to the Jackson Browne song include "Now if you see Morocco I know you'll go in style." Because the four of us of were fortunate enough to choose Maroc Nature (thanks, Diane!), we definitely saw Morocco in style.

The truth is that I was somewhat apprehensive of the trip. I am more risk-adverse than I was in 1972. Some of my acquaintances tried to dissuade me. The public health nurse warned us to be careful about the food and water. Etc.

In fact, it could hardly have been a better trip. Maroc Nature put together a custom trip for four of us that included three days of bicycling in the Atlas Mountains, a visit to the desert oasis of La Pause and camel riding on the beach near Essaouira. One day we had lunch in the home of a Berber family in a mountain village; another day we had lunch on the rooftop deck of a guesthouse on a mountaintop with a fantastic view of Mount Toubkal. The food was delicious, the accommodations were splendid, the biking was fabulous (excellent bikes!).

Best of all was the friendship we developed with Mstafa and Mohamed. It was like we were now six friends vacationing, but two of them were doing all the work and making sure it was a great vacation. As well as taking care of us and really paying attention to what we needed and wanted, Mstafa shared his deep knowledge of the culture and traditions of the people we visited.

My acquaintances back home who were negative? It turns out they got off a cruise ship for an afternoon in Casablanca. Don't do that! Work with Maroc Nature to put together the trip that suits you and get out of the big cities. Sure, it was interesting to experience the souk in Marrakesh (four a couple of hours), but it was everything outside of Marrakesh that made the trip a great one.

When Jackson Browne sang about having a taste of something fine, he was probably talking about that 1960's and 70's stuff. For us, it was wonderful tagines, fruit and experience.

Date of experience: November 2015
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Reviewed November 29, 2015

We're just back from an incredible cycling holiday with Maroc Nature, through southern Morocco exploring the Atlas mountains and the desert. Our guide Mustafa was superb. He and our driver Mohamed were just great travel companions during our trip. Never was anything too much. The Cannondale bikes Maroc Nature provided were in an excellent state - one of them brand new. A big thanks to the whole team and to Hassan for tailoring our itineraries! Highly recommended!

Date of experience: November 2015
Thank MarloesSimon
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Reviewed November 27, 2015 via mobile

In October 2015, I was part of a team who completed a challenge on foot across the Sahara Desert for Velindre Cancer Centre. The challenge was guided and supported by Maroc Natur and would not have been a success without them.
From route planning to the actual expedition, we received a professional service and excellent communication throughout.

The route planned took us through some beautiful scenery including the dunes, canyon and forest area. We saw some amazing sunrises and sunsets, wildlife and got to drive over the Atlas Mountains....definitely the 'wow' factor!

Mohammed and Lesser joined us on our expedition. They were a huge support throughout the 3 day challenge. They knew the terrain like it was their back garden...I honestly don't know how they manage to navigate so accurately through the dunes in their 4x4's...everything looks exactly the same!!

The Maroc Natur team were very knowledgeable and it was clear that they have a wealth of experience in running expeditions. This knowledge and expertise proved invaluable on our challenge when our team experienced a number of 'issues' along the route. Mohammed and Lesser were able to provide our team leader with advice and guidance to enable all team members to complete the challenge successfully.

This challenge was THE best experience of my life. We came, we saw, we sand danced!!!
Thank you Maroc Natur for playing a huge part in this incredible experience x

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank Maliffionoola
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Reviewed November 26, 2015

We sipped hot sweet mint flavored Moroccan tea as we sat in the sun on a roof top patio high above the Ourika Valley in the High Atlas Mountains. Our guide and friend, Mustafa Afhir, had made the tea during our lunch as guests in a Berber village. As he prepared the tea Mustafa said, "in Morocco tea is meant to stimulate all five senses." During the pour he pulled the tea pot high above the glass. We saw the falling stream of tea glisten in the bright sunlight of midday. We heard the tea fill the glass. We smelled the mint. Mustafa handed us each a glass, and as we touched the glass, we felt the warmth of the hot tea. And then finally the taste of the tea, the sugar and the mint.
And so it was on our 10 day trip in early November to Morocco with Maroc Nature. A feast for the senses. We were a group of two couples enjoying a journey that Hassan Bouhrazen of Maroc Nature had designed specifically for us. We had asked to hike, bike and ride camels and stay in nice properties. Hassan put together a trip that far exceeded our expectations.
We stayed in riads and inns, each uniquely Moroccan. All served excellent Moroccan and European style cuisine. Lunch was taken on the road al fesca-- either a sumptuous picnic or in at a family run rest house -- in venues ranging from the roof top patio to an orchard to a mountain airy in a converted shepherd's hut.
For our in-country travel Maroc Nature provided a Toyota Landcruiser and a professional driver -- Mohamed El Abbasse. From our arrival at the Marrakesh Airport to each day's destination Mohamed drove with care and safety, handled our luggage, took care of the bikes and even had time to take pictures. Mustafa and Mohamed were with us each of the ten day visit.
We biked in the High Atlas on safe secondary highways with little traffic and stunning scenery around every curve. The hiking was on mountain trails that climbed through Berber villages (Mustafa and Mohamed knew many people in the villages.)
The best was saved for last -- the camel ride. We started with lunch (and tea) at a stone farm house on the Atlantic Ocean. After instruction and with assistance we climbed aboard our camels. A trail led to the beach and then south along the ocean. To our right the steady surf swept onto the beach. To our left bluffs and sand dunes bracketed our way. Our camel handler spoke softly to the lead camel in Arabic. The camels swayed as they do, but as we followed the beach, the pitch and roll of the saddle seemed like that of a boat on the waves. As we neared the end of the ride the sun set over the ocean -- casting in red hue the end of a perfect day.
Thank you Hassan, Mustafa, Mohamed. We will return.

Date of experience: November 2015
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Reviewed November 24, 2015

Perfect service and great fun with Redouan on our 3 day MTB tour in the Atlas Mountains! A truly spectacular and authentic journey...

Date of experience: November 2015
Thank stefan m
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HassanBouhrazen, Manager at Maroc Nature, responded to this reviewResponded November 25, 2015

Dear Stefan,
Thank you very much for your review and fo chosing us for you mtb adventure in Morocco.
I hope the tough "Moroccan" climbs with Redouan will help you during your next challenge in the Cap Epic in South Africa ☺
All the best.

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