Mosaic of Wild Morocco

About the Experience

Morocco’s landscape is a juxtaposition of vast deserts, buzzing ancient cities and the enormous Atlas mountain range. It’s a true mosaic and the culture is felt in the extremes of colour, patterns and Berber villages.

On this 15 day tour, we’ll cut through prolific palm groves in the oasis and ride through the brown sugar dunes of the Sahara Desert. We’ll journey through the fragrant cedar forests in the Middle Atlas mountains, and stand knee-deep in the raw force of the Atlantic Ocean.

We’ll ride camels through the bronzed expanse of the Sahara. Their relaxed footfalls and sway lends to their nickname, “the ships of the desert.” As the sun retires, we’ll experience a spicy feast before stretching out to sleep in a luxury tent. 

This trip explores the ancient medinas of Fes, Essaouira and Marrakech. The rainbow hues of the famous tanneries are mesmerizing: the pinwheel of red (derived from the poppy flower), orange from henna, and indigo blue, dot the city like a cartoon grid. We’ll meander around the vibrant market where baskets overflow with spices and tapestries of delicate handmade weaving entice.

We’ll hike in the fertile serenity of Ziz valley, through palm and olive trees, Kasbahs and small rural villages. We’ll take part in a sacred henna ceremony and be privy to genuine Moroccan hospitality by sharing a tagine, chicken pastilla and sweet mint tea with a local family.

On this exceptional journey we will visit the cedar forests near Ifrane, home to the only primate found north of the Sahara, the Barbary macaque. We’ll also feel the rush of the dramatic Todra Gorge – a series of cascading limestone ledges that soar up to 400m. We’ll sleep closer to the stars at a magical eco guesthouse in Toubkal National Park. Kasbah du Toubkal, perched on a plateau at 1,800m, is like sleeping in the beating heart of the Atlas Mountains. 

Mosaic of Wild Morocco will let you experience northern Africa’s towers, turrets and tagines on foot, by camel, horseback and bike. This mosaic is not a mirage!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mosaic of Wild Morocco

About the Experience

Morocco’s landscape is a juxtaposition of vast deserts, buzzing ancient cities and the enormous Atlas mountain range. It’s a true mosaic and the culture is felt in the extremes of colour, patterns and Berber villages.

On this 15 day tour, we’ll cut through prolific palm groves in the oasis and ride through the brown sugar dunes of the Sahara Desert. We’ll journey through the fragrant cedar forests in the Middle Atlas mountains, and stand knee-deep in the raw force of the Atlantic Ocean.

We’ll ride camels through the bronzed expanse of the Sahara. Their relaxed footfalls and sway lends to their nickname, “the ships of the desert.” As the sun retires, we’ll experience a spicy feast before stretching out to sleep in a luxury tent. 

This trip explores the ancient medinas of Fes, Essaouira and Marrakech. The rainbow hues of the famous tanneries are mesmerizing: the pinwheel of red (derived from the poppy flower), orange from henna, and indigo blue, dot the city like a cartoon grid. We’ll meander around the vibrant market where baskets overflow with spices and tapestries of delicate handmade weaving entice.

We’ll hike in the fertile serenity of Ziz valley, through palm and olive trees, Kasbahs and small rural villages. We’ll take part in a sacred henna ceremony and be privy to genuine Moroccan hospitality by sharing a tagine, chicken pastilla and sweet mint tea with a local family.

On this exceptional journey we will visit the cedar forests near Ifrane, home to the only primate found north of the Sahara, the Barbary macaque. We’ll also feel the rush of the dramatic Todra Gorge – a series of cascading limestone ledges that soar up to 400m. We’ll sleep closer to the stars at a magical eco guesthouse in Toubkal National Park. Kasbah du Toubkal, perched on a plateau at 1,800m, is like sleeping in the beating heart of the Atlas Mountains. 

Mosaic of Wild Morocco will let you experience northern Africa’s towers, turrets and tagines on foot, by camel, horseback and bike. This mosaic is not a mirage!

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAY ONE: WELCOME TO MOROCCO

Upon arrival at the international airport in Casablanca (CMN), you will be greeted (“As-salamu ‘alaikum” or السلام عليكم is “hello” in Arabic) and transported to your hotel. You will have time to explore a little or grab a catnap until the early afternoon. 

At 2pm, meet your fellow Wild Women and guide at the rendezvous point. We will begin with a tour of the magnificent Hassan II Mosque, the largest in Morocco and fifth largest in the world. On this tour, we will discover the most ambitious project of late King Hassan II. Completed in 1993, it was partially built into the Atlantic and possesses the world’s tallest minaret (210m) and can hold up to 25,000 worshippers inside the mosque hall. It’s also the tallest structure in Morocco. Part of the mosque floor is glass, allowing worshippers to kneel and pray directly over the sea.

Minarets are vantage points from which the resonating calls to prayer are made five times a day. When night falls, lasers shine a hopeful beam from the minaret toward Mecca. This beam ensures that everyone knows the direction of Islam’s holiest city and the direct path to God.

After the mosque tour, there will be a trip debriefing followed by a wholly authentic dinner prepared and hosted by a local family.

Meals Included: Dinner
Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Hotel Idou Anfa
How much further? 40 min (30 km Drive)
Roadmap: Travel from airport to hotel in Casablanca

DAY TWO:  MEKNES AND VOLUBILIS

This morning we will drive to Meknes and take a walk through the historical medina known for its ancient gate, triumphal arches and mosaic tiling. Lunch will be at a local family-owned restaurant and it will be a savoury affair!

In the afternoon we will take a short drive north (40 minutes) to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Volubilis for a guided tour of the fertile plain and Roman ruins (one of the best preserved sites in Morocco). We’ll learn about the partially excavated Berber city, believed to have been home to 20,000 residents whose wealth was linked to local olive production.

The 42-hectare walled city represents ten centuries of occupation, from prehistory to the Islamic period and are documented in elaborate mosaics, marble and bronze statues and hundreds of inscriptions.

After exploring Volubilis, we will drive onward to Fes where we will be staying in a classic riad for the next two nights. Originating from the Arabic term for ‘garden’, a riad is a traditional Moroccan house that is two or more stories high and built around an inner courtyard with a garden and a fountain.

For dinner, we will be treated to a signature Fes dish– the sweet and salty chicken pastilla. The savoury Moroccan skillet pie is filled with shredded chicken and aromatic spices wrapped in crisp layers of pastry.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Palais Amani
How much further? 4 hours driving
Roadmap: Casablanca to Fes via Meknes and Volubilis

DAY THREE: MAGICAL MYSTICAL MEDINA

This morning, we will take a tour of the old medina of Fes. The snaking maze of streets will lead us past working artisans, and what was once one of the world’s great centers of education and culture, both Islamic and Jewish. We will spend the day exploring the old city and Fes’s famous tanneries and ceramic arts studio. The stunning architecture of Medressa el Attarine and Fondouk Nejjarine stops everyone in their tracks. We’ll also see the oldest university in the world (recognized by UNESCO), founded by a Moroccan Muslim woman, Fatima al-Fihria. Entrance to the university is only permitted to locals but the property and architecture can easily be appreciated from outside.

Tonight your dinner will be independent. Your guide can provide you with several tempting recommendations in the vicinity of the riad or you can spontaneously follow your nose!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Palais Amani

DAY FOUR: CEDAR FORESTS OF IFRANE

In the morning, we’ll leave the energetic city market scene and head south to the region of Ifrane. Nicknamed “Little Switzerland”, it’s a magnet for skiers. Even the architecture of the Middle Atlas Mountains is alpine-style.

We will visit a local park and go for a 1-2 hour walk under the canopy of the renowned cedar forests of Ifrane. More than 200 species of birds are found in this area but it’s the Barbary macaques that get all the attention. They are the only macaque species found outside of Asia and the only primate species found north of the Sahara. The macaques are abundant here (Ifrane has the world’s largest population) and they like to travel in troops of 10 to 30 individuals.

We’ll head back to our hotel near the town of Azrou for an authentic dinner and a serene night in the countryside.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Palais de Cerisiers in Azrou
How much further? 1.5 hours driving (70 km /43.5 mi)
Roadmap: Fes to Azrou

DAY FIVE: MIDELT AND ERRACHIDIA

Stretch your hamstrings! It will be a four hour drive to the Ziz valley–but a spectacularly scenic one! We’ll cut through fertile valleys, stands of cedar and pine and landscapes that move from barren to rocky. On the way, we’ll stop in the high plains of Midelt. The city is the commercial hub for the large agricultural hinterland. Originally, Midelt was built as a base for active mining in the area but it has now transformed into a thriving pastoral area surrounded by orchards. We’ll continue to Errachidia, once called Ksar Essouk, the capital of the Ziz Valley and one of Morocco’s largest date production areas. Yes, it’s date night!

We’ll check into our hotel in Zaouit Amelkis. The elegant traditional guest house has a superb view of the red rock formations, a palmeraie (palm forest) and river. There will be free time to absorb the stellar views and chill out before gathering for dinner.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Maison d’Hotes Sahara
How much further? 4.5 hours driving (~275 km / 170.88 mi)
Roadmap: Azrou to Zaouit Amelkis (Ziz Valley)

DAY SIX: EXPLORING ZIZ VALLEY

After breakfast, we’ll meet our local guide and explore the rich palmeraie that is the Ziz Valley on foot. We will also tour the ancient ksar (fortified village) of Zaouiet Amelkis. We’ll cross several fields and learn the secrets behind growing dates, grains, legumes and olives by using traditional irrigation systems. We may also have the opportunity to help collect herbs, feed the animals, or even milk a cow!

Afterwards, we will visit a local Berber family to have a traditional cup of tea, lunch and experience family life in the valley.

The rest of the day will be at your leisure–the gardens at the hotel are designed for relaxation and reflection. Order some mint tea and ooze into Ziz and be sure to hang out on the rooftop terrace overlooking the palmeraie!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Maison d’Hotes Sahara

DAY SEVEN: INTO THE SAHARA

We’ll depart the Ziz Valley in the morning and stop in Erfoud, a small town known for its fossils. We’ll also check out Risaani, an area noted for its leather and goat skin trading and a lively souk. Then, we’ll continue on to the golden dunes of Merzouga, situated about 20 kilometres from the Algerian border. Moroccans come to Erg Chebbi for the healing sands believed to relieve rheumatism and other conditions. During the hottest times of the year, locals will be buried up to their necks in the hot sand for a few minutes at a time in a traditional “sand sauna.”

After the dunes in Merzouga, we’ll enjoy a local specialty: Berber pizza. It will blow your traditional pizza-lovin’ mind! Later in the day, when the sun begins to set (around 5pm) and the desert heat begins to lift with nightfall, we’ll be introduced to our doe-eyed camels who will be giving us a lift to our secluded desert camp in the dunes! (Our main luggage will be transported to the dune camp by 4×4.) The camel ride is around one-hour–and there’s a reason why pizza isn’t delivered by camelback!

Here, we’ll enjoy a sweet welcoming tea and settle into our luxury tents (yes, they have private bathrooms!). Later, we’ll enjoy an impressive desert feast, a campfire and live drumming by local musicians. The stars of this show are the constellations above!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Jaimas Madu Sahara tent camp in Merzouga
How much further? 2 hours driving (~95 km / 59 mi)
Roadmap: Zaouiet Amelkis (near Errachidia) to Merzouga

DAY EIGHT: THE TODRA GORGES

After oohing and ahhhing (and yawning) in the face of the peach sherbet Sahara sunrise, we’ll enjoy a truly memorable breakfast. Then, we’ll depart the Sahara and drive towards the Todra Gorges, a series of carved limestone canyons (or “wadi”) on the east side of the High Atlas Mountains. Here, the Todra and Dades Rivers have sculpted 400m-high cliff-sided canyons on their final 40km split through the mountains.

We’ll stop here to snap dozens of pics (it’s necessary) and then continue to Skoura, one of the few palm groves that are still inhabited and cultivated in Morocco. This will be our remote oasis for the next two nights.

Sawadi Ecolodge is a traditional kasbah located on a verdant four hectare palm grove sandwiched between the desert and Atlas Mountains. The hotel’s tempting menu can be traced directly to the on-site organic farm and surrounding orchards–the jams and juices are squeezed just steps away! Meet the goats, donkeys, cows, lambs and rabbits that live on the farm too. The ancient architecture, outdoor swimming pool (heated April to November!) and elegant garden of palm, apple, olive and pomegranate trees make for a gorgeous embrace at day’s end. You’ll see. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Sawadi Ecolodge
How much further? 5-hour drive (~325 km / 201.95 mi)
Roadmap: Merzouga to Skoura via Todra Gorges

DAY NINE: CYCLING THE PALM GROVE

After breakfast, we’ll meet our local guide for a cycling tour of the palm groves of Skoura. This village is home to several privately-owned Kasbahs. Built (or rebuilt) with walls made of mud and straw, the style and quality is diverse. Many have been reinforced with more solid structures and for modern aesthetic. There is an area in the remote south of the country, known as the “route of 1000 Kasbahs.” We expect someone in the group to belt out “Rock the Casbah” by The Clash!

We will also visit the Kasbah Ameridhl–it was once previously featured on the Moroccan 50 dirham note. This Kasbah appeared in the 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia for Peter O’Toole fans. The museum showcases the traditional architecture of the building, local artifacts, tools, an olive press and bread oven. The courtyards, towers, terrace and gallery of ochre arches truly feel like a film set.

We’ll continue our ride through narrow city alleys, along trails and gravel roads. There will be several breaks under the shade of palm trees of the oasis and later, we’ll enjoy a picnic-style lunch.

In the early afternoon, we’ll return to Sawadi Ecolodge in Skoura and have the rest of the day for pure leisure. We highly recommend enjoying the sun’s warmth poolside with a “Berber whiskey.” 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Sawadi Ecolodge
Roadmap: Within the town limits of Skoura

*Don’t forget: Berber whiskey!

 

DAY TEN: THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS

We’ll depart Skoura this morning and make a short stop in Ourzazate, Morocco’s ‘Little Hollywood’. This area has been featured in several films like Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (Ewan McGregor! Kristin Scott Thomas! Emily Blunt!), The Mummy (Brendan Fraser! Rachel Weisz) and scenes from Game of Thrones

We will explore the pulse of the small mountain town of Imlil, where our accommodation for the night is located. Alpinists with titanium quads set off from here for the 5-hour climb to snow-capped Jebel Toubkal (4,167m), the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco and North Africa. 

Upon arrival in High Atlas, our luggage will be transported by mule and we’ll have the opportunity to stretch our legs after the long drive (6 hours) on a short, uphill walk through the peaceful village to our accommodations which are only accessible only by foot or mule hooves.

Tonight we will have a pampered stay at Kasbah Toubkal, an eco-guesthouse that has been sustainably designed. The local community was involved throughout the process and 5% of each booking is contributed to Education for All, an organization founded by the owner of the Kasbah that supports rural Moroccan girls and their continuing education.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Kasbah du Toubkal in Imlil
How much further? 6 hours drive (~300 km / 186.41 mi)
Roadmap: Skoura to Imlil

 

DAY ELEVEN: CHOOSE OUR OWN ADVENTURE

Today, rise and greet the mighty mountains from your uninterrupted Kasbah view. After breakfast, we’ll strike off on a moderate mountain hike (expect some elevation gain!) or spend the day exploring the village of Imlil. As a group we can decide which direction we’d like to go! Imlil is the nerve centre for hikers eager to bag North Africa’s tallest mountain–Jebel Toubkal. Here, the roads twist and offer a sylvan site: walnut trees, a snaking river and tiny Berber villages.

For foodies, Imlil is revered for its barbecued goat and lamb ribs. Depending on the time of year we visit, there will be a bounty of cherries in June and walnuts in the fall (September/October).

When we return to our Kasbah, spent muscles can be soothed by taking advantage of the on-site hammam (steam bath) with your fellow Wild Women.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Kasbah du Toubkal in Imlil
How much further? 12 km / 7.46 mi (round trip)
Elevation + Heartbeat Gain: 400 m gain (400 m loss return)
Pace bunny: Moderate hiking (3 km/hour)

DAY TWELVE: THE OCEAN BECKONS

Today we will depart the shadows of the Atlas Mountains and drive four hours to the chill coastal town of Essaouira. This Atlantic seaside town was once home to a large British and Jewish population. The vibrant art hub vibrates and continues to be a hub for Moroccan and international contemporary artists seeking a muse.

Essaouira is also a major fishing port and we’ll be able to indulge in the day’s freshest catch! After checking into our hotel, we’ll meet our local guide  who will lead us to a divine seafood market lunch.

A guided tour of the late 18th-century fortified town will follow. The major international trading seaport has long-linked Morocco and the Sahara hinterland to Europe and the world. The signature “Alizée” trade winds make Essaouira’s crescent beach nirvana for surfers, kitesurfers and windsurfers. 

Dinner is independent today and you’ll find everything you didn’t even know you were craving–from handmade tagliatelle to pumpkin tagine veggie burgs to lobster.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Hotel Cote Ocean Mogador
How much further? 4 hours drive (~ 235 km / 146 mi)
Roadmap: Imlil to Essaouira

DAY THIRTEEN: HORSEBACK RIDING ON THE BEACH

After breakfast, we will have the option to ride horses along the windswept beaches of Essaouira. This powerful experience will allow us to embrace the early morning calm of the coast and recharge our energy in the spiritual moment. You will be riding English style. *An alternative activity will be offered to those who do not wish to go riding.

Afterwards, we will have the option to experience an authentic Moroccan hammam. It’s an essential Moroccan experience– hammams are deeply rooted in everyday communal life and involve an intense steam bath and invigorating massage and scrub. This activity is offered at an additional cost (around 150dh or $17US). The investment is priceless!

The rest of the day will be at your leisure. You can return to the beach, poke around the art galleries and shops of Essaouira or find a sunny spot to savour some Arabian date cookies or moist Moroccan orange cake with an espresso.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Hotel Cote Ocean Mogador

Today’s zen moment: A hammam!

DAY FOURTEEN: ANCIENT CITY OF MARRAKECH

Today we will drive three hours to Marrakech, an ancient city with a small touch of European modernity. We’ll have a nourishing lunch upon arrival and after checking into our riad, meet our local guide for an orientation walk around the medina of Marrakech. Yes, the famous Jemaa El Fna! 

We will also visit the Jewish quarter of the medina of Marrakech and will share an authentic Moroccan dinner with a local family. Your host will serve irresistible Moroccan salads and fresh, home-baked bread while we await the main course. Dishes will vary depending on the season and availability–the menu might include lamb with prunes and almonds or couscous with tender roasted Moroccan chicken. Vegetarian options will be available too!

The Marrakech experience is not over–this pinnacle moment is an intimate exchange of tradition, talent and ceremony. A Hennaya, or Henna tattoo artist (one of the oldest professions of Moroccan women), will design an intricate Henna tattoo on your hands or feet. We’ll learn about the origins of the henna, the henna plant and the symbolism.

Tonight we will stay at a riad in Marrakech and admire the artwork of our Hennaya, wishing that both the henna and our time in Morocco was going to last longer!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Riad Al Jazira
How much further? 3-hour drive (~190 km / 118.06 mi)
Roadmap: Essaouira to Marrakech

DAY FIFTEEN: FAREWELL MOROCCO

This morning we will close our transformative trip with one final community experience. We’ll be introduced to the subtle secrets of Moroccan cuisine under the expertise of Dadas (chef). It would be unfair to return home without a recipe up our sleeve to transport us back to north Africa! We might be instructed in preparing a tagine, couscous or Moroccan bread–regardless, everyone will want seconds! For quality control, of course.

Share some laughs with your crew of Wild Women and enjoy a reflective farewell Moroccan meal together.

You can return to your riad if you have opted to stay an additional night in Marrakech, otherwise, a transfer (30 minutes) will be provided to the Marrakech airport for flights scheduled for later in the day.

Say ma’aasalaama” (“goodbye” in Arabic) to your companions until next time…and what a time it was. You rocked the casbah!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
How much further: 30-minute drive to the airport

 

 

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DAY ONE: HEADING NORTH

You will be met by your driver at your pre-trip hotel in Casablanca at 9 AM. The drive to Chefchaouen or the famed ‘Blue City’, located in the humming centre of the Rif Mountain’s agricultural region is about five hours, possible a bit longer, depending on rest stops along the way. Upon arrival, you will be directed to your hotel in the pounding heart of the medina (old quarter) and will have the rest of the day to immerse yourself in the otherworldly blue palette.

Each year the terracotta-tiled houses are washed with yet another coat of paint. The stories surrounding the favoured blue paint chip vary depending on who you ask. Jewish refugees from Europe possibly painted everything blue to symbolize heaven. Others claim that it’s a mosquito repellant!

This afternoon will be independent. Linger over tea in the central square or grab a fresh fruit shake. Shop for a take-home bronze teapot. Wander around the maze-like streets where artisans will encourage you to admire hand-woven rugs and pottery. For dinner, there are several nearby rooftop or terrace restaurants–the area is perfumed with spices. Cardamom, turmeric, clove, cumin–most of these will be found in your dish! Find a people-watching spot to take in the rhythm of the city while enjoying a tagine or couscous dish by lantern or candlelight.

 

Meals Included: None

Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Dar Mournir or similar

 

DAY TWO: EXPLORING THE BLUE CITY

In the morning, meet your local guide for a guided walking tour of the true blue city. On this tour, you will learn about the local casbahs, mosques, weaving workshops and local history. The walk will follow a trail that leads to a magnificent panorama of the town. You’ll wonder where the sky begins and ends!

You’ll have the entire afternoon to explore the town on your own and when evening comes, your guide will escort you to a local families’ home where you will enjoy a delicious traditional home-cooked meal while getting to know your hosts.

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Tonight’s Sweet Sleep: Dar Mournir or simillar

 

DAY THREE: RETURN TO CASABLANCA

This morning, a shuttle will take you back to Casablanca (5 hours) where you will join your main tour group and begin your Wild Women Expeditions Mosaic of Wild Morocco adventure!

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

 

Additional Details


  • February 13 – 15, 2023
  • March 6 – 8, 2023
  • April 24 – 26, 2023
  • September 11 – 13, 2023
  • October 2 – 4, 2023
  • October 23 – 25, 2023

Pricing for the 2023 Morocco Extension to Chefchaouen starts from: USD$895. Private upgrades are from USD$295 and subject to availability.

Arrival into CasablancaDue to the early departure from Casablanca on Day 1 of the extension at 9 AM, you will need to arrive the day before.Please note that the pre-trip hotel in Casablanca is not included and must be booked independently. Please see ‘Recommended Pre-Trip Accommodations’ below.An airport transfer from the Mohammed V International Airport (CMN) to your pre-trip hotel will be provided. Contact support@wildwomenexpeditions.com to arrange this or include the flight and hotel information in your Travel Details Form. Your pick-up will be based on your arrival details provided in the form.Your driver will be outside the airport with a Wild Women Expeditions signGroup Rendezvous Point Day 1


If you will be arriving early we recommend you stay at Idou Anfa Hotel the night before the tour (the same hotel where you will meet the group). You may contact our Travel Edge Travel Specialists to request a booking, or make arrangements independently and directly with the hotel or a hotel booking website.

DeparturesYou will return to Casablanca on the last day of your Chefchaouen pre-trip extension and dropped off at the first night hotel, Idou Anfo, where you will meet the group to begin the main tour, Mosaic of Wild Morocco.

  • Rooming Arrangements

Our trip prices are based on a twin share (minimum of two people per room), so we’ll team you up with another solo wild woman to share with if you’re on your own, or of course, you can share with your travel partner.

A private upgrade can be requested, pending availability. To request for this upgrade, please contact support@wildwomenexpeditions.com

  • Internet / WiFi / Cell Coverage

There should be WiFi available at your hotel in Chefchaouen.

  • Luggage Notes

Because you are staying in the Medina, which is a pedestrian area, you may need to carry your luggage a short distance from where the van will drop you off.

  • Laundry

Laundry facilities will not be available during this trip extension.

  • Overnight Arrangements

Hotel Dar Mounir, or similar

Located within the Chefchaouen medina, this riad will charm you with its traditional Moroccan style and decor.

Note: This hotel may be subject to change.

 

 




Wild Women Expeditions and our local partners intend to adhere to the described itinerary. This is only a general guide to follow on your tour of the region. Our itineraries are subject to change, as we cannot predict the weather or other environmental conditions. We are continually striving to make improvements to all our trips based on feedback from Wild Women members, guides, partners, and other research. We reserve the right to alter itineraries based on the above at any time.

Arrival into CasablancaFlights should be booked to the Mohammed V International Airport (CMN) in Casablanca, Morocco and arrival on Day 1 should be by 12:00 noon.Note: A 2-night pre-trip extension to Chefchaouen can be arranged but must be requested in advance and is subject to availability. Check the Trip Extension section for more details.An airport transfer from CMN to the first night hotel is included in the trip price. Your driver will be outside the airport waiting. Look for the Wild Women Expeditions sign.

Important: Your pickup time at CMN will be based on the flight arrival details that you provide in the Travel Details Form closer to trip departure.

Please ensure you clearly outline your flight itinerary as follows:

Carrier & Flight #

Depart from [Departure Airport Code] + date & time

Arrive at CMN + date & time

Group Rendezvous Point Day 1


If you will be arriving early we recommend you stay at our arrival Idou Anfa Hotel. You may contact our Travel Edge Travel Specialists to request a booking, or make arrangements independently and directly with the hotel or a hotel booking website.

Departure from MarrakechIf you are going home on the last scheduled day of the tour, plan for late afternoon or early evening flights from Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK).Drop-Off Point:Depending on your travel plans after our trip, you will have two options for drop off:

1. If you are staying in Marrakech

  • Day 15
  • Time: After 2 PM
  • Location: Riad Al Jazira (if staying extra nights here).

2. If you are departing Marrakech


If you are extending your stay in Marrakech, we recommend staying at Riad Al Jazira, the last night hotel on Day 14. Please contact wildwomen@traveledge.com to request your post-trip hotel room at the Riad Al Jazira or make arrangements independently, directly with the hotel and through a hotel booking website.

You are responsible for booking your own flights or other transport arrangements to the trip start location. These arrangements and any other independent arrangements that you may make are not a part of the trip booked with Wild Women Expeditions and are entirely at your own risk. Wild Women Expeditions accepts no responsibility, directly or indirectly, for any loss, damage or injury to property or person in connection with such arrangements. Should you require assistance with your travel arrangements, please contact:Megan and Zale | ****Travel Edge Travel SpecialistEmail: wildwomen@traveledge.comNote: Travel Edge only provides services of 3-star quality or greater. For budget alternatives, please refer to the Lonely Planet guide for your destination.

Important: For international and remote destinations, there is always the risk of flight delays, baggage delays and flight schedule changes which may cause late arrivals, which may, in return, result in you missing the group tour departure. For these reasons, we encourage you to consider arriving a day early, which will also help you overcome any jet lag from traveling!


You are fully responsible for your own visa requirements, permits, and certificates for your trip. It is the sole prerogative of each country or region to determine who is allowed to enter. It is your responsibility to check with the country’s Consulate and your country’s travel website such as Canada’s for up-to-date information about traveling internationally.

  • Passport

Most countries and airlines recommend passports be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected return to your home country. Before you leave, ask your transportation company about its requirements related to passport validity, which may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.

Every non-Moroccan visitor to Morocco requires a current passport, valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry and with a minimum of two blank pages. All visitors are given a 90-day entry upon arrival.

Important: A copy of your passport must be emailed to the Wild Women Expeditions office by 130-days pre-trip.

  • Visa

Most visitors to Morocco don’t need a visa, including citizens from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union, including Ireland.

Note: As fees and policies can change, we highly recommend that you contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent.


While tipping isn’t mandatory in Morocco, tips are very welcomed and has become a regular practice showing your appreciation for good service. Rounding up the bill and leaving spare change at restaurants and cafes is generally standard practice. For the rest, tipping 10% is common and you should consider tipping your driver and tour leader if you are happy with their service (~50MAD or $5USD per day is typical).Your tour leader may help organize a ‘tipping kitty’ where she can help manage the tips and then one person in the group may volunteer to present a tip on behalf of the group. This total amount will differ depending on how many people are on the tour but it’s usually about 500 MAD pp. The kitty will include gratuities for local guides, tea with local families, some restaurants, etc.

Your trip will include 14 nights local accommodations at hotels, riads, guesthouses and a luxury dune camp in the Sahara.

  • Rooming Arrangements

Our trip prices are based on a twin share (minimum of two people per room), so we’ll team you up with another solo wild woman to share with if you’re on your own, or of course, you can share with your travel partner. You can list your roommate preference on the registration form.

  • Private Upgrade

A private upgrade can be requested, pending availability. To request for this upgrade, please contact support@wildwomenexpeditions.com.

  • Bathrooms

All accommodations have ensuite bathrooms.

  • Internet / WiFi / Cell Coverage

Most accommodations will have WiFi (sometimes not always fully reliable), with the exception of the dune camp in the Sahara.

It is not necessary to have your cell phone with you on this trip, but if you bring it, remember to turn off both ‘data roaming’ and ‘location services’ and that should help not build up high charges when abroad. If you want to use it for calls, check with your provider regarding roaming fees for calls, texting and, internet usage fees and ask about options for cheaper rates. If not using it for calls, a cell phone could be handy as a camera or for the internet connection when there’s WiFi.

If your mobile phone is unlocked, another easy and inexpensive option would be to purchase a local SIM card, which can be purchased upon arrival at the airport. Maroc Telecom, Inwi or Orange are common carriers. In 2019, 100 texts and 100 local minutes could be purchased for 100MAD or ~€10.

There may not be cellular coverage or WiFi available in some of the more remote or rural areas you will be visiting in Morocco.

  • Potable Water

Water in Morocco is not considered potable for visitors. When on the road, tour leaders suggest the purchase of larger (5L) water bottles to refill your personal re-useable water bottle. Potable water is provided at all accommodations.</>

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  • Hotel Idou Anfa, Casablanca

Located in the heart of the business district, this 4-star hotel welcomes you in a very friendly atmosphere. It offers personalized service and high standard facilities.

The hotel enjoys a prime location close to the city center. Some rooms offer panoramic views of the ocean and the Hassan II Mosque.

Idou Anfa Hotel & Spa has a gym and a spa which offers a sauna, a hammam and various facial and body treatments.

  • Palais Amani

This opulent eighteen bedroom riad provides excellent hospitality, spacious accommodation and refined dining. Relax in the living room by the fireplace, in the courtyard gardens or on the rooftop bar with views of the city and countryside.

  • Palais de Cerisiers, Azrou

A charming guest house nestled in the heart of the Middle Atlas, just 15 minutes from the largest cedar forest in Morocco, in a beautiful region of lakes, rivers and green valleys.

  • Maison d’Hotes Sahara, near Errachidia

Nestled adjacent to a Palmeraie (palm forest) in the small farming community of Zaouit Amelkis, this serene setting is 5 KM from the main road. With only a small number of rooms, the property offers quiet, solitude, and privacy. Elegantly-appointed accommodations are spacious and beautifully furnished with traditional furnishings and decor. All rooms have lovely, lofty views and a private bath.

  • Jaimas Madu, Erg Chebbi Dunes

This luxury camp in the Sahara dunes has 8 typical Berber tents all with en-suite bathroom with hot water, a separate tent which is the restaurant and a lovely corner covered with Moroccan carpets where you can relax and admire the milky way. After dinner you will be able to enjoy time around a campfire under the stars.

  • Kasbah Sawadi Ecolodge, Skoura
  • This Eco-friendly riad is located in the oasis of Skoura, on a 4-hectare farm. Set between the desert and the Atlas Mountains, it offers air-conditioned rooms, a sea water outdoor pool and a hammam.Guest rooms at the Sawadi are colourful and feature a traditional Moroccan décor. Each has an en suite bathroom with a shower, separate toilet and mosaic tiling. Rooms offer a view of the Atlas Mountains or the riad’s gardens.The restaurant offers Moroccan food made with organic products from the farm and orchards surrounding the riad.Guests can also learn about the riad’s farm, which includes donkeys, rabbits, lambs, goats, cows and chickens.
  • Kasbah Toubkal, Imlil
  • Simple and comfortable rooms designed in genuine Berber style that offer an authentic feel. This sustainably designed eco-friendly Kasbah offers beautiful mountain and valley views, an ideal location for your stay in the High Atlas Mountains.This highly acclaimed Kasbah, which was recently awarded a green globe for sustainable tourism, was renovated using local resources and craftsmen, and is fully staffed by members of the local population.To help in their quest to preserve the environment, support the local populations and specific NGOs such as Education for All, a charity that enables young girls from local villages to pursue their education by providing scholarships and boarding houses, they add a 5% fee to the final invoice to help fund their Village Association programme.
  • Hotel Cote Ocean Mogador
  • Located directly across the road from the beaches of Essaouira and within easy walking distance to the Medina, this hotel offers bright cheery rooms, some with ocean view, all with modern amenities.
  • Riad Al Jizera
  • White and uncluttered, this 18-room riad seduces with the harmony of its proportions (the house dates from the 17th century) and its intimate character punctuated by numerous spaces: lounges, one of which has a fireplace very popular in winter, patios and , crowning it all, a huge terrace to enjoy the Marrakech sun in peace.


Its location at the intersection of Europe and Africa make Morocco a real crossroads bordered by the waters of the Mediterranean and open to the vast stretches of the Atlantic Ocean. This “farthest land of the setting sun” is rich in contrasts, a destination that beckons you to discover two millennia of history.Here where influences converge, you will find vestiges of the great Mediterranean civilizations, such as the Roman ruins in the north and architectural works attesting to the old French presence. Your curiosity will be piqued by the treasures of Muslim civilizations scattered throughout the rest of the country, including the Kasbahs, the green expanses of gardens and many other examples of the myriad dynasties that succeeded one another.The landscapes themselves are magnificent. Morocco features both sea and mountain and is home to the full range of Mediterranean climates, which surrender to the sands of the Sahara. The country serves up marvellous vistas that you will enjoy soaking in and discovering for yourself. With its mix of diverse, captivating panoramas and a rich kaleidoscope of culture, Morocco is an unbeatable destination.

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The most common animals that will be seen in Morocco are domestic: donkeys, mules, camels, dogs, cats and goats (sheep and cattle in some areas).If you are trekking or hiking in Morocco, you should be aware that there are potentially hazardous creatures living in the area including snakes, scorpions and palm rats that can all deliver nasty and dangerous bites. Luckily, being bitten is a rare occurrence and most travelers will never even see these animals and your guides will explain ways to ensure encounters are avoided.Morocco is considered to be a non-malaria region and inoculations are generally not required. Please check with your local travel clinic for up to date information.Bugs are more annoying than dangerous, but look out for sandflies on the beaches and in the dunes, and mosquitoes. All bites are at risk of infection, so it’s better to avoid them in the first place, with a DEET-based repellent.


Morocco is a desert country and you may experience highly fluctuating weather.November to March is the period of winter and Morocco can be chilly, especially in the mountains and near the desert, and almost always at night. Sometimes even in the hotter months out in the desert it can get cold at night.Temperatures begin warming up in February and March marks the beginning of springtime in Morocco. Spring temperatures in Morocco grow warmer during the day, with average daytime temperatures of 20°C to 24°C, depending on the area of the country you visit. Nights are still chilly, though, with nighttime temperatures dropping to 11°C to 14°C degrees. By April, average temperatures are rising a bit more during the day, but again, expect the fluctuations between day and night.May to September is the summer period and the heat reaches most locations. People that are not used to heat may find it uncomfortable.

In October, you’ll find the weather still warm, but average temperatures will begin to lower during the day and night during the fall season. Again, best to be prepared for the possibility of rain, as well as fluctuating temperatures.

The weather can vary a lot from one region to another. While conditions along the coast are usually warm and pleasant, with plenty of sun and little rain, if traveling around the country it is good to be prepared for rain.

If traveling in the Atlas or Rif Mountains in late winter and spring, it is still possible to run into snow. A visit to the Sahara desert may surprise you with the extreme difference in daytime and nighttime temperatures. If visiting the desert overnight, be sure to bring extra layers, even though days can be quite hot.

Wearing layers is the best way to work with and adapt to the Moroccan climate.


Wild Women Expeditions recommends that each participant should bring enough cash in local currency or available credit/debit funds to cover their meals during travel to and from their destination. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, meals not included in the trip package, shopping, etc., and we also suggest you have access to emergency funds.

  • Cash

Once you arrive in Morocco, you can exchange or withdraw the Moroccan Dirham (DH or MAD) which is the local currency. It is recommended to do this immediately upon arrival at the airport using your credit card or cash (USD, CAD, Euro).

  • Currency Exchange Offices & Banks

The Moroccan currency is not convertible outside Morocco, so it is best to withdraw only what is needed once in Morocco. Exchange your cash (CAD, USD) or use your credit card, when you arrive at the airport bank exchange or use local bank ATM’s and currency exchanges in the cities and medinas as you travel.

Please check online for current exchange rates. Wild Women Expeditions likes XE Currency Converter

We highly suggest you read this article: Where to Exchange Currency Without Paying Huge Fees for more information about this for your trip.

  • Automated Teller Machine (ATM)

Banks and ATMs are available almost everywhere on the tour except in some rural locations. The tour leaders will advise when this is the case so our guests can withdraw or exchange in advance.

  • Credit Cards

Major credit cards are accepted by most large shops, hotels and restaurants, although smaller vendors and market stalls often only accept cash.

  • Taxes

There are no taxes paid on the top of any service on the tour. Very few restaurants charge tax or service on the top and based on the itinerary, this will not happen very often, if at all.


Please be sure to provide complete, accurate, and up-to-date information about your health & fitness level and keep us updated if there are changes. Wild Women Expeditions trips travel to remote areas where limited or no sophisticated medical facilities exist.A medical emergency situation is extremely unlikely; however, should it arise we need to be prepared with the necessary information to help you.Important Note: If you choose not to disclose a condition, infirmity, injury, or ailment herein and are subsequently deemed to be unfit for expedition travel due in whole or in part to such condition, infirmity, injury or ailment, Wild Women Expeditions guides, and partners shall have the right to remove you from the trip with no refund or compensation payable. Any evacuation expenses incurred are payable by the evacuee via their medical travel insurance or personal expense.You don’t have to be a professional athlete to enjoy your Wild Women expedition. Not by a long shot! You’ll be surprised at what you can achieve with our experienced guides at your side and a little camaraderie.

That said, you’ll definitely enjoy yourself far more if you do some preparation so your body is conditioned and ready to enjoy and make the most of the outdoors.

Here are a few ideas to help you get ready:

  • Take every opportunity you can to be active.

You can improve your fitness a lot just by adopting some new habits; take the stairs at work, go for a walk at lunchtime, park your car away from work and walk. Aim for 30 minutes a day and keep a diary so you can look back on it and feel proud. These may sound trivial but they’re all building blocks!

  • Rev up your ticker!

Think ‘interval training’, which means doing short bursts of high-intensity work with recovery time in between. Depending on how fit you are this can mean strolling with bursts of power walking, or jogging with sprints. Either way, the aim is to get your heart rate up.

  • Join a local walking or running group.

This is a great way to get fit and you’ll also see new places, meet great people… and make them all jealous when they find out what you’re about to go on your travels.

  • Hill training.

The most spectacular views aren’t from the bottom of a valley – so the places we go on our trips aren’t flat. A little time training on hills and stairs is an investment that’ll pay off big-time when you’re on your trip. When it comes to hills there’s no hurry – get into a slow steady rhythm and you’ll be at the top before you know it.

  • Warm up, cool down and stretch.

If you’re doing a workout then make sure you start and finish gently and stretch any tight muscles – this will help you avoid any aches, pains and pulled muscles. If you’re a member of a gym try some yoga, tai chi or pilates classes to build up your flexibility, stability and balance.

  • Practice ‘backpacking’.

Grab your backpack (or borrow one) and head for the hills! If you’re bringing your own backpack, practice adjusting the various straps so you know how it feels in different positions. We aren’t multi-day hiking every day, but you’ll be carrying a day pack almost everyday, so it’s well worth a bit of practice. Backpacks sit differently and so change your centre of balance when it’s full of gear so make sure you put a few pounds of weight in it in training.

  • Break in your hiking shoes.

Blisters and sore feet are no fun at all! So make sure that while you’re getting yourself ready you’re doing the same for your shoes. Start by just wearing them around the house, then down the road, and walking the dog. Then ideally do a couple of decent length weekend hikes to prepare them for what is to come.

  • Hydration.

When you suddenly ask your body to walk or be active, it needs a bit more fuel than it needs when, say, sitting at a desk all day! The main thing your body needs is water, so stay hydrated and practice sipping water often. Getting a water bottle or hydration bladder is a great way to make sure you have it on hand at all times. Make a habit out of taking a bottle of water with you wherever you go.

  • Nutrition.

Eating little and often will keep your body well fuelled for outdoor exercise, especially food like nuts, dried fruit and bread. The odd bit of chocolate and a few boiled lollies are good for keeping your blood sugar levels up while you’re hiking as well!

  • Have fun!

The most important point of all! You are about to embark on the trip of a lifetime. You’re going to meet some amazing people, see some wonderful places and create memories that will stay with you for life. The more prepared you are to tackle the various challenges, the more fun you will have. Also, with all the endorphins you create from all this training, you’ll be smiling from ear to ear! It’s a great way to boost your happy vibes.


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