Desert Odyssey Tour

» Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Uncategorized

Desert Odyssey Tour

 Another fantastic tour through the best of Morocco to the desert.

camel trek to desert campOur journey through Morocco to the Sahara desert starts in the stunning Rif mountains and takes us through some of the most diverse terrain in Africa . An odyssey indeed.

It is always like leaving home when we depart from the pretty blue town of Chefchaouen but the weather favours us with blue skies for our journey through the pine clad peaks and cork oak forests to the Imperial city of Fes where as usual a wonderful welcome awaits us at our Riad. Miriam , Joseph and Mohamed have been waiting expectantly and the tables are laden with fresh fruits , nuts and of course mint tea. The guests are overwhelmed and stunned by the beautiful rooms they are given so in between ooh´s and wow´s we are settled and ready for a whirlwind tour of the city ramparts , kings Palace, Jewish quarter and the potteries for which Fes is famous where we are shown the intricate work involved in Zelige , hand painting on pots and plates as well as Tagines created on the wheel. All before dinner at my favourite hidden garden.Dinner is also a birthday celebration complete with shisha pipe and chocolate mousse cake to finish.

As we enter the ancient Medina today there is a feeling of going back in time….way back. The oldest University in the world founded by a woman, ancient madrasas ( schools of learning) ,bustling artisan souks creating wonderful metalwork, Leather Items, embroidered caftans , exotic sweetmeats, fabulous carved wood for Riads being renovated, spice grinders, Apothecary stores…a feast for the senses and something I never tire of visiting.  A client orders a waistcoat to be copied in leather and is astounded when it is at the Riad before us and perfectly made. I never doubted it for a minute…..We will sleep well .

On our way to the desert today through the Atlas and the ski resort of Ifrane , vast spaces, distant mountain ranges leading to the date palm groves on the edge of the desert. We stop to feed the Barbary apes who are more competent at peeling a mandarin than I am then lunch as well as many photo shoot and tea stops to break up the 8 hour journey. All in a days work.

We are in Rissani…ancient slave trading post and fossil rich town. We visit a fascinating museum where David Attenborough filmed a documentary, are shown how fossils are delicately removed from the rock with dentists and jewelers drills, delicate work.They are shipping to museums world wide. I once had a client who paid thousands for a fossil.He did work for the V&A and was thrilled with his unexpected purchase.

Now on our way to a very unusual museum in a desert Oasis complete with mineral spring .Here we are given an insight into the desert way of life, which tools and implements were and are used. tent weaving and lots more. Some were not keen but converted and loved every minute. Now to my favourite Riad in the middle of a vast expanse of desert with the best spa / Hammam and most comfortable beds…someone wanted to take thiers home but would not fit in the car. They even have a Pianola….they played the theme from the good the bad and the ugly as we departed….trying to tell us something?

Todgha and Dades gorges today. Nature at its most rugged and spectacular. I do not thinkWarming the drums, Mrezouga. anyone bagged their cameras all day .

On to the desert camp…get the drums warmed and the tagine on. Ever seen a super moon set on the Sahara at 4.30.a.m.? I feel blessed to have witnessed it….no words to describe it well.

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