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Morocco Travel

7 Steps to Planning your Trip

Sometimes, the ability to create your own bespoke holiday can be over-whelming with all the different options available, especially if you are coming as a group.

We have put together the following guide to help you in planning your travel to Morocco, but if you just want to talk it through with someone, give us a call or let us call you. We are here to help, talking about Morocco is our favourite thing.

  1. Choose the time of year you would like to visit Morocco
  2. Think about which activities or interests you have for the trip and how you want to travel. If you are a group, this may be wide-ranging but differences can always be accommodated with the diverse choice of opportunities
  3. What type of accommodation would you like, or maybe a mixture of experiences; camping under the stars, a beautiful boutique Riad or maybe a place with a pool near the coast?
  4. Who is coming? How many people are in your group and what ages?
  5. Which areas are you inspired to visit?
  6. And overall, what would you like the feel of your time in Morocco to be? Total relaxation, cultural absorption, absolute adventure or a mixture?
  7. With all this information, give us a call or let us call you to talk about your trip and start to put some ideas together
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Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for at least 3 months following your stay in Morocco but we suggest having 6 months remaining on your passport as a precaution. If you are unsure about this timing, please contact us.

Morocco Facts

Area

710,000 square kilometres

Population

Approx. 33 million

Capital

Rabat

Language

Arabic is the official language and Berber will be heard most, along with French. English is also spoken in many places.

Tipping

Tip at your own discretion. Tips can vary but on average around £5-£10 per day is advised.

 Time (+/_ GMT)

Same time zone as UK

Electricity

220 Volts & 50 Cycles – standard 2 circular pins (take adapter as per Europe)

Climate

Early mornings will immediately warm up as soon as the sun rises and the days will be warm and hot depending on the season. As soon as the sun sets, the temperature drops radically.

Temperature                                   

Month: Jan      Feb     March     Apr     May     June

Max °c   23        25         28        34        36       38

Min °c      2          3           7          8          8         9

Month: July     Aug     Sept       Oct      Nov      Dec

Max °c   38       42         40         38        35        30

Min °c    10         9           8           6          5           3

We recommend:

  • Have ready access to enough funds for your stay and your return. Bank transfers can take up to six weeks and if you miss your return flight you may need to buy another ticket.
  • Do take care of your belongings at all times. Carry your passport with you in your day bag as sometimes this may be asked for, take a photocopy of it and keep it somewhere safe in your bag; avoid carrying too much cash.
  • Minimise hassle; women will attract attention; dress modestly and avoid wearing short skirts and low-necked strappy tops (this includes the desert).
  • Do be aware that although shopping is a great experience it can involve a lot of haggling!
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Clothing & Items to Bring

  • Comfortable clothes for relaxing and walking
  • Walking shoes & Flip Flops/Walking Sandals
  • Long, cool cotton clothes to cover you for the evenings
  • A fleece if travelling in the cooler months for the evenings
  • Sun cream & a hat
  • Swimming Costume
  • A Head Torch can be useful!
  • A Camera
  • Small Day Rucksack
  • Emergency phone numbers and any important medical information
  • A photocopy of your Passport
  • Dioralyte – take at the first sign of dehydration
  • Chargers & Plug Adaptors

Your Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel on the morning of the Tour by a Moroccan Journeys driver in a private 4×4 at 8:30 am unless otherwise informed.  Where access to cars is limited, your driver will contact the hotel to arrange for them to bring you to a convenient place.  If you have any difficulties before the Tour and have not arrived at your pick up point, please call us on one of the numbers below.  We will contact you prior to the Tour if there are any changes to the pick up time and we ask you to try to be prompt to ensure you get the most out of your journey.  You can ask your driver for any information you need and about the local area.  He will fully escort you to your accommodation and discuss areas to visit en route.

Entry Requirements

British & European nationals do not need a visa to enter Morocco for the purpose of tourism for up to 3 months. When entering the country, make sure your passport is stamped. Some tourists have experienced difficulties leaving the country because their passport bears no entry stamp.

 

 

 

Telephone

The international direct dialling code for Morocco is +212. Please check with your mobile phone provider if you are able to have coverage in Morocco.

Photography

Please bring batteries with you.  There is electricity at the camp for re-charging.

Currency regulations

The national currency is the Dirham, which is divided into 100 centimes. For up to date currency exchange, go to www.xe.com. You are able to get MAD at the airport when you arrive or when you are in Marrakech.

Alcohol                                  

Some hotels in Morocco do not serve alcohol, so if you would like a drink with your meal please let us know.  The Desert Camp is also unable to serve alcohol but it is possible to buy this en route.

Passport/Visa

You must hold a full ten-year passport with at least six months to run from the end of your trip. Airlines may choose not to carry passengers holding passports with less than 6 month’s validity. Non UK passport holders should consult their nearest Moroccan embassy regarding visa requirements.

Gifts and souvenirs

For centuries, Moroccan crafts have been world-famous for their variety and quality. The best thing to remember is that hard bargaining is essential!

Vaccination and health

Please consult your GP regarding vaccinations.  Most people who travel to Morocco do not take additional vaccinations but advice varies.  This is entirely your choice. Malaria is not normally present in Morocco, however you should ensure good bite avoidance by covering up with clothing such as long sleeves and long trousers especially after sunset and using insect repellents on exposed skin.

Hospitals/pharmacies

Hospitals exist in all major cities and pharmacies can be found in smaller towns.

Water

Water is not safe to drink from the tap, rivers or creeks. Water will be provided for you whilst you are on the trip. Make sure you ask for ‘mineral’ water.

Geography

One of Africa’s most geographically diverse and spectacularly beautiful countries, Morocco is divided by four distinct mountain ranges: The Rif, Middle Atlas, High Atlas and Anti Atlas. In the South there is the vast Sahara Desert.

Culture/Customs

A fascinating mixture of Arab, African, Islamic, Berber and European cultures, customs and beliefs.

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