I had a fabulous time with Water by Nature in Morocco on the 11-day kayak school. I came to the trip with a little bit of kayaking experience, although some of the other guests did not and they were fine. I wanted to improve my skills and have a lot of fun doing it and that is exactly what I got. To say the guides were extremely knowledgeable is an understatement, they know their stuff and complemented each other very well. We started on the lake the first few days to practice skills before taking on the Ahansel river. I worked with Steve a lot and he knew exactly when to push me, and when to back off. He was so supportive and encouraging and always positive. He early on recognized my competitive nature and used it to push me into doing things I didn’t think I was capable of.
The camps were awesome. I have been on river trips before in California and the river camps in Morocco are something to write home about. A traditional Berber tent was set up for us to sleep in if we wanted or we could set up our own tent. The Berber tent was beautiful and large. The kitchen and common areas were well kept and comfortable with a fire pit and chairs or hammocks to relax in and the “bathrooms” had the best views. It was really nice to know that after a long day kayaking I was going to have the comforts of a Berber camp and appetizers and a delicious hot meal prepared for me. There was also a bar with wine, beer and spirits at the Berber camps!
One of the highlights was going to a Berber village and having a traditional tajine with the whole group at the home of Mustafa, a local Water by Nature employee. So much of kayak school I was focused on myself and worried about learning to kayak, but that experience reminded me that I was in Morocco! And I really appreciated their immense hospitality and kindness and wonderful culture.
The river was beautiful, the camps were spectacular, and the food was delicious. I have been recommending to all my friends that Water by Nature is a great company and Morocco is an amazing destination. I would do it again in a heartbeat, or maybe try one of their other destinations!
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