I have three weeks in Morocco, 21 Dec to 11 Jan. I plan the first two days in Ville Nouvelle, then a few days photographing Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes, Volubilis and Fez (or maybe in reverse order), then back to Marrakech for the New Year.
That leaves about ten days to go walkabout. I shall be travelling solo, and on public transport.
I would like feedback on the following:
Mt Toubkal is off the list, as I don't have mountain boots, just very good trekking footwear. However, I'd like to get out to Ouarzazate, and from there take some day walking treks out to the Atlas - is that reasonable?
I would also like to explore the Sahara - don't mind a camel or 4x4 ride, but would like to do a day's walking, at least. Is this possible?
I rather fancy getting to both Erb Chebbia and/or Erb Chigaga - if that means spending less time up north then I'm happy to skip C'blanca et al.
My two main interests are photography and trekking, but I don't want to do boutique accommodation (I favour hostels), but realise this means taking sleeping bag if staying out in the desert - that said, I prefer to travel light (so overnights in hostels/hotels are preferable to tents, unless cheap s/bags are an option).
Finally, I don't mind hookin up with other strong walkers to hire a guide for the day - if that is an option? I will look at sourcing a good guide from Ouarzazate, & maybe further south, but would like to hook up with other walkers.
All replies gratefully received, especially from Tim C (whose postings I've enjoyed so far [off topic, there's a BM R850R for sale if you know of buyers!])