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“see the real morroco”

4X4 Camel - Private Day Tours
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This is a full day outside the chaos of Marrakech to discover Moroccan and Berber culture. After a 9am pickup from your hotel we head up towards the mighty Atlas Mountains taking scenery roads. First stop is the local weekly farmers market, described as a colorful and lively experience where besides the usual fruits, veggies and meat stalls you also have the hairdresser, dentist, chiropractor. If you fancy a camel ride we can stop at a trusted place where after the ride we share a mint tea under a Berber tent. Then in the next valley we visit the women organ oil cooperative to discover how this special nut from Morocco is processed. The cooperative also provide living wages for single women.Then we carry on driving on various mountains roads,stopping whenever you want and having the chance to distribute school furniture or small items of clothing to local children. Lunchtime is spent at a Berber family house for an organic lunch often voted as the best one from the holidays .
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed 23 April 2012

Adil collected us at the arranged time and we went to the Berber markets first and then to the argan oil collaborative. Then up into the Atlas mountains and a traditional lunch ( which was one of the best meal we had all holiday) in a villagers house. Great value and Adil is passionate about the social aspects of bringing people to the mountains and likes to ensure that isolated villages have a fair share of the tourism which i think is admirable. You do see some sad situations e.g a young boy who had lost his sight recently following a fall but Adil really seems to care about the welfare and impact of his business on the traditional way of life and is very respectful of this. Although Adil asks that you take jumpers and pencils the children wanted sweets and footballs! i would take these if i went again. I know some websites say this is not advisable but in reality they dont get sweets every day and Adil does ensure that they are given sparingly. My advice would be to take some clothes for young children i.e. under 12 years old and also some sweets and toys if you can find room in your cases. Just be careful at the oil cooperative as they wrapped my item in sticky tape and when i got home it wasnt the item i had wanted but this could have genuinely been my mistake.

Thank ClareBSheffield_UK
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Reviewed 19 April 2012

Adil continues to provide excellent service, from his prompt response to emails, timely pick up from the riad( even though we had changed riads after the initial booking!) Friendly and humorous throughout the 3 days. Driving was excellent as was the itinerary with some great surprises by the way(I won't mention them as it would spoil other people's trips) He was very considerate and there were no added extras if you don't include the sale of fossils by the camel guides at the end of the dune trip.If you book with Adil you can be assured of a great trip into the desert and a fantastic experience. One note of caution. We were travelling in April. The desert is not as warm as you think. Take a fleece!

2  Thank Jennings63
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

Adil took our party of 2 couples on a tour of the Atlas Mountains on the 22nd March.

I booked this holiday to Morocco from Hong Kong in just over two weeks so time was ticking when planning our schedule, thankfully responses from Adil were very prompt and luckily for us he was available.

He collected us from our Riad on time at 9am and we spent the day touring around the Atlas Mountains in his very comfortable 4x4 (which you need on some of the roads!). He navigated the roads and traffic extremely well.

Adil spends time listening to what kind of experience you wish to have, he adapts to his clients and works out where to go and what to show you along the way. We have travelled a little bit and were happy to drive around the area rather than take a camel ride or buy some Argan Oil (Adil does NOT push you in any way but these are some things that his customers like to do). We also chose not to have lunch in the berber village but to stop at a restaurant at Lake Lac instead.

However, Adil thought we might like to visit the berber market and he was right, our friend survived a genuine berber lather and shave and we all had the best fresh bbq'd sardine burger we've ever had. He also thought we might like to stop and have tea at his berber friends house and he was right, best mint tea we ever had. We also benefitted from seeing the good he does by bringing tourists into berber homes as the tourist dollars spent here go a long way. It was obvious that the small gratuity we were leaving meant a lot to the comfort of these villagers, I'm not talking a flat screened TV here, I'm talking about a newly bought fridge and a concreted roof!

In addition, Adil opened a large pack of small crayons which he passed to groups of young children along the way. He is something of a pied piper to these kids, they were so excited to receive one small crayon, I'm afraid my children would be exactly the opposite. We all were humbled by this and were happy to witness such selflessness.

Adil stopped at some particularly scenic spots where we took photos; it's beautiful up there.

Upon returning to Marrakech Adil helped me find some good quality tea glasses.

Overall, Adil was the perfect guide.

NB If you plan on booking a trip with Adil and you have some space in your suitcase the berber kiddies will take anything useful you can give, especially old children's clothes or art and craft supplies, please consider it.

Thank devstef
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Reviewed 10 April 2012

Well, what can I say that other reviewers on here haven't already! I am another pleased customer and would 100% recommend Adil and his tours to others.

We chose Adil and his 1 day Atlas mountains tour based on the recommendations on here and we weren't disappointed. The tour was one of the highlights of our holiday to Marrakech.

The meal in the Berber house was something we will never forget - the experience was unique, authentic and so delicious (one of our nicest meals on the holiday).

It was evident that Adil cares about the Berber children, the local people and their community and giving something back to the community.

He has excellent English and explained so much about Morocco and it's culture, allowed us to fill in the gaps for lots of questions we had about what we had seen so far in our holiday.

For around £50 each (for a group of 3), it was fantastic value. Book now and you won't be disappointed.

10  Thank FIrstname S
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Reviewed 17 March 2012

We chose Adil to take us on a excursion to the Atlas Mountains and we were incredibly happy we chose him.
As a private tour guide Adil comes highly recommended. He is personable, speaks great English and has a great sense of humour!
We felt really comfortable in his company and were impressed with his knowledge and stories- he kept us entertained and engaged all day.
We also appreciated Adil's ability to give us space as a group to explore things by ourselves- whilst always making sure that we knew where we were going and felt ok with the plans. We feel we definately benefitted from having a local show us around as he was able to show us local customs and steer us away from tourist traps.
On our day with him we visited a Berber market, continued onto lalla takerkoust and Asni valley then onto an absolutely incredible lunch with a Berber family. Wow!
After filling our bellies with the most delicious meal we had in all our time in Marrakech, we continued on to Ourika Valley and the Argan Oil Co-operative.
This trip was definately one of the highlights of our trip and we would not hesitate to recommend Adil as a fantastic guide for anybody wishing to have a really excellent tour in all respects. Worth every dirham!! :)

3  Thank redness82
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