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MOROCCO DESERT SAFARI

Price from
US$759
(per person)
Duration
7
Days
Tour Type
Shoestring

HIGHLIGHTS

Djemaa El Fna square in Marrakech, Kasbah Telouet, Ait Benhaddou World Heritage Site, Ouarzazate, Todra Gorge, Erg Chebbi sand dunes at Merzouga, Berber desert camp
COUNTRIES : Morocco

This exciting budget tour gives you a fantastic insight into the history and cultures of the Moroccan desert regions. The tour will take in beautiful scenery, the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert.

The tour starts with a guided tour of Marrachech, including visits to the iconic Djemma El Fna square, Saadien Tombs, Bahia Palace and exterior or the Koutoubia Mosque. Your evenings here are free to revisit the central square which really comes to life after sun down. On leaving Marrakech we'll join our 4WD and begin our journey towards the Sahara Desert. We'll travel through the Atlas Mountains and over the highest mountain pass in Africa. We'll also visit the famous UNESCO world heritage site of Ait Benhaddou which has featured in many famous movies. After passing through many berber villages and Kasbahs we'll read the desert at Merzouga where we'll spend the night in a berber camp, set amongst the spectacular Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Following a unique evening we'll rise early to witness the beautiful sunrise from the top of nearby sand dunes. We'll spend one night in the nearby town of Zagora on the edge of the desert before returning to Marrakech for a final evening.

Special Offer - arrive one day early and enjoy a free extra night in Marrakech

Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in central Marrakech for the start of your trip. They'll help you settle in and introduce you to the local area. If you arrive early enough, you can head into Marrakech's famous Djemaa el Fna Square for a first taste of Moroccan food at one of the main street stalls, while watching the many street performers and salesmen offering their wares.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Marrakech hotel
  • MEALS:
    Dinner
  • EXTRAS:
    Extra day in Marrakech - pre-tour, Single room supplement (MOSHDS)

Today's tour of Marrakech includes the Menara gardens, and a trip to the iconic Koutoubia Mosque, home to the minaret which has become a symbol of the city. We also visit the Saadian Tombs and the Bahia Palace which hosts intricate and beautiful Arabic craftsmanship. In the afternoon we head to the lively souks and handicraft centres around the famous Djemaa El Fna square. Home to many different types of traders these bustling and aromatic streets are uniquely Moroccan.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Marrakech hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast this morning we take to our 4WD vehicles and bid farewell to Marrakech for a few days. Our destination today is Ouarzazate which we'll reach via the scenic mountains of the high Atlas, passing through the Tich'n'Tichka pass at an altitude of 2260m. Along the way we'll make various stops, the first being at the Kasbah of Telouet, which is the former residence of the Glaoui family - one of the most influential in the entire region. After a break to purchase lunch we'll head to what is probably the most well-known kasbahs in Morocco - Ait Benhaddou. The kasbah is a UNESCO protected monument and has appeared in countless movies. We'll make a final short stop at the Kasbah of Taourirt before reaching our accommodation in Ouarzazate, or 'place of no noise'. An incredibly dramatic landscape, this area has played host to countless well known films.. This evening you'll have dinner at the hotel.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Ouarzazate Hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast in Ouarzazate we'll travel along the road of a thousand Kasbahs towards the Moroccan deserts. Along the way we'll pass by the Kasbah of Amerhidel and visit the spectacular Dades Canyon before arriving in Tinghir, which is famous for the Todra Gorge whose rocks tower above visitors at around 250 meters. Time permitting, we may have the opportunity to arrange an optional hike in the Gorge (payable locally).
Later this afternoon we'll pass through Erfoud before finally arriving into Merzouga where you'll spend the night in a Berber desert camp, at the foot of some of North Africas most impressive sand dunes.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Desert camp
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner

We'll rise early this morning to witness the amazing sunrise over the Erg Chebbi sand dunes. After returning to the camp for breakfast we'll start our departure to Zagora, via the important village of Rissani which is famous for being the birthplace of the current Alaouites Dynasty. Continuing on our way we'll make a stop in the small berber village of Alnif where we will have time to get some lunch. The final leg of our journey today takes us to Zagora where we'll spend the night.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Zagora hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast today we'll join the road for the long drive back to Marrakech, passing through numerous villages and palm groves before making another crossing of the Atlas Mountains and the Tizi N'tichka col. We'll arrive back into Marrakech late this afternoon where you'll have the evening free for some last minute shopping and a final taste of Moroccan life in the square.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Marrakech hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner

Our exciting week in Morocco comes to an end today. You'll have free time until you are transferred to the airport for your departure flight. Subject to your flight departure time, additional options such as spectacular hot air balloon flight, or a fun quad biking trip, are available this morning.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    N/A
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast
  • EXTRAS:
    Marrakech Hot air balloon flight, Marrakech Quad-biking, Extra day in Marrakech - post-tour
Included:
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • Transport in AC 4x4 landcruisers
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Local English speaking multilingual guide throughout
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrances fees to monuments as stated

Excluded:
  • International flights (available on request)
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance (compulsory, available on request)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for guide & driver
  • Any other items not mentioned above
The hotels and accommodations listed below are the ones we use most often on this tour. From time to time we may exchange these for similar properties at the same level. In general, specific hotels cannot be guaranteed on our group tours, but you may select your preferred options if you are booking a tailor-made trip.
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Mogador Kasbah Hotel
Marrakech, Morocco

This 4-star hotel is located in Marrakech, 4 km from Marrakech Airport. It offers an outdoor swimming pool and a free shuttle bus to the city centre every 2 hours.


This 4-star hotel is located in Marrakech, 4 km from Marrakech Airport. It offers an outdoor swimming pool and a free shuttle bus to the city centre every 2 hours.

Combining a Moroccan and contemporary style, the rooms are air-conditioned and include satellite TV. They also feature internet access. The Mogador Kasbah restaurant serves international food and guests can enjoy a snack in the poolside bar and relax in the tea lounge. The Hotel Mogador Kasbah also offers room service and a selection of light meals, served until midnight.

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Kenzi Azghor
Ouarzazate, Morocco

Located in the heart of Ouarzazate, this hotel offers unique views from the panoramic terrace, an outdoor pool and a well-being centre with hot tub, hammam and massage treatments.


Located in the heart of Ouarzazate, this hotel offers unique views from the panoramic terrace, an outdoor pool and a well-being centre with hot tub, hammam and massage treatments. Each air-conditioned rooms and suite has simple decor and is equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, free Wi-Fi and a seating area. Some rooms are soundproofed and have a welcome package. The restaurant serves local or international cuisine and a buffet breakfast daily. Guests can enjoy a drink at the hotel bar. Other serviced that the hotel offers includes sports area with a tennis court, a souvenir shop and currency exchange. The hotel is 0.7 miles from the Ouarzazate Airport. Hotel Rooms: 110.

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Merzouga Berber Camp
Merzouga, Morocco

Our Berber desert camp provides comfortable permanent tents with mattresses and traditional local blankets. Shared toilet and shower facilities are available.


Spending the night at a Berber camp in the desert is many people’s highlight of their visit to Morocco. Our group tours use comfortable mid-range camps with traditional camel hair tents with proper matresses and bedding.  Bathrooms are separate but close by. A delicious full Berber meal is served and we normally finish the evening around the camp fire with some local musicians playing. Camel rides through the sand dunes are available and its well worth walking to the top of the dunes for a spectacular sunset.  

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Palais Asmaa
Zagora, Morocco

This grand hotel offers all the charm of Moroccan hospitality, with great attention to detail and beautiful gardens. Guests will enjoy an amazing stay in Zagora.


This grand hotel offers all the charm of Moroccan hospitality, with great attention to detail and beautiful gardens. Guests will enjoy an amazing stay in Zagora. The air-conditioned residence offers 80 rooms in total and guests are welcomed in a lobby with 24-hour reception and check-out services, a hotel safe and currency exchange facilities. There is also a hairdressing salon, cafe bar and a restaurant. Guests may take advantage of the WLAN Internet access, room and laundry services (fees apply for both). The comfortable bedrooms are decorated in a traditional Moroccan style and each one features an en suite bathroom with shower, bathtub and hairdryer, a double or king-size bed and a private balcony. A minibar, satellite TV and individually regulated air conditioning and heating also feature in all rooms as standard. The hotel provides a large swimming pool amidst the palm trees, hibiscus and bougainvillea, with a poolside snack bar, a large fountain, and a sun terrace with sun loungers and parasols, allowing guests to sunbathe for a few hours, enjoy a bite to eat, or spend a day full of relaxation. Guests may also relax with a massage.

Our tours are designed to include all that you need to enjoy a really special time in the destination you're visiting. However, we do also offer some extra options to complement the tour and add some additional sightseeing or activities, or some extra time at either end of the tour.

All accommodation based options (e.g. Single supplements, extra nights, cruise upgrades) should be booked and paid for in advance so that we can make the appropriate arrangements. Other options may either be booked and paid for in advance or while you are on the tour, though we recommend booking in advance to ensure there are no issues with availability.

Many options are priced the same throughout the year, but some may incur single or high season supplements - full details are given on the tour reservation form or on request.

Single room supplement (MOSHDS)
Price from
US$209
per person



Single room supplement (MOSHDS)
Min numbers: 1 person

This option books a single room in all the accommodation throughout the tour. Room shares may be available but the supplement is payable if a room share cannot be arranged.


This option books a single room in all the accommodation throughout the tour. If you are a single traveller and would be happy to share a room, let us know and we will see if we can pair you up with another single traveller of the same sex. If a room share is not available when you book then we will add the single room supplement to your booking and it will be payable with your balance payment unless we have arranged a room share for you by then. If a room share is arranged after you have paid the supplement then we will refund it to you. Room shares are arranged in order of booking.

Extra day in Marrakech - pre-tour
Price from
US$59
per person



Extra day in Marrakech - pre-tour
Min numbers: 1 person

This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport arrival transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.


This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport arrival transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

 Extra day in Marrakech - post-tour
Price from
US$64
per person



Extra day in Marrakech - post-tour
Min numbers: 2 Adults

This option adds an extra day to the end of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport departure transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.


This option adds an extra day to the end of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport departure transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

 Deluxe accommodation upgrade
Price from
US$254
per person



Deluxe accommodation upgrade
Min numbers: 1

This option upgrades the accommodation on the tour to a mix of deluxe 4-star and some 5-star hotels.


This option upgrades the accommodation on the tour to a mix of deluxe 4-star and some 5-star hotels. Our normal hotel options for this upgrade include the Mogador Agdal in Marrakech, a superior room in the Kenzi Aghor in Ouarzazate, and the Riad Lamane in Zagora. The Berber desert camp remains the same. An additional single room supplement will also apply for solo travellers.
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Morocco Desert Safari tour notes

The detailed Tour Notes below have been written to give you some more detailed information about how the tour runs, what to expect, and how to prepare for your holiday. We recommend downloading an up to date copy of these shortly before you travel in case of any changes.

We use good quality hotels rated at the local Moroccan 4-star level on this tour. Local star ratings may vary slightly from international standards and we suggest that you expect these 4-star hotels to feel more around the 3-star level. Accommodation is based on double or twin en-suite rooms with air conditioning. All couples will have a private double room. Single travellers may choose to pay a single room supplement to guarantee themselves a single room throughout the tour. Alternatively, they may choose to share a twin room with another traveller of the same sex. If there are no other single travellers available to pair up with at the time of your booking, then we will add the single supplement to the tour price, but will refund this or deduct it from your balance payment if we are able to pair you up later on.

Our trips feature a mix of different transport options. We want you to feel like you're really experiencing the country you're travelling through, but at the same time we want you to finish journeys refreshed enough to enjoy the next stage of the tour.
While we use private AC minibuses and coaches on most of our tours in Morocco, once out of Marrakech, this tour is operated exclusively using 4WD AC landcruiser style vehicles (eg. Toyota Prado). Window seats are guaranteed, and the guide will rotate between the different vehicles in the group every day.

Our Morocco tours include a 24-hour airport meet & assist service in Casablanca/Marrakech airports (depending on the exact itinerary), your arrival and departure airport-hotel transfers and all other transfers.

Your airport transfers are only included on the first and last day of the set tour itinerary, plus on any additional days if you book your hotel room with us. If you make your own arrangements for additional accommodation at either the beginning or the end of the tour then you will need to arrange your own airport transfers on these days.

We want to give you as much flexibility as possible when it comes to booking your holiday with us. So, to take account of people with varying travel plans, we don’t include your international flights in the main tour price. We are however very happy to book your flights for you, and our ATOL (UK flight sales license) covers all holidays booked together with a flight from the UK.

Please contact us with your preferred dates and departure airport and we’ll give you a selection of airlines, times and fares to choose from. Your airport arrival & departure transfers are included on the first and last days of the tour whether you book your flights independently or through us. Our Morocco tours either start/finish in Marrakech (RAK) or Casablanca (CMN) airports.

On our Shoestring tours we allow for larger groups than our other trips, though due to the nature of the vehicles used on this tour we set the maximum group size to 25 travellers. Groups tend to average between 8 and 15 people. We may also share this departure with travellers booking through other operators so you may join with people booking with different companies and from different countries. This can make for some really interesting groups and new people to meet.

The minimum number of travellers required for the tour to run is 2.

In Morocco we provide fully trained, local English-speaking guides for all of the sightseeing tours. Our local reps in all the towns and cities en-route are also at your service, and will be handling all the practical arrangements for the tour. Please note that whilst all tours will be conducted in English we may also use multi-lingual guides to accommodate guests from other countries. Your guide will rotate around the different vehicles used by the group so that you get plenty of personal contact time with them while travelling.

At Encounters Travel we aim to only use local Moroccan guides and reps. We feel this gives you the best experience of the country and the sites you are seeing and many people rate our Moroccan guides as one of the highlights of their tour.

The tour price includes entrance fees to all the tourist sites mentioned in the itinerary.  You will need to cover the cost of entrance to any other extra sites that you may wish to visit.

Haggling is a traditional necessity, so never pay too much regard to initial prices. Instead fix an items value in your mind then negotiate towards it unhurriedly (Moroccans never rush their bargaining), and don’t be afraid to simply walk away if the price isn’t right. However, if you do mention a price, then you should be prepared to pay it or risk causing offence. 
Bahsis (bahk-sheesh) or tips are common place and customary in Morocco. Wages for service staff are very low and tips are a necessary supplement to meagre incomes.
While an accepted part of the culture and customs in Morocco, tipping is always optional, and the amounts paid should reflect excellent service. We are often asked for advice on common amounts, and for assistance with tipping. Some suggested guidelines are given below.

Restaurants and taxis: Local markets and basic restaurants - leave the loose change. More up-market restaurants we suggest 5% to 10% of your bill.
Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour guide. We suggest USD 2-3 per person per day for local guides.
Drivers: You may have a range of private drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group however USD 2 per person per day is generally appropriate.
Tour Guides: To answer your next question. . . as a guideline we suggest for your tour guide between USD 25-40 per person for the entire tour, but ultimately, it's up to your satisfaction with their service and your budget. You should not feel pressured to tip any particular amount.

Note - if you are doing a private tour and not joining a group, then you should budget a higher amount for your driver and guide tips.

Passports should be valid for at least six months after your departure from the country. Please do not bring an almost full or almost expired passport. Visa arrangements are the responsibility of the traveller, and requirements are subject to change by the local authorities. We recommend that you contact your closest Moroccan consulate or embassy for current information for your nationality.

Currently, many nationalities (including USA, Canada, UK, European, Australian, New Zealand) do not need to obtain a visa to enter Morocco as long as your stay is for less than 3 months. Other nationalities should check with their local consulate.

You should ensure you are fully insured for medical emergencies including emergency evacuation and repatriation.

Recommended vaccinations and other health protection measures vary according to the country you are visiting and where you are travelling from. We recommend you contact your GP/medical practitioner or a travel clinic for current information on vaccinations needed for your destination. You should ensure that you are up to date with vaccines and boosters recommended for your normal life at home, including for example, vaccines required for occupational risk of exposure, lifestyle risks and underlying medical conditions. In addition, additional courses or boosters normally recommended for the countries in this region are:

South Africa: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area.
Namibia: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from an infected area.
Botswana: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted or travelled through an infected area.
Zimbabwe: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area.
Zambia: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area.
Malawi: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area.
Tanzania: Additional vaccinations: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area.
Kenya: Additional vaccinations: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Poliomyelitis, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from an infected area.
Uganda: Additional vaccinations: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid, Yellow Fever. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from an infected area.
Sudan: Additional vaccinations: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid, Yellow Fever. Malaria map. Yellow Fever certificate: Required if arriving from or having transitted through an infected area. A certificate may also be required for those departing Sudan.
Morocco: Additional vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid. Malaria not normally present. Yellow Fever certificate not required.

The above information can change at short notice. For up to date health information & vaccination requirements we recommend that you contact your medical practitioner or a travel clinic.

Malaria: Vaccinations are not available against Malaria, which is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes that can be very serious and sometimes fatal. You should avoid mosquito bites by covering up bare skin with clothing such as long sleeves and long trousers and applying insect repellents to exposed skin. When necessary, sleep under a mosquito net. Mosquitoes are most active during and after sunset. You should consult with your GP/medical practitioner/travel clinic about the most appropriate malaria prophylactic medication to take for the regions you are visiting.

Yellow Fever: This disease is spread by infected mosquitoes that bite during the day. A Yellow Fever Certificate of vacinnation may be required as a condition of entry depending on which country you are arriving from, or that you have travelled or transitted through recently (including connecting flights with stopovers of over 12 hours). You can view a World Health Organisation map of areas where the virus is present in monkeys and therefore a potential risk to humans. Please ensure you have this certificate with you and to hand if necessary.

Please inform us of any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you may be taking. We also need to know about any food allergies or physical disabilities that you may have.

The local currency in Morocco is the Dirham.  We recommend you bring some cash in a hard currency (US Dollars, GB Pounds, Euros) and a good ATM card. Most major currencies can be converted at most banks, but it's not wise to carry too much.  Euros and US Dollars are welcomed more than GB Pounds. Travellers cheques are not easily exchanged. It can be awkward outside of Marrakech to find an ATM machine that takes your card as many Moroccan banks have ATMs that only work with Moroccan cards.  Don't put your card in an ATM unless you see the symbol that matches your card on the machine, as you might lose your card! We also suggest trying to avoid using Post Office ATMs.  In some smaller towns there are no ATMs that take foreign cards, so be sure you get enough cash to carry you until the next major city. BCM seems to be the best bank, accepting foreign cards in most of their ATMs. 

While in Morocco you will need sufficient funds to cover meals not included in the itinerary, drinks, snacks, souvenirs, tips and personal expenses such as laundry. These should generally all be paid for in Moroccan Dirham. It is difficult to recommend a level of personal spending money which will suit everyone as this can differ greatly, but as a guideline, we would suggest allowing USD 15-25 per person per day as a minimum. Allow more if you plan on doing lots of shopping, or buying many alcoholic drinks.

Luggage: Small or medium sized suitcases, rucksacks or fabric holdalls are all fine to bring with you to Morocco. You should also bring a small daypack/bag to take out during the day. Your main luggage will often be left in the hotel during your sightseeing trips – you will not need to carry it far, and there are nearly always hotel porters to assist.

Luggage limits: There is no luggage limit for this tour. However, most airlines restrict you to between 20kg and 25kg for your hold luggage and between 5kg and 10kg for hand luggage. Please check with your airline before travelling to the airport.

Clothing: The Moroccan climate varies according to season and region. The coast has a warm, Mediterranean climate tempered on the eastern coast by southwest trade winds. Inland areas have a hotter, drier, continental climate. In the south of the country, the weather is very hot and dry throughout most of the year, though temperatures can drop dramatically at night, especially in desert and mountains and in the months of December and January. Rain falls from November to March in coastal areas, and the rest of the country is mostly dry with high temperatures in summer and a cooler climate in the mountains. Marrakech and Agadir enjoy an average temperature of 21°C (70ºF) in the winter. So, depending the time of year you are visiting you should pack for both hot and cooler conditions. Modesty rates highly in Morocco, especially for women, so to respect the local culture & people, please ensure all clothes are loose fitting and not revealing. Shorts (not hot-pants) are OK in tourist sites, as are T-shirts, but these should not show too much bare flesh (we suggest that your shoulders should remain covered). In the centre of towns and cities outside tourist areas, and when visiting any mosques, legs and arms should be covered.

Other items: If your tour includes a Berber desert camp then all bedding is provided. However, as sand has a nasty habit of getting everywhere, for comfort, we recommend bringing a light sleeping sheet or sleeping bag liner all year round, and a light sleeping bag in the winter months (November to February) when it can get very cold in the desert. We also recommend you bring a sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, a basic first aid kit, toiletries, money belt, small torch, camera & charger.

Sockets are two round pronged and 220 volts (Type C/E). Universal adaptors are available in most airport shops if you don’t have one already. Standard European adapters will work fine, though sometimes they may feel a little loose in the sockets. All hotel rooms have electrical sockets where you can re-charge cameras, phones etc. Hair dryers are normally available on request from the hotel reception if not in your room already. If you have US appliances (110 volts) you will need a voltage converter as well as a plug adapter.

The time in Morocco is the same as GMT (plus 0 hours). Daylight saving adjustments are generally applied between the end of March and the end of October, making the time GBP plus 1 hour. During this period the time may revert back to GMT during Ramadan. Exact dates vary from year to year and sometimes the changes may be scrapped altogether.
We run regular small-group departures on this tour starting on Sunday throughout the year. All departures are guaranteed to run if a minimum of 2 travellers is reached. If we do not reach this minimum number (which happens very rarely), we will offer you the option to either pay a small supplement to do the tour exactly as planned, to change your date, to transfer to another tour, or we will provide you with a full refund. Departure dates and prices are listed on our website and in our brochure. Please check the website for the most up-to-date prices and any special offers.

If you would like to book a place on this tour, please complete the online reservation form on our website (via the Dates & Prices tab on the tour page). You can pay your deposit or full balance online, or just hold a reservation if you prefer. We will then contact you with more details about how to complete your booking. Payments may be made by debit or credit card (subject to a card processing fee), or by making a bank transfer or posting us a cheque/bank draft. Full details will be provided in your booking confirmation email. Please contact us if you would like any more information or have any questions before making a booking.

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our tours and needs to cover personal accident & liability, medical expenses and repatriation, travel delay & abandonment. We also strongly recommend that you take out cover against cancellation and lost/stolen baggage. Personal medical insurance does not normally provide sufficient cover and is generally not suitable for travel on our tours. You will not be able to join your tour if you have not provided us with details of your insurance or if you arrive without cover in place (no refunds will be due in this event). More information...

You may arrange your own insurance, or you can take advantage of a comprehensive policy that we can arrange for you through Endsleigh Insurance which has been designed to be suitable for our tours. The policy is available to travellers of all nationalities and you do not need to live in the UK  to take out the policy. For full details of cover provided, prices and to apply for one of our policies, please complete travel insurance application form.

Note: Any country that borders the Mediterranean is considered as 'Europe' for the purposes of travel insurance (including Turkey, Israel, Egypt and Morocco). If you are doing a tour that visits one country in 'Europe' and one that is 'Worldwide' (for example, an Egypt and Jordan tour), then you need a 'Worldwide' policy. When completing the form you should enter your travel dates including any extra days involved in overnight flights or connecting travel between your home and the tour. Our policies are not able to cover any extra time or activities other than your tour and options booked with us and your travel to & from home.

If you plan to arrange a hot air balloon flight locally, or do some scuba diving during your tour, you should check the small print in your policy to make sure these are covered (these are covered in our policy). Please also check the maximum altitude that you will be reaching and that full cover including emergency evacuation is provided up to this altitude.

IMPORTANT:  We must have your travel insurance details (policy number and type of insurance) before you depart or you may not be allowed to join the tour.  If you haven't told us already, please let us know the details when you can. You should take a paper copy of your insurance policy with you as you may be asked to show this at the start of the tour.

We are a UK registered company and an ABTA Member (Y4447) and you can be confident when booking with us that your money is safe and protected.
If you book a flight departing from the UK from us with your tour, or if you live in the UK and your tour includes domestic flights, then your entire package is ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 10467.
Additional financial protection is also provided through International Passenger Protection for passengers not booking flights.
Please see our website or booking conditions for more information.

It is impossible not to have an impact on the local environment, cultures and eco-systems when you travel. However, it is very possible to try and ensure that these impacts are as limited, or positive as possible. We are committed to ensuring that we try to leave our host countries in a better state than we found them and encourage and assist our travellers to help us with this.
The following are a few simple tips that require very little effort on your part but which will help ensure that any effect you have on the locations you visit is positive rather than negative.

  • Don’t prejudge: Things in different countries will almost certainly be different. That doesn’t make them worse or inferior, just different.
  • Communicate: Don’t expect locals to speak your language. Take the trouble to learn a few words or phrases of the local language. Don’t worry about sounding silly. Most locals are patient and accommodating and appreciate you making the effort to communicate in their language.
  • Conserve energy: Be careful not to waste valuable resources. Use local resources sparingly. Switch off lights, air-conditioning and fans when you leave the hotel room and don’t waste water. Remove superfluous packaging. Many countries have far less efficient waste disposal systems than ours. Remove packaging from newly acquired items before leaving home.
  • Don’t litter: No matter how untidy or dirty the country you’re travelling in may look to you, avoid littering, as there is no need to add to the environment's stress. Many of the countries we visit have a tough challenge dealing with rubbish and waste. Please consider taking home as much plastic waste as you can (e.g. water bottles).
  • Choose environmentally friendly products: By using environmentally friendly (bio degradable) sun creams, shampoos and detergents you can help reduce pollution.
  • Respect local customs and traditions: As you are a guest in these countries, you should also comply with the local customs. If you are friendly and well mannered, the locals will reciprocate and it will only enhance your experience. It’s important to follow dress and behaviour guidelines especially when visiting religious or sacred sites (your tour leader will advise you how best to do this).
  • If a client commits an illegal act the client may be excluded from the tour and Encounters Travel shall cease to have responsibility to/for them. No refund will be given for any unused services.

All porters are employed and equipped following guidelines set by the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG).

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It is important when considering and preparing to travel anywhere in the world that you have a good understanding of the country you are visiting, its laws and customs, and the possible risks and situations that may occur. This includes specific risks related to your itinerary (eg. does it involve water & can you swim, are you fit enough for the activities included), as well as more general risks such as terrorism and natural disasters.

General details and links to more information about health risks, visa requirements, money, and travel insurance are given in these tour notes. We recommend that you re-read all these before your departure as well as the small print of your travel insurance policy so you know exactly what is covered and what is not.

You should take copies of your important travel documents with you and ideally also store them online securely as a backup. Make sure that you have given us your emergency contact details and told that person where and when you are travelling. Ensure you take enough money with you and that you have access to emergency funds.

Finally, you should read through and stay updated with the current official government travel advice for your destination. We are registered partners with the UK Foreign Office's 'Know Before you Go' campaign which provides further useful and invaluable information.

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Morocco Desert Safari dates & prices

This tour may also be booked privately on any dates, and we can customise the itinerary to fit your personal requirements. This includes upgrading the hotels to 4 or 5-star level. Please contact us for details and prices.
Start Date End Date Price (P/P) Offer Price Note
25 Dec, 2016 31 Dec, 2016 US$869 - - Book now
01 Jan, 2017 07 Jan, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
08 Jan, 2017 14 Jan, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
15 Jan, 2017 21 Jan, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
22 Jan, 2017 28 Jan, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
29 Jan, 2017 04 Feb, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
05 Feb, 2017 11 Feb, 2017 US$839 - - Book now
12 Feb, 2017 18 Feb, 2017 US$839 - - Book now
19 Feb, 2017 25 Feb, 2017 US$839 - - Book now
26 Feb, 2017 04 Mar, 2017 US$839 - - Book now
05 Mar, 2017 11 Mar, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
12 Mar, 2017 18 Mar, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
19 Mar, 2017 25 Mar, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
26 Mar, 2017 01 Apr, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
02 Apr, 2017 08 Apr, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
09 Apr, 2017 15 Apr, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
16 Apr, 2017 22 Apr, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
23 Apr, 2017 29 Apr, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
30 Apr, 2017 06 May, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
07 May, 2017 13 May, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
14 May, 2017 20 May, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
21 May, 2017 27 May, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
28 May, 2017 03 Jun, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
04 Jun, 2017 10 Jun, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
11 Jun, 2017 17 Jun, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
18 Jun, 2017 24 Jun, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
25 Jun, 2017 01 Jul, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
02 Jul, 2017 08 Jul, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
09 Jul, 2017 15 Jul, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
16 Jul, 2017 22 Jul, 2017 US$839 - - Book now
23 Jul, 2017 29 Jul, 2017 US$839 - - Book now
30 Jul, 2017 05 Aug, 2017 US$839 - - Book now
06 Aug, 2017 12 Aug, 2017 US$839 - - Book now
13 Aug, 2017 19 Aug, 2017 US$839 - - Book now
20 Aug, 2017 26 Aug, 2017 US$839 - - Book now
27 Aug, 2017 02 Sep, 2017 US$839 - - Book now
03 Sep, 2017 09 Sep, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
10 Sep, 2017 16 Sep, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
17 Sep, 2017 23 Sep, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
24 Sep, 2017 30 Sep, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
01 Oct, 2017 07 Oct, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
08 Oct, 2017 14 Oct, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
15 Oct, 2017 21 Oct, 2017 US$759 - - Book now
22 Oct, 2017 28 Oct, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
29 Oct, 2017 04 Nov, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
05 Nov, 2017 11 Nov, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
12 Nov, 2017 18 Nov, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
19 Nov, 2017 25 Nov, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
26 Nov, 2017 02 Dec, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
03 Dec, 2017 09 Dec, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
10 Dec, 2017 16 Dec, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
17 Dec, 2017 23 Dec, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
24 Dec, 2017 30 Dec, 2017 US$869 - - Book now
31 Dec, 2017 06 Jan, 2018 US$869 - - Book now
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MOROCCO DESERT SAFARI Reviews
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Posted Oct 10, 2016
Mariska has been exceptional! Answering all of my questions in an extremely timely manner. Much appreciated....
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Posted Aug 08, 2016
Service rating : The Encounters team was supportive and on time with everything - good to work with.

Product : This was a good package for the budget and time. Many of the cultural stops were tied into local artisans, this can good and bad, dependng on how you react to a potential sales pitch after. The desert camp was outstanding. We traveled in a group of 6 which we good, but they said it could be as high as 25 - that would be a downer.
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Posted Aug 08, 2016
This was a good package for the budget and time. Many of the cultural stops were tied into local artisans, this can good and bad, dependng on how you react to a potential sales pitch after. The desert camp was outstanding. We traveled in a group of 6 which we good, but they said it could be as high as 25 - that would be a downer.
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Posted Aug 08, 2016
Service rating : Our trip was exactly as described without a single problem!

Product : Encounters Travel arranged for us the trip of a lifetime.
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Posted Aug 08, 2016
Service rating : I thought it was great. The only issues I had was the Morocco side had a different pick up title on their pick up so that was a little stressful. The other issue was there was a lot of taking us into 'culture' shops but almost was a sales pitch rather than the experience

Product : I would look at changing some of the hotels. A lot are outdated and need a massive makeover.
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Posted Aug 06, 2016
Service rating : Great service at the tnt travel show - lovely people. When I arrived in morroco the man who picked me up said that the company wasnt called encounters, so this was a concern.

Product : Rather busy but was a good amount of time and saw lots of incredible things
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