Morocco is hugely popular as a family destination, and these two guided trips into the desert and Atlas mountains – by camel or mule – will appeal as much to adults as kids.
Morocco has become such a popular family destination that virtually every major travel company now offers some variation on an Atlas Mountains or desert adventure, but these two are the ones which are cynosure of all eyes. You can take up family trek, Les Petits Caravaniers, starts in the Draa valley, and travels in camel convoy on the edge of the Sahara, across sand dunes and along ridges, and camping out at night.
You can walk up to five hours each day but there are plenty of stops to explore the desert, examine the rock art and search for fossils. Equipment is carried by camel and kids can also hitch a ride, which should keep cries of “I’m tired…” to a minimum. You can end your day with a free day in Marrakech.
Marrakech and Mountains can be best described as “an adult holiday that children will enjoy”, pointing out that the accommodation is not specifically aimed at families and swimming pools may be unattended. Starting in Marrakech, you transfer to Imlil in the Atlas mountains where you begin a three-day trek, walking four to five hours a day and staying overnight in Berber villages. Instead of camels, the trip is accompanied by mules, which the children can ride too. You can keep two full days in Marrakech at the end of the trip.
The Kingdom of Morocco is the most westerly of the North African countries known as the Maghreb – the “Arab West”. It has Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines, a rugged mountain interior and a history of independence not shared by its neighbours. Its rich culture is a blend of Arab, Berber, European and African influences.
Morocco was a French protectorate from 1912 to 1956, when Sultan Mohammed became king. He was succeeded in 1961 by his son, Hassan II, who ruled for 38 years and played a prominent role in the search for peace in the Middle East.
Hassan’s son and successor in 1999, Mohammed VI, is a cautious moderniser who has introduced some economic and social liberalisation.
KE Adventure: Departures October 12 and 26. The trip costs £475 per person and includes airport transfers, guide, most meals, hotel accommodation and camping equipment. The desert landscape is often stark. If you crave greenery, or the sea, try their other Morocco adventures which include surf lessons and coastal camping.
Tour dust: £442 land only or £537 with flights, including transfers, B&B accommodation in Marrakech, tour guide while trekking, all meals while trekking.
Source: The Guardian Travel