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Trip Report Real taste of Morocco and nomad life with Adrartravel

I travelled to Morocco last December with Adrartravel and enjoyed every bit of it. I did a circuit leaving Marrakech, then visiting Quarzazate where you see the spectacular Ait Ben Haddou. From their I travelled south to the village of N'kob (known as the village of kasbahs). Here I got the chance to visit the family of my guide. It was interesting to be in a typical moroccan village home. Different to the ones in the cities.

the next day I set off trekking the saghro mountains with my guide, mule ( which incredibly carried all my stuff, tents and food) and the muleteer. The views were spectacular volcanic rock. Finally we spotted the nomad camp ( which apparently are relatives of the guide) in the middle of no were with a tiny tented area and a few stone built huts. On getting there we huddled around the open fire and was offered delicious bread. Later in the afternoon my guide set off to collect fodder for the goats while I helped the pregnant woman to collect water. She then dressed me up in her festive dress and showed me how to apply make-up nomad way. So cool using charcoal as eye liner and a kind of vegetable black dye as eyebrow shaper and mascara! Nice effect!

The herd of goats finally arrived accompanied by the male nomad sister. In all they were 3! In the evening we ate and went to sleep as it was incredibly cold. It was so impressive to think that these people live their lives everyday like this. Just the 3 of them moving according to pasture and weather!

I could have stayed longer but continued off my trekk. After this trekk we headed to merzouga to stay in another berber camp in the middle of the desert. There was a desert nomad there yet and although they are truly nomad, it was obvious they stayed in the vicinity for tourists unlike my first experience. However still you get to appreciate how they live.

The dunes were spectacular, I tried sand boarding yet I am not good in these things! After the camel trek back. We set off for fes stopping en route to see the various landscapes.

I then continued to visit fes and Chefchaoen. I really got a taste of diverse morocco. The guide explained berber life. I never knew that the berbers are and consider themselves different to the arabized Moroccans who mainly live in the city! It was so enriching! I learnt a lot and had such an experience to remember.

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