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A family adventure of a life time suitable for children aged 3 + Explore bustling Marrakech, Unesco World Heritage sites and then venture out into the Sahara for camel trekking and wild camping.
This holiday has been devised for adventurous families wanting to do something very special in their time off. The itinerary has been designed to fit into a half term break, but if you have more time, then it can be expanded to include longer in the desert and Marrakech.
This holiday starts and finishes in Marrakech, a beguiling city which will entertain and intrigue both adults and children with its narrow, winding streets, bustling markets and the lively Djemma el Fna, complete with snake charmers, drummers and acrobats. For those who like a dose of culture, there are palaces, museums and gardens to explore.
After you've had your fill of the chaos, you will head out over a spectacular mountain pass, crossing the High Atlas Mountains. The landscape changes by the hour, from deep valleys and sheer drops , to barren plains and rocky desert. Your first stop is the Kasbah Telouet, a crumbling kasbah housing some fantastic mosaics and gorgeous views. From here, you travel to your first night's accommodation close to the world famous Ait Ben haddou. Recognisable from films such as Gladiator, this Unesco World Heritage site is a fortifies city built on a hill. The site is reached by stepping stones over a river and visitors are free to explore at their leisure.
You will then head into the Sahara, passing along the Draa Valley, dotted with kasbahs and palmeries. Staying in a friendly, laid-back guest house, you will camp in the garden in a traditional Berber tent. With dunes in the back garden, children are free to explore, whilst parents can relax in one of the shady areas. The following day, the camels will be loaded up and you will head off into the dunes with your guide. Trekking for about 2 hours, you will cross dried up river beds until you find somewhere to camp. Whilst your guide sets up your private camp, you are free to explore the dunes and make as much noise as you want - there will be no one else around.
After your wild camping and return camel trek, there will be a chance to freshen up before continuing your desert adventure, this time staying at an oasis town. Staying in lovely accommodation with a pool (and resident donkey), you will be able to explore the farm land and wander through the date palms.
Your holiday ends in Marrakech, where there will be time for s quick spot of shopping before catching your plane home.
It goes without saying that this is not a standard family holiday - it is an adventure holiday that children are welcome on. Accommodation, attractions and camel trekking are all undertaken at your own risk with parents taking full responsibility for children.
This holiday has been tried and tested with a child as young as three years old, but the age of your children comes down to their nature and tolerance for long car journeys - which only a parent can be a judge of. Young children will ride on camels with their parents.
There is a fair amount of driving involved in this trip and the distances are large, on some days you will be in the car for up to 5 hours. However, there are plenty of photo opportunities along the way .
The camping in the desert is wild, which means that there are absolutely no bathroom facilities. If you don't fancy this extended camping trip, we can arrange for you to have a short camel excursion and camp in one of the tents in the garden.