Morocco photography vacation

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Responsible tourism: Morocco photography vacation

Environment

It is important to minimise our impact on the local environment for the benefit of future generations.

Throughout this trip in Morocco we stay in friendly, family-run hotels that employ local staff and use fair employment practices. Our food and drink is sourced from local suppliers. We use a local agent in Morocco which employs local guides and drivers who are very familiar with the area and utilise their knowledge to help us engage with the community and ensure that we take care of our surroundings.

When we are out in the desert we are very careful to ensure that we preserve the local flora and fauna and leave no traces of our presence. Water conservation is always a key concern and sheets and towels are washed only at the clients’ request. We also ask all clients to conserve water by taking short showers instead of baths.

In the UK we maintain a small office which minimises our use of electricity and gas. We are web-based and all correspondence is sent to clients electronically. The small amount of paper we use in the office is recycled and we rely on natural light for most of the day.

Community

Tourism is an important source of income for people in Morocco and the service industry accounts for over half of the country’s GDP. We work with local guides, tour operators and tourist offices to ensure that our visits are of benefit to the local economy, with opportunities for participants to purchase local products, eat at local restaurants and visit tourist attractions. For this trip, private transportation is supplied by local guides and operators who also assist us in finding the best locations to visit, while also benefiting the local economy.

When visiting places of interest we divide into smaller groups to minimise our impact and increase the potential for meaningful interactions. We also encourage participants to ask permission from people first before taking photographs. Our visits also help to boost the local economy by giving participants the opportunity to buy locally-made products, for example silver in Taroudant or carved wooden goods in Essaouira. We use local guides who assist in communicating with local people where there is a language barrier, and we try to use their language wherever possible.

Reviews of Morocco photography vacation

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 03 Dec 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Getting to photograph the Milky Way over the dunes of the desert.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Don't worry about going by yourself! You will meet some great people and learn some great things.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?



4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


10/10 I would love to go on another trip! Hopefully you can add some destinations!!

Reviewed on 22 Jan 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


I think the trip around the Sahara stands out after nearly a year but every stop had huge merit.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be ready for some travel but also a fantastic introduction to the country and some great down to eart tuition.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Great

Reviewed on 06 Jan 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


We went to so many amazing places it is difficult to select one. However the 'street photography' in Marrakech has to the has to be some of the craziest in the World!

The vacation was well organised - none stop action and some very special accommodation.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Don't worry about having lots of photographic equipment with you it helped to travel light.

Keep an open mind and just soak up the unique atmosphere of the amazing country

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We used local guides who were brilliant and know all the secret places. All the accomodation were local - no international chains.
The whole trip integrates into the local communities and economy.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


I have recommended this trip to a number of my photography friends - great organisation fantastic practical advise that will benefit photographers of all standards. I learnt so much and advice I received changed the way I look at things and widened my skills and perspectives. Difficult to imagine how it could have been better........many be an extra week!

Reviewed on 13 May 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Sitting at the top of a 250m sand dune in the desert all by myself. Nothing but Sahara could be seen through all 360 degrees.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be aware that there is a lot of time spent traveling between locations. Nothing wrong with the schedule created by the operator, it's simply a necessity given the size and emptiness of southern Morocco.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?




4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent vacation. Fantastic tuition from the photographer leading the trip and a fantastic location to put his lessons into practice.

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