On this trip we spend time exploring the stunning High Atlas Mountains, the highest range in North Africa as well as the mighty Sahara desert. We include trip notes and route guides to help our travelers stick to the trails and not damage the fragile ecosystems that exist in some places.
The main focus of this tour is cultural, but there are a number of different ways in which we try to do our bit for the environment. We work closely with our local partners to help educate local accommodation providers about the need to minimise their environmental impact, from reducing water usage to buying and using local produce and waste disposal. We actively prioritise using accommodation which seeks to be more environmentally friendly – this isn’t always at the forefront of tourism in some areas but we hope that by encouraging hotels and lodges in this way, we can have an impact on how tourism continue to develop here.
As part of the pre-departure information which all travelers receive, we include an extensive section on how to travel responsibly.
In our UK office we recycle extensively, from paper and envelopes to ink cartridges, plastic bottles and food packaging, with dedicated recycling bins. We minimise our use of electricity by turning off appliances and using energy efficient lightbulbs, and our toilets use reduced water cisterns to minimise our use of water
This tour has a strong focus on local culture and we spend time exploring some of the more off the beaten track areas of Morocco, often where few tourists take the time to visit. We strongly feel that our presence here should benefit local people and so we arrange accommodation in locally owned hotels and guesthouses which provide employment for people in some more remote areas. We also include accommodation in homes belonging to local people, ensuring that people who would normally be outside of the tourist industry are able to earn income from our presence,
We encourage our travelers to stop at small villages along the way to gain further insights into local culture. These are carefully selected to ensure that our presence is welcome, rather than obtrusive, and we discuss with local elders how best to show our appreciation in terms of appropriate donations.
Morocco is a very religious country and there is the opportunity to visit religious sites on this itinerary, which hold great significance for local people. Travelers are given detailed notes on appropriate dress and behaviour so as not to offend the cultures through which they are traveling.