Morocco

The moment you step foot in Morocco, your inner ‘Indiana Jones’ will come alive! Picture yourself winding through colorful local souks, admiring elaborate Islamic architecture, savoring delicious local cuisine, hiking amongst snow-capped mountains, mud-brick villages and the orange sand dunes of the Sahara Desert. With history dating back over a thousand years, Morocco has a vibrant culture with warm and inviting people. Oh! And did we forget to mention… Camels?

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What to Expect

Morocco offers such a wide range of adventures to cater for outdoor lovers, city folk, history buffs, culture fanatics and foodies alike. There’s a multitude of experiences to choose from – and that’s where we come in!

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We draw from our deep connections in Morocco to guarantee unique experiences and authentic cultural connections. We will take you to the remote frontier of the Sahara Desert – an elusive and enticing experience of golden sand dunes as far as the eye can see, where you will experience true Saharan hospitality, a sunset you’ll never forget, and a night under a blanket of stars. However, Morocco has many other treasures waiting to be discovered such as coastal towns like fortress bound Essaouira with its iconic blue fisherman boats, and Meknes and Fes boasting some of the oldest historical cities in the Islamic world. Of course, Marrakech is the hub for all travelers; a place of souks, spices, flavors, sights and smells (plus great shopping). At the end of an exciting day out, relish luxury in of some of the most divine and unique accommodations in Africa.

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The Essence of Morocco — Is of course, the Sahara Desert. Those pictures you’ve always dreamt about. Yes, it is that breathtaking.

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Words cannot describe the feeling of sitting atop a camel with nothing but silence and a thousand dunes in front of you, as the sun slowly fades. Dinner served by humble Saharan Taureg Berbers. The sound of drums and singing around the campfire. Then come the stars… 

Cultural Immersion and Friendly People – with Berber and Islamic culture part of the everyday intricacies of life in Morocco, there are endless opportunities for meaningful cultural exchange here. Spend a day with a Berber family in the Atlas Mountains, take a 4×4 into the desert with the friendly Saharan Bedouins to meet local nomads, learn Arabic while attending a cooking class in Marrakech or meet local artisans and craft makers in the souks. The welcoming people of Morocco will leave you humbled and happy.

Incredible Architecture—The Islamic architecture of Morocco is well-known on Instagram with mosques, fountains, palaces and riads constantly featuring the highlight reel. Berber architecture such as UNESCO listed Ait Ben Haddou, made famous by cinematic spectacles such as Alexander and HBO’s Game of Thrones, are wonderfully preserved insights to a world from centuries past.

Explore the coastal towns —The Moroccan coastline showcases a variety of beauties. Historical Essaouira is encompassed by a Portuguese fortress, with narrow cobbled lanes, whitewashed buildings and an array of souks containing some of the best handicrafts in the country. Sleepy Oualidia is remote, quiet and provides the perfect opportunity to disconnect with life back home and reconnect with nature.

Hidden gem—located in the north is a village known as the ‘Blue City’, Chefchaouen is a photographer’s dream nestled between two picturesque mountains. Get lost wandering the cobblestone alleyways, each house and shop painted a different hue of aqua, cerulean or powder blue. Mondays and Thursdays are market days, where women come from surrounding villages to sell fruits, vegetables and local goods.

Need to know

Flights are easily arranged into Casablanca or Marrakech. You can fly non-stop to Casablanca from several cities on the East coast of the United States. There are also direct flights from European gateways like Madrid, London, Paris and Istanbul.

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  • We recommend 8 to 14 days to fully explore Morocco.

  • A destination great for families, couples and honeymooners alike seeking history, culture, and foodie experiencesVisas are not required for most visitors, but inoculations may be recommended. We suggest you see a travel medicine specialist for advice.

  • Infrastructure in Morocco is very good, and most journeys are overland with a private guide and vehicle. This is done through scenic mountain passes, along desert roads, with many ‘do not miss’ sights and experiences along route.

  • English is spoken in tourist areas and big cities. In smaller villages locals speak Arabic or Berber. Your guide will help you translate and learn the lingo!

  • A guide will escort you throughout your journey. You’ll likely have qualified specialist guides in each city, allowing you to meet a local and learn their way of life and the ‘must see’ places and experiences of their city.

  • Food in Morocco is delicious; you are in for a treat. Traditional Moroccan fare uses a range of herbs and spices and includes flavorsome meat dishes complimented by a variety of fresh salads, vegetables and fruits. Mint tea is customary with every meal. Vegetarians and vegans are well catered for. Indulge in a food tasting tour or cooking class.

When to go

Spring is the ideal time to travel to Morocco, with clear blue skies and sunny days. Summer is best avoided as temperatures skyrocket and the air becomes stifling in the cities.

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At this time of year you’d best visit the mountains and coastal towns with more temperate climates. Winter is surprisingly chilly, but an ideal time for avoiding the crowds.

March to May: Central and Southern Morocco are bathed in gloriously warm sunshine in Spring, the coast is beginning to warm up and the mountains, some still hopefully snow topped, come into their own with crisp, fresh air and none of the haze of the ensuing months. There are plenty of wildflowers and newborn baby goats in the mountains. This is peak travel season.

June – September: Temperatures soar and travel can be uncomfortably hot. We rarely recommend travel during this season.

October to November: The weather begins to cool down again providing lovely sunny days and fresh nights.

Accommodation

You’ll be spoilt in Morocco with the opportunity to stay in boutique style accommodations that allow you to connect to the history of the country. Traditional riads are hundred-year-old houses beautifully restored into the finest of hotels, with lovely central courtyards, water fountains and lots of greenery.

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Most are decorated with Moroccan tiling, intricate plasterwork, hand woven rugs and carved wooden décor. You cannot go to Morocco without staying in a riad! Other options include divine hotel rooftops with ocean views along the coastline, luxury tented camps in the Sahara (at some camps we can prepare your bed under the stars!), and delights inspired by the Bedouin kasbahs and fortresses from hundreds of years ago. Every property booked on a Rothschild Safari is vetted by staff and offer the highest standards in each category.

What our travelers say

Amy Lundberg

Wow, wow, wow!! We are back in LA now, recovering from jet lag and still in shock and awe regarding our experience. From the moment we landed in South Africa to the moment we touched down in LA, our experience was seamless and amazing. 

Betsy Robertson

We were thrilled with the trip. It was as good as or better than described at every turn. The prep, attention to detail, willingness to make changes and ensure we were ready and prepared was outstanding. Our Travel Designer was awesome! 

Dawn Jacobs

Choosing a safari expert is never easy given the choice and lists upon lists of "top suppliers"....but we made the BEST choice for us....why....because above all, Rothschild listened ....really listened to what we wanted to experience.

George Kowalski

It was a well organized trip. It was easy to get around since we were guided through all of our itinerary. Everyone was pleasant and very helpful. This is an excellent way to travel. Rothschild Safari did very well and brought a fantastic African experience to us.

Jackie Smith

My trip was beyond AMAZING! I truly enjoyed every moment. The itinerary allowed me to experience a variety of different activities all of which I enjoyed! When I originally thought of going to Africa I was just thinking of safaris. This trip opened my eyes (and my family/friend's) to so much more Africa has to offer.

Jamie Scarlett

Trip was PERFECT!! Every single detail was planned out and the accommodations and people were wonderful. This trip exceeded all of our wildest expectations. Every place we stayed was just lovely and each each camp had a different vibe, which was really neat. Everyone we worked with was outstanding. 

Joe Moravec

On behalf of the Moravec’s and the Stone’s……thank you for arranging a trip of a lifetime. Every detail was accounted for and all the recommendations were perfect. It honestly could not have gone any better.

Kim Mather

Meggan Woody and Kim Killick were extraordinary at crafting THE PERFECT safari for our family of 8. They both listened (actually 'read' my email) to EXACTLY what we wanted, within the budget that we needed, and miraculously pulled off miracles in obtaining the properties that we wanted! 

Lisa Anderson

Every aspect of my trip went according to plan and the plan Rothschild's help me to orchestrate was magnificent! I loved every lodge that I was blessed to be in! They were all very different yet all high end and very accommodating.

Mary & Rob Johannigman (and family)

It was the most exciting, scenic, inspiring trip we've ever taken. To say it was a trip of a lifetime doesn't begin to capture our experience. Pam Langhoff and the Rothschild team did an outstanding job of helping us plan this trip.