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Morocco Photography Tour

Duration

9 Days 8 Nights

Departure

7/8 Am

Starting Point

Marrakech

Ending Point

Marrakech

Morocco Photography Tour

Overview:

Our Morocco photography tour is for photographers of all levels. Join us if you’re looking to hone your creative photography skills and travel to Morocco’s most compelling landscapes, from desert to coast.

Experience the contrast of the iconic cityscapes of Marrakech and Essaouira with the remote Saharan dunes and Anti-Atlas mountains near Tafraoute.

We run our Morocco photography tour around the period of the new moon to maximize opportunities for night photography.

We organize for you to camp under the milky way for 3 nights, with one wilderness camp next to the canyon mountains of Iriqui national park, and two nights at Erg Chigaga dunes.

Your tutor will make sure that you reach the proper place at the right time to capture beautiful landscape and cityscape photos, and offer expert guidance throughout the tour.

Highlights of the Morocco Photography Tour:

Day 1: Arrival at Marrakech

Day 2: Marrakech to the High Atlas

Day 3: Head to Chigaga and Berber desert camp

Day 4: Erg Chigaga exploration

Day 5: Travel to the Canyon landscapes

Day 6: Travel from the Sahara desert to Tafraoute

Day 7: Explore around the Amlen valley and Tafraoute

Day 8: Travel to Essaouira

Day 9: Travel back to Marrakech

Morocco photography tour

Photography Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive to Marrakech - Overnight in the Medina

Meet at our Riad in the Medina of Marrakech at 3 pm. We head straight out to explore the various areas of the colorful Medina. Through the narrow alleyways, we make our way to the Museum of Photography to get some inspiration for our trip. Then we head up to the rooftop to photograph the Marrakech skyline with the atlas mountains in the distance.

At sunset, we spend time round the Jemaa el Fna square. Then we return to our Riad for a typical Moroccan dinner and debrief before tomorrow’s journey.

Day 2: Travel from Marrakech across the High Atlas to Tamdaght[via Telaouet Kasbah]

Aim to depart from Marrakech by 08:30 am. Driving hours approx. 4.5 hours (excluding visits en-route).

We drive from Marrakech over the High atlas mountains towards the Ounila Valley. on the way we make stops to photograph the different views of the mountains. A telephoto lens are helpful in capturing the layers of the mountains as they’re lit by the sun.

Around noon we visit the Telouet Kasbah and explore its interior. We photograph the various architectural styles intermixed in this Kasbah.

Afterward, we head down the unspoiled Ounila Valley to Tamdaght where we’ll stay in a very beautiful Riad just outside the historic walls of the Kasbah. This Kasbah will also be our photo subject for the evening.

Day 3: Travel to Erg Chigaga and Berber Desert camp

After heading to the UNESCO site of Ait Ben Haddou to photograph sunrise we’ve a long drive ahead of us (approx. 6.5 hours excluding stops en-route) to achieve the highlight of our tour, the Erg Chigaga dunes.

We stay for 2 nights in a remote Berber desert camp in the midst of the erg. This location offers endless opportunities to photograph the Erg Chigaga. We climb different dunes to get great views of the surrounding sea of sand.

On the first evening, we head to the highest dune in the area. Here we are able to photograph altogether directions as the sun sets behind the horizon and the colors of the desert transform from gold to red, to blue.

Day 4: Day at leisure in the dunes of Erg Chigaga, with an option to visit a nomad family

We head out 2.5 hours before sunrise to photograph the milky way rising over the dunes, then watch as the morning light slowly transforms the desert. A wide-angle lens are going to be our tool of choice to capture as many stars as possible.

During the day we’ve got the choice to go to a nomad family and find out about their way of life in the desert. in the afternoon, we start to organize for our second sunset shoot in the Sahara Desert.

We will have the possibility to photograph dromedaries in the dunes before riding back on them for our final dinner at the desert camp.

Day 5: Travel to the Canyon landscape near Foum Zguid

With time allocated for photographing the mountains near Lake Iriqui, Jebel Bani, and Madouar, driving hours are going to be approx. 2.5 hours from the Erg Chigaga dunes.

Another morning shoot concludes our unforgettable stay in the Erg Chigaga dunes. Afterward, we’ve got some extra time to enjoy the silence of the desert until we head towards the mountainous landscape near Foum Zguid. These spectacular cliffs and mountains have rarely been photographed. By wild camping nearby, we are going to have the chance to get some unique photos during both sunset and sunrise.

Day 6: Travel from the sahara desert to Tafraoute

Our drive West today towards the Anti-Atlas mountains takes approx. 5.5 hours.

After photographing sunrise near our wild camp, and having breakfast, the journey continues as we drive towards the Anti-Atlas to Tafraoute. After checking in to our hotel in the Ameln Valley (outlying Tafraoute) we explore the mountainous landscapes, attempting to find subjects in the hills filled with fascinating rock formations and huge boulders.

This is another area of Morocco that has not been photographed fairly often, so we’ll again have lots of opportunities to come away with original photos.

Our goal for the afternoon is to seek out subjects to return to early the subsequent morning to photograph under the nice and cozy light of dawn.

Day 7: Exploring round the Amlen Valley and Tafraoute

After an early photo shoot in the hills near Tafraoute, we head back to our hotel for breakfast and to plan out the rest of the day.

The area around Tafraoute provides many beautiful hikes, of which we are able to do some shorter ones, visiting some of the spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and/or the local villages. The drivers are available to take us a touch further afield which is optional (e.g. to the Ait Mansour Gorge with its palm oasis). If you wish exploring and discovering new compositions, then this day will be perfect for you.

The views we just like the most will be our destination for sunset, but not before having lunch in the hotel or in Tafraoute town and enjoying your time to relax.

Day 8: Travel to Essaouira

Driving hours to Essaouira are approx. 6.5 hours (excluding stops en route).

After an early breakfast, we have a long, yet varied drive ahead of us to reach the Atlantic Coast. Descending from the Anti-Atlas mountains we drive towards Agadir, from there continue northwards along the coast road, then through the Argan Biosphere to reach Essaouira.

Here we spend the evening, exploring the Medina and the ramparts. There we photograph the beautiful coastline in the blue hour.

A final dinner concludes our unforgettable adventure through Morocco.

Day 9: Travel to Marrakech airport or Medina

Driving hours approx. 3 hours.

We conclude our trip with a final breakfast before we head back to Marrakech airport.

We drop participants at the Marrakech airport, or in the Medina (for those not departing today).

Accommodations

  • 1-night Marrakech riad
  • 1-night hotel nr. Ait Ben Haddou
  • 2 nights Berber desert camp
  • 1-night wilderness camp
  • 2-nights Tafraoute hotel
  • 1-night Essaouira riad

NB: high standard, boutique 3* hotels/riads, and a comfortable desert glampsite.

Included:

  • Award-winning English speaking tutor
  • Airport transfer days 1 and 9
  • 4×4 vehicles with drivers daily (max. 3 participants per car)
  • Desert guide 3 days
  • Accommodations 8 nights (*drinks at hotels excluded)
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 7 evening meals
  • 2 lunches
  • Camel trek

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When is the best time to visit Morocco?

There is really no time of year where you wouldn’t enjoy your trip to Morocco; although you should keep in mind that it tends to get a little too crowded with tourists during the winter holidays season. Then it’s up to you to decide what season suits you the best to come visit, according to your schedule and preferences.

The weather in Morocco is more on the mild side during Spring and Autumn (from March to May and from September to November respectively). For these seasons the temperatures could be ranging anywhere from 11° to 32°C. Winter usually lasts from December to February, with a relatively low temperature range (7° to 21°C). You should also expect to see snowfall in Morocco’s mountainous regions. As for Summer (from June to August), temperatures can land anywhere between 19°C and 40°C in the middle of the day.

When is the peak season to visit Morocco?

The tourist flow in Morocco reaches its peak during December and April of each year, for these are the holiday seasons. The emerging high demand for accommodations during these months makes the prices go up very significantly in comparison to other months, and all of the best accommodations get booked up very early on.

Therefore, if you’re thinking of coming during one of these seasons, we suggest you start looking in advance, in order to have enough time to find an accommodation that suits your needs. We would also suggest you avoid these months altogether, so that you’ll be able to get the best out of your Morocco experience.

Are the tours private?

Yes! The tours our company offers are all completely private. This will allow to experience Morocco the way YOU want to. In addition to that, you will of course be always welcome to request stops along the way during the tours, in order to take memorable photographs (or whatever other reason you want!).

In case you are interested in booking a group desert tour, please go ahead and contact us and we will make you the best group tour.

Will the price be the same if we are 2, 3 or more persons?

The price for each individual person participating in the tours goes lower the more people there are in the group participating.

Will the price be cheaper for last minute booking?

Actually, it could be quite the opposite. Our team makes sure to select the best quality accommodations for our clients, and those tend to get booked full pretty quickly, that’s why it’s not always easy for us to accommodate last minute bookings.

Therefore, you shouldn’t expect a lower price for such inquiries, but instead a higher one maybe. To avoid such incidents, we strongly advise you to book your tour with us early on, so that we will be able to pick out the best accommodations for you, and offer you an unforgettable Morocco experience.

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