If a taste of the exotic whets your photographic appetite then our Magical Morocco photography holiday is perfect for you. Busy souks with traders selling their traditional wares, desolate desert landscapes with camels and nomads and cities that are straight from the pages of ‘Arabian Nights’ are just some of the highlights…
Our photography adventure begins in Marrakech. You’ll meet your photography leader and the rest of the group this evening for a brief chat about your tour.
Accommodation: Hotel Le Grand Imilchil
We start our adventure early this morning with a drive to the Sarah Desert at Erg Chigaga. The journey is around 8 hours passing through the lower Atlas mountains, and in particular the famed winding Tizi n’Tichka pass, the highest in Morocco which is often snow covered during the winter months. On arrival in the desert we’ll explore the area by foot and 4WD, seeking out the best view points to photograph the dunes, as well as camels and their riders. We’ll stay around until dusk when we’ll make sure we’re in a good spot for a spectacular sunset photo opportunity.
Our night in spent in a nomad camp and there’ll be the opportunity to go out in to the night sky and shoot the milky way without any light pollution.
Accommodation: Nomad Camp
Leaving the desert behind we head for Ait Ben Haddou, a fortified Berber settlement, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site nestling on the southern slopes of the High Atlas mountains and one of Morocco’s most picturesque settings. Its famous Kasbah has been the location of many film scenes including Jesus of Nazareth, Lawrence of Arabia and more recently, Game of Thrones. We’ll shoot the narrow streets of the town, capturing the architecture and the colourful fabric of the inhabitant contrasting against the clay coloured walls. As the evening light warms up we’ll head out to a vantage point to photograph the town from a distance.
Accommodation: Hotel La Kasbah
Marrakech, known as the Red City, is busy, exciting and dripping with history. The Medina, or old town, is a cacophony of noise and colour and the spectacular Djemma-el-Fna is like a scene straight out of the pages of the Arabian Nights. We’ll spend the afternoon and evening taking advantage of the multitude of photographic opportunities including the wonderful jugglers, acrobats and snake charmers that ply their trade in the squares and streets, the local traders and craftsmen and their wares in the Souk, and the wonderful architecture and buildings that are around every corner.
In the evening we’ll enjoy a traditional belly dancer show with an exclusive opportunity to photograph the dancer beforehand.
Accommodation: Hotel Le Grand Imilchil
Today we’ll take to the streets of Marrakech as the city comes alive for the day and continue to photograph it’s narrow winding streets, Arabain Nights architecture and colourful characters before returning to the airport where our tour ends.
Our photography holidays and tours are designed to maximise the chances of getting great images by visiting photogenic sites at times that are good for photographing them. This generally means trying to avoid crowds and being out when the light is best, just after sunrise, and again in the late afternoon. Occasionally we’ll stay out after sunset or make use of clear night skies. The middle of the day is often reserved for lunch, free time, travelling, downloading images and relaxing. We try to make the most of each area we visit so there may a lot of distance covered and sometimes days can be long. Please read the itineraries carefully to get an idea of driving times and any particularly demanding days.
Our holidays are planned for dates when the weather is expected to be suitable for photography; however, with an ever more unpredictable climate there is always the possibility that we’ll experience poor conditions. In this case we’ll give what advice we can to help you get good results from your photography, and we may make changes to the tour to try to make the best of the situation.
UK citizens should refer to the FCO advice on entry requirements here.
All other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consulate.
The joining time is 20:00 on day 1 at the hotel reception, your photography leader will meet you there.
We can arrange transfers for you at the beginning of your tour at a cost of £29.
It is condition of booking that you are covered by adequate travel insurance. If you are bringing expensive photography equipment we recommend that this is insured too.
The following photography equipment is recommended:
• DSLR or mirrorless camera
• Wide angle lens
• Mid range zoom
• ND filters
• Remote shutter release
• Sufficient memory cards and storage devices
You’ll need light casual clothes and comfortable shoes. Early mornings can be chilly so a sweater is recommended. A sun hat and some long sleeved items are a good idea to help protect your skin against the sun.
Rooming is based on a twin share basis. If 2 people book together, they will automatically be roomed together. Those travelling alone will be sharing with another single traveller of the same sex unless a single room has been booked. If you desire privacy, are a light sleeper or a loud snorer then we’d recommend you book a single room (Not available at the desert camp at Erg Chigaga)
All accommodation is on bed and breakfast basis. You’ll need money to cover lunch, dinner and your drinks. As a rough guide we’d recommend that you allow around £15 – £20 per day.
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* No Single Room available in the desert camp at Erg Chigaga
This photography holiday starts at 20:00 in Marrakech on day 1 of the tour, so your flight should ideally arrive before then. If you need to book a flight arriving later then please contact us and let us know when you will be arriving. The tour ends on the final day at 17.00 at Marrakech airport so you can book your return flight for any time after that. Use the below to search for flights with Skyscanner.
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