Tea has a special place in Morocco

Tea has a special place in Morocco

Tea-drinking is a big deal in most corners of the globe, from the Far East, Russia, India, to the United Kingdom, the Middle East, and North and East Africa, to say the least. Each nation has its own tea customs and rituals, and not everyone drinks the same blend of tea. Morocco is a nation of tea-drinkers (apparently it was the English who introduced tea here in the 19th Century!) and the preparation and serving of tea is not to be taken lightly. You can’t just “put the kettle on”, you need to savour the process and take time over it.
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The Moroccan ergs – Erg Chigaga or Erg Chebbi

The Moroccan ergs – Erg Chigaga or Erg Chebbi

We are often asked the question about the Moroccan Sahara – which is better to visit, Erg Chebbi or Erg Chigaga?

Difficult to answer that one on an impartial level, as Yahya hails from the desert region closest to Erg Chigaga. However, we do always give practical advice, depending on your proposed travel schedule in Morocco. Sometimes, it’s just too far to reach one erg (‘sand sea’) when the other would allow for a far more comfortable and sensible journey. i.e. both dune fields are 10 hours+ from Marrakech, we advise you break the journey, with lots of overnight options before/after the desert; Fes to Erg Chebbi is feasible in one day (7 hours), or take 3 days from Fes to comfortably reach Erg Chigaga. If you’re travelling over from the Coast, opt for Erg Chigaga, which is part of a neat loop through the Anti-Atlas mountains, the desert and the Draa Valley.
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Self-driving in Morocco – a few of our tips

Self-driving in Morocco – a few of our tips

Of course, having your own driver and 4×4 vehicle is by far the most relaxing and comfortable proposition to navigating the open roads and desert here. I endorse it, but I myself enjoy driving. What I find challenging is trying to concentrate on the road and enjoying the magnificent scenery simultaneously – well, it’s difficult – and evidently the driver can’t relax and enjoy the views as his/her passengers can. Concentration is key to driving here!
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