We arrived in Marrakech Morocco on October 11th and left October 25th. The first few days in Marrakech were spent with a local NGO volunteering our time to provide photography training to children. The remainder of the time was spent on tour.
Over 6 days we drove east from Marrakech through the High Atlas Mountains to the Sahara and then returned. On the first day we drove through Tighza and spent the night in a Kasbah at Ait Ben Haddou. The following night we were in Tamnougalt. The next day we reached the desert near Tisserdmine via M'ssici. After a quick lunch we boarded camels for a 2 hour ride into the desert and the night under the stars in a camel-hair tent. The following night was in a riad on the edge of the desert; a chance to shower and relax. The return to Marrakech took us along a different route, but again through the mountains. We tracked through Erfoud, Tinghir and up to the gorge near Bouskour. From there we backtracked a bit and spent the night in Tamellalt. The last day was a long haul back to Marrakech.
We spent the night in Marrakech and then took the bus to Essaouira on the Atlantic coast where we stayed for 3 nights.