Hiking the Toubkal, Morocco's highest mountain and traveling south by bus and collective taxi to Tamraght to enjoy the beautiful waves of the coast.
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Africa16 days / October - November 2018
Highs & Lows
Sunrise on top of the Toubkal and the different varieties of Shakshouka
Marrakesh is the opposite of moroccean hospitality and way of living,
Arriving from Marrakesh in Imlil from Marrakesh is a real relief. The next day we scheduled a hike on the Jbel Toubkal, Moroccos highest mountain with 4167 m and is supposed to be an easy hike. We started early in the morning with our guide, a personal cook and a donkey that carried all the food for the three days. The hike was easy but took a long time. The landscape was beautiful and we good a real good and rich lunch. In the late afternoon we arrived in the mountain hut, where all the other hikers met and came together for dinner and a good round of card games. Early in the morning we started the last hike to the top, it was bitterly cold but totally worth it to see the sunrise over the desert. You can do the descent at the same day if you like.
Tamraght is a little village with some surf camps right before you get to famous Taghazout. After our trip in the mountains we took the bus and a collective taxi via the desert town Taroudannt which is totally worth it. We wanted to stay some nights and do some surfing and yoga here before we go further north and that’s what we got. We went to different surfspots like Plage Imouane right in front or La Source where the waves were excellent and the jellyfish happy to sting us. Our hostel offered great traditional marrocean food, it was a perfect place to relax and enjoy. Tamraght also has some nice local shops for cloths or ornaments and a great bakery, but be aware: some things are instant diabetes. One little tip: check out the local Hammam, it’s quite a cool experience and not commercialized.
We stayed in the old town of Essaouira for some days after returning to Marrakesh and going home. This city has a lot to offer apart from a constant soothing wind. Beautiful little roads with vendors who offer you besides the general souvenirs, some specialties if you look close enough. We found a taylor couple that did all the cloths by hand. They used the cloth for different garments and the price was not significantly higher than the usual stuff. Next to the shops and the really good restaurants, Essaouira has some really sweet cafes and libraries where you can just sit down, read a book, play chess or study the people passing by, if you like it. One thing to pay attention to are the beautifully designed doors you find throughout Morocco but especially here you will find a lot. We liked this little city a lot.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
Morocco is so rich in different things, I would defenitely recommend staying there for more than 3 weeks. Also we studies to travel by train and boat but unfortunately the costs were redicolous compared to the subsidized aviation.
Anything go wrong during the trip?
We rented a car and on the road we simotaneously burst our tires on the right side by evading a crash with another car that was driving in the middle of the road.5 minutes after the accident, somebody with a tuk -tuk like vehicle stopped and brought us a new tire after 20 minutes, in the middle of nowwhere. That's practical thinking and hospitality.
How was the food?
Don't remember the name but it was a little sandwich restaurant in Tamraght which served really good sandwiches with fries and was not on the main road.
What tips would you give a friend?
Go with a camper and spend a lot of time there.
Transportation in Morocco works better than in Germany. Usually you would take the bus. And if there are no buses there are collective taxis waiting. These wait until all the seats are full and bring you to the desired destination. This is way more economical and ecological than the usual way.