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A private desert tour is a once-in-a-lifetime journey and planning it is part of the process. Although challenging at first, you will have all the support and dedication from our team of sales consultants. We will make sure that the preparation of your tour is as smooth, pleasurable, and stress-free as possible.

Feel free to ask any questions by email or phone. We will reply in minutes! Our clear price structure and presentation will help you make all your decisions, but it is normal for questions to come up. In this section, we have summarized some of the most common ones. Reading below our Frequently Asked Questions is always an excellent idea as there might be some details you have not yet thought about.

In the unlikely event that your trip is canceled, we will reach out directly to offer you the following options:

A free date change – you can choose a new date for the same trip.

A lifetime deposit credit – we promise to give you a lifetime deposit credit which you can use on the deposit of the same trip, or a completely different one if you prefer. If you have paid the balance as well (the full amount), we will refund this balance to the card you paid with, so that the new balance is due 2 months before your new trip.

A full refund – we understand sometimes these options won’t work for you. In this case, we’ll offer you a full refund, which typically takes 3-5 working days to get back to the card you paid with.

If your trip is more than 2 months away, you will be eligible for a free date change under our lifetime deposit scheme. If the trip is less than two months away, however, please do still reach out as soon as possible – we may be able to help even if you are past the usual cut-off.

  1. Water

This is the first thing that must appear on your packing list if you are planning to go on a desert trip. It is recommended that you go with plenty of water as the possibility of getting dehydrated during hot and dusty desert days is extremely high. You should drink a gallon of water per day. Having some reserve quantity in your vehicle is also a nice backup idea.

  1. Wide hat

Your adventure in the desert would put you under the hot sun for long hours. Hence, you would need something to provide your head with some protection against the effect of the dangerous weather. Having a normal cap will not be enough. It is necessary you go with a wide hat – wide enough to cover your neck against sunburn and keep your eyes away from the sun.

  1. Structure for shade

A shade structure is another important item that needs to follow you to the desert. This becomes extremely useful if you’re spending some time in one spot. It usually gets extremely hot and sunny during the afternoons in the desert. Having a canopy of some sort that would shield you from the hot weather and provide you with some comfort when you need to take a rest is highly recommended.

  1. Sunglasses

You would not like to return from a desert trip and start having problems with your eyes. As such, it is important to put in the right measures to protect your eyes against any danger while you are enjoying your ride. Having a pair of good sunglasses in your desert trip packing list is essential. The eye is the lamp of the body, it must be well protected.

  1. Toiletries

You should not discard your regular hygiene routine just because you found yourself in the middle of a dessert. Make sure you take all the regular necessary toiletries with you when you set out for a desert trip. Things like face wash, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, comb, soap, body wash, body lotion, etc. should be in your bag.

  1. Down Jacket

Well, this sounds strange, isn’t it? You probably would not need a down jacket in a hot desert environment. But what if you find yourself stranded at night? You would be under extreme risk of hypothermia if you do not have warm clothes to put on. The desert – despite its insane hotness at daytime – sees some of its locations drop below freezing during the night. Hence, having a down jacket would come out handy at those moments. Although you might not use it, it is a safety measure just in case.

  1. First-Aid kit

A First Aid kit is another item that should not be excluded on your packing list if you’re planning to go on a desert trip. Such trips could produce a few unexpected circumstances, especially on your health, and you need to be prepared for them. Whether it is just a little cut, a scraped knee, or a minor headache, having a First Aid kit will help you attend to emergencies quickly.

  1. Bug Spray

No one wants to be a victim of insect attacks when enjoying a cool evening rest after a hot afternoon ride in the desert. You could encounter bugs, mosquitoes, flies, and other insects that could give you a tough time. Hence, you should consider going with a bug spray and other insecticides to deal with such threats and keep your experience pleasurable all through.

  1. Matches or Lighter

These are small items that are easy to forget when planning to go on a desert trip, but you need to ensure you go with them. If you get stuck and need to camp overnight, fire starters would help you to make campfires, which would provide you with warmth and illumination. That could also be another

We highly recommend taking out comprehensive travel insurance. Whilst we cannot provide formal advice on travel insurance, we do understand many providers are now including Covid-19 cover.

What is a private tour?
A private tour is the best choice for every traveler who is looking for the bright experiences. It will be arranged according to your needs and interests. You do not need to join a group with other people. You can form a group with your friends, and you can make a trip with two people. It is a good choice for honeymoon. It is also the best arrangement for family outings, all with familiar and comfortable travel companions, and there is no need to cooperate with people who do not know during the journey.

What type of vehicles we use in our private tours?
For most of our private tours, we use Hyundai H1 and new Mercedes Vito minivans. These vans can carry more than five adults easily. In case of a group of six or above, we make use of minibuses, which carry 12-17 individuals easily. For more hard-to-travel or faraway regions (and for certain routes), we make use of the new Toyota Landcruiser 4x4s.

Does our driver speak English?
All our drivers can speak fluently English, French, Spanish, Italian and while you start communicating with them, you will feel no barrier.

Winter season (November – March)

Winter in Morocco can vary in temperature. In Marrakech, the average temperature is around 10 – 14 degrees Celsius, with some infrequent rainfall. However, this temperature can drop a lot lower in other regions.

Shoulder (April– May & October)

Temperatures in Marrakech are quite pleasant at this time of year, with an average of around 18 – 22 degrees Celsius. Rain is infrequent.

High Season (June – September)

June to Sept in Marrakech can be hot. The average temperatures can be between 25 – 32 degrees Celsius, with little/no rain.

For more information, check out the following site:https://www.accuweather.com/fr/ma/morocco-weather

The currency used in Morocco is Moroccan Dirham (MAD).

You can take out cash at ATMs in the airport, as well as various locations on the trip. Please check with your bank that your card is accepted in Morocco before travel, and we highly recommend bringing two cards in case you have any issues.

Please note: your bank may charge transaction fees when you use your card in Morocco.

The two words Riad or Dar are derived from Moroccan dialect language and refer to an atrium or a small garden. This type of hotel is an old house with local characteristics, converted into a characteristic hotel with an atrium, a swimming pool, or a small garden. Riad is a traditional residence instead of a hotel, so the size of each room is different. The master bedroom is particularly large, but there will also be slightly smaller rooms. Members of the same group cannot require the same room type. This must be understood first.

In Morocco, Riad or Dar is a better choice than international chain five-star hotels. Expert travelers will give priority to Riad or Dar.

(Note: The Riad in Casablanca is in an unsafe area, so Casablanca arranges a four or five-star hotel.)

Yes. You are responsible for obtaining your own travel insurance cover. We recommend and require that you purchase travel insurance at the point of  booking your spot on a Morocco Getaways. This is in order that you are insured should unforeseen circumstances prevent you from attending the trip.

While tipping isn’t mandatory in Morocco, rounding up the bill and leaving spare change at restaurants and cafes is generally standard practice. Taxi drivers and porters will also accept tips, 10 dirham is usually sufficient in this case.

Morocco’s toilets are a mixture of modern flushable toilets and squat toilets, so be prepared to encounter both. Carry your own supply of toilet paper and soap, as these aren’t always provided.

ATMs are easily found in the large cities and airports, although are less common in rural and remote areas. When travelling out of the city, be prepared by having enough cash, as ATMs aren’t always an option.

 

We at Morocco Getaways organize private and custom trips for travelers from all around Morocco. Each tour we design alongside you is highly personalized to fit your travel dates, preferences, and travel style. Our trips are quite flexible and are built around the experiences you wish to have. We work hard to balance your time to include independent exploration with engaging guided visits where pertinent or necessary. So, you’ll get to explore on your own and have your driver or guide with you when needed.

 

Once your booking is confirmed we will send you a link to our secure payment page to make the first payment for the deposit. We will then send you a reminder and payment link when the balance is due. 

Upon request you can make direct via PayPal.

 

Morocco’s cities have internet access available in internet cafes and hotel lobbies. In some cases, free Wi-Fi can be accessed in public places. Less internet access is available in rural areas, so be prepared to ‘disconnect’ when travelling out of Morocco’s big cities.

 

Drinking tap water isn’t recommended in Morocco. For environmental reasons, try to avoid bottled water. Ask your leader where filtered water can be found as some hotels provide this.

 
  • 11 Jan Independence Manifesto Day

  • 1 May Labour Day

  • 26 Jun Aid al-Fitr / End of Ramadan

  • 30 Jul Throne Day

  • 14 Aug Oued Ed-Dahab Day

  • 20 Aug Revolution Day

  • 21 Aug HM Mohammed VI’s Birthday

  • 1 Sep Aid al-Adha / Feast of Sacrifice

  • 22 Sep Islamic New Year / Muharram

  • 6 Nov Green March Day

  • 18 Nov Independence Day

  • 1 Dec The Prophet’s Birthday

Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Morocco go

We have 4WD and minivans that we use for most private trips we run. These vans hold up to four to five adults comfortably. Once a group size reaches six or more persons, we tend to use minibuses, which hold 12 to 17 persons comfortably. For more remote or rustic areas (and for certain itineraries), we have 4WD that we utilize on tour.

 

A visa may be required to travel to Morocco. It is your responsibility to check the visa requirements based on your country of original / nationality and to obtain the correct visa for your trip. Morocco does offer visa-free travel for stays of up to 90 days for many countries.

 

Mobile phone coverage is generally very good in Morocco’s cities and metropolitan areas, although expect limited coverage in remote or mountainous areas. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your carrier if you wish to use your phone while in Morocco.

 

Major credit cards are accepted by most large shops, hotels and restaurants, although smaller vendors and market stalls often only accept cash.

 

We recommend LGBTQI travellers exercise discretion when travelling in Morocco as homosexuality is not widely accepted in the community. Homosexual acts (including kissing) are illegal in Morocco and can attract a fine or even a jail sentence for offenders. That said, some towns (such as Marrakech and Tangier) are considered more gay-friendly than others. As long as travellers use discretion and avoid public displays of affection, travel in Morocco should not be a problem.

Essentially, your driver is more than a driver. He is your tour host and confidant. And, we consider our drivers to be the best in the entire country. Many of them hold advanced English degrees. They are with you to keep you safe on the roads, answer cultural questions you might have, and to simply act as a key to the local culture and regions you’ll be visiting. This balance really means you have experts when needed and have time for independent exploration when possible and worthwhile.