See what lies beyond the usual Tourist Trails
Discover the Berber culture and a traditional way of life as you journey through an ever-changing landscape with high mountain passes, old caravan trade routes, deep verdant gorges, crumbling kasbahs and golden desert dunes. Pause, as you pass, to drink tea with Berber nomads and witness another way of life in some of Morocco’s most inhospitable environments.
Get Off the Beaten Track to see remote landscapes in which the Berbers have lived and defended their freedom, time and time again, over the centuries. The experience is often described as ‘stepping back in time’ from a modern world to one where the culture is rich with age old traditions and superstitions.
In the South of Morocco, as the landscape grows barren and the sand becomes all-invading, seek out the oases of life – orchards, fields, palm groves and rose gardens that where the Berbers work miracles with a donkey and plough.
Private tours, with a Berber driver, travel at your pace and witness a different way of life as you cross mountains, drive along dry river beds and sleep under the stars in the desert. Tours are suitable for anyone travelling on their own, couples, families and groups of friends.
Who are the Berbers?
The Berbers, once known as the Imazighen (‘free people’) are the indigenous people of North Africa and beyond. Interestingly the roots of the Toureg (‘pirates’) were also Imazighen and it was the Toureg who kept alive the symbolic alphabet known as Tifinagh (ⵉⵎⴰⵣⵉⵖⴻⵏ). The Imazighen (singular = Amazigh) once ruled over kingdoms in the region but were conquered by the Romans and subsequently the Arabs in the seventh century. Although mostly Muslim, Moroccan Berbers retain their ancient customs and festivals especially in rural areas, and many speak a dialect known as Tamazight that is now officially recognised as a language. Outside of the cities, in and around their small villages, the Berbers have an agricultural lifestyle – keeping sheep and goats and growing crops e.g. mint, cereals, vegetables etc. If you are interested in the Berber culture I recommend a visit to the Amazigh Museum that can be found in the Majorelle Gardens.
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