Camels on the Beach Family Morocco Trek

Camel supported family trekking on Morocco`s Atlantic Coast







From $820 Land only

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Holiday Overview


  • A family adventure holiday in Morocco
  • Coastal camping and excellent beaches, Morocco
  • Explore Marrakech and Essaouira with your family
  • Close to home and yet so exotic

This superb family adventure holiday treks for 5 days along the coast of Morocco between Agadir and Essaouira. This stretch of the Atlantic is wild, dramatic, remote and beautiful. Camping out amongst the dunes, we enjoy ever-changing views of headlands, cliffs and endless fine sand beaches. Travelling with a team of camels and their colourful drivers, and visiting villages en route this family adventure holiday is a cultural experience as much as it is a real adventure for youngsters and parents alike. Most afternoons are free for paddling, beachcombing, beach games, or simply for relaxing. The holiday ends in the ancient and beautiful port of Essaouira which is a fascinating walled city where cannons still point out to sea - a reminder of the days when pirates and other raiders threatened this part of the African coast. Inside the walls of the city there is a wealth of shops and souks selling colourful djelabas and carpets, aromatic oils and spices, and hand crafted lamps and toys. Just outside the city, Essaouira's light sandy beach is becoming a famous destination for wind surfing and kite surfing enthusiasts. The holiday begins and ends in magical Marrakech which never fails to entertain both young and old. This is a simply superb family holiday offering a different perspective on Morocco.

explore international

Explore International. This is one of our Explore International holidays. Participants on these trips can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by an English-speaking guide, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!

Is this holiday for you?

Suitable for children from 6yrs old

This is a family adventure camping holiday, with camels carrying all of our equipment. During each day's walk you need only carry what you require that day. The itinerary has been specifically designed with children in mind. The holiday involves coastal walking with some short ascents and descents on a variety of terrain from mule tracks to sand dunes, cliff top paths, and sandy beaches. We will be actually walking for up to 5 hours each day at an easy pace. There will be time for stops and more importantly messing around in the shallows, rock pools or sliding down sand dunes. It can be hot during the middle of the day, though a cooling breeze from the sea often ameliorates this. Lunch is always taken in the shade of a tree and we can cool off in the sea. If necessary, we can arrange for tired, small individuals to be carried by camels for parts of the day's walk. The guide will speak both English and French, and the group may include both English and French families.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Marrakech. Transfers from Marrakech Airport are provided.
  • Transfer to the start point of the walk on the beach north of Agadir. Walk with camels to Lmessouane.
  • Trek along the coastal path with the camels to the village of Tafedna.
  • Walk through an Argan forest before dropping down to the beach and walking next to the crashing waves.
  • Continue walking along the coastal cliffs and along to the impressive sand dunes of Sidi me Barek.
  • Walk along Sid Kaouki beach watching the windsurfers. Transfer short distance to Essaouira.
  • Transfer back to Marrakech for lunch. Afternoon sightseeing in Marrakech including Djemaa el-Fna.
  • Departure day. Marrakech Airport transfers are provided.
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We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Marrakech Airport, which is approximately 15 minutes drive away from the group hotel in downtown Marrakech. Please refer to the 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' section of the holiday dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK there are a number of low cost airlines offering flights to Marrakech. These include Easyjet who have flights from London, Manchester & Glasgow, Thomson Airways who have flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol & Glasgow and Ryanair who have flights from London. Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively if you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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  • airport
  • trip direction
  • peaks
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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Marrakech. Transfers from Marrakech Airport are provided.

    On arrival in Marrakech you will be met by a KE representative who will assist with the short transfer to the group hotel in the city. Depending on your flight arrival time, after settling in you may have the opportunity to do a little exploration. Marrakech is a friendly city and quite easy to get around and most people head for the central square of the Djemaa-el-Fna beneath the imposing tower of the Koutoubia Mosque. Dinner can be taken at the group hotel or a nearby restaurant. KE Land Only package services begin with overnight at the hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

  • Transfer to the start point of the walk on the beach north of Agadir. Walk with camels to Lmessouane.

    After breakfast, we will set off on the drive to the start point of our short trek. We drive west out of the city towards the Atlantic coast. At Chicahaoua we turn towards the seaport of Agadir. After approximately 4 hours drive we reach the village of Lmessouane, located on a point around 64 kilometres north of Agadir. There are several village shops and busy cafes catering for the local inhabitants and visitors who are predominantly surfers. A little further down the road we arrive at Imriditsn, where we start our trek. We meet our camels and their drivers here and we will have time to do some exploring while the luggage is loaded and our caravan is prepared. We set off in the early afternoon for a 3-hour walk beginning on a rocky trail through scrub along the cliff top. There are opportunities to get onto the sandy beaches at various points. Near the beach at Timazguida Ouftas we camp for our first night.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 110m

    • Distance 7km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 370m

    • Time 2 hours

  • Trek along the coastal path with the camels to the village of Tafedna.

    This is a splendid days’ walk, often high above the sea looking down on hidden bays and crashing waves. Continuing at the relaxed pace of the camel caravan we make our way to Tafeda where the Atlas mountains reach the sea. Tafeda was once an important Portugese sea port but today it is a small fishing village. We make camp just outside the village and there will be time in the afternoon to explore the long sandy beach here.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 470m

    • Distance 19km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 470m

    • Time 5 hours

  • Walk through an Argan forest before dropping down to the beach and walking next to the crashing waves.

    Leaving camp we climb above the sea into a wild plateau landscape of argan forest, where herds of goats graze on the scrubby plants. The oil from these trees is renown for its cleansing and healing properties. The oil is made into edible preparations of all kinds but is also used to make soaps, and is ubiquitous in the traditional hammams (hot baths). We eventually drop down and walk beside the waves to our campsite at Sidi Ahmed Assayh, one of the most beautiful beaches on the Atlantic Coast. Our camels will take a different route today, due to the terrain. If we are feeling tired we can take the easier route with the camels. There will be time to splash around in the shallow waters, paddle, play some football or do cart wheels in the sand.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 470m

    • Distance 14km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 390m

    • Time 4 hours

  • Continue walking along the coastal cliffs and along to the impressive sand dunes of Sidi me Barek.

    We continue our traverse of the coast on the imposing cliffs above the Atlantic. Today we pass through several Berber villages and we are sure to receive an invitation or two to come inside a house and share tea. At the end of the day we arrive in an exceptional landscape of dunes. We make camp beside the assif (river) Boud which cuts through the dunes to the sea. This is a great campsite surrounded by dunes, near a pretty waterfall, and close to the beach. This is a great place for showering in the warm waterfall, and looking for creatures in the rock pools or sliding down the dunes.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 280m

    • Distance 12km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 280m

    • Time 4 hours

  • Walk along Sid Kaouki beach watching the windsurfers. Transfer short distance to Essaouira.

    Another beautiful day’s walk through a spectacular landscape. During the morning session the light is particularly breathtaking. Finally our caravan reaches the wide expanse of Sidi Kaouki beach which is very popular among wind surfers due to its reliable breezes. Here we must say goodbye to our camel drivers and of course their camels. We board our minibus for the 40 minute drive to the old port of Essaouira. This is a simply superb place to end the trip and all the family will be fascinated both by the vibrant Berber culture in the bazaar, and the more modern facilities available for hire at the beach, such as jet skis, kites and windsurfers. It is possible to swim at the beach here in Eassouira.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 100m

    • Distance 12km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 70m

    • Time 4 hours

  • Transfer back to Marrakech for lunch. Afternoon sightseeing in Marrakech including Djemaa el-Fna.

    After breakfast at our hotel, we make the drive back to Marrakech, arriving in time for a late lunch, then check in to our hotel. The afternoon sightseeing tour of Marrakech is with an English speaking guide and is a great chance to visit the Djemaa el-Fna and explore the souks for last minute shopping. Traditionally, our last night in Morocco is celebrated with an excellent Moroccan buffet feast, our guide can recommend a good restaurant for us. Relaxing over this leisurely meal is a memorable way to end this fantastic family adventure

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bl

  • Departure day. Marrakech Airport transfers are provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. For those clients with evening flights the remainder of the day is free to explore the streets, souks and colourful sights of Marrakech. A popular option is to simply sit and watch the world go by from one of the restaurants overlooking the Djemma el-Fna. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • An experienced professional local leader
  • Marrakech Airport transfers (on first and last day of itinerary)
  • Hotel accommodation in Marrakech and Essaouira
  • All meals except 2 dinners
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Camels for children to ride (2 per camel for children under 16yrs) on days 3 / 5 / 6
  • Half day sightseeing tour of Marrakech with English speaking guide
  • Once on trek a full service including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for staff
  • Meals as in the Meal Plan
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

All clients travelling to Marrakech Day 1 of the holiday itinerary will be met at the airport by a local KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights and should let us know if Marrakech Airport transfers are not required. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

We will have an early morning wake-up call at about 6 am. This is principally to allow us to complete most of the day’s walk while it is cool. After breakfast during which the camels are loaded, we will set off walking at around 8 am. We will walk for 2 to 3 hours at a very leisurely pace, with lots of stops for photographs and to round up the children. One or two of the camels will not be carrying full loads and can quickly be brought into service to carry sleepy or tired children. Young children will not ride a camel on their own, but will have one of the Berber crew riding behind them. Anyone expecting to ride the camels should bring a cycling helmet on the trip. Note: Where the paths are steep it may not be possible to ride. We may choose to stop off for a picnic lunch at about 11 am, and if we have found a shaded spot, the lunch stop may last a couple of hours. With just an hour or two’s easy walking after lunch, we will reach our overnight camp in the early afternoon, leaving the rest of the day free for games or relaxing. Dinner is ready at around 6 pm and is a 3-course meal, prepared by our trek cook and served in the dining area of our overnight accommodation. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trip so far and for general socializing with the other families on the holiday.

During this holiday the group will spend 2 nights at a comfortable family orientated hotel in Marrakech. In Essaouria, we will stay for one night in a small hotel in the Medina. There are 5 nights camping on the trip and mattresses are provided at each camp. The tents are 2 person. All family members should take a sleeping bag for the camping nights. This will be carried along with your main luggage by the camels.

In the Marrakech hotel, 3-person families will share a triple room, whilst 4-person families will have adjacent twin-bed rooms. We will do everything to ensure that you are happy with your rooming allocation.

Additional hotel nights are available pre and post the holiday. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

On trek, the food is a mixture of local and Western, all purchased locally and cooked for us by our experienced cooks. Breakfasts are continental style, with tea and coffee, orange juice, cereals including muesli, bread, jam, honey and cheese. A morning snack is also provided and this usually consists of a piece of fruit (apple, orange), together with Moroccan “trail mix” of dried figs and dates, peanuts, sugar coated peanuts and other nuts. Lunch usually starts with the Berber specialty of mint tea, followed by a buffet of rice, pasta or cous-cous, with a freshly prepared salad - onion, tomatoes, green peppers, grated carrot, green beans, with tinned sweetcorn or peas added. Hard and soft cheeses, tinned fish, olives, biscuits and bread are also on the lunchtime menu. Dinner starts off with soup and bread. The main course is usually rice, pasta, cous-cous, spaghetti or chips, with a vegetable stew (or tagine) consisting of some of the following - onion, potato, carrot, green pepper, courgette (zucchini), turnip, parsnip, green beans, peas. There will be some meat (usually chicken, lamb or beef). Meat is not prominent in the menu. All dishes come with traditional sauces which are rarely (spicy) hot. Desserts usually consist of fruit, some fresh but more likely tinned, including pineapple, apricot, pears, peaches or mixed. Moroccan tinned fruit is excellent quality. To round off dinner, there is the usual range of hot drinks.

All meals except for 2 dinners whilst in Marrakech are included in the holiday price.

Approximately £400 per family (mum, dad and 2 kids) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including tips, non-included meals, soft drinks and modest souvenirs. Both Essaouira and Marrakech are great places for souvenir buying, and if you are intending to buy expensive items, you should budget accordingly and you may wish to pay by credit card. It is not necessary to purchase Moroccan currency (Dirham) outside the country. You can withdraw money in local currency from ATM’s in Marrakech or your travel money can be carried in the form of cash (Sterling and US dollars are easily exchanged).

The group will be accompanied by an experienced English & French speaking professional leader throughout the trip and during the walking days you will have the support of a full trek crew and camels.

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local guides and porters. They do not form part of their wages. KE always pays local crews the best rates of pay, no matter what country they are in and any tips they receive are seen as a personal thank you from group members. For our part, we advise local teams that tips are not a duty or a prerequisite but are a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that was given. For your trek crews we recommend that you give a tip if you feel that their services have met your satisfaction. As a rough guide we suggest you allow a total of £100-150 for tipping per family of 4.

Your baggage on trek will be carried by camels. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15kg. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trek at the group hotel. We recommend that you bring a fold away bag for this purpose.

KE Trek Bag / Free Gift

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

No visa is required for travel to Morocco by the holders of the following passports: United Kingdom, United States of America or Australia. Please note that your passport must be valid for at least six months after your date of entry to Morocco and that this entitles you to stay in the country for up to three months. Holders of passports not on the above list should contact the Kingdom of Morocco visa information service to see if a visa is required. (Most people will find that no visa is required).

We do keep our information up to date but be advised visa requirements are subject to change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in the case of recent alterations.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Walking boots / comfy sturdy walking shoes for children
  • Lightweight thermal or fleece gloves (not in Jul&Aug)
  • Socks
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants
  • Underwear
  • Baselayer shirts (short sleeve & long sleeve)
  • Shirts or T-shirts (wicking)
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Eyewear - Sunglasses
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre / 1 quart (x2)
  • 3 season sleeping bag*
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Small towel
  • Swimwear
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE kit bag)
  • Daypack c.25 litres
  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
  • Headtorch / headlamp with spare batteries
  • Water purification tablets

    Basic personal first aid kit, including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters (band aids) and blister treatment, Insect repellent (DEET), and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

The following items are optional:

  • Cycle helmet(1) – see notes
  • Trekking poles
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Thermarest (note that foam mattresses are provided)
  • Gaiters (useful when walking through thorny sections)
  • Trainers / sneakers or sandals for camp
  • Spare laces
  • Shorts
  • Beach towel
  • Wetwipes (note that water for washing can sometimes be scarce)
  • Camera, media, spare batteries
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Travel clothes
  • Toys / games / books / a football etc.


  • (1)We recommend you bring a cycle helmet for anyone intending to ride mules or camels. Please note that these animals can be unpredictable and difficult to control, and if you wish to ride, this is at your own risk.
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  • *Available for hire/rental through KE Adventure Travel.
  • Remember when outfitting your family that KE clients are entitled to a 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor

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Know before you go

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

During April and October average daytime temperatures in Marrakech will be a comfortable 20-22ºCwhile on the coast the daytime temperatures will be around 18-20ºC. In the summer months we can expect average daytime temperatures in Marrakech of 28ºC. Evening temperatures at this time are around 22ºC. Temperatures on the coast are always cooler than Marrakech and the Atlantic breeze usually means that the ‘real feel’ temperature here is around 20-22ºC. At any time of the year nighttime temperatures on the coast can drop as low as 5ºC. At the times of all our departures you are unlikely to experience rain but this can never be ruled out and you must have protection from this as well as from the sun.

Your Child’s Health Abroad. Matthew Ellis and Jane Wilson-Howarth, (Bradt publications). Travel With Children. Maureen Wheeler (Lonely Planet). Lonely Planet Guide – Morocco. The Rough Guide to Morocco. The Trekkers Handbook. Tom Gilchrist

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