Atlantic Camel Caravan - Coastal Trek

A week of trekking along Morocco`s spectacular Atlantic coastline




From $820 Land only

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Holiday Overview


  • Breathtaking cliff top walking along Morocco`s undiscovered coast
  • Stay in the stunningly picturesque UNESCO medina of Essaouira
  • Explore Marrakech, magical souks and the colourful Djemaa-el-Fna
  • Relaxed walking, wild coastal camping and remote sandy beaches

The wild Atlantic coast of Morocco is remote, beautiful and undiscovered. This superb walking holiday spends a week following this dramatic shoreline, camping out amongst the dunes and enjoying ever-changing views of headlands, cliffs and endless fine sand beaches. Travelling in a traditional caravan with a team of camels and their drivers and visiting villages en route, this trek is a cultural experience in an area of the country as much as it is a real adventure. Most afternoons are free to relax or beachcomb along this undiscovered coast. The trek ends in the ancient, and beautiful white-painted port of Essaouira.  A fascinating medina town, whose castellated walls and rows of cannon, still pointing out to sea, are a reminder of the days when pirates and other raiders threatened this coast. With its pretty houses, bustling harbour, thriving fishing fleet, maze of market streets and numerous handicraft workshops, this is a great place to explore.  Returning to Marrakech, the holiday is completed by an afternoon's exploration of the fascinating labyrinth of the souks and an entertaining evening in the famous and incredibly exotic Djemaa-el-Fna. If you're looking for a totally different perspective on Morocco, that is a real `off the beaten track` experience, this is the holiday to consider!

Is this holiday for you?

This walking and camping holiday is fully supported with a trek crew and camels that carry all of our equipment. During each day's walk you need only carry what you require that day.  The holiday involves coastal walking with some ascent and descent on a variety of terrain from mule tracks to sand dunes, cliff top paths, and sandy beaches. We will be walking for around 4 to 5 hours each day at a steady pace and there will be time for stops and the occasional `paddle` in the sea, as well as opportunities for exploring sandy beaches from our camps. It can be very hot during the middle of the day, especially during July and August and this can make the walking harder. However in normal conditions this is mostly amelioratead by a cooling breeze from the sea which makes the temperatures generally pleasant for walking.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Marrkech. Complimentary transfers from Marrakech Airport are provided.
  • Transfer to Imriditsn. Trek along spectacular cliffs to the fishing village of Amderdiz'in.
  • Trek high above hidden bays to the small pretty fishing village of Tafeda.
  • Trek to one of the most beautiful beaches on the Atlantic Coast - Sidi Ahmed Assayh.
  • Traverse along high coastal paths to dunes beside the River Boud.
  • Trek through a spectacular landscape to the stunning Sidi Kaouki beach. Transfer to Essaouira.
  • Transfer to Marrakech. Optional city sightseeing tour or time at leisure.
  • Departure Day. Complimentary return transfers to Marrakech Airport are included.
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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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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Marrkech. Complimentary 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. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal taken at the group hotel or a nearby restaurant. The group leader will give a trip briefing during dinner.

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  • Transfer to Imriditsn. Trek along spectacular cliffs to the fishing village of Amderdiz'in.

    After breakfast, we will set off on the drive to the start point of our trek. We drive west out of the city towards the Atlantic coast. At Chicahaoua we turn towards the seaport of Agadir. After approximately 5 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 2-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 and we finish the day at another fishing village at Amderdiz'in. We make our first night’s camp here.

    • Accommodation Camping

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    • Time 2 hrs of walking

  • Trek high above hidden bays to the small pretty fishing village of Tafeda.

    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.

    • Accommodation Camping

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    • Time 5 hrs of walking

  • Trek to one of the most beautiful beaches on the Atlantic Coast - Sidi Ahmed Assayh.

    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. There is opportunity for swimming at today’s camp.

    • Accommodation Camping

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    • Time 5 hrs of walking

  • Traverse along high coastal paths to dunes beside the River Boud.

    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 unes. 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 swimming in the ocean or showering under the warm waterfall.

    • Accommodation Camping

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    • Time 4 hrs of walking

  • Trek through a spectacular landscape to the stunning Sidi Kaouki beach. Transfer 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 with its fascinating mix of history, vibrant Berber culture in the bazaar, and the more modern facilities available for hire at the beach, such as jet skis, kites and windsurfers.

    • Accommodation Camping

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    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 hrs of walking

  • Transfer to Marrakech. Optional city sightseeing tour or time at leisure.

    After breakfast at our hotel, we make the drive back to Marrakech, arriving in time for a late lunch. After checking in and freshening up, we have an optional sightseeing tour of Marrakech with an English speaking
    guide. This is a fantastic opportunity 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 feast. Relaxing over this leisurely meal is a memorable way to end this fantastic adventure.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Departure Day. Complimentary return transfers to Marrakech Airport are included.

    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.

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Holiday Information

  • An experienced professional local leader
  • Marrakech Airport transfers (on first and last day of itinerary)
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • All meals throughout the holiday
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Once on trek a full service including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

During this trip the group will spend 2 nights in a tourist class hotel in Marrakech. While there are many more expensive hotels in Marrakech, we try to strike the right balance of a comfortable and conveniently located hotel while maintaining a really good value holiday. We will also spend 1 night in a hotel in Essaouria located within the medina (walled city). There are 5 nights wild camping on the holiday. All accommodation is based on twin sharing. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek for an additional cost. Please note single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels. For the hotel nights in Marrakech and in Essaouria, single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. Additional nights in Marrakech are available either at the group hotel or in a range of different hotels and riads. Please see the page on hotels at the end of this dossier for more details. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the holiday on our website.

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

All meals are included in the holiday price from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8.

On trek, the food is a mixture of local and Western, all purchased locally and cooked for us by our trek 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, 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 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 a.m. 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 a.m. We will walk for 2 to 3 hours at a very leisurely pace, with stops for photographs etc. We may choose to stop off for a picnic lunch at about 11 a.m., 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 swimming, games or relaxing. Dinner is ready at around 6 p.m. 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 socialising.

The group will be accompanied by an experienced English-speaking professional leader throughout the holiday and during the walking days will have the support of a full trek crew plus baggage camels and their drivers.

Approximately £100 - £150 (or equivalent in US dollars or Euros) changed into local currency, should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including tips for the local, soft drinks, snacks etc. Both Essaouira and Marrakech are great places for souvenir buying and credit cards are accepted in many places. 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, Euros and US dollars are easily exchanged). Please note that it can be difficult and time-consuming to exchange travellers cheques at banks in Morocco, and commission payments are often very high.

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to the local staff of guides, trek crew and camel drivers. 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. It is important to remember that tips are entirely voluntary and also dependent on the service that was given. Most people will want to give tips to their support staff. We recommend this is done as a group and as a rough guide we suggest a contribution of £30 from each member of the group should provide an adequate 'pool' for these tips.

Your baggage on trek will be carried by camels. The packed weight of your trek bag whilst trekking should be no more than 15kg. (33 pounds). 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.

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.

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 or shoes
  • Lightweight gloves (not required for Jul & Aug)
  • Socks
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants
  • Underwear
  • Base layer shirts (short sleeve & long sleeve)
  • Shirts or T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat (not required for Jul & Aug)
  • Eyewear - Sunglasses
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre (x2) / 1 quart (x2)
  • Sleeping bag rated to 5ºC*
  • Antibacterial hand wash
  • Wash bag and toiletries
  • Small towel
  • Toilet roll
  • Water purification tablets
  • Daypack c.25 litres
  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
  • Head torch / headlamp with spare batteries

    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).

  • Small padlock (to lock your KE kit bag)

The following items are optional:

  • 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
  • Swimwear
  • Camera, media, spare batteries
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Travel clothes
  • Wet wipes – biodegradable (note that water for washing can sometimes be scarce)


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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.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

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UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays.

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It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a walking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. This is not a demanding trekking trip but you do need to be aerobically fit and comfortable with walking up to 5 hours each day at a steady pace. We suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your departure. Jogging, squash and swimming are all good for developing better stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

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.

It is very hot in Morocco in the summer months and we can expect average daytime temperatures in Marrakech of 28ºC / 82°F with highs of up to 40ºC (over 100°F). Evening temperatures at this time are around 22ºC / 72°F. Temperatures on the coast are usually a few degrees cooler than Marrakech and the Atlantic breeze usually means that the ‘real feel’ temperature here is around 20 - 22ºC / 68 - 72°F During April and October departures average daytime temperatures in Marrakech will be a comfortable 20 - 22ºC / 68 - 72°F while on the coast the daytime temperatures will be around 18 -20ºC / 64 - 78°F. At any time of the year nighttime temperatures on the coast can drop as low as 5ºC / 40°F. 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.

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