About Morocco Tour & Trek

Morocco in Africa - ArchesThe Country

Morocco is part of Africa, but also has many European influences including an historical association with Spain and France. The indigenous Berber peoples held it until the 7th century when the Arab and Muslims made it the westernmost muslim country. It is quite heavily populated, approx 30 million!

Geographically it has coasts and beaches, cities and plains, mountains (exceeding 4,000m- 13,500ft) and desert lands, all quite close together. Arid scrublands/steppes and cedar forests can be seen in the same day. The coastline has wonderful sweeping beaches and the inland desert of the Sahara has a peace of its own with burning stars at night.


The People

The Morrocan Peoplemixed Berber and Arab population has successfully maintained ethnic and cultural stability, despite a burgeoning young population and 99% are muslim. The Berbers are decendants partly of the paleolithic population and partly protomediterranean, and were converted by the Arabs in the 7th C. They have conserved the society structure of families, villages, clans and tribes.


The Languages

There is at least 3 berber languages ,rifain (Rif mountains) chleuh- a very ancient language, and Amazigh (high atlas), which is the mother tongue of Mohamed. Most berbers are at least bilingual or trilingual. Moroccan arabic is used in most other parts of Morocco. French is widely spoken , and classical arabic is the language of government and the press.


Morocco homes and templeThe Customs

Part of the attraction of visiting Morocco is in its very different-ness to north Europe. We would ask that you pay attention to our berber guides when visiting villages, and cities, they will tell you what is the recommended clothing and when to take photographs for instance. It would also be best to keep shorts and skimpy clothing to the mountains and desert where you are a long way from any village. Moroccans are very friendly and hospitable people. Try the mint tea- it is very sweet to our tastes at first, but can become very welcome. Some meals are eaten with bread and fingers... although you can ask for knife and fork.