Prequel, 48 hours to Marrakech

It’s 48 hours before I’m due to touch down in Marrakech on my Moroccan adventure and I have had a bloody disaster!  I seem to have hurt my rotator cuff muscles and have pain and restricted movement in my shoulder.  The worst thing is that I can’t take my hand behind my back.  This morning I had to figure out how a girl gets on a bra in such a situation . .

So, I am dosed up on Ibuprofen, wearing a freezer pack and preying to anyone who will listen that I can get my (very heavy) photo rucksack in the overhead locker on my Easyjet.

I’m trying not to panic and things seemed better after a visit from Sam Photo, she brought travel gifts for me and MSR.  I got a really cool water bottle that will keep my water super cool in the desert.  Sam had personally tested the bottle in Death Valley, says it really works.

 

MSR was not forgotten, check out this Moroccan inspired hat from Shelly’s Little Owl store on Etsy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of my friends asked for my itinerary: I spend 4 nights in Essouira 18 – 21, then head back to Marrakech on the 22 where this happens:

Day 1: Arrive Marrakech. You are met by a KE representative who will arrange transfers to the group hotel in Marrakech. KE Land Only services begin with overnight in the Riad. Overnight at Riad.

Day 2: Drive across the atlas to Ouarzazate and then through the Draa Valley to Ouled Driss and M’Hamid on the fringes of the Sahara where we overnight at a kasbah.

Day 3: We start our walk by crossing palm groves and fields into the desert toward the dunes of Erg Chegaga. Tonight we camp at a fixed Bedouin site with a resturant and showers.

Day 4: Continue trekking through a fascinating and varied desert landscape we climb the highest dune before returning to our previous nights accommodation. Bedouin fixed camp.

Day 5: We continue on our journey through small palm groves, dunes and onto a plateaux where we camp at Erg Lihoudi. Bedouin style fixed camp with resturant and showers.

Day 6: Today we walk across Erg Lihouli from crest to crest before taking the 4WD transfer back to Ouled Driss and M’hamid to at our kasbah to overnight.

Day 7: We drive back across the Atlas to Marrakech arriving late afternoon / evening in time to visit the remarkable central square of the Djemaa-el-Fna. Riad.

Day 8: KE Land Only services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided for clients departing this day.

Here’s the link to a map and stuff.

Once I head out into the desert there will be no wifi so don’t expect daily updates!

 

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