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Family Sahara Oct half term 2018 2018-03-21T20:35:52+00:00

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FAMILY SAHARA DESERT TREK

Specifically designed for families; Half Terms & Easter

FAMILY SAHARA
DESERT TREK

Specifically designed for families
Half Terms & Easter

Half Term, Oct 2018

Sat 20 Oct – Sat 27 Oct 2018, or
Sat 27 Oct – Sat 3 Nov 2018

Half Term, Feb/Mar 2019

Sat 16 Feb – Sat 23 Feb 2019, or
Sat 23 Feb – Sat 2 Mar 2019

Easter (Apr) 2019

Sat 6 Apr – Sat 13 Apr 2019
Later dates are possible

The superb rolling sands of the remote and vast Sahara Desert

This is a fantastic family trekking adventure taking you deep into the biggest desert in the world, the Sahara. Children of 9 years upwards (averagely fit and active) should be able to complete this trek unaided (on their own feet). Support is available, see the tab ‘Children’ directly below.

Highlights

  • Wild camping under the stars, no ambient light
  • Magnificent rolling dunes; so much space!
  • 4 x 4 extraction drive through the desert
  • Bake bread in the sand ovens; absolutely delicious!
  • Explore Marrakech

Children and adults love the Sahara. No roads, no people, no sounds, no phones, no ambient light. So much space, an absolute dream for children. They can run up as many sand dunes as they like! And at the end , we get you out with a Desert drive in a 4×4.

The pinnacle of your trek will be to watch the sunset from the top of Erg Zaher, a 1900′ dune and one of the highest in the region.

This is a fully supported trek (camels and handlers), all food and water will be carried by the camels from the outset. Walking between 5 and 7 hours a day, we stop for leisurely lunches in the shade of the tamarisk trees and wild camp each night on the sand dunes beneath clear skies which come alive with stars. This is a refreshingly minimalist existence and is both liberating and humbling as your everyday life back home feels a million miles away. You will not want to leave.

Your journey starts and ends in the colourful and captivating city of Marrakech. This is a wonderful adventure for all concerned, not least your children who will love it.

The biggest risk in the Desert is the Sun. It can be deceptively chilly overnight but the sun can be fierce in the afternoon.

Food – if your child is fussy, then plan to take some back up food of their choice, preferably something simple that will travel well and won’t spoil.

Fitness – averagely fit and active children won’t have too much of a problem with the trek but if it gets hot, they may tire a bit. The excitement of the sand is usually enough to keep them going. A camel (with handler) can be hired with the specific role of following the group and it will be on hand for the child to rise if and when necessary. The camel can be shared between children, even adults!

Injury/Illness – the Guide will be first aid trained but is not a Doctor. Parents should bring their own First Aid kit geared to their own family known potential ailments. Anything that requires professional medical help will mean extraction from the Desert, which can be arranged quickly. It must be understood (and accepted) that this is a remote region and despite best efforts, nothing will be instantaneous.

Is this right for us? Questions … just call us on 01529 488159

At A Glance   

Flight inclusive cost, from £1140
Land Only, from £790
Trip Duration 8 Days UK - UK
Trek Length 4 Days
Max Altitude Negligible
Grading
Accommodation Hotel, Riads, Camping
All meals on trek, B'fast in hotels

The superb rolling sands of the remote and vast Sahara Desert

This is a fantastic family trekking adventure taking you deep into the biggest desert in the world, the Sahara. Children of 9 years upwards (averagely fit and active) should be able to complete this trek unaided (on their own feet). Support is available, see the tab ‘Children’ directly below.

Highlights

  • Wild camping under the stars
  • So much space; magnificent rolling dunes
  • 4 x 4 extraction drive through the desert
  • Bake bread in the sand ovens; absolutely delicious!

Children and adults love the Sahara. No roads, no people, no sounds, no phones, no ambient light. So much space, an absolute dream for children. They can run up as many sand dunes as they like! And at the end , we get you out with a Desert drive in a 4×4.

The pinnacle of your trek will be to watch the sunset from the top of Erg Zaher, a 1900′ dune and one of the highest in the region.

This is a fully supported trek (camels and handlers), all food and water will be carried by the camels from the outset. Walking between 5 and 7 hours a day, we stop for leisurely lunches in the shade of the tamarisk trees and wild camp each night on the sand dunes beneath clear skies which come alive with stars. This is a refreshingly minimalist existence and is both liberating and humbling as your everyday life back home feels a million miles away. You will not want to leave.

Your journey starts and ends in the colourful and captivating city of Marrakech. This is a wonderful adventure for all concerned, not least your children who will love it.

The biggest risk in the Desert is the Sun. It can be deceptively chilly overnight but the sun can be fierce in the afternoon.

Food – if your child is fussy, then plan to take some back up food of their choice, preferably something simple that will travel well and won’t spoil.

Fitness – averagely fit and active children won’t have too much of a problem with the trek but if it gets hot, they may tire a bit. The excitement of the sand is usually enough to keep them going. A camel (with handler) can be hired with the specific role of following the group and it will be on hand for the child to rise if and when necessary. The camel can be shared between children, even adults!

Injury/Illness – the Guide will be first aid trained but is not a Doctor. Parents should bring their own First Aid kit geared to their own family known potential ailments. Anything that requires professional medical help will mean extraction from the Desert, which can be arranged quickly. It must be understood (and accepted) that this is a remote region and despite best efforts, nothing will be instantaneous.

Is this right for us? Questions … just call us on 01529 488159

At A Glance

Flight inclusive cost, from £1140
Land Only, from £790
Trip Duration 8 Days UK - UK
Trek Length 4 Days
Max Altitude Negligible
Grading
Accommodation Hotel, Riads, Camping
All meals on trek, B'fast in hotels

Sleep under the stars
A liberating trek

People love this Trek

No compulsory Single Supplement

All meals and water on trek

Hotels/Camping

ATOL Protected

Trip Information

Trip Information

Day 1. Depart UK, fly to Marrakech

Day 2. Drive Marrakech to Ouarzazate

Day 3. Drive to M’Hamid, begin trekking

Day 4. Sahara Trekking

Day 5. Sahara Trekking, sunset on ‘Eric’

Day 6. Sahara Trekking, pick up by 4 x 4, drive out of Desert and onto Ouarzazate (overnight)

Day 7. Drive to Marrakech, overnight hotel

Day 8. Depart for London

Day 1. Depart UK, fly to Marrakech
For Land Only packages, your trip starts on arrival in Marrakech.

Fly from London on a direct flight to Marrakesh. On arrival in Marrakech, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel/Riad. Once you have settled in, you will want to experience the famous Djemaa el Fna square. Your first experience of the square is one of a senses explosion; entertainers performing, a myriad of food stalls all lit up with the smells to accompany them, and the general melee of activity.

Day 2. Drive Marrakech to Ouarzazate
After breakfast, your journey down to the Desert begins. You will drive over High Atlas mountains, potentially experiencing snow at the higher altitudes demonstrating the vast difference between the country’s high and low points and stunning scenery. The 5hr journey will be broken with a rest stop as well as a visit to Ait Ben Haddou. This is the filming location for much of the blockbuster ‘Gladiator’ as well as ‘Game of Thrones’. Your overnight stop is in the desert town of Ouarzazate. Your hotel is a typically Moroccan. Enjoy a tagine and perhaps a glass of wine before you reach the miles of glorious sand that await you the following day. Total journey time 5 – 6 hrs, lunch en route. B

Day 3. Drive to M’Hamid, begin trekking
This 5hr drive takes you through the beautiful Draa Valley. The Draa river allows this valley to remain lush. After a picnic lunch, you will eventually reach M’Hamid, a Desert town and where the road literally ends. Here you will meet your support team, complete with camels and handlers and your trek begins. The first section is fairly short to introduce you to the terrain and also allow you to set up your tents for the first time. BLD

Day 4. Sahara Trekking
For your first full day, you will trek further into the desert, experiencing what life there is (and there is more than you think) and the tranquillity that it can bring. Life is simple here.
With no ambient light and the desert to absorb all sound, the evenings and nights are just so dark and quiet. It is quite eerie even just to sit on a small dune overlooking the camp site and just look and listen. The stars are so bright and it is very easy to spot the orbiting satellites as they speed across the skies above you. BLD

Day 5. Sahara Trekking, sunset on Eric
As you trek deeper into the Desert you will experience deeper and more abundant dunes until you can see Erg Chigaga on the horizon. Camping tonight will be amidst the dunes close to “Eric”, as our clients fondly call it, and once camp is set up, you will climb this 300m (1000ft) dune to watch the sunset across the Sahara.
This is a moving and quite surreal experience for most people as the colours of the desert are highlighted by the setting sun. A time to reflect and truly experience the silence surrounding you. BLD

Day 6. Sahara Trekking, 4 x 4 pick up, drive out, and onto Ouarzazate (overnight)
You will leave ‘Eric’ behind you as you head towards the 4 x 4 pick up point several hours ahead. Once you meet the 4 x 4 you will drive through the Desert and out to M’Hamid (and back onto roads!). After a short break to make some adjustments, the drive continues onwards to Ouarzazate and an overnight stop. BLD

Day 7. Drive to Marrakech, overnight hotel, B

Day 8. Depart for London
You will be transferred back to the airport for your flight to UK at the appropriate time. B

Note – B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner

Dates & Prices

Dates With Flights Without Flights
Sat 20 Oct - Sat 27 Oct 2018 £1140 £790
Sat 27 Oct - Sat 2 Nov 2018 £1140 £790
Sat 16 Feb - Sat 23 Feb 2019 £1200 £850
Sat 23 Feb - Sat 3 Mar 2019 £1200 £850
Sat 6 Apr - Sat 13 Apr 2019 £1200 £850

Deposit – £250 pp

Additional payments. Depending on the timing of the booking, you may be required to pay additional funds at the time of booking to secure international flights. Half Term and Easter flight prices increase dramatically and it is in everyone’s interest to secure them as soon as possible.

Land Only. If you choose to book your own flights, additional payments at the time of booking will not be necessary.

Group Size: 2 upwards + the Guide and Camel support team.

Prices: The above prices are based on a min overall group size of 3. If the overall group contains just 2 people, add £100 pp.

Sole Occupation – see tab below.

What the Price Includes

  • International flights London – Marrakech – London
  • Return airport transfers in Morocco (you will be met at the airport by your Guide)
  • An experienced and qualified English speaking local Guide
  • All land transfers involved in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as described in the itinerary
  • All meals and drinking water on trek and B&B in hotels
  • Local porter assistance on trek (camels)
  • All necessary trek and National Park access permits

What the Price Does Not Include

  • Overseas airport taxes not paid in advance through the international airline ticket
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Lunch & evening meals in Marrakech and en route to the desert (itinerary shows full meal plan)
  • Optional trips and sightseeing tours
  • Guide and Crew gratuities

What the Price Includes

  • An experienced and qualified English speaking local guide
  • All land transfers involved in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as described in the itinerary
  • All meals and drinking water on trek and B&B in hotels
  • Local porter assistance on trek (camels)
  • All necessary trek and National Park access permits

What the Price Does Not Include

  • International flights
  • Airport transfers in Morocco
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Lunch & evening meals in Marrakech and en route to the desert (itinerary shows full meal plan)
  • Optional trips and sightseeing tours
  • Guide and Crew gratuities

If Sole Occupation is requested – £120.

This includes: 2 nights hotel Marrakech, 2 nights hotel/Riad Ouarzazate, 5 nights tent on trek.

If you a lone traveller, you will be not be charged any form of ‘single supplement’ by default but placed into a twin room (same sex). If there happens to be an odd one out, someone gets sole occupation at no cost.

If the above group dates do not suit, you can request alternative dates to suit you. Read more>>

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Passport – Must be valid for the duration of your stay. Information source is the FCO Travel Advice Morocco.

Visa – No visa is required for the purpose of tourism for up to 3 months.

Flight Tickets – paper tickets are rare these days; all e-tickets. All you need to check in is your passport and PNR Reference No (which we provide you with). From that your boarding passes are provided. We either provide your boarding passes (by email) or you check in on line yourself (or at the airport).

Travel Insurance – Mandatory on our trips. We will ask for proof of cover. We do not sell travel insurance. Go to our Information webpage for our unbias advice and tips.

This trek is classed as Leisurely although there is still a lot of trekking to be done!

The key is flexibility and we have plenty of it. This trek is specifically aimed at families and therefore the pace and route will be adjusted as the Guide sees fit depending on your family. Under normal circumstances, the number of hours walking per day varies between 1-2 hrs (Day 1, which is after the drive down) and up to 7 hrs. The physical effort will increase through the deeper sand dunes and if the temperature is high; saps energy.

An average level of fitness is required.

Children of around 10 years should be able to complete this trek unaided but this will vary enormously with each child.

In the UK, if you can walk for 5 – 6 hrs per day, on consecutive days, over undulating terrain (with normal rest stops), carrying a daysack weighing approx 6kg, then you should be perfectly capable of completing this trek.

It is possible to hire a camel for your specific use. The camel (+handler) will accompany you throughout the trek and is there for you to use (ride) if you need or want to. This is very useful and a comfort if you are unsure of your physical ability or have an injury that may flare up for example. It can be shared between people. The cost of the hire of the camel is £120 for the entire trek.

After booking, you will be asked to complete an Emergency Details Form which will include your medical history. If we have any doubts about your ability to take part in the challenge, we may ask you to provide a letter of fitness from your GP, therefore we would recommend that if you have any concerns, you speak to your GP prior to booking.

Fitness Concerns? – Call us on 01529 488159 or 07725 943108

Food

  • B’fasts in hotel, all meals and drinking water on trek.
  • Breakfasts are a choice of cereals, porridge, bread, spreads, etc.. plus hot drinks.
  • Lunches are salads or hot meals + breads, drinks, fruit, etc…
  • Tea/coffee/biscuits are served on arrival into camp.
  • Evening meal is 3 courses: soup followed by a tagine or rice, pasta, lentils, vegetables, etc.. + desert (usually tinned fruit). Hot drink.

Please inform us if you are vegetarian.

Accommodation

  • Marrakech – good quality hotel, twin share, same sex.
  • Ouarzazate – good quality traditional Riad, twin share, same sex.
  • On trek – tents, twin share.

Our default flights are:

International Flights – London – Marrakech, direct flights. We will use indirect flights (1 stop) if we need to due to late bookings or similar circumstance.

London not convenient? – Other UK regional airport options are possible. We appreciate the potential inconvenience of London if you live far away. Whilst using regional airports may attract supplements due to higher flight costs, that cost may be offset by the cost and time of travelling to London. Please ask for advice on 01529 488159.

The advice here is given in good faith from trusted sources; we are not medical professionals. Check with your Medical Practice if you are up to date with the primary courses.

Vaccinations:

FREE Vaccinations – the following are usually FREE on the NHS as they are considered the greatest risk if brought into the country:
Cholera, Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus and Hep A (be aware some of those are combined vaccinations).
Information source – http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1071.aspx?CategoryID=67

The Moroccan Dirham (MAD) is the currency of Morocco and you cannot obtain the currency outside of Morocco.

You can change money either at the airport or the Money Changers (booths on the street). Please be aware of your arrival timings. If arriving late for example, the Money Changers may have closed for the day and you will leave before they open in the morning. The airport is potentially your best option.

There are ATM’s available.

We recommend either carrying additional spare cash OR a debit/credit card as a back up. The latter (credit card) should always be carried for emergencies.

Further generic information on subjects such as travel insurance and high altitude trekking can be found on our Information webpage.

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