The countries of the Mahgreb, former French colonies in North Africa, have many similarities in terms of history, culture, religion and landscape. However Morocco is probably better known than Algeria or even Tunisia, as it is the easiest to reach from Europe through Spain, offering an exotic destination close at hand. It stretches from the coasts of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, through the coastal hills and the High Atlas, down to the oases and kasbahs on the edge of the Sahara.
The highest mountain in North Africa, Mount Toubkal, is found here, and the High Atlas mountains are capped in snow in the winter. See the story by well-known walking writer, Hamish Brown, based on a summary of an illustrated talk about "The Mountains Look on Marrakesh".
There is another story below from Bill Cook, who went with a group of walkers to the Sahara.
And here's a link to a story from the Guardian of 16 June 2007, which describes a walking holiday with a difference, joining a group of semi-nomadic tribespeople travelling through the mountains. It's by Isabel Choat, who writes: "The plan was to walk with a family from the semi-nomadic Ait Atta tribe as they migrated from their base in the wild and breathtakingly beautiful Jebel Sarhro mountains to the High Atlas range." Follow this link to read this fascinating story.
(To order the stories by name, date, country or type click on the appropriate heading)
|The Mountains Look on Marrakesh - Hamish Brown||Morocco||Longer Walks and Treks||03/06/2009|
|The Sahara, Morocco||Morocco||Longer Walks and Treks||18/09/2006|