Morocco Photography Tours & Workshops

Morocco Photography Tours & Workshops
11-19 Septembre 2022

Any photographer, beginner or not, beginner or not, wishing to learn or improve himself in photograpy and interested to discover South Morocco.
Prerequisite and equipment needed
No specific knowledge is needed to attend this training. If you master the basics of photography it is a plus but not a necessity.
As for the material: all you need is a digital camera allowing you to exit the fully automatic mode (this is the case for the vast majority of cameras).
Needless to say, if you have specialized equipment (wide-angle lenses, telephoto, tripod, filters, macro lens), you are invited to take it with you!
During this trip, you will spend a night near the site of Ait-ben-Haddou (listed on UNESCO World Heritage), a night in a tent in the Sahara Desert and the rest of the time, you will be staying in an idyllic setting, at the "Bassatine-Skoura" gîte, in the heart of a large palm grove, located 38 km from the town of Ouarzazate.

Day 1

Arrival in Marrakech at Marrakech-Menara International Airport (or possibly at Ouarzazate Airport). Reception and meeting then departure (around 3.30pm) towards Ouarzazate (about 200 km from Marrakech) by road crossing the High Atlas. We will pass by the tizi n’Tichka pass at an altitude of more than 2200 m which links the valley of the Tensift wadi in the north, to the Asif Ounila Valley, a semi-arid region in the southeast. We will stop for the night in Aït-ben-Haddou, located in the Ounila valley, the traditional crossing point for caravans connecting Marrakech to the south of the Sahara.

Day 2
Visit and photos of the site of Ait Ben Haddou, ksar (fortified city) listed as World Heritage
of UNESCO and nicknamed, during the French protectorate, "Mont-Saint-Michel des chleuhs" (Berber people of southern Morocco). This exceptional site has been the location of many films such as : Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Killing is not playing (a James Bond), Gladiator (Ridley film Scott with Russell Crowe), Alexandre (Oliver Stone film with Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie), Babel (with Brad Pitt), Prince of Persia, or, more recently, the Game of Thrones series…
In the early afternoon, we will take the road again to Skoura (about 70 km from Ait Ben Haddou) to settle in the gite named Bassatine Skoura (the gite is located in the heart of a large 25 km2 palm grove about 40 km from Ouarzazate). Assessment of the first photo days, checking of images.

Day 3

Visit of the Skoura palm grove and the old Kasbahs, ksours and Jewish Mallahs. During this walk, we will take the time to observe, appreciate, and also understand the structure and functioning of rural life (pottery and oasis agriculture). Photo course.

Day 4
Departure towards Merzouga (about 320 km in all), at the gates of the desert, passing through the Toudra gorges. At the end of the afternoon in Merzouga, departure with your caravane for a 1 hour trip through the dunes on the back of dromedaries to watch the sunset. You will spend the night under the Tuareg tents in the middle of the dunes under a sky radiating stars ... MORE
Day 5

In the early morning you will admire the sun rising over this magical landscape. After breakfast, departure from Merzouga to take the direction of our lodging of Skoura, via Tafilalet and Rissani the region of the Jewish and Muslim Saints. During this journey, we will stop to admire and photograph the Dades gorges. The Dadès is a river of almost 200 km which, flowing through a mountainous region, has formed over the centuries gorges through ocre and reddish colored rocks.

Day 6
In the morning, we will explore the almond valley on the Toundoute side (around 30 km from Skoura). In the afternoon, visit the Amerhidil Kasbah (a magnificent and famous kasbah that appears on the old 50 Dirham banknotes). Photo classes and image reading.

Day 7

Visit the green valley of roses (towards Bou Tharar about 80 km from Skoura). Review of the photographic week.

Day 8

Skoura - Marrakech journey (mid-afternoon arrival) for the return.


Practical information and prices

• The prices include: accommodation with full board (6 nights in a double room and one night in a bivouac, evening meal, picnics for lunch…), travel by private car or minibus with driver, accompaniment by the local guide throughout the circuit.
• Prices do not include: return flight by plane to Marrakech-Menara airport and other services not mentioned such as personal expenses, drinks, and any supplement for
sleep in a single room (250 €).
• Prices :
o Photographer trainee rate: 4000 € (includes educational support: coaching and photo lessons).
o Support price: 3750 € (people not interested in support and photo lessons).

Do guests need a visa?

Guests traveling from EU and/or Schengen member states may enter Marocco for tourist purposes without a visa using their passports. Passports need to be valid for at least 6 months after entering Morocco. Please contact us for further guidance.

Are there any age restrictions for this experience?
There are no age restrictions for this experience, but minors will need to be accompanied by adults.

What language is used?
This experience is available in English.

Is this experience suitable for vegans and vegetarians?
Yes, vegetarian and vegan diets can be accommodated, please get in touch with your specific dietary requirement before booking.

Where should I land?
Please book your flights to arrive at Marrakesh or Essaouira airports.

Are airport transfers included?
Airport transfers to / from Marrakesh or Essaouira airports are included in the package. Please get in touch in advance to make all needed arrangements.

What should I pack?
Please pack sunscreen, comfortable shoes, light clothing, and something warm for cooler evenings.

Do I need to bring my equipment / gear?
Please bring your own camera and lenses.

What’s the weather like there?
The weather on the coast is temperate all year round with temperatures between 12°C and 19°C (54°F and 66°F) in January and 18°C to 24° C in October. (65°F-75°F).

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Good To Know

This photography tour to Morocco has been specially curated to make sure we are photographing in the best light possible. You will learn about the best time of day to photograph and how to overcome challenging lighting situations. Relaxing when the light is harsh and shooing when the light is good.

Expect sunrises and sunsets over the Sahara Desert, portraits of the Berbers of the desert and private photoshoots with traditionally dressed men and women.

Don’t expect the typical tourist locations! Where others might go in, we go around. This is a custom designed travel tour, by a photographer, for photography enthusiasts. Expect sunsets in the Sahara, Camel Caravans on the dunes, perfecting your street photography in Marrakech and dinner under the stars deep in the desert.

Prepare to lose yourself in the musical magic and cultural richness of this Berber-Arab-Spanish-Portuguese-French exotic land.

On our Photography Tours, we like to take our time. In each place, you will get to fully explore the location. This means you will discover all the hidden gems and meet people on a deeper level.

We want to make sure you have time to get the best photographs possible. That means if you feel like taking a break, and skipping a location or exploring on your own, that’s not a problem. We are here to support your photographic passion, and if that means taking a break that’s fine by us!

Morocco is a country of extremes unlike no other. From the cities of Fez, Marrakech, and Casablanca whose streets come alive with the aroma of exotic spices and the sound of Andalusian music. To the silence and tranquility that can only be found high in the Atlas Mountains or deep in the Sahara Desert.

We invite you to get lost with us in the labyrinth like streets of Morocco’s medieval cities and colonial towns, before finding sanctuary (and mint tea) in the tranquility of the Riads.

Journey with is into the Sahara Desert where you will watch the sunrise above the highest golden sand dunes. For those of you craving adventure, you will have the option to journey even deeper into the desert on a camel for a 2-hour trek to spend the night in Berber tents dining under the stars.

This photography tour has been specially curated to offer you an authentic taste of Morocco. With a mix of medieval cities, colonial towns, rolling mountains, rugged coastlines, and golden desert. Morocco really is a photographers dream. Adventure awaits you on our photo tour to exotic Morocco.

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