Arabic (Native), English, French
4 hours on average
My name is Mustapha Emerda, I am 23 years old, born and raised in Imlil, a Berber village located in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains.
The peace and the wonderful scenery had an amazing effect on my personality.
As I am usually in contact with nature, I am very passionate about hiking, it enriches my inspiration for walks in the wilderness and mountains as well as passing through Berber villages.
It's the best way for me to go deeper and have time for a beautiful inner peace, I love meeting new people, from every part of this world, I love sharing ideas.
I absolutely love Marrakesh, Because I grew up in the mountains I always feel good, enjoying going there whenever I can. I have been organizing trips to the Atlas Mountains for many years and I would be very happy to have you on this trip and to share your perspective on the culture and traditions of the region.
Being out on vacation for the weekend, some of our previous plans got cancelled, so I was seeking out places to do some last-minute worth while activities in place of what we had lost. I had contacted Mustapha the morning of the camel ride, and he responded to me within the next two hours about availability for the same day, which is NOT easy to get, depending on your ability to network. We set up a time for the same evening (which Mustapha suggested, in order for us to catch the sunset in the area), and he was a very kind and wonderful guide. The camel ride with transportation to and from our location in Marrakech was around 2-2.5 hr, but we spent an entire hour mounted on the camels, being led by a walking guide. The hour was definitely a good amount of time spent on those huge animals! He walked with us the entire time, giving information about the Dromedaries, and other insightful things about the Palm Grove area and Berbers including the village that we were able to pass by. He took FABULOUS photos of us, some of which we were shocked to see, and was very kind hearted in his treatment of us, as well as our driver who drove us all to and from the groves. If your are concerned because of the website (which I understand, it was initially off-putting for me as well, being that I didn't know which sites were and were not trustworthy), I definitely want to encourage you that you will have a very nice time on this tour and with this guide. The groves are lovely and if you can get an evening tour (we arrived a bit too early for sunset), or are looking for an alternative to an all-day trip that offers camel riding, I would certainly recommend!!