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Get to know the Berber people of Morocco better and their way of life and culture in this exciting cooking holiday. Meet a Berber family and work with them. Do some Berber cooking. Work with the animals. Have a short trek with mules. Explore the dinosaur tracks near R'bat. An enriching cooking holiday experience awaits you in Morocco!
You will be staying for four nights in shared rooms in Kasbah dar Itrane.
This cooking holiday would include meeting a Berber family and working with them including looking after their animals, seeing what life is like in the fields and cooking and helping them with household tasks which are great for children and adults alike! The tour starts off by traveling through fantastic scenery to the center of the High Atlas - the Ait Bougamez valley. Overnight is in the upmarket Kasbah Dar Itrane in Imelghas.
The next morning, meet your Berber family and join in some day to day living with them - whether working with the animals or doing some Berber cooking. The next day - have a short trek with some mules to ride or carry your luggage to the dinosaur tracks near R’bat. The next day is a free day to see the tighremt nearby or revisit your paired up family, before heading back to Marrakech the next day via the Cascades D’ Ouzoud waterfalls.
You will be taking a short trek in the dinosaurs track as well as a guided mountain tour during this cooking holiday.
This cooking holiday will take place in the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Morocco is part of Africa but also has many European influences including a historical association with Spain and France. Geographically it has coasts and beaches, cities and plains, mountains, and desert lands, all quite close together. The coastline has wonderful sweeping beaches and the inland desert of the Sahara has a peace of its own with burning stars at night.
Part of the attraction of visiting Morocco is its difference to North Europe. Morocco Trek requires you to pay attention to the Berber guides when visiting villages, and cities as they will tell you what is the recommended clothing and when to take photographs for instance. It would also be best to keep shorts and skimpy clothing to the mountains and desert where you are a long way from any village. Some meals are eaten with bread and fingers but you can also ask for a knife and fork.
There are least three Berber languages. They are the Rifain (Rif mountains), Chleu (a very ancient language), and Amazigh (High Atlas), which is the mother tongue of Mohamed. Most Berbers are at least bilingual or trilingual. Moroccan Arabic is used in other parts of Morocco. French is widely spoken, and classical Arabic is the language of the government and the press.
The Morrocan people are mixed Berber and Arab population. Although mostly Muslims, the Moroccans have successfully maintained ethnic and cultural stability, despite a burgeoning young population. The Berbers are descendants partly of the paleolithic population and partly Porto Mediterranean and were converted by the Arabs in the seventh century. They have conserved the society structure of families, villages, clans, and tribes.
Fullboard meals are included in the price of this cooking holiday.