Posted: 2 November, 2019

Geographers Head to Morocco

General, News, Senior School, Sixth Form, Trips

During the October half term the Geography department embarked on their very first expedition to Morocco with an adventurous group of Sixth Form Geographers.

The first couple of days of our trip were based in the high Atlas Mountains staying in a magical old fort, Kasbah du Toubkal. After hiking up a very steep hill guided by mules, they were welcomed at a charming old hilltop retreat that proved to be the most comfortable home for a few days.

On the first full day the group accomplished a three hour trek in the heat and were rewarded with beautiful views across the valley below. On their descent into Imlil they were offered sweet mint tea in a Berber home and the students then got fully involved in a traditional hammam experience back at the lodge.

In the evenings the log burners kept the team warm as they enjoyed delicious Moroccan cuisine by candlelight. The Kasbah allowed the girls to really relax and take a welcome break from their hectic schedules with minimal interruptions from the outside world, due to the poor wifi!

On the third day the students embarked on a camel trek into the Agafay desert. Mounting the camels provided them with much amusement as the animals lived up to their grumpy reputation. Having survived the slightly uncomfortable journey they set up camp and enjoyed a night under the (cloudy) skies with plenty of highly competitive card games.

On the final day the group ventured into Marrakech for a complete assault on their senses. A tour of the Medina by horse and carriage was followed by a guided tour through the labyrinth of souks. The sites, sounds and smells of the traditional tanneries will not be forgotten quickly. Everyone then spent a few hours haggling furiously for the array of tempting souvenirs in the souks. Finally they made their way through the Jemaa al-Fna square with its snake charmers, monkeys and aromatic barbeques.

Well one to everyone involved for their spirit of adventure. It was a fantastic five days.

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