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Morocco day 5 – Fes to Sahara

April 12, 2016
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The start of our longest day…

Up early for a traditional Moroccan breakfast our riad in Fes…

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afterwhich we were picked up by Adil our driver for the next three days. He gave us a quick tour around the Ville Novelle, Royal Palais and Jewish quarter in Fes…

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Before we headed on our way…

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First stop Ifrane – also known as Moroccan Switzerland for it’s Swiss style architecture and nearby ski slopes.
(these photos really don’t do it justice)

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To Ifrane National Park to see to see its Cedar forest, Barbarous apes and gorgeous lakes.

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past a camp site

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Through the middle Atlas mountains.

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A quick visit with a native Berber family who live as Nomads  in the Middle Atlas mountains.

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Stop for lunch at Medelt the apple capital of Morocco
(photo borrowed from the internet)

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Further through the mountains

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a dam (whose name they couldn’t tell us)

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Past the stunning Erfoud Oasis
(suddenly the word Oasis makes sense)

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On to Merzouga…

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where we changed transport to camel and headed out into Erg Chebbi. We asked Ahmed our guide for the camels names and he told us – Whatever you like! Jimmi Hendrix and Bob Marley. So Eli and I left ours as Jimmy and Lachie called theirs Kevin.

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We stopped midway to our journey to watch the sunset over the picturesque dunes.
(well some of us watched the sunset and others rolled up and down the dunes)

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Then on to our tents where we stayed the night.  Dinner was a yummy chicken tangine (which Lachie luckily loved – phew!) and a desert of fresh fruit. Lachie ate three bananas!!!

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After dinner we did a little star gazing and then went to sleep to the sound of native drumming humming across the desert. Good night!

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