PHOTO EXPEDITION MOROCCO FAQS
Morocco is a photographer's paradise. Exotic markets, snow-capped mountains, dramatic rock formations, stunningly green palm oases, the vast, beautiful Sahara and some of the most magical light you've ever experienced. The culture is fascinating and the hospitality overwhelming, the food is fresh, local, organic and delicious. Life moves slowly in Morocco: you will see, learn and experience more than you ever imagined, and come away with memories, friendshipsand images that will last a lifetime.
What’s included in the trip cost?
The trip price includes pre-trip communication & guidance, airport transfers, all accommodation, all meals/snacks, coffee/tea/juice with breakfasts, water, transportation, drivers, experienced guides and photography instruction, guidance & feedback from pro photographer Jeff Genova. In short, just about everything is covered from the moment you land until the moment you leave!
What isn’t included in the trip cost?
The cost does not include flight, alcohol, tips or personal purchases (and trust us, you will find things to buy in Morocco!)
Why isn’t the flight included?
International airfare is not included in the price. Let’s be honest, we are all unique and your schedules (and originating airport!) are no exception. Come early, stay late. Fly, sail, or overland by camel. Participants will be responsible for booking their travel arrangements and ensuring that they arrive in Marrakech Morocco (either at the airport or hotel) by the trip start date. Suggestions and guidance will be provided once you are signed up.
How much photography experience do I need?
All levels welcome!
What sort of photo equipment do I need to bring?
You will want a camera, a wide angle lens for landscapes and night photography, a lens for street photography (which can be the same wide angle or your favorite portrait lens), a tripod and shutter release.
Can my non-photographer spouse/friend come too?
Absolutely! As long as they are comfortable with an itinerary that prioritizes photographic timing and opportunities, they will have a blast. They will still get to enjoy plenty of sightseeing, cultural immersion and relaxation (and we're guessing that they'll probably take a few photos too!).
What will the hotels be like?
Rogue Expeditions supports locally owned and operated guesthouses when possible. Six nights will be spent in 3-and 4-star guesthouses. You can expect clean rooms, comfortable beds, private bathrooms with hot showers*, gorgeous Moroccan decor, phenomenal hospitality and often a swimming pool. One night will be spent at a private camp in the Sahara. We will sleep in traditional nomad tents, each of which has comfortable beds, piles of blankets and candles. There is a bathhouse with toilets and even showers, as well as a huge dining tent for meals and socializing.
*Please note that while all hotels offer hot showers, many of them are in small remote villages where resources are very limited. Hot water is often stored in rooftop tanks, which cannot hold enough for 15-20 people all at once. At a few locations we will recommend staggering shower times to ensure everyone gets a hot shower.
What is the weather like?
Generlly... perfect! Expect clear nights with temperatures in the 40s (cooler in the mountains, a bit warmer in the desert) and bright, sunny days with high temperatures in the 70s and little to no humidity.
Can I have my own room at hotels?
Sure! There is an option for “Private Room Upgrade” during the signup process. This may exclude the night at the private camp in the Sahara due to limited resources. Depending on the final head count you will be provided your own tent if possible.
What sort of food will we be eating?
We will eat healthy, fresh, traditional Moroccan meals throughout the trip. A typical breakfast will include a spread of just-baked, clay-oven bread, pastries, local fruit jam, butter, cheese, eggs, fruit, coffee, mint tea and (literally) fresh-squeezed OJ. Lunches will typically be fresh picnics prepared by our chef: fresh salads, fruit, nuts, dates, olives, bread, veggies and grilled meat. Dinners feature tajine – chicken, beef or lamb simmered in a clay vessel with an assortment of vegetables and spices – and couscous dishes along with fresh bread, olives, light soup and fresh fruit. You won’t go hungry! Most special diets can be accommodated.
What sort of vehicles will we be traveling in?
We will be traveling in well-maintained 4×4 vehicles.
Is it safe?
Very. Morocco is an extremely relaxed, welcoming and friendly place, and one of the most laid-back and accepting Islamic countries in the world. Crime rates are low (almost nonexistent in the countryside) and as long as you exercise common sense (ie don’t flash lots of cash or expensive jewelry/electronics in tourist areas), you’ll be fine. Hospitality is an art form in Morocco, especially in rural areas - expect to be treated like an honored guest just about everywhere you go.
What should I pack?
We will provide a full, detailed packing list once you are registered, but packing light is the way to go. No one ever wishes they had brought more stuff!
Please respect the culture and dress conservatively. In Morocco, this means avoiding shorts & tank tops (despite what you may see other tourists wearing). Short sleeves are fine, as are capri-length bottoms - as a general rule, if you keep shoulders and knees covered then you'll fit right in and will have a much easier time getting access to the people and places that you'll want to photograph!
Is alcohol allowed?
Yes, alcohol is allowed. Though most Moroccans do not drink alcohol and it can be difficult to find outside of the cities, it is by no means a banned substance and it is perfectly acceptable for foreigners to enjoy adult beverages at hotels, guesthouses or restaurants. You will have the opportunity to ‘stock up’ before we depart Marrakech – the supermarkets have a large selection of liquor, beer and wine.
What are the tipping customs?
We will provide country-specific guidance and take a group collection when it comes to the local team (ie drivers, cooks, etc) involved with your trip, while tips for your photography guide are at your discretion.
If I change my mind or something comes up, can I cancel?
We know that life happens, and on occasion a participant will have to back out of a trip. As most of our costs are paid well in advance, we have set a cancellation policy that applies to all trips. Travel insurance is highly recommended to cover potential cancellations on your part.
If you cancel:
- Within 30 days of signup: Full Refund (if you pay by credit card we retain a 2.9% processing fee each way)
- 121+ days from the trip start date (but after the 30 day grace period): Deposits are non-refundable
- 61-120 days from the trip start date: 50% of total payment refunded**
- 60 days or less from the trip start date: No refunds
**This only applies to participants who have paid their balances on time. If you do not pay the balance by the due date and cancel after the fact, we will retain your full deposit
How do I sign up?
A $500 deposit will reserve your spot, and balances are due 4 months prior to the trip start date. Spots are first come-first serve, so don’t wait! You can register here.
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