Solo Traveler in Morocco
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Sep 15, 2012 5:23 PM Last Post By: hortensia
Sep 9, 2012 5:24 PM
Solo Traveler in MoroccoI'm a solo female traveler, doing research for a trip I am making next year. I would really like to explore Fez, Marrakech, Erg Chebbi, the High Atlas mountains, etc. but I'm not sure how to go about it all. My goal is to spend at least one night in the desert under the stars like a berber nomad in a tent... idealistic, I know but I want what I want! Any recommendations for this trip are welcome!! Initially I was looking at group tours but then I realized I'm not a group; I'm just a single person and the rates for a single person are ridiculous. Is it possible to join groups? Or is that not a good idea at all?
Sep 9, 2012 5:27 PM
1Just check with your local hotel when you arrive; they probably can easily line you up with others wanting to go on a desert trip and you could join them.
Other than that portion of your trip, travel via train/bus is easy in Morocco; no tour/tour group needed.
Sep 9, 2012 8:26 PM
Sep 10, 2012 2:22 AM
Sep 11, 2012 3:26 AM
4I am agree with Marocfan (as usual LOL), you not need some tour group, I saw so many alone female traveler and it seemed to them to enjoy theirs alone travel. Me self I was traveling sometimes some pieces alone too and it was funny :). Go only to some accommodation and they arrange for you what you wish.
Sep 11, 2012 8:52 AM
Sep 11, 2012 10:59 AM
6I asked pretty much the same question last week and was also told to either "chill" or ask my hotels. I would love it if someone who HAS traveled solo to Morocco can let us know if they have joined a group somewhere once they got into the country - or if they can tell us a hotel that was particularly helpful in that respect. From my research I am also finding Morocco to be either A) $1000 group multi-day tour or B) "figure it out on your own, you single person" kind of options. I also don't want it to be just me and a guide - one of the obvious reasons being safety.
OP - For the desert, I am looking for the same thing and I'm finding that a lot of hotels in Merzouga offer little overnight trips along with other people (it sounds like, from tripadvisor.com). Tripadvisor ranks hotels and offers a lot of feedback from people who have been there.
When I come back, I will certainly post a trip report to help other solo people (especially women) who want to go to Morocco! Best of luck to you. And to the other solo travellers out there!
Sep 11, 2012 11:02 AM
Sep 11, 2012 12:30 PM
8Hotel Ali is a good place in Marrakesh to meet other tours and book trips.
Sep 11, 2012 12:36 PM
9Schirmy, here you can read one report from one alone female traveler, she wrote that report here too but I cannot find it, but here it is from tripadvisor:
It was very very good report from her.
Sep 11, 2012 1:05 PM
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Sep 13, 2012 10:12 AM
12DON'T use Cox and Kings. Sorry to be negative but I was in a similar situation. They did not deliver on promises in brochure and verbally. Most aspects below standard despite high cost. Eg. visit to souq when closed and deserted, 'Atlas mountains' hotel on edge of plains!! etc.
I gather Morocco has good buses between main destinations.
Sep 15, 2012 5:23 PM
This topic is wonderful. I was looking for just this information. Husband and I will be travelling to Merzouga from Marrakech in early October. We were planing to take public transport to Merzouga and there arrange with a guide or guides or tour to join a group out to the desert in a camel. We used Dragoman while in Turkey once. It was delightbul but we were the only two on the tour. I'd really like to join a group if i can. Does anyone recommend a good, safe hotel midrange in Merzouga? Thanks a bunch.
(4 star Hotel)
From US$110.83 per night
(5 star Hotel)
From US$494.34 per night
(0 star Hotel)
From US$77.71 per night