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Geography Trips for Schools to Morocco

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Morocco offers students and teachers a truly unique, once in a lifetime geographical experience. Spectacular landscapes provide almost limitless educational opportunities for your tour, while the intrigue of human activity in a developing country allows your students to witness this fascinating culture first-hand.

Explore the diversity this country has to offer, from the bustling urban city of Marrakech to the rural hidden villages in the High Atlas Mountain Range and the physical landscapes of the Dadès Valley to the expansive views of the Sahara Desert.

 

“The best school trip I have run.”

Mr Lee Evans, February 2016 - Morocco

Why Morocco?

When we asked those geography teachers who have chosen to travel to Morocco with Rayburn Tours whether they would recommend it to a fellow geography teacher, 100% said that they would! Furthermore, 100% rated their overall tour experience as good or excellent. Not a bad recommendation is it? Ms Dimes from Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital School said of her Geography Trip to Morocco, “truly awesome in every single way – a real trip of a lifetime!”

Did you know?

The vast Sahara Desert covers approximately 10% of Africa.

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Morocco Fact File

Perfect for:
KS4 and KS5 (or equivalent)

Transport options:
Flight

Nearest airport:
Marrakech Menara Airport

Flight duration from UK:
Approx. 3 hours 40 minutes

Best time to visit:
Outside of summer months

Curriculum Links:

Changing Places
Climate Change
Development
Drylands/Hot Desert Environments
Ecosystems & Biodiversity
Global Governance
Globalisation & Global Systems
Natural Hazards
Plate Tectonics
Population
Resources & Their Management
River Systems & Landscapes
Rocks, Weathering & Soil
Rural Environments
Tourism
Urban Environment
Water & Carbon Cycles
Weather & Climate


 

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Recommended Visits

Morocco Geography Study Visits

Morocco’s diverse geographical landscapes make it the ideal destination to enhance your student’s understanding of a range of topics on the Geography syllabus. Discover just some of the geographical excursions we can build into your bespoke school trip itinerary.

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In Marrakech - Urban Change; Water Provision Rural Studies: In Amizmiz Rural Studies: In Douar Oulad Elgern Essaouira High Atlas Mountains Sampler (Taddert or Tizi-n-Tichka Pass) Travel Day: Across the High Atlas Travel Day: Along The Dadès Valle Travel Day: Towards the Sahara Travel Day: In the Sahara Travel Day: Skirting the Sahara Travel Day: On the Road to Marrakech Night in a Bedouin Tent
Development Topics: Anytime Study Units

Morocco is an ideal destination for pupils to truly engage with many topics and issues related to development in-the-field. This can be done at any time throughout your tour. Opportunities for pupils to consider, debate and evaluate the inequalities present in a developing country are abundant as is the potential to encounter real development case studies. Our Anytime Study Units, additional to each of the Travel Day’s Study Units, exemplify many topics e.g. Morocco’s Rural Electricity Provision Programme; Water Resource Management and Beekeeping as a Boost to Rural Community Incomes. Please call us on 01332 347 828 if you would like any advise on adding a further development issues focus to your tour.

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Study Resources

Bespoke Geography Trip Student and Teacher Resources

Our Morocco Study Handbook is packed full of Study Units for teachers wishing to maximise the geographical learning and teaching potential of this fascinating country.

There are a range of Study Units available from which to choose to create your group’s bespoke Morocco Study Handbook, all of which have been written to match the various UK Geography syllabuses. Each Study Unit provides students with the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the geographical landscapes which they find themselves in.

How does it work?

Your Study Handbooks will be custom-made to match your itinerary which has been agreed with the team at Rayburn Tours. They will comprise a selection of Anytime Study Units and Study Units.

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Anytime Study Units: These ‘bite-sized’ study units cover thinking topics, demographic topics and broader picture topics and engage pupils in evaluating LEDC issues. They can be covered quite quickly or with additional depth through teacher/pupil discussions. 16 units available

  • Topic 1: First Impressions
  • Topic 2: Discussion topics
  • Topic 3: Statistical comparison: Morocco and the UK
  • Topic 4: Globalisation in Morocco
  • Topic 5: Personal resource audit
  • Topic 6: Population change
  • Topic 7: Contrasts in population structure
  • Topic 8: Dependency ratios
  • Topic 9: Physical quality of life index, PQLI
  • Topic 10: Rural poverty in Morocco: hope for change
  • Topic 11: Rural electricity provision
  • Topic 12: Responsible and sustainable tourism
  • Topic 13: Introduction to Arabic and Berber language
  • Topic 14: An introduction to Islam
  • Topic 15: Taking a census in Morocco
  • Topic 16: Climate graph: Marrakech

‘In Marrakech’ Study Units

  • Urban change and its management
  • Meeting Marrakech’s water needs

‘In and around Amizmiz’ Study Units

  • Water resource management: Large scale
  • Water resource management: Small scale
  • Subsistence farming system

The “DOUAR OULAD ELGERN” Study Unit

Travel Day Study Units: Many of these Units can be used whilst travelling between locations and contain a range of topics and activities designed to promote pupil participation, interaction and thought.

Including:

  • Across the High Atlas
  • Along the Dadès Valley
  • Towards the Sahara
  • In the Sahara
  • Skirting the Sahara
  • South to Zagora
  • North to Zagora
  • On the road to Marrakech
Sample Pages
Morocco Handbook Sample Page 1 Morocco Handbook Sample Page 2 Morocco Handbook Sample Page 3 Morocco Handbook Sample Page 4 Morocco Handbook Sample Page 5 Morocco Handbook Sample Page 6 Morocco Handbook Sample Page 7 Morocco Handbook Sample Page 8 Morocco Handbook Sample Page 9 Morocco Handbook Sample Page 10
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Itineraries

Morocco Sample Itineraries

Your bespoke itinerary will include the appropriate balance of educational visits and leisure excursions to fill your chosen duration and meet your aims and objectives. Your dedicated School Tour Coordinator will offer advice and recommendations with the sole aim of creating the perfect itinerary for your group. But just to get you inspired, we have outlined the itineraries created for two of our clients below.

High Atlas Mountains

6 days,
5 nights

Dates: 20th – 26th March 

Passengers: 21 students and 2 adults

Accommodation: Akabar (Marrakech), Ibis Hotel Ouarzazate (Ouarzazate), Bivouac Tents (Zagora)

Board Basis: Half Board

Overview of visits: Marrakech, Apothecary, Canal du Rocade, Atlas Mountains, Taddert, Tizi-n-Tichka Pass, Ouarzazate, Zaouite Inkkal Village, Dadés Valley, Zagora, Sahara, Bivouac tents, Tamegroute, Tansikht Bridge Junction, Aït Benhaddou Kasbah, Argan Oil Co-operative, Douar Oulad Elgern Village

Day 1:

After arriving in Marrakech, the group were met by their Moroccan Guide and Field Study Tutor before transferring to the Hotel Akabar. They then wasted no time in beginning to explore Marrakech, the souks and apothecary, being skillfully guided through the city to take in the colourful surroundings. Coming away with their purchases and having enjoyed a ‘head and shoulders’ massage, they returned to the hotel.

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Day 2:

Leaving the hustle and bustle of Marrakech behind, the group travelled across the Marrakech Plain towards the foothills of the High Atlas, making a stop at the Canal du Rocade – a water lifeline that delivers water to Marrakech – to have a quick discussion on aspects of Water Management.

They then continued their journey higher into a more dramatic landscape where they made a stop at the Atlas Foothill Stop. Here, the origins of this fold mountain range were clear to see with strata, folds, screes and rock pedestals all evident. Their next stop through the Atlas Mountains was a small ‘settlement’ called Taddert. A small service centre with a few shops and cafés provided the group with a break from the coach and gave the students a chance to interact with the inhabitants from the local Berber villages, as well as sample some of the local food produce.

Departing Taddert, the coach took the group to the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass where they made a stop at a viewpoint just short of the summit to enjoy a breathtaking panorama of the immense, bare peaks with their steep, deep, water-eroded V-valleys.

Once over the High Atlas, the group made the descent into the lower plateau lands of Ouarzazate, arriving at an overlook towards Zaouite Inkkal Village where they were warmly greeted by the village’s youngsters. From here, the group made their way to Ouarzazate in the Dadés Valley, where they checked into their hotel and spent the remainder of the day relaxing by the pool.

Day 3:

Today they continued their journey further south to Zagora and the edge of the Sahara, enjoying more spectacular views and dramatic scenery.

From here, the coach made its way to the Sahara where the group were met by their next mode of transport – camels! With their luggage separately transported, the students mounted the camels and embarked on a ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ style journey to their home for the night; Bivouac tents. After settling down under the stars for their evening meal, they enjoyed some traditional Berber entertainment.

Day 4:

As the sun rose over the horizon in the Sahara, the group made their way to Tamegroute. A largely subterranean village, the students got to explore the dwellings along the dark and shaded alleyways. The group also got to see an important industry to the village – pottery. The processes and traditions were observed and a visit to the pottery shop was very popular for souvenirs. Following a journey to Tansikht bridge Junction, they made their way back to Ouarzazate where they checked into the Hotel Ibis.

Day 5:

The group departed Ouarzazate for Aït Benhaddou Kasbah. Along the road, the students got to see red, yellow, maroon, cream and green-coloured rocks on this eastward facing side of the High Atlas. Upon arrival at the Kasbah, the group entered by crossing the river on stepping stones – some by donkey – and paying a small entrance fee. They then had free time to explore the Kasbah – the movie set for ‘Gladiator’ amongst others!

After lunch, the group made a stop at an Argan Oil Co-operative to find out about rural development opportunities for women, education for women and the importance of how they use their income. They then continued on to Marrakech for souvenir shopping in the souks, later checking in to their hotel.

Day 6:

Today the group spent the day in the traditional village of Douar Oulad Elgern on the Marrakech Plain, where there were plenty of opportunities to engage fully with the community and experience many of their daily activities. Finally, it was time to head to the airport for their return home.


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Marrakech

4 days,
3 nights

Dates: 14th – 17th February

Passengers: 28 students and 3 adults

Accommodation: Hotel Akabar (Marrakech)

Board Basis: Half Board

Overview of visits: Marrakech Souks, Lalla-Takerkoust Barrage and Reservoir, Amizmiz, Douar Oulad Elgern, Majorelle Gardens, Camel Ride

Day 1:

After meeting their Field Study Tutor at the airport, the group boarded their flight to Marrakech where travelled by coach to the Hotel Akabar. To start the trip, they enjoyed a guided tour of the Marrakech Souks, seeking out souvenirs in the colourful stalls and shops and visiting the apothecary. They then returned to the hotel for a relaxing evening.

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Day 2:

The coach departed for Lalla-Takerkoust Barrage and Reservoir where the group had the opportunity to study water resource management. It was then on to Amizmiz for a guided walk through the village and the surrounding area to see village life, traditional farming and local industry.

Day 3:

Today began with a full day visit to Douar Oulad Elgern, where the group were welcomed by taking part in a tea ceremony. They were then split into smaller groups to take part in daily activities within the community – a truly unique experience and opportunity to understand the lives of the men and women and their distinctive roles.

Day 4:

After checking out of the hotel, the group made their way to the enchanting Majorelle Gardens, filled with exotic plants, beautiful fountains and scenic views. Afterwards, they explore the souks one last time in Marrakech before finishing their trip with a camel ride! It’s then time to board their flight back to the UK.


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Accommodation

Morocco Accommodation

To maximise your time in Morocco, your group will stay at a number of accommodation centres as you travel around this inspiring country. Here are just a few of the options:

Hotel Akabar, Marrakech

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Located in one of the most beautiful districts of Marrakech, Hivernage, the hotel is just minutes from the famous Jemaa El Fna Square.

“Great location and perfect for what we needed”

Ms M Dimes, Queen Elizabeth's Hospital

This hotel has 51 rooms, all equipped with TV with satellite channels, individually controlled air conditioning and telephone; making it the perfect base for your tour to Marrakech. The hotel also features a lavishly decorated restaurant with a terrace where you can enjoy both Moroccan and International cuisine. The hotel also has an adult and a children’s swimming pool.

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Ibis Ouarzazate

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The Ibis Moussafir Ouarzazate hotel is located in the centre of Ouarzazate close to the Moroccan desert, with which it shares its name. This makes it the perfect base for day excursions to the desert. The hotel offers guests modern, spacious and comfortable accommodation. It features 104 air conditioned guest rooms each equipped with TV, internet and telephone. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and terrace and the onsite restaurant serves a buffet menu featuring traditional specialties.

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Bivouac Tents, Zagora

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Imagine camping in the middle of the Sahara desert underneath some of brightest stars you have ever seen – well now you can! We are delighted to be able to offer an even fuller desert experience in the Zagora area; an overnight stay in the Sahara desert in a Bedouin style encampment. The camp is set amongst rolling sand dunes and the journey to the camp is made by camel. The tents, and the materials used in their construction and decoration, are an exact replica of the original Bedouin style. Each tent is very cosy with real beds and with plenty of blankets available. Berber meals are served around low tables in large, communal, carpeted tents, with centrally placed food platters. This really is an authentic experience!

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