Geography Trips for Schools to Morocco
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.”
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
KS4 and KS5 (or equivalent)
Marrakech Menara Airport
Flight duration from UK:
Approx. 3 hours 40 minutes
Best time to visit:
Outside of summer months
Drylands/Hot Desert Environments
Ecosystems & Biodiversity
Globalisation & Global Systems
Resources & Their Management
River Systems & Landscapes
Rocks, Weathering & Soil
Water & Carbon Cycles
Weather & Climate
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.
Marrakech is a vibrant and fascinating city showing many characteristics of urban areas in the developing world. Consider aspects of urban change and evaluate strategies implemented to clear slum housing and improve living conditions for its growing population. The lively Jemaa el-Fnaa and Medina Souks are mesmerising and will overload the senses, whilst the Majorelle Gardens provide a tranquil diversion from the frenetic city streets.
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In Marrakech: Urban Change
This Study Unit (SU) considers the clearance of the city’s bidonvilles (shanty towns) as part of Morocco’s very successful plan for “Towns Without Slums”. New Towns are also considered as are the pros and cons of upgrading the Medina area. Additionally, meeting the city’s water needs is a significant topic. The various proposed solutions are considered and evaluated.
Only an hour away from the city is another world, a rural world. Having been amongst the urban pulls and pushes of Marrakech, this is an opportunity to evaluate rural pushes and pulls in the foothills of the High Atlas. A guided walk around Amizmiz and the countryside allows traditional agriculture and a market town to be experienced; a great way to see everyday activities, engage with people, their activities and their lives.
A stop can be made on the way at the Barrage de Lalla Takerkoust, a huge reservoir and an opportunity to discuss aspects of river basin management on the large scale. This offers a great contrast to what will later be seen around Amizmiz where water management is very much on the small scale.
Within Amizmiz, walking around the bustling market allows everyone to see the way it all works; it is totally engrossing with unique sights and smells all around.
A gentle walk is also taken into the countryside to walk amongst the farmland and the terraced fields to observe what is grown and how it is grown and to see subsistence farming in action; no matter the season of the year, the farmscapes are always full of interest. On this walk a visit can also be made to a potter where students will watch how it’s done by the expert and then have a go!
A tasty picnic lunch can be arranged in the countryside, in a forested dell, overlooking the Marrakech Plain to the north.
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Rural Studies: In Amizmiz
This Study Unit (SU) considers the importance of water, the water cycle and the possible sources for water development in this part of Morocco. An evaluation is made of the site of the Barrage de Lalla Takerkoust as a large scale water development. Water capture and distribution at the small scale too is considered. A Farmer Questionnaire is provided too to guide the Q&A session.
Douar Oulad Elgern
Only an hour away from the city, across the Marrakech Plain, a set of unforgettable rural experiences awaits. A day spent in Douar Oulad Elgern allows for very involved participation in many daily activities and offers most meaningful interaction with welcoming and cheerful villagers. With pisé mud walls, the buildings are traditional, as are the lifestyles. Farming is the main village activity; mainly cereals, goats, sheep and cows.
After a glass of mint tea from the village’s welcoming tea master, pupils and teachers participate in the morning activities. Girls break off into small groups to spend the morning with different families to make bread or couscous and prepare vegetables, whilst the boys form small work parties to go to the well to fetch water (with a donkey!), assist in the making of charcoal, make some mud bricks and participate with the crafts people.
All come together at lunchtime to eat in the salon; everyone with their stories to tell. Lunch is eaten the traditional way without cutlery, simply using your fingers! Much of the food is made by the group and using many ingredients from the village’s farms.
In the afternoon, the village can be explored with a guided stroll. The village now has an Association; hear about its organisation, its work and its proposed projects.
Global climatic change, urban and rural push/pull factors, traditional farming, contrasting cultures, diversity and living in an LEDC are all geographical issues that can be studied, understood and given context.
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Rural Studies: In Douar Oulad Elgern
This Study Unit (SU) encourages looking, seeing, discussing and evaluating, as pupils are immersed in many aspects of life and appreciating the challenges in a developing world situation. An aerial photograph of the village allows features to be identified. A follow-up task involves pupils identifying a project (simulation) to assist the villagers and devising a plan for its implementation.
Essaouira, a 3 hour drive or so west of Marrakech, on the Atlantic Coast, offers a little seaside relaxation after the more “geography packed” days of your tour. The beach is wide and vast and the town itself is most charming. New colours will assail your eyes – no more pinks and beiges! White painted buildings with rich blue paintwork make it all feel very coastal. The narrow streets, lined with shops, markets and stalls, are fun to explore, with plenty of opportunities for haggling! A walk atop the strong sea wall defences is exhilarating with the pleasure of the refreshing sea breezes.
En route to Essaouira, areas of argan trees will be passed and you may even spot goats grazing within their branches! The argan fruit contains a nut, rich in argan oil. The argan fruit contains a nut, rich in argan oil. An optional stop can be made at an argan oil outlet to see the ladies processing the argan nuts into oils and pastes.
This day is very much a relaxation day, simply a fine day out by the seaside.
High Atlas Sampler
Looming large on the southern horizon is Toubkal (4,167m) the highest peak of the High Atlas mountain range. Here, another facet of Morocco’s geography waits to be discovered.
First, the Marrakech Plain is crossed with its extensive areas of irrigated olive groves. People are seen everywhere; sitting, walking, talking, playing, cycling and working. Small settlements are encountered with fruit and vegetable stalls, informal cafés, tiny shop frontages, tele-boutiques and family run workshops. But soon the road begins to climb, twisting and turning as the High Atlas foothills are encountered.
Berber communities live in the mountain valleys, their clay pisé buildings blending into the natural landscape and clinging on to steep mountain sides. Extensive, deep, water eroded gullies, thickly wooded hillsides, irrigated valley floors, upland terraced plots, labour intensive farming, sheep pastures and exposed rock strata are some of the sights along the way. All along the route there are rock and fossil sellers who are trying to add to their family’s income.
The higher you go the more dramatic the landscapes. The origins of this huge fold mountain range is clear to see with strata, folds, screes, rock pedestals, incised meanders all to be spotted; eyes will be out on stalks!
Lunch is taken in Taddert, a tiny but bustling service centre for travellers that stands at 1,350m. It’s the original 24/7, hence the glorious mix of cars, lorries, buses, donkeys, 4x4s and minibuses all stopping for refreshment.
Soon it’s the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass, the highest road point in the High Atlas at 2,260m. To reach it, the road continues to rise in ever increasingly tight turns and severe zig-zags from Taddert. Now you are well above all human activity and the “bare bones” of the High Atlas are revealed very clearly.
At our specially selected viewpoint, the mountain panorama looking north, east and west is breathtaking. All around are the immense, bare peaks of this area of the High Atlas with their steep, deep, water eroded V-valleys. Rock strata are easy to identify and the concept that these rocks were once sediments at the bottom of an ancient ocean can really be understood, almost felt. You really do feel “on top of the world” here.
By now it’s mid-afternoon and time to return to Marrakech. There is the opportunity to study incised river systems and meanders as many fine examples are seen. River cliffs and slip-off slopes can be readily spotted too, the action of river processes. Eventually the twists and turns of the road diminish and you are back on the flat Marrakech Plain once again; traffic volumes increase, speeds slow down and soon you are back amongst the hubbub of colourful, clamorous Marrakech.
Geography Study Handbooks
High Atlas Sampler
This Study Unit (SU) covers continental drift and the physical geography of fold mountains and their formation and features (including incised river systems). Human topics include Berber communities and their farming systems, Taddert and its functions as well as the challenges of road communications in a mountainous landscape. Rivers in uplifting mountain landscapes is a further topic.
Across the High Atlas
Looming large on the southern horizon is the High Atlas with Toubkal (4,167m) the highest peak. Another facet of Morocco’s geography awaits to be discovered.
First the Marrakech Plain is crossed with its extensive areas of irrigated olive groves. People are seen everywhere; sitting, walking, talking, playing, cycling and working. Small settlements are encountered with fruit and vegetable stalls, informal cafés, tiny shop frontages, tele-boutiques and family run workshops. But soon the road climbs, twisting and turning as the High Atlas foothills are encountered.
Berber communities live in the mountain valleys, their clay pisé buildings blending into the natural landscape and clinging on to steep mountain sides. Extensive, deep, water eroded gullies, thickly wooded hillsides, irrigated valley floors, upland terraced plots, labour intensive farming, sheep pastures, exposed rock strata are some of the sights along the way. All along the route there are rock and fossil sellers, the people trying to add to their family’s income.
The higher you go the more dramatic the landscapes; the origins and sceneries of this fold mountain range is clear to see with strata, folds, screes, rock pedestals, incised meanders all to be spotted.
Lunch is taken in Taddert, 1,350m, a tiny but bustling service centre for travellers (it never closes, it’s the original “24/7”!). Here there is a glorious mix of cars, lorries, buses, donkeys, 4x4s, minibuses, all stopping for refreshment (the donkeys too!).
Soon it’s the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass, the highest road point in the High Atlas, at 2,260m. To reach it, the road continues to rise in ever increasingly tight turns and severe zig-zags from Taddert. Now you are well above all human activity and the “bare bones” of the High Atlas are revealed very clearly.
At our specially selected viewpoint, the mountain panorama looking north, east and west is breathtaking. All around are the immense, bare peaks of this area of the High Atlas with their steep, deep, water eroded V-valleys. Rock strata are easy to identify and the fact that these rocks were once sediments at the bottom of an ancient ocean can really be understood, almost “felt”. You really do feel “on top of the world” here.
Having crossed the watershed of the High Atlas, a descent is made to the lower plateaux lands around Ouarzazate. On the higher ground, animal herders can be spotted and women too with bundles of gathered firewood on their heads. At lower levels Berber communities reappear, their buildings made of mud and straw walls and with bamboo and mud roofs with long projecting gutters. However, satellite dishes are in increasingly evident, too!
A stop is made overlooking a typical village to identify its features (mosque, minaret, water tank, school) and assess its geographical advantages that allow the land to be so intensely farmed for, e.g., almonds, apples, vegetables, carrots, potatoes. Villagers are sometimes met and much can be learned through our empathetic engagement.
Rivers here can be violent, however. During heavy rains they can experience frighteningly powerful flash floods, a topic that can be fully appreciated when some huge water rounded boulders are seen resting on the floor of the river channels.
Travelling on downwards, the landscape opens out with more extensive vistas. With the ever lowering altitude and lengthening growing season, plus more dependable water supplies, date palmeries begin to dominate the agricultural landuse.
The day ends in prosperous Ouarzazate, an important route centre and service centre situated in the Dadès Valley, in the centre of an intensively farmed region. Ouarzazate’s Taourirt Kasbah is a well conserved fortress in the centre of the town and is an additional option for today.
Geography Study Handbooks
Across the High Atlas
This Study Unit (SU) covers continental drift and the physical geography of fold mountains, their formation and features (including incised river systems). Human topics include Berber communities and their farming systems, Taddert and its functions as well as the challenges of road communications in a mountainous landscape. Flash floods, their causes and consequences, is another topic covered (including stream hydrographs).
The Dadès Valley
Heading east from Ouarzazate, the landscape immediately turns desert-like. The vistas are huge and the vast undulating plains are distantly surrounded by the High Atlas to the north and the Jebel Sarhro to the south. There is much evidence of past and present water having sculpted the landscape here.
Situated by the Dadès and Draâ Rivers, the reservoir of El Mansour Eddahbi is the first planned stop of the day. This huge reservoir stores water for all year-round supplies. Bringing many benefits, there are negative consequences, too, such as the capillary rise of mineral salts into the soil, all of which can be discussed. A gigantic solar power plant is presently being developed in this area, too; another hot topical issue to consider!
Continuing eastwards, many oasis settlements are encountered. Where there is a spring, a well or a river, the landscape is richly green and intensively cultivated. Low earthen walls surround small farmed plots of cereals and vegetables. Where there is no water, by dramatic contrast, the land is baked, brown and barren; in such areas, sheep flocks and goat herds can be spotted, tended by individual herders. A herder might be a man, a woman or, indeed, a young child. In some situations, a man might be away from his settled farm for up to 4 months with his flock, seeking pasture and fattening up his animals for eventual selling at a market. Whilst away from home, such herders will return to a temporary tent each evening to eat and sleep. Where possible, a stop is arranged, allowing pupils to talk to a farmer and gain some insight into the reality of life in this demanding environment; what great knowledge, wisdom and appreciation these very fine people have.
El-Kelaâ M’Gouna, famous for the cultivation of roses, is a late morning stop. The rose bushes are planted like hedges around the small farmed plots. In May the petals are collected and all sorts of soaps, perfumes and creams are made.
Now the “Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs” is entered, once the fortified strongholds of the prominent past chiefs of the area.
Boumalne Dadès is a bridging point over the river Dadès and the lunch stop. Many recently built, fine buildings, suggest the considerable wealth generated in and around this settlement. An overlook above the town provides an almost “aerial” view of the town, the farmland and the hills and the High Atlas that form the backdrop.
The journey now continues into an ever-more remote region, as you are inching ever-closer to the Sahara. (Dry river beds continue to be seen across the landscape with time for students to enter one-such river bed.) The fact that this landscape sometimes rushes with water is graphically, and somewhat surreally, illustrated by the road signs!
Journey’s end today is the 300m deep Todra Gorge. At the entrance to the gorge, tiny, carefully tended, irrigated plots are to be seen; every scrap of potentially productive land is used, the fertile alluvium being a geographical bonus in such a location. The gorge itself is a narrow cleft in the red stained limestone rocks, demonstrating just how powerful the action of running water can be. You need to crick your neck to view the top of the gorge as the rock walls rise sheer from the river. This is a glorious area to walk through at the end of the day, perhaps to take a side path to a higher vantage point, to enjoy the silence and to savour the sunset.
EITHER return to Ouarzazate for accommodation.
OR continue back to Tinerhir for accommodation before heading on to the Sahara next day.
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Along the Dadès Valley
This Study Unit (SU) covers aspects of river basin management (water storage and water transfer systems). Two contrasting agricultural systems are studied, date palmeraies (with intercropping) and nomadic pastoralism. Potential wadi discharge is calculated in-the-field as an aspect of flash flood events (in a dry wadi).
Towards the Sahara
Travelling southwards towards the Sahara, the landscape is a wide and flat until, on the far horizons, the surrounding mountains of the Atlas and the Jbel Ougnat are seen. Long, linear settlements are passed through and the Moroccan “theatre” continues with people at café tables, children leading donkeys, herders sitting on rocks as their flocks graze, school pupils walking to school, small vegetable stalls, nomads on their way with tents to a new area of pasture and people riding side-saddle.
Artesian wells appear like giant mole hills on the flat landscape; 2-3m high and with a diameter of 3-4m. Sunk to harvest the water from below ground, as water tables have fallen and droughts have increased, they have become abandoned. The few remaining active wells are well known to the desert nomads as they lead their animals between grazing lands.
Sand dunes now encroach the road and threaten to engulf it. Attempts to stabilise these moving dunes can be seen, interwoven palm branches have been placed amongst the sand to attempt to hold the sand in place.
The bustling market town of Erfoud has the usual fascination of organised chaos of traffic and people on the streets. Erfoud is the “fossil capital” of the world and everywhere there are many dusty, noisy, outlets where fossils are prepared and value added for tourist and world-wide trade.
As well as the official market, many small, informal “stalls” are seen, set up by individual farmers with a little surplus to sell. A perfect opportunity for your group to buy their colourful headscarves for the desert. There are various ways in which to tie these scarves for certain conditions e.g. for intense heat on calm days and against the dust on windy days; these will be demonstrated by your Moroccan Courier.
By early afternoon, the 100m tall sand dunes of Erg Chebbi are now very close. Soon the massive dunes are growing on the horizon, viewed across a hamada desert floor of wind polished, black basalt stones. The sand dunes soon dwarf the buildings of Merzouga town and the outlying hotels. Welcome to the Sahara!
Soon it is time to ride off across the Sahara, on your camel towards the mighty sand dunes, to ascend to a high crest and to wait for the setting of the sun. After sipping some mint tea and sampling some small pastry delicacies at your hotel, it’s time to mount up and go. And for the truly adventurous, viewing the sunrise from the hotel’s roof terrace, is an option for which it is well worth setting your alarms!
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Towards the Sahara
This Study Unit (SU) considers weathering processes and desert landform development. A background to fossils is also provided, their development and geological epochs. Sand dune development and migration and the need for sand dune management is covered with an evaluation of the success or otherwise. In contrast to the water management seen the day before at El Mansour Eddahbi, the development and “mining” of artesian water is explained.
In the Sahara
An option to linger one full day in the Sahara and to either relax after the previous days of travelling or to take a visit to a traditional marginal farming community. A farm visit is an engaging experience and after some ceremonial traditional singing, dancing and drumming, there is plenty of time to walk around this desert edge village and to interact with those met. Some time by the hotel poolside is another attractive option. It is possible to take the sunset camel ride into the dunes this evening rather than on the evening before.
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In the Sahara
This Study Unit (SU) offers a small set of activities for use whilst in and around your hotel. Topics include hot deserts and their climates; contrasting sunrise and sunset times in Arctic and Tropical locations; camels, their features and adaptations; star gazing, with some constellations to try to identify in the night sky.
Skirting the Sahara
There are yet more new and equally awesome landscapes to be seen on this day; the return to Ouarzazate takes a very different and truly remote and wonderful routing. A short transfer to Rissani begins the day for a visit to the Maison Tuareg. Here, surrounded by a treasure trove of native Moroccan crafts in a kaleidoscope of colour, the story of nomadic tribes is explained through their carpet designs. Each carpet’s colour and weave style depicts an aspect of their lives. Plenty of time is available for browsing and haggling!
Journeying westwards continues, between the Jbel Ougnat and Chorea mountains. This stunning route has vast, wide open vistas towards wonderful, uplifted, sedimentary mountains with classic escarpments all around. Everywhere there is evidence of rock structure and geological formations – dipping strata, wind-blown sand, screes, alluvial fans, hamada desert. It is doubtful you will have been anywhere so remote before.
Apparently empty of permanent settlement, it is surprising how people just seem to appear! Nomadic pastoralists are seen (sheep, goats and camels) and the occasional person trying to sell rocks and fossils may well appear out of nowhere.
Clusters of small, white boxes might be seen in the middle distance of the flat plains. These are bee hives, and are evidence of a Community Sustainability Project, a way of increasing rural incomes. The bee hives are relocated depending on the season and where the rains have recently fallen; where vegetation blooms then this is where the best chance of honey production is to be found.
Acacia forests, with their umbrella topped trees, begin to appear; an indication a more savannah type environment. Drought has been prolonged in this area of Morocco recently and only acacia trees have survived due to their long tap roots. The tree’s adaptations can be appreciated whilst standing under a canopy’s welcome shade.
After lunch in Alnif, another famous fossil town, it’s on to a bridging point across the Drâa River. The Drâa valley floor is rich in date palmeraies. Date stalls may tempt you at the end of the bridge. Often there are little children on the bridge, too, fishing and weaving camels with blades of grass. Water brings the landscape to life; it is so obvious how important water is to making human activity possible.
After Agdz, the road begins to climb steeply up through the Ante Atlas (the Jbel Sarhro). The landscape becomes arid and empty of vegetation. The thin strata and bedding planes of the rocks are very evident. Cutting down into the rocks, rivers have carved deep valleys, steep sided but with flat floors. These valley floors are often bare, polished rock, abraded when these occasional rivers flow. The Tizi-n-Tinififft Pass (1,660m) is simply amazing.
As darkness begins to fall, it’s time to anticipate your hotel in Ouarzazate and to reflect on the sights and experiences of the day.
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Skirting the Sahara
This Study Unit (SU) provides task for the Maison Tuareg. The SU also covers the background to Community Sustainability with the exemplar of the keeping of beehives. Acacia tree adaptations can be annotated and there are tasks based on landscape evaluation.
On the Road to Marrakech
Back into an area travelled a few days ago, the return journey reveals new vistas, new perspectives and offers new opportunities. The rocks are red, yellow, maroon, cream and green on this southward facing side of the High Atlas and they are often volcanic; further evidence that this area of Africa is close to a major converging plate boundary. Busy and active village and agricultural life and activities on the valley floors and on the lower slopes continue to fascinate and intrigue.
Aït Benhaddou is a magnificent Kasbah that once stood guard over the main route between Ouarzazate and Marrakech; it is set magnificently on the far bank of a river, beneath a mesa backdrop. A World heritage Site, it is easy to understand why it has been used for many big screen film sets.
Once inside Aït Benhaddou you instantly travel back in time. Narrow lanes meander around and ornate architectural features in mud and wood are everywhere to be appreciated. Some traditional homes can be visited and many artisans can be seen at work as ladies weave rugs and men work at art. Ascending to the kasbah’s high lookout point atop the mesa gives fantastic views in every direction.
The journey continues on up and over the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass (2,260m) and on to Taddert, today’s lunch stop.
The journey towards the Marrakech Plain zig-zags down the north facing slopes of the High Atlas. There is the opportunity to study incised river systems and meanders, the result of isostacy. River cliffs and slip-off slopes can be readily spotted, which are also the action of river processes.
The twists and turns of the road diminish and you are back on the flat Marrakech Plain once again and soon you are back amongst the hubbub of colourful, clamorous Marrakech.
Geography Study Handbooks
On the Road to Marrakech
This Study Unit (SU) considers the nature of World Heritage Sites (WHS) and the criteria upon which they are designated. After a list of UK WHS are considered, aspects of the Aït Benhaddou WHS are evaluated. Meander development is then described and illustrated with an explanation of the impact of isostacy; a fieldsketch is provided for annotation.
Bivouac Tents in Morocco
In addition to our memorable camel ride, a definite must-try, it is now possible to have an overnight stay in the Sahara desert in an authentic Bedouin style encampment.
The journey to the camp will be by camel, gently trekking through the famous, extensive and luxurious date palmeraies of the Drâa Valley with their fascinating farming features, crops, techniques and activities.
The Bedouin camp itself is set amongst rolling sand dunes and is set very much away from it all. The tents, and the materials used in their construction and decoration, are an exact replica of the original style. Central to the tents is the campfire where, later in the evening, traditional singing and drumming will be enjoyed. Each tent is very cosy with real beds and with plenty of blankets available for the cold night.
Traditional Berber meals are served around low tables in large, communal, carpeted tents, with centrally placed food platters; fingers, of course, are the cutlery.
With a full stomach, a warming campfire, stars and constellations above, sand dunes all around and with a fine group of Moroccans to musically entertain you, this makes for a most memorable inclusion on your tour itinerary!
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.Get in Touch
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.
- 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
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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.
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
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.View the full day-by-day itinerary
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.View the full day-by-day itinerary
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.
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.
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.
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
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”
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.
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.
Bivouac Tents, Zagora
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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