Terry Mcc, (Houston)

My sister and I were in Morocco in late August and September and also used Ali Oussou as our guide. What a great choice we made! We had seen his name listed on these forums and contacted some of the people who had written about him. All were most positive.

Ali is 29 years old (although he seems like he's 35) and very educated. His English is great, he also speaks French, Spanish, Berber and some other languages. He grew up the son of nomad parents so his knowledge of the regions around the Sahara is perfect. We had him meet us at the Hotel Atlas Asni in Marrakesh to begin our "expedition". He and his driver, Youssef arrived in a new AC Toyota 4x4 (it was August so we chose the AC - slight upcharge as they have several vehicles). He took us over the Atlas Mountains (fantastic views) with many stops I'm sure are not on the regular tourist routes. His dialogue througout the trip is invaluable as you are treated to the history and cultures of each region and each place we stopped from people living in caves to out-of-the way villages, etc.

We spent a night in the desert (Erg Chebbi) where Ali was right at home. His boyhood friend was the camel driver (Mohammed). It was one of those "I'll NEVER forget this" experiences. The 3 hour camel trec into the desert was "just enough". I don't know how Lawrence of Arabia could do the distances he did on the back of one of these animals!

After the desert experience we took the "low road" through the black desert to Ouarzazate. Don't miss the Atlas film studio. They still have the huge buildings used in "Cleopatra" - the movie with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Parts of Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven were also made here.

Our final destination was Essaouria at the coast so we had many days to get to know these guys. Ali chose "perfect" places to stay. We had specified air conditioning (August) and we were never disappointed in accomodations.

We had such a great time that we are still in contact with Ali. We are professional photographers so we have promised pictures to half of the poeple we met with Ali! They even took us to lunch at Youssef's home where we met his family!

You'll need to arrange with Ali in advance as he is busy a lot of the time. They will meet with you in any city you specify and he is just as knowledgeable of the cities (Fes, Marrakesh, etc.). It may take a week or so for him to respond. Just mention that you got his name from Trip Advisor. His price was 490 euros per person for 5 days. (That included the upcharge for the AC vehicle) His price included everything except lunches. All of the accomodations are half board (breakfast and dinner included).

I know you'll cherish the experience and Ali is great. He's trying to build his travel business so he goes the extra mile to please.



Franky Pro, (Quebec Canada)

Me voici de retour chez moi. Mon corps est ici, mais à quelque part je suis encore là-bas! J'ai vécu un très beau voyage et je recommande fortement cette destination! Le Maroc est un très beau pays, de plus, les marocains sont des gens à connaître! J'ai été tellement surprise de voir ses multiples paysages grandioses et uniques. Il faut voir les montagnes et parler de plus près à ces gens qui y habitent! Ces gens sont tous généreux et très fiers de leur pays. Il feront tout pour te venir en aide et feront tout pour que ton séjour soit des plus comfortables. Plusieurs fois, j'ai été invite dans des familles et toujours j'ai été reçue avec générosité et bienveillance! J'ai été 2 semaines à Marrakech, question de me stabiliser; prendre mon temps et vivre un peu l'esprit de la ville! Marrakech est une ville vivante et je la conseille pour ceux qui veulent de l'action! Lorsque je suis partie faire un tour guidé, j'ai su que je ne pouvais plus supporter la folie de Marra! J'ai heureusement été conseillé sur internet pour un guide que je vous suggère fortement aussi à mon tour: Il s'appelle Ali Oussou! Il sait ce qu'il fait. On peut lui faire confiance: On est en sécurité avec lui et il s'occupe de tout! Le tour que j'ai décidé de faire est Essaouira; la vallée de Todra; la vallée de Dadès; les gorges du Draa; Ouarzazate et le désert de Merzouga! Ce qui est magnifique avec le tour c'est que tout est inclu! Bouffe; hébergement; transport; chauffeur; guide; essence! que demander de plus que de se laisser porter avec l'air climatisé et de laisser ses yeux s'emplir de la beauté qui s'offre à nous! et je vous le dit, le Maroc à de magnifiques paysage! C'est aussi entrer dans un autre monde où les temps anciens et modernes se rejoignent. La partie la plus extraordinaire de mon voyage fut dans le désert! J'ai visité les 2 désert! Merzouga et Zagora! Pour avoir fait les 2, je vous recommande sincèrement Merzouga pour plusieurs raisons! J'ai vu à dos de dromadaire un levé de lune et un couché de soleil infiniment beau: Je fus accueillie par des gens très hospitaliers et plein de vie! On a mangé goulument notre tajine: On a parlé; rit et chanté! Ces berbères savent mettre de l'ambiance pcq pour eux la vie est simple! On a eu le choix de dormir sous la tente ou à la belle étoile! Le ciel là-bas est féérique! C'est comme si on pouvait toucher les étoiles! Je suis restée au Maroc 2 mois.



Link recommended by Allison Shapira (Boston, Massachusetts)


Morocco trip, part VII: Rabat, Casablanca, and going home...

(If you want the complete story, see parts one, two, three, four, five, and six. If you just want the pictures, they're on flickr.)
After the great time we had in Fes, we started the journey towards the end of the trip.
We were driving west to Casablanca, in order to sleep there one night before the next morning's flight home. Our guide, the excellent Ali Oussou, recommended in advance that we not spend much time in Casablanca. Boy, was he right, and we were VERY happy we listened.



Verdan Analic (Zagreb Croatia)

Moj hotel u Marrakechu je bio par koraka od Djemaa el Fna. ništa posebno, ali jeftino, cisto i sasvim ok za prespavati.

u pustinju sam krenuo iz gradica koji se zove Rissani i dio marokanske Sahare koji sam posjetio i gdje sam prespavao jednu noc zove se Merzouga. Marokanac Ali Oussou mi je sve sredio. docekao me u Rissaniju, odveo do polazne tocke u pustinji, sredio sve vodice berbere, hranu itd itd. Sve 5. moja preporuka. mail mu je erg_chebbi42@hotmail.com U Dadesu nisam bio pa ti ne mogu reci.



Miquel Gascón, (Barcelona Espana)

Hola. El guia (Ali Oussou ) que he recomendado en Altair, es una gran persona...y ahora desde que lo conocí...ya un gran amigo. El vive precisamente en el sur de Marruecos, en el desierto por lo que esa zona es la que mas quiere...porque es "su" mundo. Sabe varios idiomas, entre ellos el español correctamente...es una persona culta ya que tiene la carrera de filologia inglesa.

Os puede acompañar en vuestra ruta por este pais que tanto amo y en el que estado tantisimas veces. Una de las opciones que mas os recomiendo es que el juntamente con vosotros os organice una ruta en 4 x 4 dependiendo de los dias que tengais y la epoca..... ya vereis que os resultara mas economico que ir por vuestra cuenta, porque el os llevará a sitios para "no turistas".

Cualquier duda que tengais no me importa aconsejaros en lo que sea. Yo vivo en Barcelona, por lo que si quieres incluso podriamos quedar y comentar los sitios que a mi me han gustado mas. Un abrazo"



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Lachlan and Sally, (Australia)

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g293730-i9195-k1385577-l9244546-Ali_Oussou_and_the_crazy_Couscous-Morocco.html



Gaye Hall, (Houston, Texas)

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g293730-i9195-k1521467-Recent_adventure_to_Morocco_our_thanks_to_Trip_Advisor-Morocco.html



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