“Keep close to Nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”
Rewilding Bushcraft|High Atlas Course
Rewilding Bushcraft in Morocco Courses
Since I was young I have a growing interest in wild plants and herbs, stuff that grows in hedgerows and woodlands, on mountainsides and riverbanks. My children often used to say to me "Mum what are you looking at?" but would happily taste the tea or soup or salad, whatever I cooked up with my foraged goodies.
My curiosity brought me into contact last year with an English gentleman now living in southern Spain who runs rewilding and bushcraft courses from his location. Through many conversations, meetings and reconnaissance we are now offering courses in Morocco, primarily in a desert location and also in the High Atlas Mountains. I am very excited to be able to facilitate these amazing courses in bush craft, survival skills, rewilding and reconnecting. Neil Hill is an anthropologist, wildlife biologist and wilderness instructor who founded Almeria Bushcraft to share his passion of the natural world with people.
Rewild, Reconnect and Rediscover yourself and the joy of being in nature.
A week of Trekking, Foraging, Bushcraft and Survival Skills in the High Atlas Mountains.
2019/20 Ask us about a private booking.
7 Days adventure from Marrakech, travelling to the spectacular High Atlas Mountains with its verdant valleys and ancient lifestyles and with its gentle local Amazigh hospitality. Immerse yourself in the landscapes and culture.
You will be served delicious freshly prepared meals, learn how to make traditional Berber dishes with a cooking masterclass and see how the mechoui oven is used to cook a whole sheep or goat.
There will be entertaining local music and plenty of time for relaxing and conversation in the evenings.
During this spectacular trip you will have the opportunity to learn new bushcraft and foraging skills with Neil from Rewilding Bushcraft: one of Europe’s top wildlife and survival experts.
Another of the highlights of this trip is the 4 day trek in the High Atlas affording incredible panoramic views and breath-taking vistas of the high peaks and valleys. You will stay in local houses in remote villages and spend a night wild camping. Ultimately, you will go away refreshed, rewilded and reconnected with a new sense of purpose and a different aspect on what it is to be nature rather than in nature.
This trip includes:
Night in a beautiful lakeside riad near Marrakech.
Cooking Masterclass in a Berber house.
4 Days trekking in the spectacular valleys and mountains of the High Atlas.
Learning new skills with one of Europe’s top wildlife and survival experts.
Accommodation in homestays in remote Berber villages.
Wild camping in a mountain valley.
Delicious home cooked food.
Being able to immerse yourself in the landscapes and culture of the Amazigh people.
Guided city tour of the Old Medina of Marrakech.
Ultimately to; rewild, reconnect and rediscover yourself.
Pack your open mind, your smile and prepare to have an incredible week, meet new people, share new experiences, learn new skills and make unforgettable memories.
Day 1: Arrival in Marrakech.
Arrival at Menara Airport in Marrakech where one of our team will meet you in the forecourt. Transfer to your accommodation in a beautiful lakeside riad outside Marrakech. Evening meeting at 19.00 in the riad, briefing and dinner with Karima from Lets Go 2 Morocco and Neil from Rewilding Bushcraft. NB*:If flight arrivals are all earlier in the day we will transfer directly to Imlil for the first night. TBC.
Day 2: Off to the High Atlas.
*After breakfast, transfer to Imlil, your accommodation near Imlil in the High Atlas. A welcome mint tea and orientation. We will then take a walk up to the village of Mzik for a cooking masterclass in Berber traditional dishes with perhaps some foraged additions collected on the way. Lunch will be on the terrace overlooking the valley below. Return to Imlil for activities with Neil; masterclass in fire lighting using natural and man made objects, different sorts of fire types including signal fires and cooking fires. Dinner in the riad in the evening.
Day 3: Start of the 4 day trek.
4 Day Trek Two Valleys and Berber Villages. Imi Oughlad - Tiziane - Tizgui - Tizi Oussem - Imlil
Suitable for Families with children from 12 years. Grade: Moderate.
We also offer a more challenging 4 day trek for private bookings for up to 12 people in a group. Contact us for more info!!!
Day 3: Imi Oughlad - Tiziane
The start point is Imi Oughlad at 1500m. We will take local transport from Imlil at 09.00, where we will meet our Trek Guide: Rachid, to Imi Oughlad where we meet the Muleteers and where the mules are packed. We leave the Imlil valley and trek up the juniper forest trail to Tizi n´Techt at 2020m. This gives you superb views down the valley. Lunch in the shade of some trees, prepared by the Muleteers. Following the ridge we descend to the Azzadene Valley and the village of Tiziane on the far side of the river for the first nights’ accommodation in a gite. Activities with Neil; How to make a mountain camp, build an emergency shelter and where to find water.
Day 4: Tiziane - Tizgui
Fuelled with a hearty breakfast, we leave the valley floor and ascend a gully to around 2400m. Following a forested trail we will lunch at Assaka Spring, the Muleteers will have a delicious salad picnic prepared under the shade of some trees. From there, a gentle descent to around 1750m and the village of Tizgui for a night in a local Berber house. Local musicians will entertain you with their unique Amazigh Ahouach music and songs. Neil is cooking tonight, so expect the unexpected: totally delicious cuisine.
Day 5: Tizgui - Tizi Oussem
You will have fantastic views of the higher peaks today always on your right side as we follow the trail up to Tizi Tougdal at around 2500m and along Assif n´Ouarhou. A welcome lunch break under some trees, with some amazing views, followed by a rest. We descend then down to Tizi Oussem at the crossroads of the Azzadene Valley, the route up to the high peaks and across to the Imlil Valley. Tonight we will be camping in our own private campsite, which the Muleteers will set up for us. Dinner around a campfire. Activities with Neil; how and what to pack for mountain travel, what to do in an emergency and remote response first aid. Possibility of a mechoui oven roasted goat or sheep.
Day 6: Tizi Oussem - Imlil
Today, there will be activities at the campsite with Neil in the morning. Then we leave the Azzadene Valley and ascend to Tizi Mzik, affording incredible panoramic views on both sides of the pass. Lunch on the other side of the pass and we descend towards Imlil passing Acheim, through Aremd and Targa, emerging just below Ait Souka. We return to the Riad, where a welcome mint tea will be waiting.
We say goodbye to the Muleteers and Guide. We will have a debrief chat here and talk about the trek and what we have achieved. Time to freshen up and have dinner in the Riad. Conversation and time for relaxing.
Day 7: Guided Tour of Marrakech and Airport Transfers
After breakfast, we pack up and meet our transport at the roadside which will take us to Marrakech. You will meet our city guide and spend a few hours exploring the monuments, discovering hidden treasures in the souks and enjoying lunch and perhaps some shopping. Depending on your flight times, transfers to the airport will be organised.
Price: €1000 Per Person.
Included in the price:
Accommodation for 6 nights.
Snacks and water on the trek.
Guide and Muleteers.
All activities with Neil.
Guided Medina Tour.
Please note that a percentage of your payment will go towards our local and community projects in the Sahara and High Atlas. Everything that we do has a direct impact on our environment, our ethos is to make that impact a positive and sustainable one wherever we go.
Not included in the price:
Personal Insurance, flights, tips* and drinks.
**Lunch on the last day in Marrakech.
Airport transfers to the Medina are €15 per car.
Luggage porters from the Medina gates to the riad are €3 per handcart each way.
Information about the courses.
Groups will be no more than 12 people.
The price will be inclusive of transfers, accommodation with breakfast, lunch and dinner, all activities included in the program and guides where required.
Please make sure you bring sufficient medication should you require it as some of these locations are too far from cities to obtain these items. This also applies to items of a personal nature.
A list of necessary and suggested items to bring will be emailed once you have reserved your place.
A €225 non-refundable deposit will be required to secure your place and you will be emailed with confirmation of your reservation. This is to reserve accommodation and transport.
We reserve the right to reschedule a tour if the minimum of 6 participants is not reached by the given date. Deposits will be taken once that minimum of 6 is reached. If the minimum of 6 is not reached, you will be invited to reserve a place for the next available dates, or if you have a private group and would like a specific date, please contact us.
Euros and Dollars are accepted as well as local currency for payments. Some places accept Euros in the cities, but in the villages you will need Dirhams. These can be exchanged at the airport and in Marrakech on the first day.
Please inform us in plenty of time of any dietary requirements, allergies or particular dislikes.
We reserve the right to alter the program should the weather be unfavourable.
What we recommend you bring: Please see the kit list in your email.
A note about food: Please see the attachment in the email you will be sent about allergies and food dislikes. Please return it completed so that we can be properly informed, thank you.
*A note about tips: Tips for Trek Guides and Muleteers are an important part of their income and there is an accepted rate in the Atlas for the amounts given, we suggest you make small envelopes before the start of your trek, so they are ready to give at the end. Mountain Guides 100 dirhams per day, Muleteers 100 dirhams per day for the head cook and 50 dirhams per day for the others. This is a general guideline; you can of course give more if you wish. Thank you for your understanding.
Please note: this is not a boot camp, we are all light hearted people, passionate about our work and happiest when sharing our knowledge and skills. We know that for some this may be their annual holiday or perhaps their only chance to visit Africa, perhaps it will be the catalyst that brings you back again and again. We all need fun and laughter in our lives: this will be no exception.
This 4 day trek is suitable for families, however the treks are moderate, therefore a certain level of fitness is required as each day has 5 - 7 hours of trekking plus varying amounts of ascents and descents. Children over 12 are very welcome.
Our High Atlas weeks are for families, groups, associations, outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers, venture scouts, scouts groups, walking clubs, foragers, corporate team building, hikers and anyone that wants to spend 7 days exploring with us.
On a serious note: regardless of your personal level of skills and experience, please never second guess the mountain guides, they grew up in these valleys, understand the nuances of the weather, can spot altitude sickness, know alternative routes when needed, know where there is water and when there is phone coverage. Their knowledge, expertise and assistance is vital and immeasurable. Always respect them.
On a personal note: make sure you drink at least 2 to 3 litres of water a day on a trek, the altitude and thin air can easily lead to dehydration. The UV rays are also much stronger, therefore cover up as much as possible, wear a hat and a minimum of factor 30 sunscreen and use a good quality lip balm.
Footcare is of the utmost importance: make sure you carry blister prevention and treatment supplies, at the first pinch, stop and take action. Change socks at lunch time or more often if you are prone to sweaty feet. At the end of the trek each day, change out of your sweaty clothes and put on flip-flops or similar. If you feel unwell… tell us.
There is a Facebook events page: where questions can be posted, also a Google Hangouts video conference can be organised for people who prefer.