Photography Holiday in Morocco with Toby Savage

Dates: 7 & 14 May, 15 Oct 2022
Venue: Marrakech and Southern Morocco
Course Leader: Toby Savage
£1245 per person

Photography Holiday in Morocco with Toby Savage

Dates: 7 & 14 May, 15 Oct 2022
Venue: Marrakech and Southern Morocco
Course Leader: Toby Savage
£1245 per person

In May and October 2022 we will be offering our fantastic photo-safari in Morocco led by adventurous travel photographer Toby Savage. Photographic opportunities will abound as we travel by 4×4 from the vibrance of the city to mountain villages and desert wilderness. During the week we will visit the souks of Marrakech, the spectacular Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, set of many Hollywood films, sleep in a nomad tent and take a camel ride across the dunes. Under Toby’s expert guidance we will learn about the elements of a good photograph and hone our skills immersed in spectacular scenery.

Whether you’re technically savvy with your photography or a relative beginner, you will receive tailored support and guidance from our experienced course leader Toby Savage to help you get the most out of the holiday and the exceptional photographic opportunities that present themselves. During the week, you will have the chance to try your hand at street photography, architecture, landscape and portraits.

One of the many highlights is photographing the Chegaga Dunes at sunset, and if the night is clear, you may capture the Milky Way above your tent in the desert!

In order to see the very best of this exciting country, this trip does involve some travelling. However, time will be allocated for group tuition and there will always be opportunities for participants to have 1-1 feedback with Toby on any aspect of their work.  On evenings where time allows, participants will share their images for discussion with the rest of the group.

Morocco is a diverse and extraordinary country – such a wide range of desert landscape, mountains, palaces, villages and souks is a feast for any lens! To do justice to this remarkable place we have planned an exciting journey across the southern region to give us a taste of all these aspects. We will travel in 4×4 vehicles, with experienced and knowledgeable guides.


Late afternoon: Arrival

Participants will be met at Marrakech airport and transferred to our hotel. Toby will lead an introductory presentation before dinner.


A trip to Morocco would not be complete without a visit to the souks of Marrakech. We will head into the Medina for the morning, led by an experienced local guide. After lunch, we will have free time in the city before returning to the hotel to review and discuss our images.


An early start takes us up into the Atlas mountains. After exploring Telouet Kasbah, we reach the impressive Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, UNESCO World Heritage site made famous by many Hollywood films. We continue to Ourazazate, to the beautiful Fint oasis where we spend the night.


After breakfast we set off on the ancient caravan road between the river and the mountains, past villages and gardens along the oases. We stop for lunch at M’hamid, the gateway to the desert, and take a camel ride to the dunes of Erg Lihoudi. We venture further into the Sahara desert for sunset at the beautiful Erg Chagaga dunes accessible only by four wheel drive. We spend the night in a bivouac of nomad tents under the stars.


After breakfast we continue our safari across the Sahara over the stony desert and the now dried-up Lake Iriqui. From the edge of the desert at Foum Zguid, we travel north to Taznakht, famous for its Berber gelims and carpets, where we stop for lunch. After crossing the Tizi-n-Ikhsane and Tizi-n-Tighatine passes, we reach Taliouine, the heart of the saffron growing region. Our journey takes us on to Taroudant, where we stay overnight in a riad.


We wake up to the sounds and smells of Taroudant, known as “the little Marrakesh”, celebrated for its ramparts and medina. From here we travel along the argane groves of the Souss river valley to Agadir, then up the coast along the Paradise Valley. Traversing through the mountains, we reach our night’s destination, the vibrant town of Essaouira with its medina, many shops and fish restaurants.


After exploring Essaouira in the morning, we travel through a forest of argane trees to return to our hotel in Marrakech. We pass many Berber villages on the way. On our last evening we will have the opportunity to relive and discuss our experiences over dinner in one of Marrakech’s many excellent restaurants.


Transfer to Marrakech airport.

Here is a map showing the principal locations we will visit – Marrakech, Ourazazate, M’hamid (Sahara desert), Taroudant and Essaouira. Click the + and – buttons to zoom.

Accomodation will be in small comfortable hotels and riads; for the night in the desert we will be in a bivouac of nomad tents. Although on a room-share basis of two people, single occupancy is available for a supplement of £150; please request this when booking. Double rooms are also available for couples. If you are coming with a friend, or wish to share a room with anyone in particular, please let us know.

Moroccan cuisine is world-renowned for its wonderful aromatic flavours and delicious, fresh ingredients. Meals are cooked for us in the traditional way and you will enjoy fragrant tagines, hand-made bread, and freshly-harvested vegetables and fruit. In Essaouira, fish from that day’s catch is also on the menu.

We are able to cater for most special dietary requirements; please let us know of any on your booking form.

The total cost of the holiday is £1245 and includes the following:

  • Seven nights accommodation
  • All meals, except evening lunch and dinner in Essaouira and final evening meal in Marrakech
  • All transportation costs throughout the trip including transfer from Marrakech airport
  • Entry fees and guides at all locations
  • Tuition and all other course costs

Flights, visas, vaccinations, drinks and some tips are not included in the price of the holiday.

Participants are required to book their own flights to Morocco. You will be met at Marrakech airport and transferred to your hotel. Please contact us if you would like to discuss suitable flight times.

To reserve your place, please complete the online booking form and send your deposit to us (£275 per person) within seven days. Your booking confirmation will follow. The balance is required eight weeks before the start of the course.

More information on the booking process, along with payment details, is available here.

Please refer to the Find out more section for booking details, terms and conditions and frequently-asked questions.

We’d love to hear from you, so do contact us or you can request a ringback and we’ll call you as soon as possible.

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Comments from our clients

"A great trip which pushed my photography skills and an opportunity to see some amazing places. The locally recruited guides took us to places most would miss, giving us chances to capture unique landscapes and aspects of Moroccan life. Toby gives individual support and guidance when you need it. I really got hooked on ”street photography” in Marrakech there is so much happening day or night… so many crazy things happening… so many interesting faces… so much colour and texture… you never know what is around the next corner. The landscapes are dramatic and constantly changing, the experience of the guides and Toby made sure we were in the right place at just the right time to get the best shots. We were a mixed ability group but we all learnt from each other and I think every one of us went home with some great pictures, new skills and a new group of friends"

With 40 years’ professional experience, Toby Savage has kept abreast of all the exciting changes within the photography industry.

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