We have some policies which we insist on and those relate to the use of drugs and animal cruelty. If you do not agree with us on these issues, we ask you not to book with us.

The rest are ethical travel guidelines only and are here as suggestions to help you understand what it means to travel responsibly in Morocco. How you interpret these is your choice and if you require any clarification or think we’ve missed something important, please do get in touch.

Dispose of all litter responsibly.
Bring biodegradable soaps etc with you.
Don't flush any paper or products down the toilet.
Do not partake in quadbiking activities
Expect to tip, it is part of the culture.
Do not trek without a guide.
Do not buy souvenirs made of tortoiseshell.
Leave no Trace - If you bring it in, you need to take it out.
Consider bringing your own water filter and bottle.
Be conscious of your water usage, it is scarce here.
Don't buy any goods made from protected or endangered or illegally caught animals.
Using your left hand for greeting, giving or receiving food or money is considered rude.
Dress modestly especially in rural areas where covering legs, upper arms and shoulders is advised.
Child Sex Tourism - If you see a child at risk of sexual expoilatation report it online via thecode.org or directly to local police.
Monkeys are chained and kept in cages for photo opportunities. Please do not support this in any way.
Read this guide on haggling before you enter into the practice. https://somorocco.com/a-humble-guide-to-the-souk-negotiation-experience/
Public displays of affection are not recommended especially between homosexuals. Morocco is very tolerant but respect that this is a Muslim country.
Ask permission before taking photographs of people and expect to pay for the privilege. If they decline permission, thank them anyway.
Snake Charmers are to be avoided completely as the snakes are snatched from the wild, have their mouths sewn up and live only long enough for a few tourist photos.
Do not buy (or accept) any illegal drugs. This is completely unacceptable to us and is in danger of exploiting your driver / guide and to do so will cause us to cancel your tour with no refund and no onward assistance.
If you wish to bring small items for local village children, we suggest school items, pens, paper, geometry sets, etc but definitely not sweets or money.

Animals in Tourism

We are totally against the use of wild animals in tourism under any circumstances. In some of the wild areas of Morocco, there are wild monkeys and we are happy for you to stop in these regions to try and get a sighting but not to touch them.

Regarding domesticated animals, our view is that the use of donkeys and camels in Morocco for tourist purposes is very much part of the culture. Even if you do not ride one, you will most certainly benefit from their hard work as nothing moves in and out of the souks and medinas, without them.

As we wish to respect the local culture and bring conscious tourism into rural areas which use donkeys, mules and camels as transport for themselves as well as tourists, we prefer to find a way for this to sit comfortably with us.

In the desert we use only the camels belonging to our own guides.  Most camps use one or two camel providers who have hundreds of camels who, in our opinion, are not cared for correctly. We have only a few and they are much loved, respected and well cared for by Hammid and when they are not working, they are free to roam and graze.

With donkeys, we encourage various local initiatives to help ensure that the donkeys we use are in good health and well treated and if you see anything of concern, please let us know. We are strong supporters of the donkey sanctuary near Marrakech and in addition to sponsoring a donkey and contributing to ad-hoc campaigns, we also donate £10 for every booking we take. If you wish to visit the sanctuary while you are with us, we charge only the basic transport/driver rate with no mark-up on the understanding that you will probably wish to make a donation to them. They welcome visitors but are not a tourist attraction and don’t make any entrance charge, so if you like their work (and you will) please, please donate.

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