Rustic Pathways has been running programs in Africa since 1996 and now offers a variety of programs across five countries on the continent. The richness and diversity of Africa offers many different opportunities for service and exploration and we are excited to expand into North Africa with community service and touring programs in Morocco. From doing service in high mountain villages to riding camels in the Sahara Desert and relaxing along the Mediterranean Coast, our programs here offer a great look at this vibrant country.
All Morocco programs start and finish in Casablanca, Morocco. Please visit rusticpathways.com.au/flights or call us on 1800 321 435 for complete information about air travel. All of our Morocco programs connect together seamlessly and upon request we can connect them with our programs in Ghana, Tanzania, Namibia and Botswana.
Population: 31 million
Capital City: Rabat
Currency: Dirham - 1 Aussie dollar buys about 8 dirhams (as of November 2010)
Languages: The official language is Standard Arabic, but most people speak a distinct local dialect called Darija. French and Berber are also spoken.
The Sahara Desert: the largest nonpolar desert in the world
The Ancient Medina of Fes: the old, medieval quarter of the city
The High Atlas Mountains: the largest mountain range in the country
Djemma el Fna Square: a 1,000-year-old marketplace in Marrakech
Ashnu smiytek?: What's your name?
Meetsherrf: Nice to meet you!
The full Arabic name of Morocco is al-Mamlaka al-Maribiyya or the Western Kingdom. The English name for the country was derived from the name of the ancient capital city of Marrakech. This name comes from combining the Berber words of mur and akush, which literally translate to "land of God."
Morocco has acted as the bridge between Europe and Africa since ancient times. The country was controlled by France and Spain from the early 1900's until its independence in 1956, which brought many years of direct cultural influences. This diversity of cultures is apparent in many levels of Moroccan culture, particularly in the country's exotic cuisine. Morocco also boasts gorgeous Mediterranean beaches, the snow-capped Atlas Mountains and a large percentage of the world's largest nonpolar desert - the mighty Sahara.