Morocco Through The Lens
Morocco Through The Lens takes you on an ultimate Moroccan photographic expedition. With world renowned Dr Raj Joshi and Mission05 photographic specialists, capture the true essence of Africa in style. The versatile Morocco beams as a photographers playground, because of its richness in colour, culture, landscape and character. Around every corner you will have something new to capture, making this the ideal location to develop your camera skills. With the guidance of a Mission05 production expert and famed expedition leader Dr Raj Joshi, you truly have the best chance to perfect your shot and brush up on your technical skills.
The Ultimate Experience
Over the course of the 7 days, your senses will be awakened right from the start. Leading you through the stunning African valleys, glistening lakes and deep set gorges of the Moroccan countryside, you will be guided across some of the continents most diverse terrain. You will feel inspired as you look up to the star-filled skies of the Sahara Desert, and all the way down to the unique culture and architecture of some of Morocco’s main cities. This blend of contrast will enable self-development as well as self-discovery, with your very own training team by your side.
Above all else, expect a combination of upmost luxury alongside alternative and local environments as this is your chance to see the real Morocco in style.
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Day One - Moroccan Arrival
Arrive on a Saturday from your British Airways flight from UK to the city of Rabat. From here you will be transferred through the naturally beautiful Moroccan countryside to Fes where you will check into a luxury hotel and have the opportunity to relax post-flight and meet our expert photographer and travel team who will ensure you get the most out of the week ahead.
Day Two - Tanneries, Tastebuds & Tripods
After breakfast we will make our way to the tanneries Chouwara; one of the most striking sights in the Medina. With the warm morning sun rising upon the huge array of colourful dyes in honeycomb vats, this is a perfect place to start to develop your photography skills. We will then make our way through the Medina streets, a maze of vibrant alleys and stalls, where you can buy a whole range of local leathers, pottery and foods. Our trusted guide will ensure we experience the highlights of this Medina. After experiencing the best of the Moroccan cuisine for lunch, we’ll head to the North Fort, one of two forts that were originally built to guard the old city, for a lesson in sunset photography over the city.
Day Three - Agricultural Landscapes & Barbary Apes
Today we make our way from Fes to the ancient Moroccan city of Errachidia. On the way we’ll pass through the diverse Moroccan countryside that is a unique mixture of old villages and mosques, agricultural land, moon-like landscapes and barren scrub. This journey between cities will be very flexible in terms of where we stop on the way to practice our photography skills. There will also be the opportunity to stop off at the limestone crater lakes near the mountain resort of Ifrane. These stunning lakes are a haven for wildlife, especially birds such as herons and reed warblers. We will also be able to explore areas of the Cedar forests near to the lakes, where we will have a good chance of spotting the native Barbary apes. Once we arrive in Errachidia, we’ll check in a local hotel and relax after the journey.
Day Four - Entry to the Sahara Desert
Today we’ll leave Errachidia to make our way to Merzouga, a small village close to the Sahara Desert. En route we will stop off at the Gorge du Ziz, a gorge is defined by artificial gates at both the northern and southern ends and boasts dramatic scenery carved by the power of the Ziz River. We’ll arrive at Merzouga at midday where we will have lunch before exploring the area. As the midday sun begins to fall it defines the shapes of the breath-taking dunes of the Sahara desert; these snake-like dunes stretch across the desert for miles. An evening in the desert gives us the perfect opportunity to photograph a perfect star filled sky.
Day Five - Doorways & Kasbahs
Today we’ll wake up early to watch the sunrise bathe the dunes with its warm rays. We’ll then make our way to the town of Ouarzazate, also nicknamed ‘the door of the desert’. En route we’ll stop at the Dades Gorge, another landscape offering beautiful scenery. Berbers (the local people) built many kasbahs surrounding the gorge for defence purposes. These kasbahs combined with the beauty of the environment make it a truly unique experience. We have the option of visiting the Kasbah Amerhidi, whose unparalleled architecture holds another unique photo opportunity. Once we arrive in Ouarzazate we’ll check into a hotel where we can relax before dinner.
Day Six - Mountains & Marrakech
The journey to Marrakech is scattered with some great detours that offer further distinctive photographic opportunities. First we will stop at Ait-Benhaddou, a UNESCO world heritage site. This fortified mud-brick city on the edge of the Atlas Mountains displays striking examples of southern Moroccan architecture. We can then visit the Kasbah of el Glaoui in Telouet. The construction of this Kasbah was started in the late 1900’s by the Glaoui family, who had risen to power in Morocco south of the High Atlas Mountains. The Kasbah was never completed and its once luxurious ruins project an air of melancholic faded glory with the contrasting mountainous backdrop reminding us of the constant supremacy of nature. From here we will travel through the picturesque Ounila Valley to the Tizi-n-Tichka mountain pass that links Ouarzazate to the south-east of Marrakech through the High Atlas mountains. In the afternoon we will arrive in Marrakech where we can check into our luxury accommodation. The evening offers a great opportunity to experience Jamaa el Fnaa, a vibrant square and market place in Marrakech's medina quarter. At night this square holds a cultured mixture of storytellers, acrobats, musicians and entertainers. You can also sit atop the rooftop terraces, such as the Café du Grand Balcon, for an alternative view of the whole square.
Day Seven - Colour, Architecture, Chaos, and Calm
Finally, the chance to explore Marrakech of your own accord. Here you can put the photographic skills you have learnt over the past week into practice. Marrakech offers a world of vivacious activity from the Souks (open-air marketplaces) to the distinctive architecture of historical buildings. El Badi Palace, which took 25 years to build, provides an insight into the past of Marrakech. After the fall of the Saadians and the rise of the Alaouite dynasty, the once luxurious palace entered a period of rapid decline and its ruins are now a popular tourist attraction. Visit the Saadian Tombs, dating back to the 1600’s, which were rediscovered and restored in the early 1900’s to exhibit its beautiful internal decorations. The gardens of Marrakech are a less notorious attraction of the city, but still a must see. The Agdal Gardens offer a combination of olive, lemon, orange and apricot trees surrounded by tranquil water features. Whereas the Majorelle Gardens, restored by Yves Saint Laurent, boasts a whole range of tropical colours. At the end of the day we have the option to re-group and celebrate our accomplishments in fine dining.
Day Eight - Departure
Today we’ll depart Marrakech and make way for our flight home.
The Sahara Desert, Morocco
The Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Luxury Hotels, Morocco
Critically Acclaimed Luxury
Across 6 of your 7 night photographic expedition, you can expect award-winning hotel stays across a number of regions. From Fes to Marrakech, expect fine dining, silver service and spectacular views across this awe-inspiring country. The "other" night stay is a bespoke, experiential part of Morocco that we encourage our guests to embrace - a luxury tent for 1 evening, created in a high-end bespoke setting near the Sahara Desert. Expect clear skies away from the lights of the city, and a photographic canvas that really does place you at the heart of this remarkable destination.
Founder and creator of Mission05 is awe-inspiring photographer, intrepid traveler and marketer of 30 years, PETE WEBB, Merci Visual. Named one of Europe’s leading lifestyle & adventure artists, Pete‘s style originally emerged from surf and mountain, and now boasts some of the most prestigious clients and brands in a multitude of sectors. Capturing the perfect shot in challenging environments, Pete holds an innate ability to tell a story through his images. Through Mission05, he now creates the opportunity to educate and explore the world through a lens, with the most discerning of clients.
Head of our travel and VIP services, meet REBECCA PUTTOCK - with a world of experience in the travel and concierge sectors, Rebecca boasts 13 years as a luxury travel planner to the top 1% wealthiest in the world, celebrities and royalty, and has visited over 65 countries across 05 continents. Specialising in superyacht, private jet and bespoke tailor-made, she designs, curates and manages every bespoke itinerary from scratch to ensure Mission05's experiences are not only educational, but life-changing for our clients.
The key-holder to the unimaginable limits clients experience on their Mission05 adventures, Steve boasts over 20 years as an adventurer, professional photographer, editor and author, including three international bestsellers. Highly regarded in his field, Steve's industry knowledge is showcased across all media platforms, leading him to become one of the best spokespersons, educators and judges in the photographic field. Steve shall be leading our missions for the ultimate next generation photography experiences.
Dr. Raj Joshi
Expedition leader Dr. Raj Joshi safely guides elite individuals in some of the most inhospitable destinations around the world, inspiring those under his charge to fulfil their dreams and ambitions. Being one of few that has climbed, unguided, the highest mountain in each continent, his expedition and military experiences provides him with the knowledge, access and expertise to lead you into unreachable realms across polar, desert, mountain & jungle. Famed for raising £3.3million in a Comic Relief celebrity hike up Mt Kilimanjaro, and broadcasting the BBC series that led David Beckham and 3 friends deep into the Amazonian jungle reaching the secretive and forbidden Yanomami tribe. Trust in Raj to provide you with unique, unparalleled adventures.