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Atlas Mountains Artisan Crafts Day

Rated 4.70 out of 5 from 10 reviews.Marrakesh, Morocco

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Experience hosted by Zoubair

8 hours
Includes transport
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

'Amazigh Berber Cultural Day’ - An immersive day spent in the High Atlas Mountains in the traditional Berber villages of Tansghart & Tamgounssi. Nestled in the High Atlas mountains, 1300 metres above sea level, these peaceful villages are tucked away from the regular tourist routes.

8.30am You will be collected from central Marrakech & driven up into the High Atlas mountains, stopping en route at Tahanaout local food market for the ingredients for a Berber lunch.

10.30am Arrive at Tamgounssi, meet the local artisans & teachers in our craft centre, then see how the local bread ‘khobz’ is made in the traditional clay ovens nearby by Malika & Mina, another of our initiatives to support the local community.

12pm Short journey across the valley to Tansghart, one of the oldest Berber villages with spectacular views, to visit our craft centres specialising in woodwork, tailoring and rug-making on traditional looms. Help to prepare your own traditional tagine lunch & enjoy eating community-style!

2pm Spend time with the artisans at work in the craft centres and if you would like, you have the choice of taking part in the Berber crafts.

3.30pm Unwind & relax with a traditional Moroccan mint tea & pastries, whilst chatting to locals & taking in the breathtaking surroundings.

4pm Scenic drive back to Marrakech.
'Amazigh Berber Cultural Day’ - An immersive day spent in the High Atlas Mountains in the traditional Berber villages of Tansghart & Tamgounssi. Nestled in the High Atlas mountains, 1300 metres above sea level, these peaceful villages are tucked away from the regular tourist routes.

8.30am You will be collected from central Marrakech & driven up into the High Atlas mountains, stopping en route at Tahanaout local food market for the ing…

What's included

  • Transport
    We provide water, transport and lunch. Please advise any dietary requiremen...
From £60
/ person
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Meet your host, Zoubair

Host on Airbnb since 2018
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Zoubair has been with the Eve Branson Foundation (EBF) since its beginnings and has hosted tours in the Atlas Mountains for over 10 years. A Berber himself, Zoubair grew up in rural Morocco and knows the region inside out. He is the eldest of eight brothers and sisters and is fluent in four languages; Modern Standard Arabic, Moroccan Berber, French and English.

“Working for Eve and the Eve Branson Foundation is the most important experience I have ever had. I see the local community are very happy with the help we provide and I see how it has such a positive impact".
Zoubair has been with the Eve Branson Foundation (EBF) since its beginnings and has hosted tours in the Atlas Mountains for over 10 years. A Berber himself, Zoubair grew up in rural Morocco and knows the region inside out. He is the eldest of eight brothers and sisters and is fluent in four languages; Modern Standard Arabic, Moroccan Berber, French and English.

“Working for Eve and the Eve Branson Foundation is the most important experience I have ever had. I see the local community a…
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About the organisation: Eve Branson Foundation



The mission of the Eve Branson Foundation is to enrich the lives of people in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. We achieve this through the provision of craft centres where young people can access training programmes to learn traditional skills such as woodworking, tailoring, weaving & rug-making. We support community projects such as building a football ground or setting up a free dental clinic.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Eve Branson Foundation.

Where you'll be

We will be in the High Atlas Mountains for the day, visiting craft centres in the Berber villages of Tamgounssi & Tansghart, tucked away from the tourist trails. You will take part in a traditional Berber cookery lesson, as well as savour the ritual of the Berber mint tea and of course, you will get creatively hands-on at the craft centres and enjoy local interactions - Anything you make or buy on this experience will go straight to our artisans!

Rated 4.70 out of 5 from 10 reviews.

Gerard
January 2020
It was a very interesting experience, but diferent than in description, we only observed activities of people in craft center but do nothing ourselves. Probably starting from February all will be like in description. The place is really off the normal tourist tracts so you feel that nothing is artifical and you are close to the people. Fundation is making a great job for these villagers and we was happy to be a part of this experience.
It was a very interesting experience, but diferent than in description, we only observed activities of people in craft center but do nothing ourselves. Probably starting from Febru…
Cynthia
November 2019
What a great day with Zoubair. It was fun to go to the mountains and meet the people in the village. Lunch was lovely and our interactions with everyone taught me new things. I highly recommend this!
Gigia
November 2019
I really loved our day in Asni. Zoubair was very hospitable. It was a nice break to get out of the city and see some of the mountain life. I enjoyed meeting the women and learning about their work.
Timothy + Gina
November 2019
This is a really amazing full day experience immersing you into the Atlas Mountains and all things berber. Big special treat to check out Kashbah Tamadot and feel rich for a day!! The food was great and Zoubair takes great care of you and shares many Moroccan insights during this very private personal tour
This is a really amazing full day experience immersing you into the Atlas Mountains and all things berber. Big special treat to check out Kashbah Tamadot and feel rich for a day!!…
Eva
November 2019
The idea behind this tour is good. We were interested to find out more about the Berber culture and the foundation projects. But there was not much information given. We did visit the projects and had free time to interact with people and try things. But it felt a bit awkward because the guide left us alone with the local people and we could not really communicate in French or English. It would have been great to have someone with us explaining how the people live and how the projects work. Part of the time we spent in a Luxury Hotel. It was really nice but off topic. All in all, with some improvements (especially on the interaction and communication part) this tour could get really insightful.
The idea behind this tour is good. We were interested to find out more about the Berber culture and the foundation projects. But there was not much information given. We did visit…
Carolyn
October 2019
My husband and I had a lovely day with Zoubair learning about and seeing the Eve Branson Foundation in person. Everyone we met was welcoming and the day was picture perfect - from the scenery of the drive to our destinations, the fantastic lunch and seeing the artisans work in person. A really interesting day.
My husband and I had a lovely day with Zoubair learning about and seeing the Eve Branson Foundation in person. Everyone we met was welcoming and the day was picture perfect - from…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 10 and up can attend.

More tips

Our experiences are family friendly and our centres located in rural and remote villages so please wear comfortable clothing.

What to bring

Sunscreen, warm scarf or top layer, suitable shoes for uneven ground and walking along dried earth tracks.