In Morocco, beekeeping is a traditional practice, common in almost all rural areas of the country. It is considered the poetry of agriculture. Thanks to an abundant and diversified flora, which allows bees to forage on quality flowers, Morocco is endowed with an essential and unique beekeeping potential giving it great originality, which makes it one of the most exciting regions on the plan. Biological and biogeographic.
Perfect Holidays invites you on a journey with a sweet and fragrant taste combining the high places of Moroccan beekeeping, meeting with passionate beekeepers, and discovering the most beautiful attractions of Morocco, a country of extraordinary natural landscapes and millennial traditions.…
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Highlights of the trip:
Visit the Saharan Bee Garden in Skoura.
Visit the largest traditional collective apiary in the world.
Meeting with Moroccan beekeepers.
Visit the different honey production cooperatives.
Visit the attractions of southern Morocco: Marrakech / Essaouira, Paradise Valley, Sahara, gorges, and waterfalls.
Welcome and visit the Marrakech palm grove and the enchanting Majorelle garden. Then departure for Essaouira.
Essaouira is as white as Marrakech is redly Placed like a seashell by the ocean, personal and inspiring inspiration from many artists. A true haven of peace, you will be charmed by its architecture, its crafts, its medina, its small colorful fishing port, and its beach. After visiting the town of fishers, enjoy a fish lunch by the sea. Then head to the village of SidiKaouki for a visit to the KAOUKI cooperative (cactus honey, orange blossom honey, eucalyptus honey, thistle honey). Then continue to Agadir. You cross the largest argan forest in Morocco.
SidiKaouki for a visit to the KAOUKI cooperative (cactus honey, orange blossom honey, eucalyptus honey, thistle honey). Then continue to Agadir. You cross the largest argan forest in Morocco.
For centuries, Berber women living near the Arganeraie have produced the famous argan oil, which they use in food and the manufacture of skin and hair care products. If desired, we can arrange a short visit to the Women's Argan Oil Extraction Cooperative. Through magnificent isolated beaches and unusual bathing bays, you arrive in Agadir. Dinner and accommodation in your hotel.
Departure for an exciting excursion in the High Atlas Mountains. You cross. The forest of Mesguina, towards the north of Agadir, belongs to the arganeraie biosphere reserve (UNESCO) and constitutes a unique world heritage (endemic tree). But beyond the argan trees, this region also presents a significant potential for beekeeping with mixed forests of altitude (rich in thyme and other melliferous plants) and coastal euphorbia argan groves, and one produces honey there. The most appreciated of all is the Moroccan South-West. First stopover in the Argana region to visit the largest traditional apiary in the world. 4,000 hives, 50,000 bees, and 25,000 liters of honey. This is a collective apiary with a maximum authorization of 10 packs per owner. After the visit, tea at the inhabitant's house with a tasting of honey. Then continue towards Imouzer by the "honey road." Perched at an altitude of 1250 m, the village overlooks a beautiful palm grove. 4 km from Imouzzer are the Imouzzer waterfalls, among the most beautiful waterfalls in Morocco. These waterfalls meander along the walls on several levels.
Imouzzer's largest waterfall is called the "bridal veil" because of its white color imprinted by limestone deposits. After lunch, return to Agadir by La Vallée du Paradis, a real little paradise on earth. A 30-minute guided hike is planned to admire the beautiful landscapes better—dinner and accommodation in Agadir.
The journeys After breakfast, departure across the plain of Souss, the significant focus of citrus fruits in Morocco towards Skoura by Taliouine, the city of saffron and Taznakht. The route crosses the Atlas Mountains to the Kasbah Aït-Ben-Haddou. This Berber village, partly still inhabited, is an impressive example of traditional Berber architecture. Since 1987, it has served as a filming location for numerous film productions. Then continue via Ouarzazate to Skoura. Visit, dinner, and accommodation at Skoura.
A Saharan bee garden
In the region of SkouraOuarzazate, where beekeeping is also very present, modern and traditional beekeeping coexists. A Saharan Bee Garden was created to demonstrate that, even in arid conditions, it is possible to revive nature through water conservation and agroecological techniques such as drip irrigation. Mulching and compost. The garden is made up of aromatic and medicinal plants intended for consumption, for traditional therapy, and which, given their melliferous quality, can serve as “pasture” for the yellow bees from family hives, which are endangered because of the drought..
The Moroccan cradle of the Saharan bee Departure from Skoura to Erfoud via KelaaM’Gouna, known for its rose festival, in May. An essential route in the south of Morocco, the way of the Thousand Kasbahs. True citadels or fortified towns were once used in antiquity to protect the population against the bellicose attacks of the Saharan tribes. A road that runs along the valley of the Dades and Todra gorges between the mountain ranges of the High Atlas; a complete picture of southern Morocco. On the way to the Todra Gorge, visit a Sahara honey cooperative. You have all kinds of Saharan honey (thyme honey, tamarisk honey, acacia honey, and spurge. All along the route to our destination Erfoud, province of Tafilalt, landscapes alternate, sometimes arid, sometimes green when palm groves and oases emerge. Installation and an optional excursion to the dunes of the Sahara. Back to dinner and overnight in your hotel.
The primary beekeeping resources in the region are primarily the date palm and several species of fruit trees. Maize and barley feed the populations; alfalfa and various legumes support essential livestock, and along roads and tracks, eucalyptus and Tamarix are planted. In the desert, expanses grow broom, saxifrage, thorny compounds, clovers which bloom at different times and ensure an actual production of delicious quality honey.
It is in this atmosphere that the Saharan bee lives. This is a very hardy and hardy breed of Saharan bee, known for its ability to adapt to the harsh climatic conditions of these arid regions. Tafilalet has thus become the Moroccan cradle of the Saharan bee. Then, over time, this one took the path of the caravans, which skirted the High Atlas towards the Atlantic and infiltrated in the low valleys, to finally reach the plains of Souss where it met the black bees. , Telliennes and Marocaines, very aggressive breeds. Crossings then gave a very resistant and prolific hybrid, simultaneously less aggressive, whose individuals - bees or males - are all yellow-red in color; only queens have a light yellow belly, with a black back.
After breakfast, departure through the Ziz gorges towards Errachidia. Along the way, you will appreciate the beauty and diversity of the landscapes—lunch in Midelt at the foot of Jebel El Ayachi. Then pass through the Middle Atlas via the Tanout-ou-Fillali pass located at 2,070m.
Arrival in Beni-Mellal.
The BeniMellal / Tadla / Azilal region is historically considered to be a Moroccan beekeeping hub. This is because it benefits from several elements favorable to the production of honey. Firstly, these are suitable climatic conditions and a large and diverse flora, with variable flowering periods extending throughout the year. In total, the region has around 5,000 producers. This allows the Tadla-Azilal region to produce 600 tonnes of honey currently.
After breakfast, departure via lake bin Louidane Nestled in the heart of the Atlas, the lake. Located between Wadi El Abid and AssifAhansal, this is, in fact, the reservoir of the dam of the same name. This immense body of water covers nearly 4,000 hectares and is perched over 800 meters above sea level - making it the highest lake in Africa.
Mixing the blue of the crystalline water, the other of the surrounding land, and the green of the olive trees of the region, the landscape of Lake Bin el Ouidane is breathtaking. Then head to the Ouzoud waterfalls, generous and spectacular waterfalls considered among the most beautiful and highest in Morocco. They peak at an altitude of 1,060 meters, are around 110 meters high, and are spread over three levels—a magnificent place, calm and full of magic. After lunch, continuation to Marrakech. Visit the medina with its souks and free time on the JammaeElfna square. Dinner and accommodation in your hotel.
After breakfast, you spend the day discovering this fascinating city. Marrakech, called the Pearl of the South, was founded by the Almoravid dynasty at the end of the 11th century. This city is located in the heart of a palm grove and surrounded by snow-capped mountains (in winter). The colorful town stands like a fertile desert oasis. Facing the High Atlas, Marrakech enchants with a mixture of ancestral cultures, majestic palaces, magnificent mosques, and smells that seduce the senses.
Looking behind the mighty city walls, unforgettable impressions arise; Let yourself be charmed by the snake charmers and feel the pulse of the souks in the heart of the medina. But even outside of this living melting pot of oriental spices and fairy diviners, there is so much to admire; Yves Saint Laurent’s Garden of Eden and André Heller’s Botanical Garden bear witness to a pure garden city. You visit the Dar Si Said, which houses the Museum of Moroccan Arts, the Menara, the Koutoubia (the mosque which measures more than 70 meters in height, visible from outside the city), and the Bahia Palace and the museum of confluences in the majestic Dar El Bacha palace..
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Dinner and evening in a palace in Marrakech
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