What Camera Equipment & Lenses to Take to Morocco
I took my standard kit for this trip as I wasn’t to sure what I would need. In retrospect I could have used everything but the logistics of taking everything not to mention carrying it on a camel meant I was glad I only took the basics. I took my Nikon 24-70mm and 70-200mm
. I also took my 1.7TC to give me a bit more zoom for the wildlife photos. I took my travel tripod as well for some night time photography. I considered taking my flash gun and wish I had so if you have room I would recommend taking one. If you’re going to specifically photograph the birds and wildlife definitely take your biggest telephoto lenses. For general travel and portrait shots the smaller lenses should do. I packed a couple of Lee Filters as well for the landscapes.
Travelling To Morocco
Morocco is a pretty popular destination so there are plenty of flights from the UK to various airports in Morocco depending which parts you want to explore. There are also ferries from Spain. PLEASE NOTE* At the Airport you need to fill in a form on arrival and before you leave which no one told us about before arriving. So take a pen as this will save you time and help you avoid the crowds scrambling to borrow pens!
Guided Tour vs Exploring On Your Own
As it was my first time here I booked us some guided excursions and we did some exploring on our own. I booked us a three day trip to the Atlas Mountains, various tourist attractions and then a camel trek with a night in the Sahara Desert. These trips can involve a lot of driving and the third day driving back over ten hours in some horrific weather on winding mountain roads is probably not a journey we would have made in one go had we been driving ourselves. The roads in Morocco are improving but can still be dangerous so if you’re driving yourself it might be a bit of a culture shock. Once you get to the cities it’s fairly easy to explore by yourself. You will get offered directions and advice on where to visit at every turn anyway but it’s hard to tell which people are genuinely trying to help and which are trying corral you into some shops or another attraction you don’t want to visit. It’s best to just use your judgement and if doubt ask a shop keeper, they might try and sell you something but the directions are more likely to be accurate.