From Morocco to Timbuktu: An Arabian Adventure

Camel trek in Erg Chebbi

When we got the call from Tern TV to be their Moroccan fixer for the BBC 2 Series, From Morocco to Mali: An Arabian Adventure, it started us off on a quest to find the historic salt roads that cross Morocco from North to South and down across the Sahara.

Our job was to help plot the route, to input any ideas we had of people to meet along the way, to get all the film permits sorted and to transport the crew through Morocco. We were then there as an integral part of the team all through the filming to make sure that everything ran smoothly.

We needed every one of our fourteen years of experience in designing tailormade tours and adventures in Morocco to get the job done – it was a mammoth task.

Morocco to Timbuktu

Charlie Shepherd, Epic Morocco Founder, took the lead and made sure the three week shoot went as smoothly as possible. Simo Hadji was the camera assistant and Khalid was the driver. Our guide, Saaid Naanaa got to play a starring role as he guided Alice across the mountains.

In fact, the presenter, Alice Morrison is also a part of Epic Morocco. We sponsored her for her big world first trek: The Atlas to Atlantic when she trekked from the top of Mount Toubkal to the Atlantic ocean straight across the Atlas Mountains.

Epic transport to the mountains

The Series starts in Tangier and then travels down through Fez and Marrakech, across the Atlas Mountains and to the ancient, lost city of Sijilmassa.

Morocco to Mali

We explore historic salt mines hidden in the mountains, the traditional camel market in Guelmim, and finally cross into the dunes of the Sahara Desert.

It is on BBC2 on 11th and 18th May 2017 at 9.00 pm and available after that on BBC IPlayer.

We are also designing a trip to visit some of the destinations featured. Please contact for details.

The book on the adventure is out now: