“I had a few concerns coming into this trip: that it might be overscheduled, that we’d mostly see touristy things, that having a whole group of ladies who like to do their own thing would make it awkward. ALL MY FEARS WERE UNFOUNDED. [The leaders] clearly worked very hard to ensure that this would not be a typical tour, and it paid off in many ways…
1. There was a clear and considered balance between seeing the sights that would be on the tourist’s list of “Top Ten Things to Do in Morocco” and things that would be both unusual and unforgettable. In Marrakech, for example, we went to the Koutoubia Mosque and the Bahia Palace; but we also got to wander the Jewish quarter with our guide Khaddisha, who took us to a center for disabled women, and to get an energetic demonstration from Selma, the most charismatic herbalist I’ve ever met. In the desert, we got to photograph a lovely Sahara sunset, AND we got to have tea and bread with a nomad family. In Chefchaouen, we went to all the beautiful instagram-worthy spots with Renay, AND we also got fresh-baked bread from the community oven and henna tattoos from the woman who does them for local brides. I would never have seen all those facets of the country had I tried to do this trip by myself.
2. They trusted us enough to give us significant time to wander and get lost, either alone or in pairs or small groups, which I think is a significant departure from groups where every minute of every day is accounted for. Overscheduling can ruin a visit for me. Thankfully, even on busy days, we could spend the morning wandering in the medina, or head up into the desert dunes to watch the (uncountable/unimaginable) stars for a while. This underscores a key philosophy of travel that prioritizes the beauty of the unforeseen, and is probably best summed up by the phrase one of the merchants told us: “Europeans have watches, Africans have time.”
3. Having a group of women accustomed to solo travel is a tough crowd to keep coordinated — we like to disperse to make our own ways — but our leaders managed it without (visibly) breaking a sweat. And we all got along very well, which increased the fun factor exponentially.
4. It was *very* reasonably priced, especially considering our beautiful accomodations and tasty food stops.
So if you are thinking about touring with this group, and you’re on the fence, I enthusiastically support you going. I think you’ll find it as interesting and intense as I did. I’m certain I’ll be booking another tour with them in the future. Yella habibi!"
“It’s hard to put into words how incredible my experience with the Solo Female Traveler Network Morocco Feb. 2020 tour was. This tour covered almost every part of Morocco, from the giant Sand Dunes of the desert to the mountains of Chefchaoeun, and the beaches of Casablanca, we truly saw it all…
On top of that SoFe found the best guides to show us every facet of each city we visited and provided first-hand knowledge of what life in the desert is like. To see life in Morocco through a female's eyes was unique and something I will never forget. Almost every guide was a woman and answered all of the questions we had about what life was like as a woman in Morocco and also showed us the impact women are having in the country as it becomes more and more progressive.
While I could rave all day about the experiences I had exploring this amazing country, something I did not expect to discover during this trip was the network and sisterhood I developed with the other women on this trip. I was anxious going into the trip that everyone would want to go off and do their own thing, but we all connected almost instantly and spent our free time together wandering around and exploring the country together. In fact, we're already planning our next SoFe trip together!
Whether you're a seasoned solo travel pro or just getting started, SoFe caters to every level of traveler. The scheduling keeps you busy but allows plenty of time to choose your own adventure or spend it chilling with your fellow travelers. Amanda, Melinda, and Renay worked tirelessly and effortlessly to ensure our experience was safe and memorable!
If you're on the fence about booking with SoFe, do yourself a favor and get off and book it now! I promise you won't regret it."
“I had a couple of weeks and wanted a stress free trip that I would get to experience Morocco and I decided to go with Solo Female Travellers Network because it looked like the age group would be similar and the itinerary looked great. The women on the tour ranged from 26 through to 74 and mostly averaged around 35-45…
Everyone was mature with similar travelling philosophies. The group meshed incredibly well and there was ruckus laughing the entire time.
SoFe do all they can to give you a bit of everything on this trip. Starting in Marrakesh you spend a couple of days exploring, eating, and shopping. There's an organized tour with an incredible local guide who takes you to coops and stores that support the local women. This wasn't something I was expecting but I really appreciated it.
Once you are off into the desert you visit amazing sites, stay in beautiful Riads and then spend an incredibly memorable day in the desert where we visited a nomad family for tea and fire prepared bread. It felt incredibly special and very personal.
The evening in the desert was a highlight with a camel caravan to the campsite to watch the sun go down. This was at the halfway point and it felt like the trip had been so long already and we had so many wonderful experiences already. So even though it was a short trip of 12 days, it felt like an indulgent vacation.
There is a bit of driving to get around Morocco in the 12 days but the SoFe staff did everything they could to make it easier for us.
My advice is to take a decent-sized suitcase with lots of free space because there is so many beautiful artisan products that we all ended up buying.
Morocco is a stunning country and I would go back in a heartbeat. SoFe nailed it and I can't wait for my next trip with them."
Swanky rooftop bars in Marrakech may not be the most authentic Moroccan experience, but somehow rosé just tastes better up there. Surrounded by golden sky at sunset, sitting on a plush colorful cushion, with top notch service, and somehow the scent of roses in the air makes for an epic girl’s night. It’s amazing how as soon as you step into a riad, the busy, noisy, dusty streets of the Medina just melt away.
Here, our staff and leader in training, are relaxing on a rooftop with a much deserved glass of rosé (call us basic, but it’s our favorite) after a day in the busy Medina. This bar is around the corner from our accommodation in Marrakech, and there’s plenty of free time in our itinerary to visit. We’ll take you there!
The role of women in Morocco is complicated and evolving. Often stuck between traditional roles and new freedoms, while still staying true to their religion, there are lots of layers. We meet a few different women, see their home cities from their perspective, and get to know them and thier stories. They are more than our guides, they are our friends and totally open and excited to tell you about their lives.
In this photo, our city guide, Frida is telling us about black soap. It’s a very popular (and super inexpensive) soap made from olives. When you go to a hammam, a traditional bath house, in Morocco this is what you use to exfoliate and soften your skin. It really is a magic soap you will wonder how you lived without.