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Best Of Morocco Photo Tour 2026

US$10,445 person sharing

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Please note that costs & dates for 2026 are subject to change as not all our partner properties and local airlines have released their rates. Should we need to revise costs, we will endeavour to keep fees & dates as close to the original.

19 May 2026 – 29 May 2026

Embark on a mesmerizing journey through Morocco with ORYX Photo Tours. Discover the vibrant tapestry of this North African gem, capturing the enchanting medinas of Marrakech, the golden dunes of the Sahara, and the intricate beauty of ancient architecture. Immerse yourself in a photographer’s paradise, where every frame tells a story of cultural richness and natural splendor.

Why this Photo Tour is for You

Destination Allure

Embark on an extraordinary photographic odyssey with ORYX Photo Tours in Morocco, capturing the essence of a culture as rich and diverse as the landscapes it inhabits. Immerse yourself in the tapestry of Berber traditions, capturing the vibrant hues of Marrakech's bustling medinas and the timeless allure of the Sahara. Encounter the nomadic Berber communities, explore the intricate details of ancient architecture, and witness the captivating blend of past and present.</p> <p>Morocco, a cultural masterpiece, beckons adventurers to seize the moment before the harmonious balance between tradition and modernity fades away. Explore the Moroccan mosaic while you still can, as the allure of its authentic charm faces the encroachment of contemporary influences.

Accommodation

We make use of each area’s most suitable and best available accommodation.

Photographic highlights

Embark on a visual feast with ORYX Photo Tours in Morocco, where every frame unveils the country's photographic wonders. Capture the vibrant chaos of Marrakech's medinas, where colors and culture collide. Journey through the Sahara's golden dunes, a canvas of breathtaking landscapes. Frame intricate details in ancient architecture and immerse in the kaleidoscope of Chefchaouen's blue city. Encounter nomadic Berber communities and witness the dynamic interplay of tradition and modernity.

Small Group Departures

Travel to this remote location in group no bigger than 8 participants with fellow like-minded individuals for a cultural experience like no other!

Guided experience

Local knowledge of the region coupled with a strong relationship with the ground team, ensure the ultimate photo tour experience. We will take you to the best locations while assisting you with your photography.

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ORYX LEADER
Marius Coetzee 

12 Days
8 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
Classic
Culture
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport
  • person sharing
    US$10445
  • Single Supplement
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  • Photographic Highlights
    Marrakech's Vibrant Medinas, Sahara Desert's Golden Dunes, Chefchaouen's Blue Cityscape, Ancient Architecture, Nomadic Berber Communities, Atlas Mountains, Scenic Landscapes, Fes' Historic Medina, Intricate Details of Moroccan Riads, Essaouira's Coastal Charm, Traditional Souks and Markets
  • Guide
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Day 1: Casablanca

Upon arrival in Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco, you will be met by your driver in a private vehicle and head to your Casablanca hotel, where you will check-in and rest from your travels. You will head to Hassan II mosque. This is one of the largest mosques in the world and a photographers dream building with unique angles and colors. Loaded with religious and historical significance, it will awe you with its sheer size and incredible architecture. Smell the salty ocean air as you marvel at the exquisite minaret. Inside Hassan II, tours are offered at 9, 10, 11 and 2 and last about 45 minutes to an hour (can change with the season).
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Day 2: Casablanca, Rabat, Chefchaouen

After breakfast, you will depart Casablanca and travel to Chefchaouen. Along the way, you could choose to enjoy a short driving visit to Rabat, the capital city and residence of the King. You will continue the journey along the coast before heading up through the Rif mountains towards your destination of Chefchaouen, the famous blue city of Morocco. Picture a city where almost everything is a cool shade of blue!
 
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Day 3: Chefchaouen

After breakfast, you will enjoy Free time to photograph this “cool” blue town, tucked away in the mountains. This town is a photographer’s heaven! Stop for delicious fresh bread and hot mint tea as you tour. Another option is to take a hike in the breezy mountains.
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Day 4: Chefchaouen, Volubils, Fes

Before breakfast, you will want to climb up the edge of the mountain for a beautiful shot of this small Berber town. After breakfast, you will set out to the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis. You will spend the morning exploring the 2000-year-old ruins and getting a picture of life during the Roman Empire. Before heading to Fes, the cultural and spiritual capital of Morocco. In the evening, you will have a visit to the Ramparts of Fes for some spectacular overlook of the medina shots.
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Day 5: Fes (1/2 Day Guide Medina Tour + Photo Shoot)

In the morning you will enjoy a Photo shoot with a handful of local models in traditional dress come to the riad. The rest of the day will be a free day to explore and capture Fes on film. Half day devoted to exploring the walled-in city, or medina, of Fes. While no cars are allowed, you’ll see donkeys in the old city, shops with piles of vibrant spices, and storehouses heaped high with hand-woven carpets in every color and design possible. You’ll hear the call to prayer, reminding the people to carry out their religious duties. This is a chance to see the real Fes. Your guide will be happy to offer information and explanation for the stops you’ll make. Some of the other places you’ll visit will be the tanneries, the King’s Palace, and the potters. After winding your way deep into the medina. In the evening you will return to your guesthouse.
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Day 6: Fes, Erfoud, Merzouga (Approx. 10 hrs. Drive)

After an early breakfast, you will begin your ascent across the Middle Atlas Mountains. Most of the day will be spent winding your way through the beautiful forests, jagged rock faces, and Berber villages as you cross the Atlas Mountains and begin to descend towards the Sahara Desert. Halfway, you will stop for lunch (Not included) in the town of Midelt, famous for its fossils and rocks. In the afternoon, you will make your way down along the Ziz River Valley. The buildings will fade into a dusty pink as you make your way towards the Sahara Desert. Listen as your driver shares his vast knowledge about the landscape and sceneries before you. Depending upon your arrival time to the hotel you could enjoy some sunset pictures over the dunes. Sunrise and sunset at the dunes is well worth the visit.
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Day 7: Sahara Desert

Don’t miss the sunrise on the dunes. In the morning, you will have a 4x4 ride around the dunes and a visit to the Nomadic Berber Villages. Listen to some of the Gnawa music while you get some people photos. Lunch (Not included) will be in one of these small village locations. In the early afternoon, you will be driven in a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) across the barren land to the majestic Sahara sand dunes and Tented camp where you will enjoy a 30-min. camel trek and pictures of the camel train with the sunset as a backdrop before returning to the tents for the night.
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Day 8: Sahara, Shoura

From the desert, you will take the SUV back to meet up with your driver. Together, you will head towards Skoura. Along the route, you will enjoy a visit to the Dades Gorges before heading to the Palm Groves of Skoura. You will enjoy photogrpahying the ancient Kasbah and traditional mud homes.
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Day 9: Kasbah Ait BenHaddou/ Marrakech

After breakfast, you will have a stop to visit the luxury resort of Dar Ahlam outside of Ouarzazate. You will continue your journey to Marrakech along the scenic route of the Tich-n-Tichka Pass. Along the way you will enjoy a stop through the traditional Kasbah of Ait BenHaddou. In the evening you will head to the square of the medina, the famous Jemaa el-Fna. This is one of the highlights of Marrakech. Coming alive at night with the local storytellers, entertainers, and mouth-watering barbeque pits, the square is well worth a visit. If you would rather observe, you might enjoy a quiet cup of tea on a terrace overlooking the square.
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Day 10: Berber Village, Marrakech

After breakfast you will head out to a Berber village to experience traditional Berber life. You will have opportunity to photograph a local family as they prepare a tagine and teach the group to prepare to make mint tea. In the process you will learn about Berber culture. Lunch is including. In the afternoon you will return to Marrakech for the night.
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Day 11: Marrakech (1/2 Day Guided Medina Tour & Gardens)

After breakfast, you will have a guided tour of Marrakech, the southern pearl of Morocco. This city should be on every traveler’s bucket list. You will discover the Palace of the Bahia, Maison de La Photographie, Majorelle Gardens and many other hidden treasures. The rest of the day you will enjoy Photographing Marrakech on your own
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Day 12: Marrakech or Casablanca, Depart

This will be a departure day. You can be transferred to the Marrakech airport or head the 3 hours to the Casablanca airport.
Private Omo ValleyPaul Bride, Canada

WOW what an incredible experience! I can’t say enough about Hanok and Abebe. Hanok was incredible such a great person. He took care of everything thank you so very much to everyone for such a fantastic trip, I didn’t want leave. I will definitely be in touch again to use your services.

Ethiopia – Wolves & Geladas and Omo ValleyIlya & Vera Raskin, USA

Vera and I really enjoyed our month-long Ethiopian adventure! Everything went well, and eventually I will be able to process and stare the photos I took. Thank you very much for putting a great program for us. Your photo tour leaders and local guides were superb and a pleasure to travel with!

Ethiopia – Omo ValleyShobha Gopinath, Singapore

I thought I should write to you of the amazing photo tour we had to the Omo Valley with Dale. The trip was well organised and we were well taken care of. Dale was a wonderful leader. He was generous with his knowledge and we learnt a lot from him. He was kind, considerate and a lot of fun!

The local arrangements were excellent too, the drivers were very pleasant and Melkamu in particular was fantastic.

It would be remiss of me not to also mention Kirsty, who was always responsive and efficient.

You can be sure we will be recommending ORYX Photo Tours to our friends!

Ethiopia – Omo ValleyShyam Thilagaratnam, Singapore

I second all of what Shobha has said. We had such an amazing time. The Dale-Melkamu combination was fabulous, as were all our drivers. We always felt well taken care of and safe.

Dale was not only generous with his knowledge but also his lenses. He truly has a wealth of information and we really learnt so much from him.  His wicked sense of humour was also much appreciated :)

Thank you as well the ever efficient Kirsty!

We hope to be doing more photo tours with ORYX in the not too distant future!

Ethiopia – Omo ValleyTriVid, India

My trip to the Omo Valley with ORYX Photo Tours and Marius Coetzee was like a dream, like a walking meditation. Every detail was so very well ironed out that you forget you are in some of the remotest parts of the world. He will always have his ear to the ground for the rumblings in the valley. Giving you indelible memories is what he is after. No corners are ever cut to ensure your comfort. If some unexpected situation does arise, his steady and calm leadership will keep you centered. You know that he will put your safety first no matter what.

From photography point of view, his genius is talked about a lot all over the internet so I won’t delve on it. What I would like to highlight however is how generous and patient he is as a teacher. He quickly assesses your level of expertise and gives you appropriate pointers. His passion and zeal is consistent whether you are amateur fumbling with a new camera or a well versed photographer yourself. Sometimes he will push you out of your comfort zone to get better images and and then other times he knows to give you creative space.

I have wondered at times if he has more than two eyes. Not sure how he picks on you making faulty composition, helping someone set their camera, keeping an eye out for the senior member so that she does not fall and watching where the “red bag” of a forgetful client went all at the same time!

This is not a photo expedition. This is treasure of life experiences. You genuinely forget that Marius is your expedition leader. He becomes your friend and family.

Ethiopia – Omo ValleyAdalberto Mangini, Italy

Game over. All the good things come to an end and it is now the time to say bye bye to Ethiopia.

The trip to the Omo Valley has been a real photographic expedition and a great adventure. I travelled to lot of places with different people but I must say that this photo tour was very special. I had the chance to meet Marius Coetzee few years ago and I had the impression that, besides the fact the he his really a great photographer, he is also a real tour leader with clear ideas of what he is doing. I do normally travel with my wife and not too much oriented to groups but this time it was different. We acted like a team and everybody was just fantastic and I was honoured to share this time with you all.

Now, many companies sell the Omo Valley photo tours. Just forget about. If you are a photographer just Google "ORYX Photo Tours" and sign a tour with them! This was not only a ‘photo tour’ this was a real experience with real people and a real leader.

Thanks Marius and thanks ORYX! I also had the chance to improve my photography with you, and thanks to my entire companion. You were all great and it was a pleasure to share this experience, and I will gladly travel with you again (and this time with my wife!) on the Mongolia photo tour in 2016. Travel safe, travel with ORYX Photo Tours!

Ethiopia – Omo ValleyDebbie Smail, United Kingdom

Last day of a fabulous and extraordinary three week adventure in Ethiopia! Massive thanks to Marius Coetzee and Kirsty Horne at ORYX Photo Tours for a superbly organized trip and also to Eyob our legendary local guide!

Anyone wanting an epic trip, I can highly recommend Ethiopia – stunning scenery, friendly people, great food (and beers) and so much more… and go with ORYX Photo Tours - you won’t regret it!!

Ethiopia – Omo ValleyJenny Shearer, United Kingdom

I had a simply phenomenal time and loved Ethiopia every bit as much as you forecast! The other participants on the trip were great fun – we were from five different continents  – and all got on extremely well. Thank you for an exceptional, inspiring photo tour! Everybody said how wonderful you had been, Kirsty, always responding in a friendly, efficient way as if we were your only clients. Thank you, ORYX Photo Tours!

Ethiopia – Omo ValleyBiljana Jurukovski, Australia

What I can say...words sometimes cannot justify and explain experiences those experiences need to be lived so one can understand them. Kirsty from day one when I sent the initial email you replied within hours and since never ever anything seemed to be problem..to be honest it was your prompt responses that made me make the final decision to book with ORYX Photo Tours…so for that huge "Thank you Kirsty" - you are amazing :).

Marius – I really don’t have words to describe your commitment towards your clients, your passion for photography, your people skills and ability to deal with different situations. Kirsty, you have asked if the tour was up to my expectations. To be honest well above exceeded my expectations as uncle Marius was the best :).

This Omo Valley photo tour and the people that I met will always stay in my memories...how can one forget the adventures that we had from crossing rivers, negotiating with uncles, to meeting up the most isolated tribes and learning more about photography….I’m looking forward to be with the same group of people on the Mongolia photo tour! And final thoughts... Marius you are young passionate entrepreneur and you should be very, very proud of yourself my friend :).

Regards and lots of love.

Private Ethiopia – Omo ValleyYY Chin, Malaysia

It does not matter whether you are an adventurer, photographer, traveller or tourist, the Omo Valley in Ethiopia, has a special appeal. Its exotic name conjures mystery, mysticism and certainly, a road less travelled. It is in this valley that several tribes with their traditional ancient culture and customs reside. Each tribe has their particular features and uniqueness. The Mursi with their lip plates, the Karo with their beautifully painted bodies, the Hamer with their Ochre hair and they offer excellent opportunities for “unguarded moment” photography. However, with increasing tourism, it has been a practice that the person to be photographed will demand payment for each photograph taken. Do not be deterred as this is probably one of the ways that the tribesmen can earn some tourist dollar. Do not expect luxurious accommodation but the basic accommodation is liveable and adds on to the rustic experience of your trip of a lifetime. In some places we had to stay in tents which are large and comfortable.

Returning to the Omo Valley, I found that the experience second time around was better than the first. This was mainly due to the people that I was travelling with. The leader of our team was Marius Coetzee, a superb photographer, who is the CEO of ORYX Photo Tours. The trip undertaken by me and my two Australian travelling companions, was a customised photography tour and Marius was always ready to share with us his experiences and tricks of the trade of a photographer extraordinaire. The organisation by ORYX is immaculate and excellent and the vehicles, drivers, cook, guide used were world class. The company took care of everything including negotiating the payments for the photographing of the tribes and preventing the unnecessary hassle of us having to negotiate for a price to photograph an individual and then spending endless time and effort debating over a few cents.

It was 13 days well spent, I returned from the trip certainly a better photographer and more knowledgeable in the culture of the various tribes of the Omo Valley. Furthermore, I appreciate how difficult it is for the tribes to cope with the changes to modernity. I certainly also left the valley as a better human being.

Ethiopia – Omo ValleyAstrid Stevie Winberg, South Africa

Words really fail me in trying to thank you adequately for leading and orchestrating an unbelievable, enlightening, photographically enriching, rough, tough, soul searching and at times happy and sad, all rolled into one, photo tour to the Omo Valley, Ethiopia.

I have come out of the experience not only having acquired new photographic skills but also understanding so much more about myself and what I need and would like to achieve as a person on a harsh but beautiful planet!

The organization of the trip was faultless and Ethiopia were fantastic. The vehicles held up under incredibly rough conditions without a blip and considering the kilometers travelled, days on end, the group and team were like a close knit family unit…. chilled and respectful towards each other and photographic models we encountered along the way.

Literally, I was blown away and loved every moment! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope you will be able to lead many like minded people to the Omo before things change too much!

Thank you Marius and ORYX Photo Tours, please also convey my thanks to September for the delicious food whilst camping…. Although, I’m also missing my omelette and hot red wine in a tumbler :) Good times!

Ethiopia – Omo ValleyRobin Yong, Singapore

I travel overseas 18 times a year, many of these being photo tours. Ethiopia is not an easy destination – truly beautiful but definitely hard roads and weather conditions.

This is a trip that I had been planning for 2 years. I went through every single Tripadvisor review on Ethiopia and looked at many webpages of travel agents and photographers offering photography tours to the Omo Valley. During our trip, we bumped into a few other travel expeditions by other travel companies. It is clear that the deal given to me by ORYX Photo Tours was the best. Everything was carefully planned, we did not have to compete with other tour groups. Very happy with this trip altogether…my highest recommendations. Thank you Marius once again for making all this possible!

Ethiopia – Omo ValleyJeremy Peters, United Kingdom

The Omo Valley in Ethiopia is becoming more accessible by virtue of new roads and developing infrastructure. In typical ORYX spirit we go the road less travelled. Ethiopia is truly a photographic dream, there is vibrant colour at every turn and each roadside scene beckons framing and clicking. Even before we have reached destination Omo I knew I had captured some special moments and portraits. ORYX have been guiding photo tours throughout the Omo for 6 years and their experience, knowledge and know how is evident throughout. They are one of very few companies to travel to the Northern Omo to photographic the delightful Suri people. We camp just outside Kibish for 3 days in ORYX’s mobile camp and it’s just us, the Suri people and ORYX’s wonderful chef “September”. Surreal for sure! ORYX’s photo leaders are hands on suggesting angles, settings and tricks to make sure you get the best opportunity for incredible shots. I won’t give too much away as I don’t want to spoil the fun for those that are toying with the idea of exploring the Omo Valley, except to say you must go and you won’t find a better company than ORYX Photo Tours to take you there.

Ethiopia – Omo ValleyMike Morse, USA

I just returned from the Omo Valley trip and must say it was the most interesting cultural photo tour I have ever taken. In looking back at my photos I am overwhelmed by the amazing people and places we visited. We were able to visit a number of tribes, all with different beliefs and customs. In addition we spent 5 hours at a Bull Jumping ceremony with access that few people get. We also were able to attend a morning ceremony of harvesting blood from cows. The blood is mixed with milk and the tribe drinks it for protein. This wasn’t a staged ceremony, it was a daily ritual. Everything we saw was authentic.

Marius was always on the look out for photo opportunities. You never knew when he would stop the car, and we would pile out, lay on our bellies in the dust, and have someone drive a heard of goats or cattle our way in order to catch the light hitting the dust to get just the right image. We made several stops at markets and were always the only non-local people in attendance. The trip was perfectly coordinated by ORYX and we had a fabulous local guide, Afe, who added local knowledge to the trip. ORYX Photo Tours has a long standing relationship with most of the tribes we visited.

Knowing the Chief and elders ensured our safety and made it easy to photograph the people.
I can’t imagine any detail that was overlooked. Our safety and comfort and photographic education were always paramount.

After going on a trip with ORYX, I don’t want to do anything other than small group travel again. There were 3 guests, a local guide Afe, Marius, and we also had another professional photographer with ORYX, Sam, who gave us invaluable advice. I used exposure settings and compositions I had not considered, and got great results. I can’t say enough positive things about ORYX.

Ethiopia – Omo ValleyBruce Furmedge, Australia

I travelled with Sam in Ethiopia to photograph the tribes of the Omo Valley in some remote and difficult areas. She was an inspirational guide with a very relaxed and natural style. She really helped us to get to the heart of the local culture and had a wonderful way with people, always calm and respectful. She obviously has great compassion and curiosity and brings with her years of experience as a photojournalist and traveller. She was just fantastic at finding different ways to approach a situation, always looking for creative ways to tell the story. I also found her very supportive in helping each photographer find their own voice and style. She is a lot of fun too so makes a great travelling companion! Sam is a really talented photographer and I would wholeheartedly recommend her as the perfect photo tour leader to spend time with exploring people and cultures more deeply.

Ethiopia – Omo ValleySusan Greef, South Africa

I really enjoyed my photo tour with Sam, Bob, Patty, Afe and the rest of the team. The photographic opportunities were great and plentiful as usual. Sam and Afe make a great team and we were well taken care off by all staff members.

I was particularly chuffed with the new ORYX campsite in Kibish, just imagine my surprise and delight (and the others as well) when we saw that we each have our own ablution facilities! On my last trip we had a discussion about camp facilities and Afe in particular wanted to know what kind of changes they can make, and I gave a few suggestions. I’m very happy that they listened and delivered!

Ethiopia – Omo ValleyRosalie Wang, USA

Marius Coetzee’s Ethiopia – Vanishing Tribes of the Omo Valley Photo Tour was the trip of a lifetime. I had an incredible experience that went far beyond my expectation. The tribal visits were a rare opportunity to see a way of life that has existed for hundreds of years before it changes from the paved roads into the Omo Valley. Marius presented many unique photo opportunities that we could not easily duplicate, and guided us what to do and how to do. He was also there to coach us in improving our photographic and post processing techniques. I took the opportunities and was delighted with the results. Spending time with Omo Child was a truly spectacular highlight of the trip. Greatly appreciate to Marius. I’d like to thank Kristy and Nicolette who answered all my questions and made arrangement before and after the trip. I am happy to highly recommend Marius as a travel host and would definitely travel with ORYX Photo Tours anywhere in the world in the future.

Ethiopia – Omo ValleySue & Peter MacCallum-Stewart, United Kingdom

We have returned from our Omo Valley photo tour with ORYX and Marius Coetzee as our guide. This is a hard trip but it surpassed all our expectations. The journey down to the Omo Valley was through a changing mosaic of dramatic scenery ranging from high mountain passes to lush lowland to semi arid desert. Marius is an experienced and highly organised photo tour leader who had a deep and extensive knowledge of the history, culture and wildlife of the region. His organisation cannot be faulted and he has an engaging and fun personality.

We would definitely travel with ORYX Photo Tours and Marius again. We would recommend this trip to anyone who wants an extraordinary and memorable experience.

Private Ethiopia – Omo ValleyMarja Schwartz, Germany

Marius, Hubert and myself would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the wonderful photo tour through Ethiopia. The trip to the Omo Valley with you was a very special experience that we will never forget in our life. A great photo tour leader has become a real friend for us!

The round trip in the north was great fun and Henok was a perfect guide and also became a friend. Henok is the perfect ambassador for his country, wonderful!

Big compliment to ORYX Photo Tours and especially to you for the perfect organization and realization of our once in a lifetime trip!!!

Ethiopia – Omo ValleyShobha Gopinath, Singapore

I thought I should write to you of the amazing trip we had to the Omo Valley with Dale.

The trip was well organised and we were well taken care of.

Dale was a wonderful leader. He was generous with his knowledge and we learnt a lot from him. He was kind, considerate and a lot of fun!

The local arrangements with Dinknesh were excellent too, the drivers were very pleasant and Melkamu in particular was fantastic.

It would be remiss of me not to also mention Kirsty, who was always responsive and efficient.

You can be sure we will be recommending ORYX to our friends!

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