Tipping and bartering – There is no rule-of-thumb for tipping in Morocco, so check with your local guide if you are unsure of what is appropriate. Rounding up the bill in less-formal cafes is standard, while tipping roughly 10% at upmarket restaurants is appreciated. Bargaining in marketplaces is also common practice. Power plugs – In Morocco, the configuration of the power sockets is designed to accommodate two circular prongs. An adapter is required for Australian and New Zealand appliances. Check whether your items will also need a currency converter for your trip. Currency – The Moroccan Dirham is used throughout Morocco. You can expect your AUD/NZD to give you far more in local currency, so be prepared with separate compartments in your travel wallet and possibly a conversion chart for your trip. Check with your bank what options are available to you (and fees involved).
What should I bring?
Conservative clothes – Men and women are expected to observe a conservative dress code in Morocco. Pack some lighter long layers and avoid bright or bold slogans. It is culturally respectful to have shoulders and knees covered for women, and to wear loose-fitting clothes. Comfortable shoes – You are likely to spend a lot of time on your feet exploring and it is important to have comfortable footwear. Include closed-in shoes, as your itinerary may take you for a hike through the Atlas Mountains or a camel trek through the Sahara Desert. Scarf or wrap – A light scarf will come in handy as it can be used to cover shoulders and hair when entering religious sites for women. A scarf or wrap is also practical for men and women alike to protect yourself from the sun and sand throughout your trip.
Don't miss these authentic experiences on tour!
Visit a traditional marketplace – Visit a traditional marketplace, or "souk", during your trip to Morocco. Marvel at the bright textiles, patterned ceramics, aromatic spices, and multi-coloured glasswork. Enjoy the experience of haggling with local stall holders, and follow your local guide's lead if you are not sure what is appropriate. Try a tagine – A traditional tagine is a way of cooking stews to capture all the flavours and spices of local Moroccan produce. A tagine can be either vegetarian or cooked with red meat, poultry, or fish with vegetables. A great authentic journey for your taste buds. Ride a camel – Depending on your itinerary, you may get the opportunity to ride a camel through the Sahara Desert (or elsewhere) in Morocco. This unique experience will be one to remember, as you bounce and sway through the dramatic landscape of northern Africa. Sip mint tea with the locals – This is generally the drink of choice in Morocco. While there are numerous variations, it is most commonly brewed with green tea, mint leaves, and sugar. This will feature in most cafes and restaurants and is worth a try on your tour.