Morocco: My Life as a Berber

Have you ever taken a two-hour bus ride in the scorching North African heat to spend a night in a stranger’s house? Well, I have and it was the highlight of my trip to Morocco. 

I feel as though I should elaborate a bit. My friend Becky and I went on a brief, five-day vacation to Morocco to celebrate her upcoming birthday. But it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t try to push the envelope a little and yearn to see the real heart of the country. And that could hardly be found in the increasingly touristy city of Marrakech.

The Berber Cultural Center – a little community at the foot of the Atlas mountains run by the incredible Mohamed Elhansali – promised to show me just that and it did not disappoint. The Berbers are called “Amazigh” in their language, but after watching this video you will no doubt agree that it should really be “Amazing”.

I simply can’t explain how incredible my time at the Berber Cultural Center was. I’m genuinely considering visiting again this winter – in late November they pick olives and make their own oil, which sounds like a very important and highly applicable skill, right? Right?! Read on to see some incredible (if I do say so myself) photos.

First of all, I have to say that I was shocked by how beautiful the place was. Bright walls, warm hues, tall green plants and cushions – cushions everywhere! As someone who loves napping as much as your average koala, the omnipresence of cushions made me very happy indeed.

I must admit that my appreciation of the place’s interior design was eclipsed by my enjoyment of the food. Man, the food! Even the fruits tasted approximately 7.25 times better than the fruits you can buy in a typical Russian supermarket (for those of you who don’t know, I live in Moscow at the moment). 7.25! That’s some real science for y’all.

But most importantly, the Moroccan countryside completely swept me off my feet (which is obviously the reason I’m sitting in all of these photos). This is a little known fact about me, but I actually grew up next to a big forest in a small town in western Bohemia. By Western standards, our flat probably wasn’t much, but there was a bloody forest – not to mention several fields – in our backyard!

I spend the majority of my time in high heels and my favourite form of exercise is lifting a fork to my mouth, so most people don’t take me for the outdoorsy type. But I love nature and miss it terribly now that I’m moving from one metropolis to another. Morocco with its clay pottery and camels looks nothing like the place I come from, yet it made me feel strangely at home.

General Info

Price: 200-250 MAD per night (18-22€), including all food, transport and activities

I am not affiliated with and was not in any way sponsored by the Berber Cultural Center and all opinions are my own. Here at “Girl vs Globe” I keep it real, so I’ll always let you know if I’m getting compensated for a review!

  • Living with locals is the best way to travel! Great photos, and the food looks amazing <3

    • Mark S.

      Yes it does. It appears a vegetarian could get along just fine there as well.
      I want to go someday soon!

      • The friend I travelled with is vegetarian and she had no problems finding great food there! 🙂

    • I agree – getting to know the locals definitely beats staying in walled off resorts! There’s something to be said for resorts, occasionally, but if you haven’t met the locals… have you really travelled? The food was DIVINE btw, so true 😀

  • This sounds great! Thank goodness I found the link to this post in the bottom of your other post. I’m planning a trip to Morroco and I’m taking some notes from this post 🙂

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    • Ahhhh so glad! Whereabouts in Morocco are you going? Let me know if you have any questions, always happy to help 🙂

      • Our Morocco trip was moved. Me and my friend decided to visit Mountain Province in the Philippines first but we already listed some things we want to do in Morocco. We are so curious on Marrakesh especially the market, sky diving in the Atlas Mountains and its famous sunset. We also like to visit that blue city Chefchaouen (I don’t know how to pronounce that.) And sure, I’ll ask you for tips when we finally set a date 🙂

  • Aimee

    I love your pictures! The colors are so vibrant and really show off the culture (especially the yummy-looking food). You sound like the couple in this article http://stowawaymag.com/2011/12/26/a-year-around-the-world-for-10k/ who choose to travel without stress and just enjoy the moments of being in a new world.

    • Thanks for your comment Aimee! So glad you like my pictures 🙂 Just flicked through the article & you’re right 😀

  • Love this post! I’ve been to the High Atlas and thought it was amazing. Your post brings back good memories. 🙂

    P.S. Your vlog is really good! What software/programme do you use to edit it?

    • Thanks so much lady! 😀 The High Atlas mountains were really amazing, I would go back in a heartbeat. I used Pinnacle, but now that I’ve got a MacBook pro I just use iMovie & can’t complain about it at all 🙂

  • Beautiful post! Loved the images. Morocco is beautiful!

  • Sarah Lynn

    Great post Sabina.
    I really enjoyed your video!

    • So happy to hear it Sarah! Thanks so much for your comment 😀

  • Simo

    First and foremost, I would really like to thank you for your great job. The methods you are using to present the typical simplicity of the Moroccan life are just incredible. The way you dealt with the topic showed your thorough understanding of our society. What I really find interesting about these breathtaking and fascinating pictures is your ability to capture the most important aspects of the Moroccan life and present them in relatively few pictures. Donkeys are not my favourite animals, but the way you presented them here pushed me to try to reformulate my opinions about such beautiful animals!

  • Beautiful post! Such a difference from a Berbers life I was showed when we went to Tuinsia (http://www.wanderingveronique.com/?p=267). I was fascinated by the culture and the way of living too – and I agree, they should be called Amazing! As we are visiting Marocco this year (in October during our two week trip from Alicante to Gibraltar we plan a two or three days in Marocco) I am really tempted to visit The Berber Cultural Center – it will give me another perspective. Thank you for your post, really enjoyed it!

  • Lisi Ledbetter

    found your post on endlesslyexploring.com, very inspiring and a great memory I will definitely put on my wishlist now 🙂

    • Definitely do – it was such an amazing unique experience 😀 Let me know if you have any more questions about the Berber Center 🙂 Also, welcome – so glad you made your way to my site 🙂

  • Bruno Sabia

    Greate article about the berber life, this reminds me on one of my Morocco tours

  • Van

    This post is so awesome!! Hopefully I get to visit one day.

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  • Belbo

    Thanks a lot for sharing with us your Morocco tours experience

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  • Margarita Madu

    what are the songs you used in your video?