You would not know it from the weather here in the UK but in North Africa spring has started.
If you like walking, and hill walking at that, then there are few more spectacular and convenient places to do it than in the Moroccan High Atlas.
Kasbah du Toubkal in the trailhead village of Imlil was opened in 1995.
Jbel Toubkal (4,167 mtrs) is North Africa’s highest peak and the base camp is just a 5 hour walk away. A night in the Refuge and you can summit and be back at the Kasbah for tea and an hammam the next day.
For those who like something a little less strenuous there are numerous day walks or you could walk to the Azzadem Trekking Lodge and stay in one of its 4 ensuite rooms and walk to neighbouring villages where the impact of tourism is very light.
The Lodge has its own staff to look after your needs and a great cook. To get to the Lodge you will be accompanied by a guide and a muleteer / cook and his trusty mule to carry your luggage, The Lodge can really only be accessed on foot but the walk is delightful and can be stretched out over a whole day with a picnic lunch.
Spring is the ideal time to visit the High Atlas and to follow that with a few days in Marrakech (not yet very hot) or a visit to the coast.
Chris McHugo is a co-founder of Kasbah du Toubkal along with his brother. Their efforts in bringing this ruined kasbah back to life for the benefit of the local community and travellers is something they should be proud of.