Fly To Marrakech, Morocco
Located near the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and only a few hours from the barren Sahara Desert, Marrakech is the third largest city in Morocco, after Casablanca and the capital, Rabat.
Marrakech is divided into 2 distinct sections - the more familiar impression of Marrakesh would be that of Medina, the historical quarter, with its narrow, labyrinthine-like streets and an abundance of exotic flavours. Then there are the modern buildings of its more sophisticated neighbour, Gueliz. This area may surprise you with its European character.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to Rabat do need a Visa to enter Morocco. Make sure you leave enough time for processing of the Visa and ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your date of return. You will also need 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African Embassy in Morocco can be found at the following address. 34, Rue Des Saadiens-Hassan, Rabat, Morocco. Phone +212-537-689159.
See and do
Visit the souks in Marrakech for a dazzling and colourful variety of trinkets, spices, kaftans and other unexpected delights. Between the bridle-makers and lute craftsmen, the cactus silk and the cashmere shawls, you might even encounter donkey carts loaded up with budget-rate electronic goods. Expect to bargain for dear life. Linger at a cafe in Djemaa El-Fna for a spot of exotic people watching that may include the activities of traditional healers, snake charmers, street entertainers or henna tattoo artists, or wander among the many food stalls for the tastes of Morocco.
The distinctive outline of the Koutouba minaret is a favourite landmark of the city and the Saadian Tombs offer a fascinating glimpse into past eras. They were discovered in the early 20th century. A tour may introduce you to the simplicity of Berber life or stimulate your sense of wonder as you immerse yourself in the opulent beauty of El Bahia Palace. By contrast, El Badi Palace is a ruin, but still includes some intriguing underground passageways.
A tranquil respite from the hectic bustle of the city can be enjoyed at Majorelle Gardens, which features a diverse and exotic selection of plant life, as well as a museum dedicated to Berber culture. Menara Gardens includes a pavilion dating back to the Saadi dynasty of the 1500s. No matter what you chooses to do, a rich array of contrasts presents itself on the informal stage that is Marrakech.
Marrakesh Menara Airport – RAK
Marrakech Airport has two main passenger terminals and the capacity to process approximately three million passengers per annum. Construction is under way for a third terminal. A shuttle bus service (No. 19 bus) runs between the city and the airport on a half-hourly basis. Taxis and rental car companies also operate from Menara Airport.
Currency Exchange: Both T1 and T2 offer BMCE Bank and Banque Populaire branches in the arrival and departure halls.
Car Hire: ADA, Avis, Budget, Europcar, First, Hertz, Morocco Rent a Car, National, Sixt, Tourist Car.
Airport Hub: Marrakesh Menara Airport (code RAK) is a focus city for Royal Air Maroc.