I was born into a small traditional village on the Marrakech Plain. Agriculture was the main means of livelihood– livestock and crops – and I had to play my part in my family’s farming activities each day, throughout the year.
I attended primary school and this involved a mile walk each way, twice a day. Of my class, only two of us were able to progress to high school In Marrakech. My cousin and myself, at age 12, looked after ourselves in a small house in the city, getting ourselves to school each day as well as cooking our meals and doing our laundry. But endeavour paid off and I was able to progress to college and take courses in first Practical Science and then Business Management .
After this, I first worked for an English tourism company, based in Morocco, that specialised in the provision of outdoor activities (activities that included hiking and trekking, mountaineering, rock climbing, kayaking and camping). In addition, the company was heavily involved in providing Team Building activities and I was responsible for the planning and management of such events.
Then, with them, I gained much practical business management training. I was eventually given full responsibility for all of the company’s financial matters. I also took part in many of the trips that the company organised, gaining many certificates including Mountain Rescue and from the Moroccan Guide Federation. I am also qualified to lead rock climbing and kayaking.
Today I am the owner and manager of my own company, Anzal Tours (Anzal Tourisme Services, ATS), founded in 2007. I now work with many UK Educational Tour Operators (for student groups) and with Healthy Holidays (providing their hiking programmes) as well as providing comprehensive tailor-made tours for adult groups and private client groups of all group sizes.
My life’s journey has taken me far but it has not made me forget my home village on the Marrakech Plain, a place to which I return frequently. To journey is good, to return fulfilled is even better.
Anzal Tours (ATS) Travel specialisms:
With extensive experience gained over many years in Moroccan tourism and with a deep and strong network of Moroccan service providers, Anzal Tours, specializes in both:
- Hiking and Trekking Tours in the High Atlas
- Travelling Tours, Landscapes and Imperial Cities, the length and breadth of Morocco
Such tours can be of any duration and at all levels of demand, from the very gentle to the demanding.
In particular I am also very pleased to offer our special Highlight Tours. These are several day options out from Marrakech that uniquely take our travellers to mostly unknown places, well off the beaten track, and that give opportunities to meet and engage with people and to see daily life as it truly is (with opportunities to participate as well). These Highlight Tours travel into the High Atlas and also out on to the Marrakech Plain and into the Jbilet Mountains.
One of our most enjoyed and appreciated Highlight tours is spending a day in my own village on the Marrakech Plain, engaging and participating with the villagers in their daily activities.”
Larbi Anzal, Company Owner and Managing Director