Magical Morocco 2012
May 8-17th, 2012

Thursday 10 May 2012 RABAT

After breakfast, we enjoy a full day visit of Rabat, the administrative capital of the Moroccan kingdom and one of the oldest cities. Pirate stronghold, breakaway republic, Imperial City and today's capital, Rabat has worn many cloaks during its 700 year history. Poised above the Atlantic is the Oudaia Kasbah, Rabat's evocative citadel, like a spider at the heart of a 5 Km web of ramparts. The capital of a modern nation, Rabat symbolizes the infinite variety of Morocco. Set in a rich, amber coloured landscape, dotted with distinctive nettle trees, it elegantly combines an ancient history with modern culture. Next to the palace, you will appreciate the impressive and unmatched Mohammed V Mausoleum: the burial ground of the two late Alouite kings - Mohammed V and Hassan II. Beautiful mosaics.

The Kasbah Oudaya, a lovely Andalusian garden and a museum situated in the 17th century royal residence containing old Moroccan jewelry from different parts of the country. The museum of archaeology exhibiting objects discovered during excavations of pre-historic Punic and roman sites, some marbles and bronzes which come from Volubilis are some of the things.

Lunch at Villa Mandarine - a wonderful English style garden with a Moroccan twist is also here to enjoy complete with peacocks!

In the afternoon, drive across Salé to reach the Botanical garden of Bouknadel.

The Exotic Gardens of Bouknadel are on the main road between Sale and Kenitra. The Gardens feature several acres of manicured greenery, especially vines, palms, and other tropical plants, with special sections like a Japanese garden, and a jungle with rope bridges. There are plants here from China, South Asia, the Congo, Japan, Brazil and Polynesia in 14 different gardens plus an aviary.


  • New Eden
  • Kids Garden
  • Plant a Row Grow a Row