Top Travel Safety Tips for Solo Female Travellers in Morocco

Morocco is a captivating North African country recognised for its vibrant culture, impressive architecture, and rich history. From wandering through lively markets to exploring adventure trails in the Sahara Desert, Morocco offers a blend of old-world charm and modern influence, making it a truly charismatic destination. But, despite the country’s beauty, a common question still exists – Is it safe for solo female travellers in Morocco

In short, the answer is yes. The country is generally safe for solo female travellers, however, there are aspects surrounding Moroccan culture and customs to be aware of. If this country has landed itself on your radar, let’s get you up to speed with life in Morocco and our top female travel safety tips before you go: 

Safety Tips for Solo Female Travellers in Morocco

This article has been sponsored by tour operator 4X4 Morocco Travel.

1. Adopt a modest dress code

Morocco is a Muslim country with conservative cultural norms. Whilst it’s not a hard and fast rule, it’s strongly recommended that if you’re travelling within the country you should try to dress modestly. Ideally, choose loose and light clothing that covers your shoulders, chest and knees. This not only shows respect for the culture but also helps you feel more comfortable in the Moroccan heat. Our modest Moroccan style essentials would include a pashmina scarf and a linen shirt. Both of which are lightweight and can easily be folded up into a bag when you feel you need them. Women must always cover their head, legs and shoulders when entering religious sites.

2. Keep your accommodation information handy

Always have the name and address of your accommodation to hand. If you don’t have this information before you land in Morocco, then it’s advised that you ask the reception staff at your accommodation as soon as you can. In Morocco, language barriers are not uncommon, and many taxi or bus drivers may not be fluent in English, so it’s essential to have your accommodation information readily available to avoid any potential miscommunication.

3. Catcalling is still a ‘thing’ in Morocco

We wish it wasn’t still a thing, but just to manage your expectations, catcalling is very much still alive and well in Morocco. Catcalling, though not unique to this country, can be a challenge for many solo female travellers in Morocco. It is essential to know how to handle these situations to ensure your safety. If you’re travelling around Morocco and you encounter behaviour that makes you feel uncomfortable, the best advice is to try to remain calm. While instinct might tell you to confront this behaviour, reacting in such a way might escalate the situation further. Try to ignore any remarks and walk on by, avoiding direct eye contact. 

4. Ask to join another tourist group if you feel unsafe or uncomfortable

If you ever feel unsafe due to unwanted attention, you could always try to approach a group of tourists and ask if you can sit or walk with them for a while. Connecting with other travellers not only helps to deter harassment but also provides you with a support network – and hey, striking up a conversation might even lead to a friendship, you never know! Joining forces with other travellers might not always be necessary but it’s certainly reassuring to know that there are other people out there who are willing to help. 

5. Consider wearing a fake wedding ring

Yes. You did read that correctly. It might sound a little extra, but some solo female travellers in Morocco choose to wear a fake wedding ring. This deterrent is by no means foolproof, but it may help to show others that you are not interested in interacting. As with any safety measure, it is essential to stay vigilant and aware of your surroundings while relying on your instincts and if you ever feel unsafe or encounter any situation that makes you uncomfortable, be sure to seek support from nearby authorities or other tourists if you can. 

6. Avoid keeping your cash in one place

Whilst more of Morocco is accepting card and contactless payments, cash is still king so it’s essential to carry some cash when travelling in Morocco. However, carrying excessive amounts of cash is generally not advisable, as it can make you a clear target for theft. However, if you do carry cash on you, it’s certainly wise to distribute it strategically. One useful tip is to divide your money into smaller amounts and keep the cash in different locations on you such as hidden pockets or a money belt. By distributing your cash, you reduce the risk of losing everything in the event of theft. 

7. Set Clear and Polite Boundaries

Part of the joy of Morocco is walking by the rich and diverse stalls. From lavish clothing to fresh food, intricate crafts to essential oils there are some truly amazing gems to be found in a Moroccan market. Whilst many souks are welcoming, you might encounter a few persistent individuals along the road. They may try inviting you for a meal or offering their services as guides. While this is a typical part of Moroccan culture, it is important to err on the side of caution. Just remember that you’re not obligated to accept their offers and you’re well within your rights to decline any offers!  A strong and polite ‘no thank you’ is always an option to you.

8. Connect with other solo travellers or join group tours

If you’re looking to meet other like-minded solo female travellers in Morocco, at online communities and apps before your adventure. We love the NomadHer app which is a great way to connect with other solo female travellers. Platforms like these are amazing for meeting travel companions but also, at the very least are invaluable when it comes to gaining advice from others who may have explored the region before you. You might even want to join a tour whilst you’re out travelling to take the stress off trying to navigate on your own, especially if you’re a newbie to solo travel. Either way, connecting with other solo travellers might just help you to feel comfortable in unfamiliar territory. 

Remember, in a nutshell, whilst Morocco is a beautiful, enriching destination that is generally safe for solo travelling girls, being mindful of local customs and staying alert will help with bringing you comfort on your trip!

The Best Group Tours Solo Female Travellers in Morocco

Now that you’ve read through our solo travel tips, you may also want to consider a professional tour. As previously mentioned, tours can be a fantastic and safer way to travel to Morocco as a solo female traveller. Morocco Travel 4×4 specialises in providing tailored travel experiences, offering guided tours and cultural expeditions, that are designed to suit your interests. There are plenty of tours to choose from, but if you’re looking for inspiration, here are our three favourite tours to delve into if you’re considering a solo venture to Morocco. 

1. 4-day Tour from Marrakech to Erg Chebbi Dunes 

Offering a perfect blend of adventure and cultural exploration the 4-day tour from Marrakech to Erg Chebbi dunes by Morocco Travel 4×4 presents an ideal choice for solo girls who want to experience a magical journey and travel safely in Marrakech. This captivating tour begins in the enchanting city of Marrakech, where you will be transported into a world of ancient history. Witness breathtaking views of the Atlas Mountains, picturesque valleys with Berber villages, and stunning waterfalls. The highlight of this popular tour lies in the majestic Erg Chebbi dunes, in the heart of the Sahara Desert. It is here that you will ride a camel across the breathtaking dunes and explore an unforgettable night camping under a blanket of stars. 

2. 5-Day Desert Tour from Few to Marrakech via the Sahara Desert 

If four days aren’t enough, but you’re still dipping your toes in the metaphorical Moroccan pool, the 5-day Desert Tour from Fes to Marrakech via the Sahara desert Merzouga is a trip to look forward to.This fantastic tour starts in the imperial city of Fes, where you will explore the historic Medina, a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. Throughout this guided trip, you will also get to explore the Roman ruins of Volubilis, the charming blue city of Chefchaouen, and the stunning Todra Gorge. And, finally, you can enjoy watching the sunset over the horizon of the rugged Merzouga dunes too! 

3. 8 Day Morocco Tour from Casablanca 

If your heart is set on a longer trip away, the 8 Days Morocco Tours From Casablanca has everything you could need.You may have heard of one of the most classic romantic movies of all time… you know the one with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman? (If you haven’t, seriously, give it a watch!) There is a reason it’s set in this beautiful and bustling Moroccan city, and you can experience it for yourself. Witness Casablanca’s stunning coastline and vibrant cityscape before heading to the captivating blue city of Chefchaouen, where you can wander through its quaint streets filled with colourful buildings. This adventure-packed tour also incorporates visits to iconic landmarks like the Ouzoud waterfalls and famous movie studios in Ouarzazate, known as the gateway to the Sahara desert and much more.

So, if you’re considering a trip with Morocco Travel 4×4 as a solo female traveller, you can feel safe in the comfort of a carefully tailored tour. As well as safe travel to each destination in a 4×4 vehicle, each break includes accommodation in reputable hotels and traditional riads chosen by this expert team. With Morocco Travel 4×4, you can also still enjoy the same empowering freedoms as a solo traveller while also tapping into the enriching sense of community that you may not experience when travelling alone. Be prepared to embark on a journey that will empower and inspire you in a community of other like-minded solo female travellers in Morocco, and leave you feeling forever connected to the majestic beauty of the country.

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If you do end up jet-setting and planning plenty of Morocco travel, however you choose to venture through it, stay safe and keep us posted. Wishing you happy and safe travels!

Born and raised in Northumberland, and having lived in various other beautiful regions of the UK, including the Lake District and her current base in the city of York. Emily. Inspired by communities, Emily loves to travel and is always keen to meet new people. Emily has a degree in English Literature, and a professional background in Journalism, Content Creating, and Radio Presenting.

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