Although born and brought up in the UK, I left in my early twenties to explore other shores. Cape Town became my home for many years – there’s something about that mountain that’s magnetic. But I’ve swapped 34 degrees south for 34 degrees north, and now live in Fez, Morocco. I renovated a 400-year-old house in the medina and have called it home for fifteen years. Most of the time I design bespoke itineraries at my company Concierge Morocco, or help tourists find accommodation in the traditional houses of the medina through my website Fez Riads, using some of the profits to support the High Atlas Foundation. I am also translator from French to English for the Majorelle Foundation in Marrakech, the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music and for private clients.
Writing is a passion. I write articles for various travel and food magazines and websites. Every now and then I land a gig as a Lonely Planet author and whizz off somewhere to do the research. I’ve worked on Fez Encounter 1, South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland 8 and 9, Cape Town 6, the Madagascar chapter for Africa 12, and Morocco 10 and 11. Then it was back to Madagascar in June/July 2015 for Lonely Planet’s latest guidebook. My last adventures were to Equatorial Guinea and Gabon in October 2016 and then back to Northern Madagascar in April 2019. The next research trip is to the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco in September 2019.
When the going gets tough in the medina, I head for my apartment in southern France, overlooking the river Dordogne.
I am available for assignments in Africa and Madagascar.
Contact me at helenranger at gmail.com.
Twitter and Instagram: @helenranger @conciergmorocco
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