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 sixteen 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 guidebook author and whizz off somewhere to do the research. I’ve worked on Lonely Planet books about Fez, South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland, Cape Town, Madagascar, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Morocco. My last research trip was to the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco in September 2019. Now, in September 2021, I’m heading off to Rabat and Casablanca in Morocco for Fodor’s. It’s great to be back on the road after all this time in the doldrums of the pandemic.
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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