Our trips leave Marrakech at 8am and return at 6pm.  We’ll arrange to meet you at your hotel or place of your choice and drive you back there.  Trips include transport in air-conditioned Toyota Land Cruiser, petrol and an experienced English-speaking driver/guide.  All our trips can be customised.  If you would like to create your own itinerary, please tell us your ideas and we’ll organise a trip for you.

 

AÏT BENHADDOU 

We take the spectacular Tizi n’Tichka Pass road through the High Atlas Mountains to Ouarzazate.  At lunchtime we arrive at the ksar (fortified village) of Aït Benhaddou (left).  Built in the 11th century, this UNESCO-protected site once sheltered trans-Saharan camel caravans.  You can explore its streets, meet families who live there and enjoy panoramic views from its upper heights.  Scenes from many movies, including Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy and Gladiator, were filmed there.

 

 

 

ASNI AND THE TOUBKAL NATIONAL PARK

We drive up a typical High Atlas valley passing traditional villages.  At Asni we visit the red-walled kasbah, enjoying the unhurried pace of life.  Next stop is the mountain village of Imlil (right), at the base of Jbel Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak.  We then drive to the Kasbah du Toubkal, a stunning hilltop kasbah-fort.  Enjoy Berber hospitality surrounded by snow-capped mountains.  Scenes from movies Seven Years in Tibet and Kundun were filmed there.

 

 

 

 

OUARZAZATE AND AÏT BENHADDOU

We drive to Ouarzazate via the winding Tizi n’Tichka Pass road (left) through the High Atlas Mountains, stopping at Taddert to enjoy a mint tea and sweeping views.  We then drive off-road to the ksar of Aït Benhaddou, a UNESCO-protected site.  In nearby Ouarzazate the main historic site is the Taourirt Kasbah, a labyrinthine 300-room fortress overlooking the old Jewish quarter.  Ouarzazate is the Hollywood of Africa and in the Atlas Film Studios you can see sets from famous movies filmed there.

 

 

ASNI, OUIRGANE VALLEY AND TIN MAL MOSQUE

We drive to the High Atlas Mountains.  At Asni we stroll through the kasbah, enjoying views of Jbel Toubkal, Morocco’s highest peak.  In the Ouirgane Valley we visit the lovely Ouirgane Lake, a birdlife haven. After lunch we explore the village of Marigha and its traditional Berber salt mine.  We then drive a short distance to Tin Mal, once a fortified holy town.  Now only the beautiful mosque, a UNESCO World Heritage site, remains.  Tin Mal Mosque, built in 1153, is one of only two in Morocco open to all (except on Fridays) and provides a unique opportunity to visit a mosque built during the Almohad dynasty.

 

 

ESSAOUIRA

This charming city with white lime-washed walls is a 3-hour drive from Marrakech.  From its ramparts - dramatically depicted in the opening scene of Orson Welles’s film Othello - views of the Atlantic, and sunsets, are breathtaking.  Essaouira’s heart is a medina, a UNESCO-protected site, where life is still rooted in medieval times. Strolling in its maze of alleys, you’ll see craftsmen, such as artisans making exquisite marquetry, at work.  Enjoy lunch in a seafood restaurant in the bustling port, watching fishermen land their catches. On the wide sweeping beach, camel rides are available.

 


LALLA TAKERKOUST LAKE, KIK PLATEAU & OUIRGANE VALLEY

We head for Lalla Takerkoust, a lake where you can hire pedal boats, canoes or jet skis. Fishing is also available.  We drive off-road to the village of Aguergou to enjoy views of the lake and High Atlas.  We cross the stony wilderness of the Kik Plateau to the wooded slopes of the Ouirgane Valley.  At Asni we visit the kasbah then drive to Moulay Brahim, home of a shrine to the famous Sufi saint.  A popular place of pilgrimage, it’s a wonderful village for soaking up the local culture.

 

 

      

OUZOUD WATERFALLS

One of the most enchanting places in the High Atlas Mountains is where the Ouzoud river drops 110m into the Oued El Abid Gorge in 3-tiered falls, throwing fine drops in the air.  Consequently, the waterfalls are almost always topped by a rainbow.   A shaded path through olive trees (Ouzoud means olive in Berber) leads there.  You can enjoy a delicious lunch in a restaurant overlooking the waterfalls, swim in the magnificent pools, watch Barbary macaques playing and climb to the summit.

 

 

 

OURIKA VALLEY

This valley in the High Atlas foothills, 67m from Marrakech, is a haven for Moroccans fleeing the city’s summer heat.  In the charming village of Aghbalou we visit a traditional Berber family to drink mint tea and see the local way of life.  You’ll see a rare site - a mosque built of bricks that looks like a church.  We then drive higher up the lush valley past terraced fields and pisé hamlets to the village of Setti Fatma.  After lunch in a restaurant with sweeping views of Jbel Oukaïmeden, Morocco’s top skiing mountain, we take a short walk to the area’s seven celebrated waterfalls.

Written on August 17th, 2011

Discover the true Morocco
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