Dunes, lakes, waterfalls - 5 days
1st day: Marrakesh – Ouarzazate
Morning departure at 8 o’clock from your hotel or riad in Marrakesh to cross the High Atlas Mountains. After the Tichka pass, you leave the main road and take a side road to the Telouet Kasbah, which belonged to the Lords of the Atlas, the Glaoui family, and which now stands in ruins after the last Pasha fled the country, following the departure of the French. From there you continue for lunch at Ait Ben Haddou along the newly asphalted connecting road. This is the most famous Kasbah in Morocco and is a UNESCO World Heritage site, which we visit after lunch. After visiting the Kasbah, you continue to Ouarzazate, where you spend the night.
2nd day: Ouarzazate - Merzouga
After breakfast, you will continue south to Agdez, the head of the Dra’a Valley, where you can visit the oldest Kasbah in the valley. A little further south at Tansikht you turn east and follow the long line of Bani Mountains towards Merzouga. We stop for lunch at a riad in N’Qob, overlooking the mountains. Later we pass through Tazzarine, featured in the film “Babel” and reach the bivouac in Merzouga, where you will be greeted with a glass of tea. After you have settled a little, you take a camel ride to watch the sun go down over the dunes, followed by dinner and the night in a nomad tent.
3rd day: Merzouga – Toudgha Gorges
If you wake up early enough, you can watch the spectacle of the sunrise, when the colour of the dunes and the play of shadows are an awesome sight. After breakfast you can walk in the dunes before leaving for Tinghir and the Toudgha gorges, passing Rissani the original seat of the present King’s family and then Erfoud, famous for its dates and the date festival in October. It is also well-known for the myriads of fossils found in the neighbourhood. In Toudgha, there are plenty of opportunities to walk, such as along the river through the gardens or up the road on the other side of the gorges.
4th day: Toudgha gorges – Ouzoud
After breakfast, we set off departure north to Tamtattouchte and into the mountains south of Imilchil, the famous town where there is the marriage festival in September. The road here is especially beautiful but slow and windy. In the winter the snow may make it impassable. We reach Kasba Tadla on the main road from Marrakesh to Fes (Tadla means a bouquet of wheat in Amazigh) and lies on the left bank of the Oum Er Rabia River.
Shortly after Kasba Tadla lies Beni Mellal, where you visit the Ain Asserdoun waterfalls which provide drinking water and are a source of irrigation for the surrounding villages of Ouled Ayad, Ouled Drid, Mghi among others. Asserdoun means “mule” in Amazigh! The falls are set in a well-kept and prettily designed park and from the “castle” just above there is a wonderful view of the town and the fertile plain below full of olive and orange trees.
Back in the High Atlas you visit the lovely lake of Ben El Ouidane where the mountains come down to the water! Here you can take a walk to enjoy the peace and the green of the area and watch any fisherman trying his luck! Later you continue to the Ouzoud Waterfalls for the night.
5th day: Ouzoud - Marrakesh
After breakfast you can visit the falls, which constitute one of the most spectacular natural beauty spots in Morocco. The surrounding countryside offers red cliffs, oleander and doves. If you are lucky you will catch a glimpse of some Barbary apes. A short walk will bring you to the top of the falls from where you can see the river stretching away from the magnificent falls. On the road back to Marrakesh at Demnate, we drive the six kilometres to Imi-n-Ifri, which in the local dialect means "door to the cave". It is a natural rock bridge formed by the an underground cave system collapsing. The views from here are spectacular as the Méhasseur River flows between the sheer, vertical rock walls. Another three hours drive will bring you back to your riad in Marrakesh.
Prices per person
- There is a 25% reduction for children under 12 years old whilst we do not charge for children under 5 .The price for trips includes the transport in a private air-conditioned 4x4;Toyota Prado or Mitsubishi Pajero,and fuel. Experienced English-, French-, Spanish- and Italian-speaking driver / guide, all accommodation and meals as well as the camel ride on the relevant tours. Drinks and tips are not included.These prices are liable to fluctuation according to the current exchange rate.