High Atlas,Telouet, Ait Ben Haddou – 1 day

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This day trip takes you right across the High Atlas mountains and over the famous Tizi-n-Tichka pass.  It is the highest in the whole of Africa at 2260 m.  All along the route, you can see the Berber villages perched on the side of the mountains. Sometimes it is hard to see them as they are the same colour as the surrounding soil. At times, you come down into the valleys and drive alongside the river bordered by oleander and fruit trees. The gardens are full of olive, walnut, pomegranate, apple, pear, and quince trees. Berber women and children look after their goats and sheep here and they climb very steep slopes in search of animal food and firewood.

But on the other side of the mountains, the landscape changes dramatically and becomes semi-arid and desert-like. Here you can witness Kasbah architecture with towers at the corners. These buildings have grilled windows and soft peach coloured walls. These traditional houses are made of adobe, highly suitable for the climatic conditions of the south.

After the Tichka pass, you leave the main road and take a side road to the Telouet Kasbah. It served as a palatial residence and the headquarters of the powerful Glaoui tribe.  Their wealth came in part from the salt mines just outside the village. Each addition to the Kasbah buildings now stands in ruins exposed to the wind and the rain.  They were abandoned and plundered after the last Pasha fled the country because the French colonists left in 1956. Wait to be pleasantly surprised by the traditional interior decoration as you reach the farthest end of the Kasbah.

Then the route leads south and if the mine is open, you can enter and see how the pink salt rock is cut out from the walls. Afterwards we continue down the Ounila Valley with the green fields and gardens running parallel down below full of bends in the roads. You will be surprised at the hues of the rock and soil, the Berber villages and gardens, as well as the smaller Kasbahs. Here olive, almond and fruit trees are the main crops and the mainstay for many families.

This stunning road leads to the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, which is the oldest and most famous Kasbah in Morocco. It is also one of Morocco’s seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. The architectural style is well preserved and the earthen constructions are perfectly adapted to the climatic conditions and in harmony with the natural and social environment. It probably originated in the 17th century and was one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road caravan routes. Traders brought slaves, gold, ivory and salt from sub-Saharan Africa to Marrakech and beyond. The Kasbah is now especially famous as the backdrop to many Hollywood blockbuster films.

You have just spent a wonderful day fascinated by the landscapes and Berber life, and y your visits to these famous Kasbahs.  We return along the main road back to the Tichka pass and so to Marrakesh.  We reach the city in the early evening.

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Prices per person

No Days Meals
1  Lunch
Total price
2 persons
90 € *
180 € *
3 persons
75 € *
225 € *
4 persons
65 € *
260 € *
5 persons
55 € *
275 € *
6 persons
50 € *
300 € *

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 transport in a private air-conditioned 4×4 a Toyota Prado, and fuel, an experienced English/French/Spanish/Italian-speaking driver/guide, entrance fees, and local guides plus the camel ride on the relevant tours. And Lunch.

Drinks and tips are not included.

These prices are liable to fluctuation according to the current exchange rate.

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