Marrakech – Ouzoud Waterfalls - Ben Mellal
In this day we will experience one of the best spectacular sights in Morocco. Cascades of Ouzoud in located in a plush valley about 150 kilometers from Marrakech surrounded by Berber villages and three beautiful tiered waterfalls with a series of spectacular wide to narrow plunges that drop 110m into the river below. In this day you will experience a lot of thing such as Trek along the river up to the caves or Gorges of Oued el- Abid, swimming in the refreshing water or stroll through the network of great paths leading to the basins below the cascades and experiencing tajine and local food for lunch at one of the delicious restaurants in d’Ouzoud surrounded by lime-trees or enjoy Moroccan specialties and fresh squeezed orange juice at one of the many cafes along the terraces on the path to the falls. After lunch, we will see the immense lake of Ben EL OUIDANE, which is inside the magnificent picture of the high ATLAS. We arrive in AFOURER, a small town located above the ATLAS Mountains. We will continue towards BEN-MELLAL, small town in the middle of orange trees plantations, olive trees, fig trees, pomegranates, apricots, peach trees ..., with stops to admire the imposing landscape of the Middle Atlas, dinner at the hotel.
Ben Mellal – Tizi IFAR- Imilchil
We will depart from Beni Mellal to Imilchil village in the heart of the Middle Atlas. By El Had, Ben Cherro, Naour and the passes of Tizi IFAR andTizi Isly we descend to Imilchil and its two lakes, Tislit (the bride) and Isli (the groom), the legend says that these two lakes were born from the tears shed by two lovers, from tribes rivals who refused their marriage. Imilchil our destination of the day is an intimate village that represents the Berber culture and is known for its famous Imilchil Eedding Festival a prime attraction of this village and takes place annually in each September, the surrounding tribes, Aït Sokham and Aït Bouguemmaz celebrate the Imilchil Marriage Festival, held in Souk Aam and Agdoud N’Oulmghenni. This festival, also known as September Romance, features the Aït Yaazza culture of an annual collective marriage where women search and choose their husband. The night will be in an inn in Imilchil.
Imilchil - Todra gorges
After breakfast, there will be time to take a short walk to visit Tislitlake. Afterwards we will drive to Todra Gorge through the Ait Hdidou Valley; this is a very traditional and authentic region with distinctive clothing and landscapes, Berber villages and ways of life. Todra Gorge is a favorite destination for international rock climbers as it boasts a 300 meter vertical fault with a crystalline glacial river running through it. This pink tinted canyon is only 10 meters wide at its narrowest point and was formed by glacial activity. Nomads can be seen with their donkey filling up water containers.
Dades Gorge - Todra Gorge - Merzouga
With its savage grandeur, Todra Gorge is known to be the Moroccan Grand Canyon with its naturally pink-grey gigantic rock walls that change colors depending on the time of the day. At Erfoud, the City of Fossils, we will take a tour at a local cooperative that exhibits to process to fossils into beautiful furniture, home décor, and personal items such as bracelets, key chains and necklaces. Continuing our trek to the Saharan desert we will have the opportunity to ride dromedary camels through the dunes for two hours before the watching of the sunset. After dinner we will spend the night under the starry sky listening to local music and dance until we reside into our tents for the night.
Merzouga - Khamlia - Merzouga
We will wake up early to see the spectacle of the sunrise over the dunes of the Sahara before making our way back to the hotel for breakfast and a shower. We will make a tour of the desert dunes (rally Paris –Dakar path) where you will have the opportunity to see the amazing changing contrasts of the desert. We will visit the ‘black village’ of Khamlia to see the Gnawa musicians before having a traditional Berber pizza for lunch in the same village. After lunch you can visit the traditional markets and/or drink coffee at one of the many cafes while watching the day to day life of the city.
Merzouga – Rissani - Alnif – Tazarine –Nkob – Tansikht – Draa Valley - Zagora
After breakfast we will leave Merouga in the direction of Alnif and Tazarine. We will first cross Rissani the first imperial city of Morocco, as well as the capital of the ancient Sultan Alaoui On the way we will go through desertic flat land and some Berber villages and we visit also the engravings cave of Aït Ouazik. The next stop will be Alnif best known for its dates and fossil stones (lunch on the site).We continue towards Tazarine known for its Henna festival. After a couple of kilometers we will reach Zagora. Until we reach Zagora through the sublime Draa Valley of palm tree and rivers. This impressive unit will show you the true architecture and culture of the south and in which it differs enormously with the more urbanized north. Zagora our destination of the day is a place in another part of the Sahara desert and will give you the opportunity to see how people live with the natural resources that surround them. We will spend the night in the hotel.
Zagora – Draa Valley – Agdz – Ouarzazate
After spending the night in Zagora city considered as the desert gate as it poster says “Timbuktu 52 days”. We will head to Ouarzazate we will start seeing oases and palm groves all across the road in a desertic flat land. We will first be crossing the Draa Valley between Agdez and Ouarzazate, the longest palm grove in Northern Africa after we will arrive to Ouarzazate.
Ouarzazate – Ait Ben Haddou - Kasbah Telouet – High Atlas Mountains - Marrakech
After spending the night in a very typical Kasbah.in Ouarzazate we will be heading this day through the Tizi NTichka at an altitude of 2,260 meters, we will enjoy breathtaking panorama views and explore the mountains of the high atlas. With a minor detour, we will pass through a fantastic Kasbah showing the true and untouched nature of Morocco. The first Kasbah to be visited is UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou where inhabitants still live within these walls and well as in surrounding berbere villages. Continuing visiting Kasbahs, the next Kasbah will be Telouet which was once the Kasbah of the Glaoui Pasha that has an incredible view (lunch in the spot) we will then continue passing by the High Atlas Mountains and arriving to Marrakech.