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Marrakech: Ouzoud Waterfalls Day Trip & Optional Boat Ride

1. Marrakech: Ouzoud Waterfalls Day Trip & Optional Boat Ride

Escape the hustle and bustle of Marrakech for a full-day tour to the dramatic Ouzoud Falls, located near the Grand Atlas village of Tanaghmeilt in the province of Azilal. Following a pick-up from your hotel or riad, transfer to the Ouzoud Falls by air-conditioned minibus. Along the way, marvel at the traditional towns and typical Berber villages of the Grand Atlas, and pass through the shade of ancient olive trees as you approach the waterfalls. Upon arrival at Ouzoud, after an approximate 3-hour drive, enjoy about 4 hours at the cascades to soak up nature. Look out for the resident monkeys, and take a swim in the crystal clear waters. Upgrade your tour to include an optional boat ride here. After a relaxing afternoon, depart for the return transfer to Marrakech, with an estimated arrival of 6 PM.

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Marrakech: 3-Day Sahara Desert Tour to Merzouga

2. Marrakech: 3-Day Sahara Desert Tour to Merzouga

Spending a night in the Sahara Desert is an unforgettable experience for visitors to Morocco and this three-day tour lets you travel further and explore more along the way. Visit UNESCO-listed Ait Ben Haddou, the Valley of the Roses, and Tinghir ; stop at traditional Berber villages around the Todra Gorge; then take a camel trek through the Erg Chebbi dunes the highest in Morocco and sleep beneath the desert stars at Berber campsite. Day 1 : Marrakech - Tinghir Your shared 3 day desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga will start early in the morning. Depart from Marrakech around 7:30 AM to ait ben haddou through tizi Ntichka pass and the high Atlas Mountains. Many stops will be made along the way. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Kasbah ait ben haddou, which was also served as a set for various Hollywood blockbusters. Continue to Ouazazate and Kasbah Taourirte before lunch. In the afternoon, drive to Tinghir via the valley of the roses before you reach your hotel located in Tinghir. Dinner and overnight. Day 2 : Tinghir – Merzouga After breakfast at your hotel in Tinghir, your journey will start today with a drive along the road of 1001 Kasbah to Ouasis of Tinghir, where you will deviate to a minor road driving along the river to todra canyons. After some time at leisure to enjoy the immensity of the hugecliffs, and lunch at a local café (at your leisure), continue early in the afternoon to Rissani , famous for its date market, and being a starting point of the ancient trading caravans crossing the sahara desert to Tomboctou. After a quick stop, continue to Merzouga driving through some rocky desert landscape. Upon arrival at the edge of Erg Chebbi dunes, meet your camel caravan, and ride your camels through the amazing color-changing sand dunes with the sunset in the horizon as a backdrop. Reach your Sahara Desert camp, nestled in the middle of nowhere just before darkness. After some time to admire the sand dunes and the surrounding landscapes, get ready for a Moroccan dinner served under the stars next to a camp fire. Late at night, enjoy berber music with the local hosts playing drums. Day 3 : Merzouga – Marrakech After an early breakfast and a camel ride back to the main road, meet your driver and drive back to Ouarzazte. After some time at leisure for lunch, carry on in the afternoon to Marrakech through the high atlas mountains. Your shared 3 day desert tour will end in Marrakech around 7:00 PM.

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Marrakech: Atlas Mountains and Agafay Desert Day Trip

3. Marrakech: Atlas Mountains and Agafay Desert Day Trip

Gain a deeper understanding of Berber culture as you embark on an unforgettable guided scenic day trip to the Atlas Mountains. Encounter enchanting countryside, get the chance to take a ride on a camel or horse, and meet locals in the villages of the Imlil Valley.  Start your day with pickup and meet your friendly local guide, who lives in one of the surrounding Berber villages. During your journey to the Atlas Mountains region, your guide will tell you about the rich culture and heritage of the Berber people. Arrive in Tahnaout and visit a women-managed argan oil co-operative. Discover how the argan nut is pressed to make the famed argan oil products of Morocco. Receive a warm welcome in Imlil with a glass of mint tea before traveling past stunning waterfalls and small Berber settlements. Pause in Tamatert to take in the views of ancient irrigated terraced fields, surrounded by cherry and walnut trees.  Feast on a traditional Moroccan meal in Ait Souka at the home of a Berber family. Relax with scenic valley views from a sun-bathed rooftop terrace.  After some rest, board your vehicle and travel through the scenic Kik Plateau, with spectacular 360-degree views. Gaze in awe at the magnificent High Atlas Mountains as you pass through stone desert, barren light brown plateaus, oases, and rolling hills. Enjoy the serene surroundings of the Agafay Desert where you can take an optional camel or horse ride. Or, simply relax with some Moroccan mint tea for the perfect end to your day, before heading back to Marrakech.

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Ait Benhaddou and Atlas Mountains Day Trip from Marrakech

4. Ait Benhaddou and Atlas Mountains Day Trip from Marrakech

Benefit from pick-up at your accommodation in Marrakech, and then journey to the ancient settlement of Ait Benhaddou via the winding roads of the Atlas Mountains. Upon arrival, discover the center of Morocco's movie industry and see where films such as "Gladiator" and "Lawrence of Arabia" were shot. Get a wonderful view of the entire valley from the top of a hill, and admire the typical clay architecture of the historic settlement. Get 2 hours to explore the village and enjoy a meal on a terrace with clear views of the Kasbah. Continue to telouete and pass from the ounilla paradis valley. Return to Marrakech and get dropped off at your accommodation on arrival.

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From Marrakech: Ourika Valley Day Trip

5. From Marrakech: Ourika Valley Day Trip

Experience one of the best adventures on a day trip from Marrakech and visit the Ourika Valley in the High Atlas Mountains. Depart Marrakech at 09:30 and head towards the Ourika Valley with a private driver. Journey through the spectacular landscapes of the valley, known for its many waterfalls and Berber settlements in the heart of the Atlas Mountains terrain. Visit a Berber family to learn more about everyday life in the area, and then enjoy a relaxing day in the scenic settlement of Setti Fatma (Sti Fadma). Visit the 7 waterfalls of the village, nestled at the southern end of the Ourika Valley. Get enchanting views of the natural surroundings and enjoy your lunch in a beautiful restaurant near the Ourika River. Return to Marrakech by about 17:30. 

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Ouzoud Waterfalls Guided Tour from Marrakech with Boat Ride

6. Ouzoud Waterfalls Guided Tour from Marrakech with Boat Ride

Your 9-hour tour begins at 8:00 AM in Marrakech as you head out on a scenic minibus drive to the waterfalls. This is an excellent opportunity to escape from the city and explore a side of Morocco not many visitors get to see. En route you’ll pass through many traditional Moroccan towns and rural villages. When you arrive at the Ouzoud Waterfalls, after about a 3-hour drive, you’ll have 4 hours to enjoy the cascades and the area’s natural beauty. Be sure to check out the wild monkeys living in the trees and take a swim if you like. Select the option including a boat ride to see the stunning falls from the water. You can walk down along the cascades, relax to the sound of the falls, enjoy a picnic lunch or visit one of the many cafés and restaurants. After a restful and relaxing afternoon, you’ll head back to Marrakech by minibus.

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From Marrakesh: Ourika Valley & Atlas Mountains Day Tour

7. From Marrakesh: Ourika Valley & Atlas Mountains Day Tour

Experience the beauty of the Ourika Valley up-close on this full-day scenic tour from Marrakesh, and escape the hustle and bustle of the city for the day. The Ourika Valley is the closest day trip from Marrakesh, but it’s not just its convenience that makes it special. Drive towards the Atlas Mountains, taking in the beautiful landscape of green meadows and authentic 16th and 17th-century Berber villages. If you take your tour on a Monday, you can even stop at a roadside souk. See fruit orchards, vegetable terraces, and villages clinging to the side of hills. Marvel at the labor undertaken by the Berbers who hoisted materials to construct small houses up mountain sides, and work the terraces in a hostile environment. Continue along the valley of palm trees, following the Ourika River. Fruit trees, tiny hamlets, riverside restaurants, and the summer homes of the wealthy will keep you occupied. Go to Setti Fatma to feel the refreshing waters. Feel the spray on your face as you cool down from the African heat, along with the locals of Marrakech who have made it their favorite weekend retreat.

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From Marrakech: Atlas Mountains Day Trip with Camel Ride

8. From Marrakech: Atlas Mountains Day Trip with Camel Ride

Depart from Marrakech and enjoy a guided day trip through the High Atlas Mountains to learn more about Berber culture and traditions. Admire scenic landscapes, learn about local traditions and industry, and enjoy some local food and drinks. Meet your guide at your accommodation in the morning start the transfer to Imlil. On your way, pass through the town of Tahnaout. Stop at an Argan Oil Co-operative to learn how the women of the co-operative turn the Argan nut into many of the different Argan Oil-based products which Morocco is famous for. You will then continue on through Asni where, on Saturdays, a traditional Berber Souk and market can be visited. Once you arrive in Imlil, enjoy a welcome glass of mint tea and meet your guide before commencing your tour of the local area. Your guide will help you decide on the length of your tour (you can choose between 1 and 3 hours) and then you will make your way to the largest and highest village in Imlil Valley. Your journey will take you past waterfalls and the hamlets of Ait Mizan, Targa, and Imoula. Stop off in Tamatert and have the opportunity to take in the views of ancient irrigated terraced fields of barley, corn, and vegetables, surrounded by cherry and walnut trees. Your guide will point out things of interest and talk to you about the Berber culture and heritage along the way.  Travel down through the village of Ait Souka and afterwards enjoy a traditional Moroccan lunch in a Berber family guest house. Once you are rested you will begin your return trip down the other side of the valley to Taourirt to board your vehicle. Travel through the Moulay Brahim Gorges, before arriving at the main trailhead with streams and paths branching out in all directions. Here, enjoy a camel ride through picturesque landscapes. Finally, make your journey back to Marrakech, with drop-off in the early evening.

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From Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Trip to Merzouga

9. From Marrakech: 3-Day Desert Trip to Merzouga

• Day 1: Marrakech - Tizi n'Tichka - Ait Benhaddou - Ouarzazate - Dades Valley Get picked up from your accommodation in Marrakech in the morning. Begin your journey to the Dades Gorges via the Tizi n'Tichka Atlas pass. Take in panoramic views across the mountains and traditional High Atlas Berber villages before arrival at Kasbah Ait Benhaddou. After exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site, enjoy lunch in Ait Benhaddou or Ouarzazate, where you'll visit Kasbah Taourirt and the Atlas Cinema Studios. Continue to Dades Gorges though Roses and Dades Valley. Settle in for the night at a riad/hotel in Dades Gorges.  • Day 2: Dades Gorges - Tenghir - Todra Gorges - Tinjdad - Erfoud - Merzouga  After breakfast, depart for the Erg Chebbi Sahara Desert in Merzouga. Berber villages are scattered along the way, and you’ll pass through Todra Gorges, Tenhir, Tinjdad, Jorf, and Erfoud. Continue to a hotel in Merzouga. After relaxing for a while, take enough luggage for one night with you on a camel trek across the Erg Chebbi sand dunes. Upon arrival at the camp, leave the camels and walk to the highest dunes for sand boarding and to watch the sunset. Spend the night in Berber nomad tents under the stars, listening to drum music in the middle of the Sahara.  • Day 3: Camel trek back to Merzouga - Atlas Mountains - Marrakech  Wake up in the early morning to watch the sunrise over the dunes. Ride your camel back to Merzouga to have breakfast. Pick up the rest of your luggage and begin your journey back to Marrakech, this time traveling through different areas and Berber villages. Once in Ouarzazate, take the same road back to Marrakech, arriving in the evening.

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From Marrakech: Atlas Mountains Full-Day Hiking Trip

10. From Marrakech: Atlas Mountains Full-Day Hiking Trip

Explore the High Atlas Mountains on a full-day hiking excursion and discover several Berber villages and scenic landscapes. Ride a camel along picturesque trails and enjoy a traditional lunch in a Berber household with local mint tea. Depart Marrakech in the morning and drive for 1 hour to the Moulay Brahim Gorges. Arrive at the main trailhead with streams and paths branching out in all directions, and experience the dramatic scenery on a camel ride. Reboard the vehicle then continue into the Imlil Valley, passing many Berber villages along the way.  Leave the vehicle at Imlil to head into the village, where you will be welcomed with a glass of mint tea. After, set off on a trek for 2 to 3 hours to Armed, the highest and biggest village in the Imlil Valley. Hike to the Berber village of Ait Souka, passing the hamlets of Ait Mizan, Targa, and Imoula en route. Stop on the way at Tamatert, and take in the glorious views of ancient irrigated terraced fields of barley, corn, and vegetables surrounded by cherry and walnut trees. Continue for another 30 minutes to arrive at the home of a Berber family in Ait Souka, where you can enjoy another mint tea and lunch in the home of a Berber family. Return down the other side of the valley via Taourirt, and continue to Marrakech for your drop-off at the end of the tour.

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What value for money!!! Thank you so much for this experience!!It was definitely the best part of our week in Morocco. Our personal driver Muhammad was great, he picked us up outside our guest house and brought us to where they make Argan oil. Throughout the journey he stopped in beautiful locations so that we could take some photos. We then met our guide Abdul, a local of the Imlil area, who brought us on a beautiful hike. It was absolutely breathtaking. We are so grateful for our time with Abdul, he was so friendly and knowledgeable about the land. We couldn't ask for a better guide!! Thanks for all the laughs too! A very very tasty lunch was served in a beautiful location with the surrounding mountains as its backdrop. It was such a pleasure to walk through the villages and see/meet the locals. After lunch and tea we then drove out to Agafay desert where we were given colourful garments to wear during the relaxed camel ride. Completely unforgettable! Thank you Abdul and Muhammad!

This tour was a good experience. We were able to see the small berbere villages and specially the market that they organize every saturday to buy, sell or exchange products. A real time machine experience. The van was comfy and our driver Khalid did a wonderful job giving us some context and making a few stops to enjoy the scenery. We tried local products, made a small 1h trail to the mountains, saw the waterfalls, ate a homemade chicken tajine and even had time to visit the desert of Agafay and ride a camel. Our guides Khalid and Abdul were kind and paid attention to the details. Their explanations were clear and they made us feel so welcomed! Our advice is to bring some money to buy some local products because there you are buying directly at the source - the real local. Also, don't forget to go on a Saturday so you can experience the market!

A fantastic day trip to do when visiting Marrakech to see the second highest waterfall in Africa! Our guide and driver were both extremely kind and friendly, our guide gave us good information about Ouzoud and was very helpful in getting us around the large area. Extremely good value and would definitely recommend to select option of having a boat trip to fully take in the waterfall and surroundings!

It was a great experience. Our guide Abdul was really nice, he explained us everything and even helped with pictures. We also drink a tea in his place. The camel ride was nice too.

Mohamed was a great guide! He drove quickly but safely. All the activities along the way were worthwhile.