Tafraout - Walking Tours
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Apr 9, 2013 7:50 AM Last Post By: rikotafra
Apr 3, 2013 11:51 AM
Tafraout - Walking ToursHi,
Tafraout looks like somewhere interesting to visit and I am thinking of spending a couple of days there, travelling from Agadir.
Does anyone know if there are any walking tours that you can just join in as a solo traveller? I'm going to be going there alone so am a bit worried about walking in the mountains alone.
Apr 3, 2013 5:03 PM
1Hi...its an excellent place to hang out and go walking or cycling! as long as its not July-August that you intend to walk as its usually like a furnace in those months.
the guys I know at Kasbah Restaurant and Maison du Troc and Tafraoute Aventure are all in the LP and Footprints guide books for being good resources for local info and for finding or providing guides for trekking etc.
Apr 4, 2013 10:40 AM
2...... my once only experience of doing a short guided trip with a tour agency was with FST (Four Seasons Travel) from Agadir. It was a long time ago, however this company is still in business and seems to be thriving. I know of many tourists who have used them and seemed satisfied. Tours are organised by gathering small numbers form hotels in Agadir, into a viable group and then using a suitable size bus. I have noticed them often in Taroudannt a place I regularly stay in, they look OK.... googling I found this address. Four Seasons Travel/Sunway Travel, 2nd floor, Immeuble 4, Galerie Al Inbiatt, Avenue Hassan II
I do not work for this company, and it was in the last century I used them. I'm sure Tafraoute would be on their list of short trip destinations.
Tafraoute isn't a complicated place to find your own way around, somewhere in the large village bicycles can be hired, if your interested, and its worth while staying over-night.
Apr 4, 2013 11:14 AM
Apr 4, 2013 11:58 AM
Apr 4, 2013 2:08 PM
5you dont need to do a tour from Agadir - the locals are friendly and sure they are there in business to make a living but it says a lot to be interested in meeting locals who have a passion about their area and also meeting travellers from around the world - a lot more value for money in my opinion to seek out some friendly locals such as are at the Kasbah restaurant and Maison du Troc - theyve been recommended in the LP and Footprints for a long time for being good resources - other climbing organisations and people from Germany and France who want to move to Tafraoute make acquaintances with their people as good locals to make a niche into.
you can follow the guide books and some other cliimbing books that have maps - but yes I walk and drive around but prefer when my locals come with me - but not absolute must.
As David says you can walk around the villages - such as up to the lovely village of Tazekka and Adai, out to Aguard Oudad and however further you want to go. quite a few hike or cycle out to Tiouadou via Ait Mansour and back via Tizzerkine and Tarhat with an overnight stay at Tiouadou or Ait Mansour - not sure whats happening since Mohammed Sahnoun who had the very popular gite at Tiouadou was killed a few months ago
The Ammeln valley is great for walking and cycling down through the numerous villages that nestle into the valley below Jebel Kest and run parallel to the main road for quite a few kms so theres not much chance of getting lost there - a few cafes and small village shops around too for drinks etc.
a nice area to spend some time. I would recommend more friendly family like hotels such as Argana and Les Amis - or for a bit more upmarket Salama or Chez Amaliya out at Ameln.
Apr 4, 2013 3:35 PM
Apr 5, 2013 2:23 AM
7You will always find someone willing to take you where you want to go (for a fee). This is often a good idea if you want to see and hear about local points of interest, Just make sure you know what you are paying for. The places mentioned before are a good starting point for finding a guide, but unless things have changed in the last couple of years, there are no "official guides" in Tafraoute, just those who are known to make business out of guiding without the official paperwork. As already stated, Tafraoute is a generally safe place and the people friendly and helpful.
The paths around Tafraoute and Ameln are not clearly marked, but a pile of stones placed intermittently along the route mark the way. There are many distinctive landmarks to stop you getting lost and if you just want to amble between villages this will be no problem to go alone. If you want to venture up Jebel Lekst or Adrar Mquorn Then you need to be mountain savvy or find someone to guide you
Apr 9, 2013 7:50 AM
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