Ait Ben Haddou and Ouarzazate tour

Day Trips & Excursions in Morocco
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Tour description

Kasbahs of Ait Ben Haddou are located in the foothills on the southern slopes of the High Atlas in the Province of Ouarzazate. It's a striking example of southern Moroccan architecture. The kasbah is a mainly collective grouping of dwellings. Inside the defensive walls which are reinforced by angle towers and pierced with a baffle gate, houses crowd together - some modest, others resembling small urban castles with their high angle towers and upper sections decorated with motifs in clay brick - but there are also buildings and community areas. It is an extraordinary ensemble of buildings offering a complete panorama of pre-Saharan earthen construction techniques. The site was also one of the many trading posts on the commercial route linking ancient Sudan to Marrakesh by the Dra Valley and the Tizi-n'Telouet Pass.The Kasbahs of Ait- Ben-Haddou are a perfect synthesis of earthen architecture of the pre-Saharan regions of Morocco.

The departure from Marrakech has to be before 7.30 or 08:00 am . The roads goes up as from the Village of Ait Ourir, offering an amazing views over the area, until the pass of Tizi-N-Tichka at 2260 m height, the highest road passage of Africa. Mountains and it's beautiful Berber villages can be seen all along the way. 20km before Ouarzazate, or the desert gate  as it has been called  , we turn left on 10km to reach the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, one of the most beautiful sites of South Morocco and identified in  the UNESCO world heritage. Then we continue towards Ouarzazate, or Moroccan Hollywood, which benefits from several cinema studios. This is one of the most famous cinema decors in the world where famous films have been filmed like Gladiator, Cleopatra, the Mummy ..ets

What's included

  • Private tour
  • Bottled water

What's not included

  • Non
  • Lunch - Food and drinks are not included but available to purchace