Welcome to Central Morocco

Berbers, famed for their hospitality, are another of the region's great treasures. Family-run guesthouses and lavish kasbahs roll out the welcome mat, spread decadent feasts and introduce out-of-towners to the great wonders of Atlas living. Speaking of wonders, central Morocco has them in spades, from thundering waterfalls and fossil-strewn plateaus to ancient citadels and snowy mountain passes, plus North Africa's highest ski slopes. Though you could spend weeks exploring this stretch of Morocco, there are also some easy getaways – to both desert and mountains – from nearby Marrakesh.

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$138.56 Outdoor Activities

Half-Day Guided Quad Tour from Ait Ben Haddou to Fint Oasis

After your tour guide gives a brief explanation of how to drive the quad, depart from Ait Ben Haddou on a desert track used by ancient nomad caravans. On the way to Fint, pass through a vast expanse of relatively flat semi-desert landscape, several traditional Berber villages and unique rock formations in this part of Morocco. After a while, finally arrive at the beautiful desert oasis. Few tourists come to this tranquil Berber village. Take a break and relax with some tea or drinks at a local guest house restaurant. You will feel like you've stepped back in time. You will be free to walk around for a short time to take photos. See children play and farmers work in the farms along the stream. (Please be sensitive when taking photo of locals, especially women.) Then return to Ait Ben Haddou through a different track passing by an old film set. This circuit takes around 6 hours with no repeat route.

$10.40 Tours & Sightseeing

1 Day Guided Tour in Ait ben haddou and arround the valley

Just there, that patch there, just by the side of that small hill, see it?” Well, yes, I did see it, a more-or-less round piece of bare ground completely lacking any significance other than being similar to many other pieces of ground around Ait ben Haddou. Rachid(Me) was trying to show me where the scene in Gladiator was shot, the one with Oliver Reed looking sufficiently Arab-ish as he explains to the slaves, including the disgraced general Maximus, played by Russell Crowe, that “I did not pay good money for you for your company. I paid it so that I could profit from your death”. (Cut to pile of corpses being picked over by vultures. Fortunately for Ridley Scott, Gladiator’s director, a few rough poles to act as stockades and a couple of walls plastered with adobe, and his gladiatorial village was virtually there, given the presence of the majestic Ait ben Haddou and the dessert landscape around it. (He was obviously so inspired by the location that he came back to shoot the Holy Land scenes for Kingdom of Heaven.) These are just a couple in a long catalogue of films that have used this ancient citadel as a set; Lawrence of Arabia, The Last Temptation of Christ, Kundun, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, and part of the TV series Game of Thrones amongst them

$92.41 Outdoor Activities

Day and Night by Camels in Erg chebbi Dunes

1 Night and half by camel !You will start at 10:00 the morning after one hour and half by camel , You will visit a very old village behind the dunes of Erg Chebbi where a family lives alone.You can see how the original inhabitants of the desert live, in traditional tents. We can visit Berber homes, to see how they live, watch them prepare home-made bread Pizza, Eath together with them and drink Berber tea , And then we go to the camp between sand dunes to watch the sunset and have tasty dinner , After you sleep or you can walk in the dunes in light of the stars if you are interested about the stars , Next morning after the sunrise . You will have the breakfast in the same place ,then we come back to the guest house for a shower and relax !-includes-A room in the Guest House where we organise our desert trips to leave some of your luggage ,shower.-Parking for your car (if you have )-Nomade tent (desert camp )-Lunch,Dinner,Breakfast-Camel each /Guide-Camel ride to visit old village bihand the dunes,and to spent the night in the desert camp.-Water ,Tea,Sand boarding,

$259.91 Outdoor Activities

4 days Tour From Errachidia to Marrakech via Merzouga Sahara

Day 1 : Errachidia (Airport )Pick up you at Errachidia airport ,flight coming from Casablanca, and you be waiting by our driver/guide,checking and overnight ay your Hotel/Riad .Day 2 : Errachidia - Merzouga desert (115klm)After breakfastin your hotel,take road via merzouga desert passing through wonderful valley (we call it Ziz Valley rich and full of million palm trees). Continued to Erfoud city known about fossiles and best quality of dates.we take break for lunch in typical moroccan restaurant, after your lunch we continued the road to Erg Chabbi desert.We arrived to merzouga desert wich you find your camelride waiting for you to cross for 1hour driving to the nomadic berbere tent, while walking by camel you have opportunity to take picture of sunset,continued throug nomadic berbere tent where you expect the delicious dinner with singing berber songs.In early morning we recommend to climb the big dune to enjoy the wonderful sunrise.Day 3 : Merzouga desert- Ouarzazat (235klm)After breakfast and shower in your hotel,we’ll drive via Gorge dades passing through oasis and palm trees of tinjdad city, way toward gorge tourda is a canyon in the eastern part of high atlas mountains in morocco,continued through roses town of kalaa mgouna , this beautiful city known Every year, usually the first weekend in May thousands of roses are harvested in the valleys of Mgouna in the Dades Valley,and a festival is traditionally held to get the peoples of the area to celebrate.way toward skoura town famous with road of 1000 kasbahs and oasis of palm groves, arrive to ouarzazat , overnight at your hotel .Day 4: Ouarzazat - Marrakesh (210klm)After breakfast in your hotel,you’ll visit Ait benhadou kasbah ,is a fortified city, situated on a hill along the ounilla river, now is knowed about has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1987, and several films have been there (Gladiator,Babel……)after your visit, we take road via marrakech passing through amazing landscape and appreciate a lot of berber villages in steps take different mountains colors.we’ll stop for lunch in typical moroccan restaurant in the road,after your lunch continued toward high atlas before arrived to marrakech.arrived to your accommodation,overnight in Riad.

$98 Day Trips & Excursions

Zagora Desert and Draa Valley Day Trip From Ouarzazate

Pick up in front of your hotel in Ouarzazate towards Agdez, the administrative village after we cross the Anti Atlas mountains and Tizi n’Tinifift pass. The Draa valley starts here and extends to more than 190 km, the ancient texts says that crocodiles were swimming in it. Along the valley we see many villages in both banks where locals praqctice agriculture as a main activity for living, gathering dates during August to October is popular here. The famous kasbah of Draa valley is Tamnougalt located on the left bank of the river. Zagora is an administrative centre famous for it’s panel “Tombouctou 52 days”. It was the cradle of Saadian dynasty who ruled Morocco during the fifteenth century. 18 km far from Zagora, an old village called Tamgrout. Tamegroute is an old religious centre; a library of the most precious manuscripts and green pottery factories. 7 km further to achieve the first sand dune called Tinfou where you can ride a camel or just walk over the hill. Lunch will be in Zagora then return to Ouarzazate by the afternoon.This trip will make you taste and feel the desert if you only have one day.

$109.74 Cultural & Theme Tours

Merzouga Experience Nomad People Behind sand dunes Erg Chebbi

You will be picked up from your lodge or camping site in a spacious and comfortable 4x4 car to start your visit to the area around Merzouga in the land of the Ait Khebbach tribe.  Visit the people in the village of Khamlia and enjoy their music and dance. Have the opportunity to try their instruments and learn to play some desert music on your own. Cross desert plateaus far away from concrete roads and visit a Berber family in their tent for lunch. You can learn how they live in their tents with goats, sheep and working donkeys. Learn how to prepare a Berber pizza on the fire and enjoy the meal at their home. Afterwards, catch a 4x4 gravel road to the Lake of Merzouga (also named Lake Tamezguida) which appears seasonally from November to May during the rainy season in the Middle Atlas. It is the best spot to observe desert birds and sometimes even flamingos. Return to your accomodation in Merzouga in the late afternoon.

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