Our day trip from Marrakech shows you the most diverse of landscapes while immersing you into the Berber culture.
Ourika Valley, visit of a Berber market, camel trek, Lalla Takerkoust lake, tea with a family are all highlights of this itinerary.
Starting off on the road to Ourika Valley and leaving Marrakech behind, the journey reaches Rhmat, to then skirt the river past Berber villages, while the snowy peaks of the High Atlas take shape in the background. Before taking on the Atlas Mountains, we recommend a break in the village of Tafza, to visit a typical Berber house overlooking the area. The house used to belong to a noble local familly and has been restored to its original state by its French actual owner. The traditions and customs of Berbers can be admired throughout the rooms and hallways where the different objects and furniture intertwine with ancient photos, some of them taken as early as 1900's.
Back on the road, our excursion takes us towards Oukaimeden, one of the few ski resorts in Morocco. But just when you start wondering when was the last time you skied, we turn rightand dwell into back- roads. If so far we were crossing valleys and gorges, we are now immersed in complete wilderness. Slide down the car's window and reach out - you can almost reach the pine trees lining the road. We are not likely to encounter anyone here, except maybe the local forest guard waving his hand as we pass him by or the ladies of the village nearby doing the laundry in the river. Time to take out your cameras- there are quite a few photo opportunities along the way. Starting the descent towards Asni on the other side of the valley, you can admire Richard Branson's mesmerizing Kasbah Tamadot in the distance, tucked between the cliffs and the lush vegetation. Lunch at Kasbah Tamadot can be arranged on request.
After the impressive landscapes, your appetite might call for some attention too. Lunch can be had either inside a traditional Berber house or just by the road in one of the impromptu snack- restaurants serving succulent, fresh tagines. Each village around the area has its own Berber market a certain day of the week, something to witness if you get the chance.
After lunch our excursion takes us up onto Kik Plateau, crossing Moulay Brahim, a picturesque village famous for its shrine where women from the surrounding villages come looking for the baraka. The limestone plateau is set at 1800 meters altitude and offers spectacular 360 degrees views and, in the spring, a marvellous spread of alpine flowers. The contrast between the two mountain ranges is nothing short of amazing: a barren plateau with hardly any vegetation, the deserted landscape occasionally interrupted by scattered Berber hamlets. It is certainly worth stopping and having tea in a Berber house.
Starting the descent on the other side, you may be suprised by strange objects flying above you - paragliders shooting off from the cliffs above. We can stop for a moment if the light is right and capture the amazing landscape unfolding in front of our eyes. The vast panorama is only interrupted by Lalla Takerkoust lake, spreading out for miles. In the distance, on a clear day, you can see Marrakech as our day tour passes by the ruins of Kasbahs once property of the local Pasha. We will stop for a tea and a camel ride by the lake before returning to Marrakech.
You are free to choose your time of departure. However, in order to make the best out of your Marrakech day trip, we recommend leaving no later than 9 AM. Forecasted return time in Marrakech is 5 PM.
PRICE.............................................................................................. 65 EUROS PER PERSON ( BASED ON 2 PERSONS SHARING THE VEHICLE). DISCOUNTS APPLY FOR 3 OR MORE PERSONS.
The rate includes: private ( sole use) of the modern air conditioned Toyota 4x4 and the English fluent driver- guide, entrance fees to all sites and monuments, refreshing drinks inside the vehicle, pick up and drop off from/ to the hotel/ Riad and transport insurance.
If you wish to walk / trek in the High Atlas for a few hours, we can include that with our other day trip, Atlas and the Lake.