Desert Trek: let our guides show you some Moroccan history and ancient architecture.
Visit the towns of Telouet, Ait Benhaddou and Ouarzazate and learn about their residents, their rulers and their past.
Day 1 : Telouet / Ait Benhaddou / Ouarzazate
07.00 am Depart Marrakech. Coffee/tea stop en route
On this private guided day trip you’ll travel across the High Atlas Mountains to reach a vast desert plain that forms the outer reaches of the Sahara. This is a remarkable land of contrasts with river-fed oasis towns, contorted ancient volcanic wilderness, flourishing valleys, dramatic stone and mud-built kasbahs and fortified villages known as Ksars. Travelling with a local guide and driver you’ll visit Telouet and Taourirt Kasbahs plus the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ksar at Ait Benhaddou. Despite the early start, this is a really great day out!
Tizi n’Tichka and Telouet
After a dramatic drive through the High Atlas Mountains and over the Tizi n’Tichka Pass (at 2,260 metres above sea level) our first sightseeing of the day is at Telouet, a village on the ‘Route of the Caravans’ from the Sahara over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. Telouet has one of the most spectacular kasbahs in the Atlas, which was once the palatial residence and headquarters of the powerful Glaoui tribe.
Ksar of Ait Benhaddou
Next, taking a little used back road we arrive at Ait Benhaddou. Inscribed by UNESCO in 1987 as a ‘World Heritage Site’, the Ksar of Ait Benhaddou is a striking example of the architecture of southern Morocco. The Ksar, a group of earthen buildings surrounded by high walls, is a traditional pre-Saharan habitat. The houses crowd together within the defensive walls, which are reinforced by corner towers. After a guided tour of the ancient settlement be sure to walk up to the high point on the hill above the Ksar for particularly fine views.
Your final stop is in Ouarzazate to visit Taourirt Kasbah, a former Glaoui palace and the main attraction of the desert oasis city. This 300-room fortress, in part restored, marks the junction of 3 rivers – Dadès, Draâ and Ziz – as well as numerous caravan routes. And while Glaoui chiefs – known as caïd – never resided in this opulent palace, the Glaoui kasbah of Taourirt once housed hundreds of people. You’ll have time to tour the palace and stroll the kasbah’s irregular streets.
Late in the afternoon you’ll make the return drive to Marrakech.
The prices are as follows :
From 2 people to 4 people 75 Euros p/p
From 5 people to 15 people 55 Euros p/p