Ouarzazate & Ait Ben Haddou Day Trip from Marrakech – 1 day

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Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou & Telouet day trip from Marrakech- overview:

Travelling beyond Marrakech, even for a day, allows for a deeper understanding of the diverse and captivating southern Morocco. Embarking on a tour to Kasbahs Telouet and Ait Ben Haddou near Ouarzazate provides a fascinating glimpse into the rich historical and cultural heritage of the Berber people.

You will traverse the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass, which offers breathtaking views at every turn. Along the majestic Atlas Mountains, you will encounter Berber villages nestled on slopes and in valleys, showcasing how life thrives in this terrain through fields and gardens.

The UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kasbah Aït Ben Haddou and Kasbah Telouet exemplify multi-generational dwellings. As you descend the Ounila Valley, you will also come across numerous humble and smaller Berber houses while driving between the two Kasbahs, further immersing yourself in the local surroundings.

Ait Ben Haddou & Ouarzazate day tour from Marrakech – highlights:

  • Travel over the high Atlas Mountains and across the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass
  • Explore Kasbah Telouet and drive through the beautiful Ounila Valley
  • Enjoy lunch in one of the many restaurants on the riverbank of the Salt River
  • Tour Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou with a local guide and explore its old housing
  • Drive through Berber villages and stop at panoramic viewpoints to admire the setting

What is included in this Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou day trip from Marrakech:

  • Transportation in a private air-conditioned vehicle; 4×4 Toyota Prado or deluxe van
  • Experienced English, French, Spanish, Italian-speaking Berber/Nomad driver guide
  • Pick-up from and drop-off at your hotel in Marrakech
  • Lunch with vegetarian and vegan options available
  • Possibility to go for short hiking in the midst of beautiful scenery
  • Free time to explore sites of interest, for walks, photos and tea/ coffee breaks
  • Entrance fees and local guides
  • Personalised service

What is not included:

  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Extras

Good to know about this Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou and Telouet trip from Marrakech:

  • It is possible to customise this tour to accommodate your areas of interest, preferred budget & timetable
  • There is a 25% reduction for children under 12 years old & do not charge for children under 5
  • We require a 30% deposit to confirm your reservation
  • We accept payment through PayPal, credit card, bank transfer or cash(USD, Euro, GBP or MAD)
  • These prices can be subject to an increase over the Christmas and New Year’Eve period

Price details

Number of persons2 Persons3 Persons4 Persons5 Persons6 Persons
Price per person115 €105 €95 €80 €75 €
Total price230 €315 €380 €400 €450 €

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Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou & Ouarzazate day tour from Marrakech – itinerary:

Morning departure at 08:30 from your riad or hotel in Marrakech, venturing south on your day trip from Marrakech to Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou and Telouet. The trip takes you across the chain of the High Atlas Mountains and over the famous Tizi-n-Tichka pass, one of the most dramatic passes in Morocco and the highest in the whole of Africa at 2260 m.

All along the road, you will see scattered Berber villages along the mountainous terrain, blending almost seamlessly with the surrounding mountains. As you reach the far side of the mountains, the landscape changes drastically, transitioning into a semi-arid and desert-like environment. This shift occurs due to the Atlas mountain range serving as a barrier, separating the Mediterranean climate of the north from the dry desert winds in the southeast.

After the Tizi-n-Tichka pass, a side road leads to Kasbah Telouet, which used to be the palatial residence of the Lords of the Atlas, the Glaoui Family. Although the Kasbah now stands in ruins after the last Pasha fled Morocco following the departure of the French in 1956, wait to be pleasantly surprised by the architectural marvel of this historic home. The tiled walls, fluted pillars, beautifully painted wooden ceilings and coloured glass windows of the reception rooms allow you to imagine what it was like in its prime.

The journey takes you further south along the Ounila Valley, where vibrant fields and gardens lie below, following the winding roads. The varied colours of the rocks and soil, along with the Berber villages, gardens, and smaller Kasbahs, will astonish you. Olive, almond, and fruit trees thrive here and serve as the primary source of livelihood for numerous families.

You arrive in time for lunch at one of the restaurants overlooking the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. In the afternoon, you will explore the Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. It is the most famous kasbah in Morocco, largely due to its appearance in many Hollywood movies. The Kasbah is also one of Morocco’s nine UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Once in the village, you will get a closer look at the Kasbah’s architecture with turrets on all the buildings, adorned with grilled windows and soft peach-coloured walls. These traditional houses are made of adobe, highly suitable for the climate conditions of the south and the summits of the mountains because it is an efficient temperature isolator and the building materials are abundant and require no transportation or significant transformation process.

It was one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road caravan routes, where traders brought slaves, gold, and salt from sub-Saharan Africa to Marrakech and beyond. Before leaving Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, you will take one last glimpse of the village from a distant point offering a wonderful panoramic view, especially under clear blue skies.

Map of this day trip to Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou from Marrakech:

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