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Agafay Desert , Atlas Mountains and Berber Villages Day Trip from Marrakech

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Marrakech, Morocco
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8 to 9 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 2 more
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At a Glance

8 to 9 hours (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
Offered in: English and 2 more

Description

A desert excursion is a priority for many visitors to Marrakech, but with round-trips to Morocco’s Saharan ergs typically taking 2–4 days, they may not be practical for travelers with limited time. On... More
A desert excursion is a priority for many visitors to Marrakech, but with round-trips to Morocco’s Saharan ergs typically taking 2–4 days, they may not be practical for travelers with limited time. On this convenient day tour, avoid spending hours on the road and travel to the nearby Agafay Desert instead to explore its arid, rocky terrain. Venture off road in a four-wheel drive, stop at the man-made Lake Takerkoust, and enjoy a homemade lunch in a Berber house.

Highlights

  • Sip mint tea and go strolling at Lake Takerkoust
  • Views of Mount Toubkal, Kik Plateau, and Berber villages
  • Enjoy a traditional lunch with views of the High Atlas Mountains
  • Round-trip transport from Marrakech in a four-wheel drive

What To Expect

Summary

This is a splendid trip during which you will discover the most diverse and spectacular landscapes. Your guide will pick you up at 9am at your accommodation place. Your 4x4 Day Trip drives you past lush... More
This is a splendid trip during which you will discover the most diverse and spectacular landscapes. Your guide will pick you up at 9am at your accommodation place. Your 4x4 Day Trip drives you past lush vegetation, olive and orange orchards and the occasional village. Off the tarmac and onto off road, the scenery is completely different - barren light... More
This is a splendid trip during which you will discover the most diverse and spectacular landscapes. Your guide will pick you up at 9am at your accommodation place. Your 4x4 Day Trip drives you past lush vegetation, olive and orange orchards and the occasional village. Off the tarmac and onto off road, the scenery is completely different - barren light brown plateaux, a true stone desert. The locals call it Agafay desert:  this might as well be the Sahara as the feeling of solitude. 

For all those who haven’t got sufficient time in Morocco for a Sahara desert tour, all the way south then the Agafay desert is the best thing to do instead, the Agafay desert is not a Sand desert – but more sandstone and earthen plateau, traditional mud-built villages, dusty riverbeds are interspersed with spectacular sumptuous pasture and vegetation in springtime. There we can sample a tea with the locals or experience trekking by camel.

Later, we will drive further off-road passing by Lalla Takerkoust lake built as a dam which is in fact a hydro-electricity reservoir , and great spot for tea break also with a superb view over the lake and for those looking for a rush of adrenaline, quad biking or jet skiing can be arranged locally , and If you wish it, we will have time to get out of the 4X4 and walk for a while along the tracks.

After the lake, our itinerary takes us up into the Atlas Mountains. Kik Plateau is 1800 meters high and offers spectacular 360 degrees views and, in the spring, a marvellous spread of alpine flowers. Scattered Berber hamlets greet the view and it feels like you travelled back in time.

On the other side of the plateau, there is the Asni Valley in the heart of this lush area covered with apple, cherry and plum orchards sending out their harvest into the city. A nice Berber market is held on every Saturday where producers bring fruit, vegetables and livestock to sell. If you are interested in seeing a Berber souk, almost every village has one on a specific day of the week. 

We will continue to climb upwards until you leave the main road at an altitude of over 2000 meters with views to the Mount Toubkal: the highest peak in Northern Africa culminating at 4167 meters, and often snowcapped . Then we will follow an ancient, partly paved Berber track to reach the Sidi Fares valley an authentic area famous for apple trees, here you will have LUNCH in a Berber house in a village overlooking the Atlas Mountains. The food will be homemade and organic: tomato salad, chicken tagine, couscous and fruits. 

After lunch we will head off back to Marrakech, crossing the Sidi Fares valley small villages with their mud- brick adobe houses, stacked into the hillside or lining the water course shaded by the apple grove. The river gives place to the canyons and the local Berber granary towers over the landscape. Past Tahnaoute, the tarmac road follows its course among olive or orange orchards to reach Marrakech by afternoon.

What's Included

Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by air-conditioned 4WD with an English speaking experienced guide/driver
Lunch in a Berber family house The food will be homemade : tomato salad or soup , Berber chicken tajine , couscous and fruits for dessert , mint tea and water
Local taxes
Fuel included
Small-group tour limited to 4 people
Drinks water and mint tea
Lunch
Bottled water
Coffee and/or Tea
Gratuities (optional
Soft Drinks Coca , orange
Camel ride (optional ) (10 euros extra) you pay it directly to the camel owners
Quad bike Not included (optional

Departure & Return

Departure Point

Departure Point Hotels and Riads located in central Marrakech
If you are staying inside the Medina, your pickup will be at the closest point accessible to vehicles.

Departure Time

8.30 am to 9am the Pick up from your hotel .
Departure Point Hotels and Riads located in central Marrakech
If you are staying inside the Medina, your pickup will be at the closest point accessible to vehicles.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Before You Book

The fine print

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A minimum of two people are required for this tour to operate. There is a possibility of cancellation
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A minimum of two people are required for this tour to operate. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is only one person booked onto the tour. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
... More
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A minimum of two people are required for this tour to operate. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is only one person booked onto the tour. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Short hike in nice open area before lunch or after , for about 30 min or more (optional )
  • Visit Weekly local market ( possible only Saturday Sunday and Tuesday ) (optional )
  • Small-group tour limited to 4 people ensures more personalized attention from your guide
  • A conservative dress code is recommended in Morocco. Men and women should keep their upper body (especially shoulders, chest and midriff) as well as their knees covered at all times as a sign of respect to the local culture. Wearing shorts is not recommended
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 4 travelers

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Great trip
Camper727242
, Jun 2019
The tajine was really delicious. Abdul was really nice and we had a good chat along the way. Overall,the trip was really enjoyable and the landscapes are breathtaking. If you're staying in Marrakech, I truelly recommend it.

Product code: 60089P2

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