HIGH ATLAS ADVENTURE
Agafay Desert , Atlas Lakes, Mountains & Valleys
Views of Mt Toubkal
On this popular day trip of scenic contrasts we travel by 4x4 on an off-beat Atlas circuit including three river valleys. Our drive from Marrakech first takes us into the Ourika Valley then across the High Atlas following a dramatic route to the Mizzane Valley and Asni. Views of North Africa’s highest peak, Jebel Toubkal (4,167m) are unsurpassed on a clear day.
We continue to the Ouirgane region and venture into the little-visited Azzaden Valley to Kasbah Africa, a nature retreat located on the valleyside high above the Azzaden river. After a traditional Moroccan lunch we have time to explore the nearby Berber village of Torort, swim, relax and enjoy unrivalled views of the surrounding peaks.
Next we drive up to the pastures of the Kik Plateau and pause to view a panorama of the Lalla Takerkoust Reservoir and beyond to the Agafay Desert. We descend to the lake and continue to the barren stone desert of Agafay, also known as the 'Marrakech desert'. Our final stop is at Nkhila Tented Camp for mint tea and the chance to ride a camel.
0830 Depart Marrakech. Drive into Ourika Valley, then up into High Atlas.
1300 Arrive Azzaden Valley for lunch. Optional walk & visit Berber village.
1530 Depart Azzaden. Drive to Kik Plateau then Lalla Takerkoust & Agafay.
1700 Arrive Nkhila in Agafay Desert. Optional short camel ride.
1830 Arrive back in Marrakech.
Timings indicated should be used as a rough guide and may vary.
This trip operates throughout the year. The final route is dependent on suitable weather conditions for traversing high mountain roads. Private departures operate daily and can be tailored to personal interests.
To take swimwear, trainers or walking shoes plus sun protection.
PRICES PER PERSON
Pick-up/drop-off in Marrakech; travel in style in private vehicle with air-conditioning and professional driver; English-speaking Berber guide in the Azzaden Valley; three course Berber lunch at Kasbah Africa (with a mountain/river view and access to the swimming pool), local cultural activities.
Entrance fees, beverages and meals not specified; tips and items of a personal nature.
Price for children 0 to 11 years old is £24 (300 dh) per child (must be min. 2 adults accompanying). Children 12 and older pay adult price.