The Ourika Valley: Souks & Setti Fatma Waterfall Walk
Setti Fatma falls
The Ourika Valley is easily accessible from Marrakech and is the busiest day trip destination for Moroccan day trippers and tour buses. If you don’t mind commercialisation, busy roads and lots of people at sites, then this is for you. If you prefer peace and quiet, true nature and a real Berber valley experience, consider these day trips: ‘A Day With The Berbers’ or ‘A Day At The Kasbah’.
On this day trip we travel on a private tour with driver/guide. Following the Ourika river from Marrakech we make several brief stops for photos of the scenic Ourika Valley before arriving at Setti Fatma. Here a local guide will guide us up a path lined with tourist stalls (selling fresh juice, souvenirs and snacks) to the start of the seven falls. The path eventually becomes a trail across boulders with rough steps until we reach the highest falls. Underneath the falls it is possible to cool off in a natural pool.
Next there is the option to enjoy a typical Moroccan lunch by the side of the Ourika River. There is plenty of time to relax, be serenaded by local musicians and watch local life. We return to Marrakech along the same route and make a stop at an Argan oil co-operative and any other shops of interest – potteries and carpet-sellers are plentiful.
0900 Rendezvous with driver. Drive to Setti Fatma along the Ourika Valley.
1100 Arrive Setti Fatma, 1.5 to 2 hour walk to/from the Setti Fatma Falls with local guide.
1300 Optional lunch by the riverside; free time to explore or relax.
1500 Return to Marrakech along the same route with time to visit shops of interest.
1700 Arrive Marrakech.
Wear trainers or walking shoes/sandals with good grip for the walk to the falls. Take non-revealing swimwear if planning to bathe in the pool below the falls (there are many Muslim visitors to the falls) – shorts and t-shirt are ideal.
Private departures operate daily and can be tailored to personal interests.
PRICES PER PERSON
Pick-up/drop-off in Marrakech; travel in style in private vehicle with air-conditioning and professional driver; local guide at Setti Fatma
Entrance fees, beverages, lunch and any other meals not specified; tips and items of a personal nature. Allow 50 to 100 dh pp for lunch.
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.