OUZOUD APES & WATERFALLS
Cascades d’Ouzoud Trails & Barbary Ape Experience
Scenery at Demnate
Visit Imi n’Ifri natural land bridge
Azilal Berber town
Western High Atlas National Park
See Barbary apes
This day tour travels east of Marrakech into the foothills of the High Atlas to the Cascades d’Ouzoud. Our first stop is usually at Demnate, a Berber market town. Sunday is a hive of activity on market day and a visit to the rural market is fascinating.
A short drive from Demnate is Imi n’Ifri, a natural arch-shaped land bridge in the M’goun Geopark. Imi n’Ifri in Berber means ‘the grotto’s mouth’. A stepped trail leads down to the river bed and into the ‘mouth’ under the land bridge. Shoes with good grip are essential as it can be slippery. We continue to the Berber town of Azilal (market day is Thursday). From here we drive a scenic (and little-used) back route to Ouzoud, through the Western High Atlas National Park.
Arriving at Ouzoud we’ll meet our local guide and explore the falls area. The best way to experience the 110m high falls is to follow the trail through the olive groves on the west side down to the El Abid river. There are several opportunities for photos, and if you’re lucky a beautiful rainbow may appear. There is plenty of time to relax at the bottom of the falls. On the eastern side steps lead up past numerous tourist stalls and cafés. Near the top are a troop of ever-present and playful Barbary apes, usually keen to pose for photos in exchange for a handful of peanuts! There are many options for lunch at the falls - ask your driver for recommendations.
0800 Rendezvous with driver. Depart Marrakech, heading east into the foothills of the High Atlas.
0930 Demnate – chance to visit local market (Sundays only).
1015 Imi n’Ifri – explore the grotto under natural land bridge.
1215 Azilal – chance to visit local market (Thursdays only).
1300 Arrive at Cascades d’Ouzoud – meet local guide and explore the falls.
1600 Depart Ouzoud.
1830 Arrive Marrakech.
Timings are approx. and may vary due to weather or seasons.
Private departures operate daily throughout the year and can be tailored to personal interests.
To take shoes with good grip plus sun protection.
PRICES PER PERSON
Pick-up/drop-off in Marrakech; travel in style in private vehicle with air-conditioning and professional driver/guide; local guide at Ouzoud falls.
Lunch and beverages; tips and items of a personal nature. Optional boat at bottom of falls. 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.