MOROCCO DESERT GATE offers a wide choice of day trips from Ouarzazate and Marrakesh during the year. If you are on vacation in both cities, you can leave your accommodation in the morning and come back in the late afternoon. You can choose from different options and visit the beautiful Ouzoud waterfalls, the coastal town of Essaouira, the most beautiful Kasbah of Morocco; The Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou, Tinfou dunes, or the fabulous Dades gorges. The best prices are guaranteed, and we will pick you up at your accommodation and bring you back. Below are some of our most famous excursions:
EXCURSION 1 DAY AT OUZOUD WATERFALS:
The journey from Marrakech takes 3 hours. Halfway, there will stops to admire the scenery and take pictures of the Atlas and the green valley. Arriving at the spectacular Ouzoud falls, where three tiers of water cascade 100 meters from the village of Ouzoud into verdant gorge below. We will meet our guide who will take you on foot to explore the magnificent waterfalls and enjoy the wilderness. After lunch in a nice restaurant overlooking the falls. After our meal, we will hit the road back to your accommodation at Marrakesh in the afternoon.
EXCURSION 1 DAY TO ESSAOUIRA
Essaouira, is situated between Marrackesh and Agadir,the walled Atlantic port of Essaouira was knowen as Mogador in ancient time or "Tassurt" in reference to the fortress that surrounds the city. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a fortified town from the 18th century. Portuguese influence is found everywhere, as for example with Castelo Real, castle built by the King of Portugal in 1505 AD. In the 18th century, the Sultan Mohamed III built the current city of Essaouira that serves as an exchange with the Europe.
We will enjoy plenty of historical sites and magnificent places in a magical city,
-The ancient Jewish quarter,
-The medina and its souks, which offer a multitude of silver jewels, Spices, colored fabrics, and carved wooden objects.
On the way back to Marrakech, we will pass through a forest of Argan trees, where we can see goats climbing t!
You will be back to Marrakesh by the end of the afternoon.
EXCURSION 1 DAY AT KSAR AIT BEN HADDOU:
At 8am, our guide-driver will pick us up from our Riad. After 1 hour drive, we will arrive in a small Berber paradise located at the heart of the High Atlas; the the Zat vally. After 1 hour break to admire the wadi, the small villages hanging on the mountain and the fig trees, we will hIT the road again. At the inhabitant, we shall sip a delicious mint tea before passing the Tichka Pass, over 2260 m above sea level. There will be stops for pictures of the beautiful landscapes, then TAKE A SIDE ROAD to the valley of Ounila, where a delicious traditional lunch at Ksar Ait Ben Haddou will be served. This fortified city dating back more than 1000 years, where many films have been filmed such as ”Gladiator” ”Game of the throne” “Lawrence of Arabia”, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is located along the old caravan route. Then our guide will take us on a tour of the Kasbah in order to drink a mint tea with the villagers before heading back to Marrakech.
EXCURSION 1 DAY TO TINFOU DUNES:
At 8 o’clock, your driver will pick you up from your accommodation to start your day trip. The highway south from Ouarzazate leads across barren rocky plains of Anti-Atlas, climbs over and descend through spectacular stratified rock scenery to Draa valley (Morocco’s longest river).In the distance, the peak of Djbal Kissane rises like a massive Bedouin tent that open arms to a wide green swath of date palms and pink mud villages. After a break to enjoy the ancient caravan’s route, we will hit the road following the palm -line south of Agdez, passing by the impressive Tamnougalt Kasbah. The valley then narrows to a rocky defile for a short way before reaching the oasis of Zagora- the springboard (22 days to Timbuktu) for trips into the desert and palmeries of the Sahara-where we will stop for traditional Moroccan lunch. After lunch,we will drive to Tinfou dunes for a camel ride. On the way back, we will not miss an interesting visit to the well-stocked library of Tamgroute, a small village surrounded by a green palm, whose mosques with blue-green tile roofs attest to the religious character, The traditional religious school also serves as a sanctuary in which is buried the body of founder of Zauia E-Naceria, the production of ceramics, based on minerals from neighboring mine.
We will be at your accommodation by the end of the afternoon.
EXCURSION 1 DAY TO DADES GORGES:
After breakfast at a nice typical hotel of the region, we will have a short ride in the Kasbah of Taourirt, the roses valley and the road of 1000 kasbahs, where is the dense palmery of Skoura oasis, with thousands of palms stretching as far as the eye can see .A stop will be there to visit the spectacular Amridil Kasbah before taking the road to roses valley for a break. Later on, you will take off-roading to share a cup of tea with nomadic families and discover what a nomadic life looks like. After visiting nomads, we will resume the road passing through the fabulous scenery of DADES GORGE, where the near-vertical rock strata have been eroded into fins and razorback ridges of red, green and ochre. We will stop for lunch at the fig valley. After lunch, we drive back to your accommodation at Ouarzazate.