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

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    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.
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    All reviews arib voyages yoga group walking meditation highlight of our trip entire tour favorite part great knowledge moroccan history another couple berber village off road private tour atlas mountains long trip riding camels an amazing guide delicious lunch
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    Mohammad was an amazing guide. His knowledge of the region and his hospitality was above par. It was an all day trip and by far one of the most insightful experiences I have ever had.

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank jivarf
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    Mohamed picked us at the Riad at the scheduled time and took us on a private tour on a comfortable four-wheel drive, a must for the rough roads through the desert. It was an excellent day tour out from Marrakech to see the Agafay desert,...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank carlosbN3295TG
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    Fantastic tour from start to finish. Booking and making arrangements for pickup was super easy, and the whole day was smooth and no stress. Huge thanks to Mohamed for the great local knowledge, the wonderful welcome for lunch in a Berber village, and the entertaining...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank nathanchandler
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    Our day trip into the Agafay Desert, Atlas Mountains and Berber Villages was the highlight of our trip to Marrakech. Mohammad is friendly, knowledgeable and has a good sense of humor, not to mention his incredible driving skills on the narrow, winding, mountain roads. We...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Gina R
    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    My friend and I booked on the tour because we were wanting to see both the desert and the mountains but due to time constraints were unable to do the Sahara trips. This was the perfect day trip! Communication was great; the agency reached out...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
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    20 June 2019|
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    Response from Karishma I | Reviewed this property |
    It's a full day. We were picked up around 9AM from our hotel and returned about 4PM or so.
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    No hiking was done or requires. They are incredibly accommodating. You’ll be fine.
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    Response from rchitseko | Reviewed this property |
    Hi, yes we were given that option but chose not to. The tour only takes a small group (in our case just the two of us) so the guide is quite flexible and you can choose what to do. I would definitely recommend stopping to... More
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