Departure from your Riad or Hotel heading to Oaurazazate on the high Atlas mountains through the pass of Tizi-N-Tichka ” 2260 alt”, enjoy the Berber villages and farms before we arrive at the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou (fortified town) that has been filmed on dozens of occasions, including major films such as Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, The Mummy and the Jewel of the Nile. Then continue to Ouarzazate which is known as “The Hollywood of Africa” visit Taourirt Kasbah, have Lunch then back to Marrakech.
This day tour from Marrakech is perfect for those of you who want a glimpse of the desert and the beautiful kasbahs built by the Berbers. Three hours drive takes you to the gateway of Sahara, traversing the Tichka pass in the High Atlas. The steep mountain hillsides are clustered with fortified villages (Kasbahs). You’ll spend the afternoon exploring the UNESCO world heritage site of Aït Benhaddou kasbah ”castle”, used as a backdrop for shooting more than 21 films and was one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old salt caravan route where traders brought slaves, gold, silver and salt from Saharian Africa to Marrakech area and beyond. After lunch in the Kasbah, you will visit the old Pacha Glaoui Kasbah in Ouarzazate. This kasbah has an amazing story behind, intrinsically linked to the formation of Morocco as a country in the 20th century. This trip is recommended for all year round. The trip starts at 7:00 a.m. from Marrakech and ends at 19:00 back in Marrakech city.