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

  • Sip mint tea and go strolling at Lake Takerkoust
  • Views of Mount Toubkal, Kik Plateau, and Berber villages
  • Enjoy a traditional lunch with views of the High Atlas Mountains
Agafay Desert , Atlas Mountains and Berber Villages Day Trip from Marrakech
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Agafay Desert , Atlas Mountains and Berber Villages Day Trip from Marrakech
From US$85.84
A desert excursion is a priority for many visitors to Marrakech, but with round-trips to Morocco’s Saharan ergs typically taking 2–4 days, they may not be practical for travelers with limited time. On this convenient day tour, avoid spending hours on the road and travel to the nearby Agafay Desert instead to explore its arid, rocky terrain. Venture off road in a four-wheel drive, stop at the man-made Lake Takerkoust, and enjoy a homemade lunch in a Berber house.
What to Expect
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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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Best day tour ever

We booked this dry desert day tour from Marrakech thanks to our super host Habiba: she addressed us to Bachir and we couldn't be happier of the choice. We were picked up at the entrance of the medina, the suv was extra comfty, clean and...More

Thank crazyglobetrotter
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Fantastic trip- please take Bags of PENS!!!

This tour is worth every penny. Our guide and driver Mohammed picked us up from our Riad in a very comfortable 4WD, just the two of us. Mohammed was so informative, taking very good care of my friend and I. We had some fantastic stops...More

Thank Alexandra S
Reviewed 15 May 2018
One of the highlights of our trip to Marrkech

Even though this was just a day-long trip, the itinerary was packed with things to do, from riding camels (this was an extra expense) and off-roading in the Agafay Desert to climbing up the Atlas Mountains and lunching in a Berber village. Bachir was an...More

Date of experience: May 2018
4  Thank Amalissa U
Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile
Our AMAZING experience in Morocco

This was one of the best trips we’ve done as a family and as usual, it’s down to who you have as a guide. Bachir is not just a very knowledgeable and service minded guide, but became a good friend and gave us a wonderful...More

2  Thank Bjorn T
Reviewed 16 April 2018
A great introduction to the varied landscapes around Marrakech

We chose to do this tour as it included both desert and mountains in one day. We had a great time with our excellent guide, Bashir, who was very happy to explain more about the way of life of the people living in the different...More

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank rchitseko
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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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