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

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    Stop At: Arib Voyages Day Tours, Ksar Arib, Marrakech 40400 Morocco

    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.

    Duration: 9 hours

    Stop At: outdoorbest experiences, Agafay Morocco

    1 Agafay desert: this might as well be the Sahara as the feeling of solitude.
    2 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
    3 Atlas Mountains. Kik Plateau is 1800 meters high and offers spectacular 360 degrees views and, in the spring, a marvellous spread of alpine flowers.
    4 Asni Valley in the heart of this lush area covered with apple, cherry and plum orchards sending out their harvest into the city.
    5 Berber market is held on every Saturday where producers bring fruit, vegetables and livestock to sell.
    6 views to the Mount Toubkal: the highest peak in Northern Africa culminating at 4167 meters, and often snowcapped .
    7 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.
    8 LUNCH in a Berber house in a village overlooking the Atlas Mountains. The food will be homemade and organic

    Duration: 9 hours
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    8.30 am to 9am the Pick up from your hotel .

    Departure Point Hotels and Riads located in central Marrakech

    If you are staying inside the Medina, your pickup will be at the closest point accessible to vehicles.

    Airports

    • Menara Airport, Marrakech Morocco
    Duration
    8h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Transport by air-conditioned 4WD with an English speaking experienced guide/driver
    • Lunch in a Berber family house The food will be homemade : tomato salad or soup , Berber chicken tajine , couscous and fruits for dessert , mint tea and water
    • Local taxes
    • Fuel included
    • Small-group tour
    • Drinks water and mint tea
    • Lunch
    • Bottled water
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities (optional
    • Soft Drinks Coca , orange
    • Camel ride (optional ) (10 euros extra) you pay it directly to the camel owners
    • Quad bike Not included (optional
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infant seats available
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • A minimum of two people are required for this tour to operate. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is only one person booked onto the tour. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
    • Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult
    • Operated by a multi-lingual guide
    • Short hike in nice open area before lunch or after , for about 30 min or more (optional )
    • Visit Weekly local market ( possible only Saturday Sunday and Tuesday ) (optional )
    • Small-group tour
    • A conservative dress code is recommended in Morocco. Men and women should keep their upper body (especially shoulders, chest and midriff) as well as their knees covered at all times as a sign of respect to the local culture. Wearing shorts is not recommended
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Service animals allowed
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    My wife and I had an amazing day on this tour. It was a private tour in a Toyota Land Cruiser with leather seats and air conditioning. Very comfortable and our guide was on time and extremely helpful. He even returned my hat the following...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Matt479
    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    The day trip with Mohamed was a great experience and I would recommend it to anybody staying in Marrakech. We were picked up straight from our Riad and drove out to the desert were we had the option to ride Camels or Quads. After that...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Walter P
    Reviewed 31 July 2019

    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 30 July 2019

    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 29 July 2019

    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
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    Msali95
    23 September 2019|
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    Response from Gina R | Reviewed this property |
    The tour doesn't require hiking, however it's many hours in the SUV. We made stops tea in the morning and lunch as well as many stops for photo ops. Unless your one year old doesn't mind sitting for hours, I wouldn't... More
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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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    1 November 2018|
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    Response from expanse_travel |
    No hiking was done or requires. They are incredibly accommodating. You’ll be fine.
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