Day trip from Marrakech to Agafay Desert and Atlas Mountains
January 27, 2019Niry Fidelis
Off Roads Adventures with Morocco Tours 4×4
Typically when you think of Morocco, it’s all about the breath-taking architecture, spices, chaotic cities, lovely handicrafts and colours over colours. But, there is also an adventurous side to the country, a side that will really surprise you. Since this time we were staying 5 days in Marrakech, we decided to go for some off-roading in order to catch those hidden gems. This kind of activity obviously necessitates someone who in practice is able to navigate in the least accessible places. You might as well, at this point, rely on someone who does this for a living.
And just like that, we decided to turn on one of the most organized tour operators of the country, Morocco Tours 4×4, for our day trip from Marrakech to the Agafay desertand the lower Atlas Mountains. This has been certainly one of the best day trips from Marrakech that we could ever imagine of!
Ahmed going up and down the hills
As planned by email ([email protected]), our guide Ahmed Timegharine, came to pick us up at our riad exactly at nine am and drove us towards the Agafay Desert. Leaving the city behind, we slowly got into the arid area as we approached the desert. Our journey started on a smoothly paved street through town which turned off onto a gravel road that took us through a Desert.
Contrary to what you can imagine, Agafay Desert, located 30 kilometres south of Marrakech, is not made of sand dunes but it is a stony desert forming strange rolling brown hills desert look alike. Quod and camel rides were one of the many options therearound. Since it is pretty close to Marrakech, you have the option to visit on a day trip.
On the way to the Agafay Desert
Our guide was just fantastic: hundreds of times we asked him to stop ( for photos and brief walk) and hundreds of times he patiently did so. He had a good mastery of English and French languages and we really enjoyed our time with him. There is nothing to complain about!!! He explained everything very clearly and time burned so fast in his company. A very special thank goes to him.
Our four x four-wheeler pulled up in front of the Berber house in Tagoumt Village, in lower Atlas Mountains, where we had a relaxing lunch. Let’s just say that this was a peaceful visit. Here we had the most tasteful lamb tajine ever. Keep something to the village children to give, they will highly appreciate it; unfortunately, we had nothing, not even a single coin so we left nothing. We felt a little bit sorry for this. Probably next time we will take our Polaroid to Morocco and will use it to take some photos with the children so that to leave it to them as a souvenir.
After the lunch break in the Berber village, we went driving for about twenty minutes before stopping for a half an hour camel ride. Moroccan mint tea was served up then. We spent a short time here chatting, drinking our hot beverages and taking photos and selfies. We came back to Marrakech around 5 pm, which was a perfect time to see the sun setting down in the Jeema El Fina Square.
Camel ride and mint tea break
We highly recommend this day trip from Marrakech to you, especially if you are staying in town for five or more days, then this is certainly something that you should try. Since the distance between Marrakech and Agafay Desert is very short, you should definitely try it. We strongly believe that Morocco Tours 4×4 has put on a great adventure day trip from Marrakech to the Agafay desert which fits perfectly for all ages. It is a light drive suitable for all sorts of tourists, I mean not necessarily meant to be made for thrill seekers. Believe me; we could have never opted for better! Morocco Tours 4×4 is a small local tour company which offers a wide range of private cultural tours and day trips which are customized to the taste of the customers. They also organize 2,3 or 4, days trip to the Sahara Desert and all around Morocco. Can’t wait to discover more with them.
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