Day trip from Marrakech to Agafay Desert and Atlas Mountains

January 27, 2019Niry Fidelis
Marrakech to Agafay

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.

Atlas Mountains


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.

Agafay camp
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. 

Tagoumt Village
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.

Comments (22)

  • Unknown

    January 28, 2019 at 2:07 am

    I want to go to Morocco. I'm planning to take the boat from Spain.

    1. Me With My Suitcase

      January 28, 2019 at 10:43 am

      It sounds a great experience! Wow

  • Golden Triangle Tour 4 Days 3 Nights

    January 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    Morocco beautiful place and you shared good information about that place. Its really enjoyable and stunning photos you shared.

  • Alexandra Cook

    January 31, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    This must have been such an incredible experience – I definitely would love to see this for myself in person one day!

  • Heather OCain

    January 31, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    These are awesome photos! I love going out in the county, usually hiking when I travel.

  • Mbrarek ouali

    January 31, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    You are welcome to Morocco and welcome to Morocco Tours 4×4. We will be happy to take care of you and very pleased to show you our country . For any aspect of help you are always welcome.

    Kind regards.


  • Unknown

    January 31, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    This looks like an amazing day trip! Morocco is on my bucket list and I'll have to keep this tour in mind for when I visit.

  • Elizabeth Weitz

    January 31, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    What an incredible adventure! I’d love to go off roading in Morocco ! So fun!

  • Chad Kassis

    February 1, 2019 at 2:13 am

    omg what an amazing adventure this must have been, so so cool!!!


  • Unknown

    February 1, 2019 at 2:21 am

    Morocco is on my bucket list of places to visit. This looks like an awesome day trip, very informative

  • Lyosha Varezhkina

    February 1, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    Desert always seams like a fine choice! I would so love to join you! Mountains are beautiful as well!

  • John Mulindi

    February 1, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    Morocco has always been on my travel list. I hope to visit Marrakech one of these fine days. Thanks.

  • Lisa

    February 1, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    We had an amazing time in Morocco, and did something similar to you. It's a great country!

  • Sara Welch

    February 1, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    What a fun adventure; I love the beautiful scenery and hope to one day see it for myself!

  • JayLady

    February 1, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    Wow, this is amazing! DId you go racing down in the car like one of those car commercials? That's what I would've done hahahaha.

  • Jenne

    February 2, 2019 at 12:42 am

    Looks like a extremely interesting place to visit!

  • Elaine Best

    February 2, 2019 at 1:04 am

    Your trip sounds incredible! I would totally consider and off-roading adventure as part of my vacation.

  • Katie

    February 2, 2019 at 2:02 am

    This looks like a cool adventure. Camels are pretty cool animals up close.

  • Shannon Gurnee

    February 2, 2019 at 6:55 am

    It sounds like you had a great trip! I love the picture with the chicken in front of the building!

  • Sue-Tanya Mchorgh

    February 2, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    I am so glad I found your blog. Seems like you had a fun time on your trip. I wish I could do a trip like this soon.

  • Chelle Dizon

    February 3, 2019 at 8:56 am

    That must be really fun and so exciting for you. I love reading all your adventures!

  • Becca

    February 6, 2019 at 9:39 am

    I would love to visit Morocco one day – it looks beautiful! As a travel blogger myself, I love anywhere that's a bit different to the main stream, places that are a little off the beaten track 🙂 x

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