Take a 2-day private tour of Ouarzazate and enjoy your own fully qualified and accredited driver who will allow you to discover Ouarzazate in the best possible way.
Pickup time: 8:30 am
Duration: 2 Days
Category: Private excursion
Clothing: comfortable clothing, comfortable shoes, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
Payment : Payment at the time of departure
Day 1: Marrakech – Tizi n’Tichka – Kasbah Télouet – Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate
Departing from Marrakech, enjoy the beautiful scenery and impressive panoramic views from the High Atlas Mountains. The first stop will be the summit of Tizi n’Tichka located at 2260m altitude, break, and continue to the Kasbah of Télouet. Explore the kasbah with its narrow streets and authentic adobe houses, then head towards the fortified village of Ait ben Haddou: a UNESCO World Heritage site which was used in the making of famous films including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. You will spend the night in a typical hotel in the city of Ouarzazate, dinner included.
Day 2: Ouarzazate – Kasbah Taourirt – Kasbah Tifoultoute – Marrakech
After breakfast, departure for a visit of the kasbah of Taourirt and the Film Studio in Ouarzazate. You will then go to the oasis of Fint famous for its small villages of a narrow and charming palm grove that stretches along the Fint wadi. Afterwards, you will visit the fortress of Tifoultoute in order to enjoy a sumptuous view from the terrace of the kasbah over the whole valley of the Ouarzazate wadi. At the end of the excursion, you return to Marrakech at the end of the day.
travel information and tips
View of the High Atlas of Ouarzazate
Ouarzazate is located in a low altitude area, between three beautiful Moroccan landscapes :
The Atlas and Anti-Atlas Mountains, the Draa Valley and the Dades Valley.
In the immediate vicinity is the important El-Mansour-Eddahbi reservoir, which flows into the Draa.
Ouarzazate is one of the most important stations and stops on the legendary Kasbah Road.
Ouarzazate also has its own airport.
Ouarzazate, the former military base, is today a modern city of almost 150,000 inhabitants. and is located at the former strategic crossroads of the Marrakech-Zagora and Agadir-Er-Rachidia axes.
On the outskirts of the city, you will find the Atlas Film Studios where the films The Mummy and Asterix and Mission Obelix Cleopatra were shot, among others. The Ouarzazate is also an ideal starting point for trips to the Sahara.
Thanks to the film studios and as an ideal starting point for desert safaris, Ouarzazate offers a wide range of good and also very good hotels.
On the way to the desert, it is worth making a stopover of one or two days. Around the main square you will also find good restaurants at reasonable prices.
Entrance to the film studios in Ouarzazate
Visitors to the Ouarzazate film studios are warmly welcomed.
In the Kasbah Taourirt once lived the Pasha of Marrakech.
It is a typical kasbah of the city, with a princely seat. Today, the Kasbah is a museum and is partly inhabited.
If you are lucky, you will meet the daughter of the guardian (see photo), who will open doors otherwise closed for a few dirhams. You will then get a glimpse of the kasbah, which otherwise remains hidden to every tourist.
The Kasbah of Taourirt, built in the 17th century, is located in the middle of the city and is very well preserved.
Even today, members of the Haouza tribe still live here. Therefore, not all the rooms of the Kasbah are freely accessible to foreigners.
It is easily accessible on foot and is located on the beautiful Boulevard Mohamed V. It can be visited for a small entrance fee.
A local guide will show you the Kasbah to give you some advice. But it is not worth it, as you can also explore the Kasbah on your own.
The interior rooms are restored and can be visited on their own.
There is a beautiful building, narrow lanes with various accommodation units that are a little out of the way of the Kasbah itself and an old amphitheatre.
Even today, about 100 families still live in the huge residential castle, which is one of the largest terracotta buildings in the country.
The Kasbah Taourirt is one of the largest residential castles, built at the beginning of the 18th century and where members of the Haouza tribe still live today. As a result, only about one third of the building is open to the public. Built of mud walls, the castle is located on the outskirts of Ouarzazate and is surrounded by desert.
Originally, it housed the palace of the tribal prince El Haouzi. The last El Haouzi, Thami El Haouzi, who died in 1955, was of political importance, especially since he collaborated with the French colonial rulers in the first half of the 20th century. At times, he was even pasha of Marrakech.
The Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate
A magnificent view from the Taourirt Kasbah over the surroundings of Ouarzazate.
The impressive facade of the Taourirt kasbah
Inside the well-kept Kasbah
To the left of the entrance to the Kasbah you will find some small restaurants.
In the first one you can eat well for relatively cheap money. If you go down from there to the left passing the Kasbah, you will arrive in a very poor district of Ouarzazate. Here, people live in bad conditions, without comfort and without sewerage.
The Kasbah is partly still inhabited.
On the road from Ouarzazate to Boumalne du Dade, the landscape along the High Atlas becomes very varied.
You should not take this road on the road to the Kasbahs during the night. Be sure to plan an overnight stay here.
Several times a day, buses run between Ouarzazate and Tineghir. From there you can go to Dades or Todhra Gorge. In the gorge itself, you can only continue by car. You can also go to Agadir or Zagora by bus through the Draa Valley.
To the east of Ouarzazate, the Oued Dades and the Oued Idermi flow into the powerful “Barrage el Mansour Eddahbi” reservoir.
The British director David Lean shot several parts of the monumental film and his masterpiece “Lawrence of Arabia” here.