About Southern Morocco
Southern Morocco is the new frontier for those seeking a slightly different experience. It is possible to combine any number of destinations within southern Morocco either on a self drive itinerary or with our excellent private driver service. Why not use Ouarzazate as a base for exciting excursions and sightseeing (pre-booked or reserved locally).
Ouarzazate was built in 1928 and is now, among other things, the starting point for trips into Southern Morocco. The Taourirt kasbah, with its ochre, adobe buildings, was made a UNESCO World Heritage site. Ouarzazate has also been unfailingly linked with cinema since 1984 - its climate, geographical situation and economic conditions have encouraged film studios to locate there. The sets of films such as Lawrence of Arabia and Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra or the Sheltering Sky and Gladiator can be visited at the Atlas Film Studios. Nor can you leave Ouarzazate without visiting the Tiffoultoute and Ait Ben Haddou kasbahs. These remarkable examples of traditional architecture give a foretaste of the famous Route of the 1000 Kasbahs.
Travelling east from Ouarzazate ... The Skoura palmeraie, where many fruit trees grow - pomegranate, almond, apricot, date, fig and olive - is situated 42km east of Ouarzazate. It also houses several kasbahs, more and more impressive as you penetrate deeper and deeper into the palm grove. The Dadès Valley runs from Ouarzazate to Boumalne. It is dry and lined with kasbahs and unique fortified villages. After leaving Tineghir you arrive at the magnificent Todra Gorge; it narrows as its sides tower higher and higher (up to 300m) above you. By continuing your trip along the Dadès, you pass through the rose country, El Kelaât M'Gouna, where rose water, so vital for treatment of complexions, is made. In May, the rose has the place of honour in a three-day festival held throughout the area - you can see rose water being made and buy associated products or just enormous bunches of roses to dry.
Travelling south from Ouarzazate ... The Drâa Valley extends for almost 200km towards the south, irrigating a narrow oasis where dates and henna grow. After leaving the Drâa Valley, a series of oases rapidly succeed each other along the fine desert-like road leading to Zagora. M'Hamid is the starting point for trips into the Sahara. For even more impressive dunes continue west from Tinfou to the Ch'gaga dunes which extend for 150km.
Where to visit
Boumalne de Dades and Tineghir are ideal places for walking, exploring by car or even climbing; this region provides fascinating scenery, a superb bonus to be enjoyed en route to the Sahara.
You must visit the Sahara in Morocco and you can do this at Erfoud (Merzouga and the dunes at Erg Chebbi) and Zagora (dunes at Erg Lihoudi & Ch'Gagga); explore the desert by camel and 4WD.
"Overall we were happy with the trip and the services provided. Our driver was very friendly, prompt and a very careful driver, all very important to us. Of concern: Our driver said he wanted to do whatever we wanted, but did not always provide us enough information for us to collaborate on decisions. We were not told about the tolls, parking and car washing cost as part of our contract as we were told about the gas cost, therefore it was an unexpected cost. Our driver did not always research and establish directions to hotels before heading to the hotel. Usually this was not a problem."
J Elmer, USA, May, 2015
"Just to confirm we're back from Fez with no major hiccups! Many thanks for putting the arrangements together for us - we had a perfect holiday. Riad Myra in Fez was absolutely stunning - both in terms of the building and the service. A real gem! We had no problems in the medina and the visit to Volubilis was well worthwhile. Erfoud and Kasbah Tizimi haven't changed much since we were last there (although some big new hotels) and the Tizimi arrangements were fine. We encountered our first sandstorm while in town! The drive back to Azrou was interesting - hit by a blizzard on the mountains and had to wait for snowplough convoy across. Slight delay, bit of an adventure but run efficiently by Moroccan police. The Palais des Cerisiers was fine - a bit 'French' after all the Moroccan accommodation but clean and smoothly run. There were no hassles at the airport - increased security very much evident though. I suspect we may be calling on your services again at the same time next year! Once again, many thanks."
P Greaves, UK, March 2016