About Southern Morocco
Southern Morocco is the new frontier for those seeking a slightly different experience or quite often the destination of choice for repeat visits and for those with a more adventurous spirit. It is possible to combine any number of destinations within southern Morocco either on a self-drive itinerary or with our excellent car and private driver service. Why not simply use Ouarzazate as a base for exciting excursions and sightseeing (pre-booked or reserved locally). Our team are highly experienced in arranging such holidays on most budgets.
Ouarzazate was built in 1928 and is now, among other things, the starting point for trips into Southern Morocco. The recently restored Taourirt kasbah proves this point; UNESCO has recognized this district with its ochre adobe buildings as a World Heritage of Humanity 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. You can't 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 extending 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. One of which can reach a height of 150m. This is the dream place for answering the call of the Sahara.
Where to visit
Morocco's Famous Gorges - Dades and Todra. Boumalne de Dades and Tineghir are ideal places for walking, exploring in your own hire car or even climbing the famous gorges of the Dades Valley and Todra ...
If you have come this far then you must visit the fringes of the Sahara and you can do this at Erfoud (Merzouga and the dunes at Erg Chebbi) and Zagora (M'Hamid and the dunes at Tinfou and Erg Lihoudi), ...
Ouarzazate is the first town most people see after crossing the High Atlas and is the unofficial capital of the south of Morocco. Formerly a Foreign Legion outpost in the southern Kasbah region, it has ...
"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, May, 2015