Taking a day trip from Marrakech to the Agafay Desert and the Kik Plateau is an incredible experience. Imagine seeing a stone desert, a peaceful lake, and a breathtaking mountain plateau all in one day. Add in a eucalyptus forest and charming Berber villages and you have a day trip of dreams. In fact, a day may not be long enough!
Day Trip From Marrakech – Agafay Desert and the Kik Plateau
One of the most amazing day tours from Marrakech you can take is a journey to the Agafay Desert and the Kik Plateau. This wonderful journey shows off some of the incredible geographical diversity of Morocco. You’ll see wildflowers, forests, a stunning lake, a stony desert, and beautiful mountains and valleys – all within a couple of hours of the desert city of Marrakech. The stunning views are a great opportunity to take pictures. The friendly people you will meet on the way will enhance every step of your journey. If you are visiting Marrakech, Morocco, be sure to save a day (or three!) and enjoy a day excursion to the Agafay Desert and the Kik Plateau. You’ll be glad you did!
The Agafay Desert
Only an hour or so out of Marrakech, the Agafay Desert is truly special. Rather than the sand dune covered desert that most people expect, the Agafay Desert is a stony desert throughout the Summer and Autumn. But if you visit in the Springtime, the desert comes to life with wheat, barley, and beautiful wildflowers, some of which are quite rare. And don’t miss the lovely enchanted oasis!
The beautiful Lake Takerkoust is actually a man-made reservoir in the Agafay Desert. It was build during the time of the French protectorate in order to provide the region with electricity. Human-made or not, visiting this lovely lake is a great way to get back to nature for a little while. Enjoy public beaches, delicious food, aquatic sports, and more. If booking a day tour to the Agafay Desert and the Kik Plateau, be sure to see what lake activities may be included in your excursion.
Standing on the nearly-treeless grassy plain of the Kik Plateau, you feel like you can almost see forever. Everywhere you turn is another stunning view. Look in one direction to the beautiful valley below you. Turn a different way and your eyes travel through the foothills right up into the regal High Atlas Mountains. Look in another direction and take in the serenity of a quiet Berber village. There is so much peace to be found here, you may find that you never want to leave!
Popular Activities in the Agafay Desert and Kik Plateau
Many activities are available in the area, depending on the tour you take (or if you choose to go it alone.) Tours to the Agafay Desert and Kik Plateau are recommended because you get the benefit of your guide’s expertise. Different tours offer a variety of activities, from lunch with a Berber family to hiking in different areas to rides on mules, horses, or camels.
If you decide that you just can’t see enough of this beautiful area of Morocco, there are a wide variety of lodgings in a variety of price points. There is also a number of places where you can get a delicious meal.
If you are interested in considering a day trip from Marrakech to the Agafay Desert and Kik Plateau, we’d love to hear from you. With a little planning, we can put together a day excursion (or longer) that is just right for you!