Day Trip to the Agafay Desert near Marrakech
You will find your driver waiting for you outside your hotel at 9 am to start your day trip to the Agafay desert near Marrakech. First you will drive through the foothills of the High Atlas towards the Ourika Valley. Here lush riverbanks sit beneath the peaks of the High Atlas mountains and amidst local farmland. Head deeper into the mountains where you will reach Oukaimeden ski resort—at 10,734 feet (3272 meters) This is the highest altitude ski resort in Africa. Skiers who come from the world over are able to reach the top by chair lift, t-bar, or donkey.
You will soon find a descent to the small village of Asni, stopping for lunch in Imlil or Ouirgane, a pair of Berber villages with traditional architecture and magnificent views of the local valleys.
Then head to the shores of Takerkoust Lake, a favourite weekend getaway for Moroccans to get out of Marrakech, especially in the hot summer months. Cross the Agafay Desert on the return trip to Marrakech, passing through an undeveloped stretch of sand and rocks that offers a dramatic contrast with the city’s bustling streets.
Throughout the day the driver will help you create a day that is just right for you. You may wish to take extra time to stroll around Berber villages, meet a local family for a welcoming cup of Moroccan tea, or take a camel ride through the rocky desert at Agafay.
After a great day of touring we will drop you off at your Marrakech accommodations.