On this day trip to Ait Ben Haddou from Marrakech you will have the pleasure of seeing the countryside south of Marrakech.
Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah is the most well preserved Kasbah in Morocco. More like a city built of many smaller kasbah, Ait Ben Haddo Kasbah is a UNESCO world heritage site.
A 14th Century fortified hilltop village, Ait Ben Haddou was once on the old caravan route between Marrakech and the Sahara.
The Kasbah itself has been featured in numerous films. As the families that originally lived in the Kasbah moved to find more modern amenities, a whole village has grown up around this beautiful structure, just across the riverbed.
You will start your day trip to Ait Ben Haddou from Marrakech with a 9:00am departure from your accommodations.
Leaving Marrakech you will to cross the High Atlas Mountains over Tizi n’ Tichka Pass, which is a winding mountain road exposing remarkable scenery at every turn. Stop at the top of the pass at 2160 m and take a look back over the valley.
A little farther along you will reach the fortified Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou with a stop to discover the charm and interest of this beautiful and very well preserved Kasbah.
Crossing the river bed, you can climb the winding streets and pathways of the ruins up to the granary at the peak. Enjoy stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
Afterward this stop you will continue on to nearby Ouarzazate. This city is the gate to the desert and the centre of the film industry in Morocco. Visit the Taourirt Kasbah and its spectacular building with a long history of the Glaoui dynasty.
Return to Marrakech past the Telout Kasbah, located on a different road. Pass by the salt flats and see a more rural and undisturbed part of this mountainous area. Stop into the Telouet Kasbah for a tour and a chance to understand further the impact of the Glaoui dynasty on Morocco.
In the afternoon you will have the chance to return to Marrakech to your accommodation, arriving in time to enjoy an evening the bustling city.
Visit Ouarzazate and Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, two amazing highlights on any trip to Morocco. Cross over the High Atlas Mountains and see life in Berber villages and shepherds along the way. Take amazing photos atop Tizi n’ Tichkas Pass, the highest mountain pass in Morocco. Also check out the film location for countless films including Black Hawk Down and Game of Thrones.
Return along a new road towards Marrakech and pass by the Telouet Kasbah to learn more about the Glaoui dynasty and to see the ruins of this amazing, less visited place.