This comprehensive expedition will take you across the High Atlas Mountains and into the outer reaches of the Sahara Desert.
You’ll discover oasis towns, mud-built Kasbahs and fortified villages known as Ksars, the most famous being Ait Benhaddou (pictured opposite).
- Cross scenic High Atlas
- Berber villages
- Remote Telouet Kasbah
- Ksar of Ait Benhaddou
- Visit Ouarzazate
- Explore Taourirt Kasbah
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||your accommodation in marrakech|
|DEPARTURE TIME ITINERARY||07:00 Pick up from your riad or hotel. Drive on Tizi n’Tichka route into the Atlas
10:00 Arrive at Telouet Kasbah. Visit Kasbah then continue to Ait Benhaddou
12:00 Visit Ait Benhaddou. Optional lunch: our driver-guide will recommend options
14:30 Depart on short drive to Ouarzazate
15:00 Explore Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate
16:00 Depart Ouarzazate back to Marrakech
19:00 Arrive Marrakech. Drop off at your riad or hotel
Ait Ben Haddou Ksabahs and Ksars Details
On this private day trip, you’ll travel across the High Atlas Mountains to reach a vast desert plain that forms the outer reaches of the Sahara.
This is a remarkable land of contrasts with river-fed oasis towns, contorted ancient volcanic wilderness, flourishing valleys, dramatic stone and mud-built Kasbahs and fortified villages known as Ksars.
Travelling with a driver-guide you’ll visit Telouet and Taourirt Kasbahs plus the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ksar at Ait Benhaddou.
The Ksar of Ait Benhaddou is a striking example of the architecture of southern Morocco. The ksar, a group of earthen buildings surrounded by high walls, is a traditional pre-Saharan habitat.
The houses crowd together within the defensive walls, which are reinforced by corner towers.
Private departures operate daily and can be tailored to personal interests.
Take your camera, closed sports shoes, comfortable clothing, sunglasses and sunscreen. During winter, take warm clothes (and a windproof jacket).