This day trip travels via the foothills of the High Atlas and into the Western Atlas to the Cascades d’Ouzoud. You’ll visit a Berber market town and discover a dramatic region of mountains and wild apes.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Your accommodation in marrakech|
|DEPARTURE TIME AND ITINERARY||08:00 Rendezvous with driver. Depart Marrakech, heading east to Atlas foothills
09:30 Demnate – chance to visit local market (Sundays only)
10:15 Imi n’Ifri – explore the grotto under natural land bridge
12:15 Azilal – chance to visit local market (Thursdays only)
13:00 Arrive at Cascades d’Ouzoud – meet local guide and explore the falls
16:00 Depart Ouzoud
18:30 Arrive Marrakech
This day trip travels east of Marrakech into the foothills of the High Atlas to the Cascades d’Ouzoud. Our first stop is usually at Demnate, a Berber market town. Sunday is a hive of activity on market day and a visit to the rural market is fascinating.
A short drive from Demnate is Imi n’Ifri, a natural arch-shaped land bridge in the M’goun Geopark. Imi n’Ifri in Berber means ‘the grotto’s mouth’. A stepped trail leads down to a river bed and into the ‘mouth’ under the land bridge. Shoes with good grip are essential as it can be slippery. We continue to the Berber town of Azilal (market day is Thursday). From here we drive a scenic (and little-used) back route to Ouzoud, through the Western High Atlas National Park.
Arriving at Ouzoud we’ll meet our local guide and explore the falls area. The best way to experience the 110m high falls is to follow the trail through the olive groves on the west side down to the El Abid river. There are several opportunities for photos, and if you’re lucky a beautiful rainbow may appear.
There is plenty of time to relax at the bottom of the falls. On the eastern side steps lead up past numerous tourist stalls and cafés. Near the top are a troop of ever-present and playful Barbary apes, usually keen to pose for photos in exchange for a handful of peanuts! There are many options for lunch at the falls – ask your driver for recommendations.
Private departures operate daily throughout the year and can be tailored to personal interests. Timings are approx. and may vary due to weather or seasons.
Take shoes with good grip plus sun protection.