Morocco is famous for its breathtaking scenery and hospitable people, and this 3-day trip lets you witness some of the most beautiful places in the country in a short time
and enjoy the famous Moroccan hospitality.
If you are planning on visiting Morocco and are on a tight schedule but still don’t want to miss out on what it has to offer, then this trip is right for you. You will be visiting some of the best spots in the South of Morocco during 3 days, and for an unbeatable price.
The mini bus will pick you up first thing in the morning from a place near where you are staying in Marrakech. The bus itself is quite comfortable and equipped with A/C.
The driver is an amiable local who speaks enough English for small talk, I was also surprised to know he spoke French and some Spanish. He will be at your disposal and ready to answer any questions you may have. He is also an excellent driver considering the nature of the road you will be travelling can get rough.
You will be travelling in a small group of 17 people or less, which I found was just right for this kind of trip. I’ve made some friends along the way and the atmosphere became
wonderful once I got to know the people.
Once everyone was there and we started our journey, the driver introduced himself and laid out our travel itinerary. On the way through Tizi-n-Tichka Pass, we stopped at various places.
We took brief pauses for refreshments and pictures. The views were breathtaking and the air so refreshing. The whole area was surrounded by mountains and covered with grass, flowers and all sorts and colors of plants as it was spring time, it allowed us to take marvelous pictures too. On the distant horizon, mountain tops still covered with snow could be discerned. Along the way, we passed numerous little remote villages anchored deep into the mountains, it was fascinating to see and a reminder of how tough life can be in some parts of the world.
After some time on the road, the scenery starts to change, and from the green carpets of grass covering the land we were nearing the drier and slightly hotter province of Ouarzazat. the first main stop was the UNESCO world heritage listed Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou. This marvelous ksar (castle) is one of many in the region that showcase old Southern Morocco’s architecture. It is a truly wonderful example of how sophisticated Saharan buildings were even with limited means.
We met a guide who took us on a tour into the castle, explaining along the way what the place used to be and how people used to live there. We were free to explore and take pictures where we wished but were reminded not to stray too far lest we ended up separated from the group and lost. The place was indeed like a maze once you delved deep into it.
We made our way to the top of the castle where we were met with an astounding view. The scenery was right out of a blockbuster movie or a best-selling book.
If you are a fan with Game of Thrones such as myself, you will instantly recognize the place. It was moments such as these that really stick in the mind and make it worth all the efforts of getting there.
After launch, we continued driving to Dade’s Valley, where our hotel for the night was. This was one of my favorite destinations of the trip. The hotel is cleverly positioned near a stream of water sitting between two large mountains. The sound of the water streaming and gently rippling, and the cool breeze drifting through the window in my room were a warm welcome after a long day of driving.
We rested for a while and had dinner inside the hotel. There was a large balcony looking over the valley where you could sit and relax, and the atmosphere at night was charming. The
place is definitely worth remembering for future visits!
On the second day of our trip, we visited a small village where they knit traditional rugs and were treated to a cup of tea while examining the various beautiful rugs on
offer. Our hosts were smiling and welcoming all the while. It felt superb to just see those people and hear about the amazing stories they have to tell and how tourists
became part of their lives now.
The second stop was the famous Todgha canyons. What a stupendous view! The high sumptuous cliffs are out of this world. Everyone was baffled with the beauty of
the place and taking pictures in all directions. I could not get enough of the breathtaking scenery and was in awe of the sheer grandeur on display.
We continued our journey towards the eagerly-awaited stop at Merzouga to witness the world famous picturesque Moroccan desert. We arrived at the entrance of the desert, and after readying ourselves we embarked on a camel ride to the camps where we would spend the night. Nothing can prepare you for the vastness of the desert. Once everything had turned to sand as far as they eye can see, only then it hits you. It was sincerely a majestic thing to behold.
Nothing but the never-ending gold colored sand dunes surrounding us, the warm dry breeze stripping the moisture off of our lips, and the utter desolation of being immersed in the desert! Riding our camels through the lonely silent sandhills, I was wonderstruck, filled with wonder and lost for words. After arriving at our fashionable camps, we had a wonderful dinner then went out near the campfire to relax and enjoy the sound of the drums played by our talented guides and the joyful singing. The atmosphere was truly unequaled. When the singing, dancing, and cheering died, we went out for a walk under the starlit sky. We climbed up a sandhill and sat there gazing at the stars and savoring the stellar view. The feeling was indescribable, it is one of those experiences everyone must go through at least once in their lives, a moment I wish I could have frozen in time. it was a night to remember!