Private Day trip from Marrakech to Ouarzazate & Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou



This full day trip from Marrakech to Ouarzazate & Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou is ideal for those of you who cannot spare more than one day to get a sneak of Morocco Sahara desert. Take this round trip of 400 km across the Atlas mountain range via the Tizi Ntichka pass at an altitude of 2269 meters above sea level. Marvel at the brilliant landscape views dotted with Berber villages. Visit the legendary fortified Berber village of Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou and its sister town of Ouarzazate famous as the Hollywood of Africa.


  • Drive across the High Atlas Mountains
  • Enjoy the scenery of snow capped Atlas peaks and Tizi Ntichka Pass
  • Explore the Berber fortified village of Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou
  • Visit Ouarzazate and its film studios

Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou & Ouarzazate day tour from Marrakech itinerary

07H00 - 19H00 :
Marrakech – Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou – Ouarzazate

Your private full day tour of Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou and Ouarzazate will start early in the morning ( 07h00 AM ) with a pick up from your hotel /riad.
Drive east of Marrakech crossing the windy high Atlas Mountains and Tizi Ntichka pass. Numerous stops will be made along the way to enjoy the views, take photos, stretch your legs or drink a cup of coffee.
Visit Ait Benhaddou village (where Star Wars were filmed). UNESCO as one of the world’s cultural treasures has classified the fortified village of Ait Benhaddou. It is studded with crenelated towers and its buildings decorated with geometrical motifs and are considered to be one of the most beautiful villages of this kind in Morocco. A program of restoration work is currently under way to encourage the population of the village, which is at present inhabited by just five families.
From here, continue to Ouarzazate, which marks the beginning of the Sahara desert. Visit Taourirt Kasbah. This former Glaoui residence, situated on the edge of the town, on the road to Morocco Sahara desert, is considered to be one of the most beautiful kasbahs of Morocco. It consists of a maze of luxury apartments, simple clay houses and crenelated towers, which are lavishly decorated with geometric motifs. Part of the fortified village is open to the public.
After some time at leisure for a cup of mint tea or coffee, drive back to Marrakech later in the afternoon while crossing the High Atlas Mountains.
Your Full day trip from Marrakech to Ouarzazate and Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou will end late in the afternoon by a drop off at your hotel or in the city center.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Ouarzazate & Ait Ben Haddou day trip

  • - Please kindly note that 8 hours drive are involved in this trip, not counting stops
  • - Atlas Film Studios in Ouarzazate might not be available to visit in certain times due to film crews using the whole studio
  • - Entrance fee to the Atlas and CLA film studios are 60 Dirhams per person ( Not included )
  • - The journey to Ourzazate is very tiring, please make sure you are ready to spend 8 hours in the car before you book this trip

  • A/C modern vehicle driven by an English speaking driver / guide
  • Pick up / drop off at your hotel/ riad
  • Guided tour of Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou
Not Included
  • Lunch & beverages
  • Entrance fees to the film studios
  • Entrance fees to Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate

Price per person

Number of Participants 1 2 3 4 5 6-7 8-10 11-14 15-17
Price per person 199€ 99€ 70€ 55€ 45€ 40€ 35€ 25€ 23€
1 2 3 4
199€ 99€ 70€ 55€
5 6-7 8-10 11-14 15-17
45€ 40€ 35€ 25€ 23€

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Marrakech and Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou is 180 Km

Distance between Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou and Ouarzazate is 30 Km

It depends on what you consider as a desert. If it is sand dunes, camels and camps, NO. You still need to drive an extra 5 hours to reach such a desert in Mhamid or Merzouga.

Ouarzazate is perfectely safe for Men and Women alike. We recommend the travellers not to Go off far off places without the concent of your Tour company or Guide Specially at night. Although Ouarzazate police is very efficient and have lazer guns with them all the time but you should not take any risk.

Abosolutely yes, you will have a time of your life in Ouarzazate and if you are a fan of art and films than this would be your Mecca because it is known as the Hollywood hub. It is the home of the two of the most famous film studios, “Atlas Studio" and "CLA Studio". CLA Produced the recent Popular fiction web series "Game of Thrones" but the main Attraction of Ouarzazate is Atlas Studio because it is the world's largest film studio.

Beside Famous film studios like Atlas and CLA. It is also known for its art and culture. You will be amazed to see how the people of Ouarzazate create their houses which adopt to all kind of weather hot and cold because temperate in Ouarzazate varies a lot in summer it can reach up to 48 C°

It is found 1200 years ago by Ben haddou. It is largely believed that benhaddou constructured the Kasr in 750's.

You can get a shared taxi from Ouarzazate to Ait-Ben-haddou.They usually do not go directly to Ben-haddou tell them where you want to go. They stop will stop at a tiny town and from there you will take another to ait ben Haddou. You can reach to Ait Ben-haddou from Ouarzazate in just 30 minutes via Avenue Mohammed V/N10/N9 and P1506.

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