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The full-day trip from Marrakech to Ouarzazate and Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou is ideal for those who cannot spare more than one day to get a sneak of Morocco’s 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.
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 to enjoy the views, take photos, stretch your legs or drink a cup of coffee.
Visit Ait Benhaddou village (where Star Wars, Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, Game of Thrones, etc... were filmed).
As one of the world's cultural treasures, UNESCO has classified the fortified village of Ait Benhaddou. It is studded with crenelated towers, and its buildings are decorated with geometrical motifs and are considered one of the most beautiful villages of this kind in Morocco. A program of restoration work is currently underway to encourage the population of the village, which is at present inhabited by just five families.
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's Sahara desert, is considered one of Morocco's most beautiful kasbahs. It consists of a maze of luxury apartments, simple clay houses, and crenelated towers 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 with a drop off at your hotel or the nearest accessible point to your Medina Riad.
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The trip was long, since each way took roughly 4 hours. Overall, we had a fantastic time since it fit into our schedule. Our Driver Mohamed was kind and considerate, prioritizing our comfort and safety. He was fluent in English and quite knowledgeable about Morocco. If you are short on time and want to visit Morocco desert, I would suggest this tour to Ouarzazate and Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou.
The trip was as advertised, with a tour through the kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou and Ouarzazate. (Beware: most of the kasbahs you will drive past are in ruins since they are 300-400 years old). Getting to the summit of theAit Ben Hadou village requires quite a few steps. In addition, the journey is around 4 hours each way, so you'll spend about 8 hours on the road in a car.
Our experienced tour guide, Reda, provided us with an unforgettable experience. He was on time, very knowledgeable, and had a lot of expertise. Given the twisty mountain roads, he was also a superb driver. We were picked up from our hotel at 7:00 a.m. and began our journey. There were several photo opportunities as well as restroom and coffee breaks. The suggested meal (at an extra fee) was really excellent and cost around 10 Euros. The kasbah (Ait Ben Haddou) offers a great perspective from the top, however I would recommend wearing a hat and sunscreen because it is really hot when you arrive. We definitely suggest Reda because of his kindness, which made our tour unique.