Agafay Desert , Atlas Mountains And Berber Villages Day Trip From Marrakech - Marrakesh

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 9 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    8.30 am to 9am the Pick up from your hotel ., Departure Point Hotels and Riads located in central Marrakech, If you are staying inside the Medina, your pickup will be at the closest point accessible t.. read more
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    8.30 am to 9am the Pick up from your hotel .
    Departure Point Hotels and Riads located in central Marrakech
    If you are staying inside the Medina, your pickup will be.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Leave the bustling city of Marrakech behind and watch the landscape change as you move through rural farmland into the Agafay desert.
On this 4x4 Day Trip you'll spend the day exploring the rocky terrain of the Agafay desert, Lalla Takerkoust lake, the Atlas Mountains, Berber villages and hospitality all make up for a great day tour. If you have 3 days or more, you may wish to consider a tour to the Sahara desert,but if not Visiting the Agafay Desert is a good option giving you just a taste of the aridness of the Great Sahara.

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This is a splendid trip during which you will discover the most diverse and spectacular landscapes. Your guide will pick you up at 9am at your accommodation place. Your4x4 Day Tripdrives you past lush vegetation, olive and orange orchards and the occasional village. Off the tarmac and onto off road, the scenery is completely different - barren light brown plateaux, a true stone desert.The locals call it Agafay desert: this might as well be the Sahara as the feeling of solitude.
For all those who havent got sufficient time in Morocco for a Sahara desert tour, all the way south then the Agafay desert is the best thing to do instead, the Agafay desert is not a Sand desert but more sandstone and earthen plateau, traditional mud-built villages, dusty riverbeds are interspersed with spectacular sumptuous pasture and vegetation in springtime.There we can sample a tea with the locals or experience trekking by camel.
Later, we will drive further off-road passing by Lalla Takerkoust lake built as a dam which is in fact a hydro-electricity reservoir , and great spot for tea break also with a superb view over the lake and for those looking for a rush of adrenaline, quad biking or jet skiing can be arranged locally ,andIf you wish it, we will have time to get out of the 4X4 and walk for a while along the tracks.
After the lake, our itinerarytakes us up into theAtlas Mountains. Kik Plateauis 1800 meters high and offers spectacular 360 degrees views and, in the spring, a marvellous spread of alpine flowers. Scattered Berber hamlets greet the view and it feels like you travelled back in time.
On the other side of the plateau, there is theAsni Valley in the heart of this lush area covered with apple, cherry and plum orchards sending out their harvest into the city. AniceBerber marketis held on every Saturday where producers bring fruit, vegetables and livestock to sell. If you are interested in seeing a Berber souk, almost every village has one on a specific day of the week.
We will continue to climb upwards until you leave the main road at an altitude of over 2000 meters with views tothe Mount Toubkal: the highest peak in Northern Africa culminating at 4167 meters, and often snowcapped .Then we will follow an ancient, partly paved Berber track to reach the Sidi Fares valley an authentic area famous for apple trees, here you will have LUNCH in a Berber house in a village overlooking the Atlas Mountains. The food will be homemade and organic: tomato salad, chicken tagine, couscous and fruits.

After lunch we will head offback to Marrakech, crossing the Sidi Fares valley small villages with their mud- brick adobe houses, stacked into the hillside or lining the water course shaded by the apple grove. The river gives place to the canyons and the local Berber granary towers over the landscape. Past Tahnaoute, the tarmac road follows its course among olive or orange orchards to reach Marrakech by afternoon.


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Transport by air-conditioned 4WD with an English speaking experienced guide/driver

Lunch in a Berber family house The food will be homemade : tomato salad or soup , Berber chicken tajine , couscous and fruits for dessert , mint tea and water

Local taxes

Fuel included

Small-group tour limited to 4 people

Drinks water and mint tea


Bottled water

Coffee and/or Tea


Gratuities (optional

Soft Drinks Coca , orange

Camel ride (optional ) (10 euros extra) you pay it directly to the camel owners

Quad bike Not included (optional

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Infant seats available

Not wheelchair accessible

A minimum of two people are required for this tour to operate. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is only one person booked onto the tour. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult

Operated by a multi-lingual guide

Short hike in nice open area before lunch or after , for about 30 min or more (optional )

Visit Weekly local market ( possible only Saturday Sunday and Tuesday ) (optional )

Small-group tour limited to 4 people ensures more personalized attention from your guide

A conservative dress code is recommended in Morocco. Men and women should keep their upper body (especially shoulders, chest and midriff) as well as their knees covered at all times as a sign of respect to the local culture. Wearing shorts is not recommended

Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 4 travelers

Traveler Reviews

  • 03-Jul-2019

    The tajine was really delicious. Abdul was really nice and we had a good chat along the way. Overall,the trip was really enjoyable and the landscapes are breathtaking. If you're staying in Marrakech, I truelly recommend it.