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Marrakesh: Full-Day Desert and Mountain Tour with Camel Ride

1. Marrakesh: Full-Day Desert and Mountain Tour with Camel Ride

The adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in Marrakech or the closest accessible point to your accommodation. Head south towards the vast Agafay Desert, admiring the changing landscape along the way as the city gives way to luscious greenery. Arrive at the large village of Imlil located at the foot of the High Atlas Mountains, then pass through the incredible Kik Plateau. Next, embark on a 30-minute camel ride and soak up views of the surrounding landscapes. After your ride, enjoy a relaxing tea break and learn about local Berber culture, as well as their traditions, history, and way of life. Pass through several Berber villages on your way to the Amizmiz Valley, then arrive at Tinirt Village where you can have lunch at a traditional Berber house. After lunch, continue the tour to the Great Plain of Haouz, passing through the village of Ouled Mataa which was originally inhabited by Bedouin Arab tribes from the desert. The day ends with a tour of the Agafay Desert, where you can take incredible photos for your holiday album, and marvel at the rugged Moroccan landscape that surrounds you. After an unforgettable day, sit back and relax on the return journey to Marrakesh, arriving back at your accommodation.

From Marrakech: Atlas Mountains Full-Day Hiking Trip

2. From Marrakech: Atlas Mountains Full-Day Hiking Trip

Explore the High Atlas Mountains on a full-day excursion and discover several Berber villages and scenic landscapes. Enjoy a 2 to 3-hour hike, ride a camel along picturesque trails, and enjoy a traditional lunch in a Berber household with local mint tea. Depart Marrakech in the morning and drive to the Moulay Brahim Gorges. Arrive at the main trailhead and experience the dramatic scenery on a camel ride. Hop back aboard the vehicle and pass Berber villages on your way through the Imlil Valley.  Arrive at the village of Imlil where a local will welcome you with a glass of mint tea. Hike for hours to Armed, the highest and largest village in the Imlil Valley. Go by the hamlets of Ait Mizan, Targa, and Imoula on your hike to the Berber village of Ait Souka. Stop on the way at Tamatert, and take in sweeping views of ancient irrigation terraces for barley, corn, and vegetables. Admire cherry orchards and walnut trees before you reach the home of a Berber family in Ait Souka. Sip on a refreshing mint tea while savoring a traditional lunch in the home of a Berber family. Return by going down the other side of the valley through Taourirt and ride the van back to Marrakech at the end of the tour.

From Marrakech: Atlas Mountains Day Trip with Camel Ride

3. From Marrakech: Atlas Mountains Day Trip with Camel Ride

Depart from Marrakech and enjoy a guided day trip through the High Atlas Mountains to learn more about Berber culture and traditions. Admire scenic landscapes, learn about local traditions and industry, and enjoy some local food and drinks. Meet your guide at your accommodation and start the transfer to Imlil. On your way, pass through the town of Tahnaout. Stop at an Argan Oil Cooperative to learn how women of the cooperative turn the Argan nut into many different Argan oil-based products which Morocco is famous for.  Continue on through Asni where, on Saturdays, a traditional Berber Souk and market can be visited. Once you arrive in Imlil, enjoy a welcome glass of mint tea and meet your guide before commencing your tour of the local area. Your guide will help you decide on the length of your tour (you can choose between 1 and 3 hours). Make your way to the largest and highest village in Imlil Valley. Your journey will take you past waterfalls and the hamlets of Ait Mizan, Targa, and Imoula. Stop off in Tamatert and have the opportunity to take in the views of ancient irrigated terraced fields of barley, corn, and vegetables, surrounded by cherry and walnut trees.  Your guide will point out things of interest and talk to you about the Berber culture and heritage along the way.  Travel down through the village of Ait Souka and afterwards enjoy a traditional Moroccan lunch in a Berber family guest house. Once you are rested you will begin your return trip down the other side of the valley to Taourirt to board your vehicle. Go through the Moulay Brahim Gorges, before arriving at the main trailhead with streams and paths branching out in all directions. Here, enjoy a camel ride through picturesque landscapes. Finally, make your journey back to Marrakech, with drop-off in the early evening.

Atlas Mountains and Agafay Desert Jeep Safari

4. Atlas Mountains and Agafay Desert Jeep Safari

Discover and explore deep Berber country in the High Atlas Mountains, and enjoy the landscapes of desert, valleys, villages, and open plains on a full-day trip from Marrakech.  The drive takes you first to the Agafay Desert, just south of Marrakech, where you’ll experience some dune bashing before continuing on to the Lalla Takerkoust region, making your first stop on the hills overlooking the lake. From here you’ll begin a 4x4 adventure on dirt tracks rarely frequented by tourists and climb up to the Kik Plateau, where you’ll drive from village to village meeting locals, visiting Berber homes, and sampling their traditional mint tea and homemade bread.  When you arrive at Imlil Village, located in the heart of Toubkal National Park, you’ll have the option of hiking for an hour to Armed village or continue to the village by 4x4. The 1-hour hike with a local guide is of moderate difficulty. In the village you’ll be served a Berber lamb tagine for lunch at a local home. You’ll also enjoy Moroccan salads and homemade bread during the meal.  After lunch and a short relaxation break, you’ll head down a gentle hill to Imlil village, where you’ll meet your driver for the 1-hour trip back to Marrakech via the Haouz plains.

From Marrakesh: Atlas Mountains Private Day Trip with Lunch

5. From Marrakesh: Atlas Mountains Private Day Trip with Lunch

Set out from Marrakesh to experience life in the Atlas Mountains on this tour. The Berbers have called the region home for centuries. Discover their traditions and enjoy a meal. From the mountains, descend to the desert to ride a camel over the dunes. The first stop on the tour is the city of Tahanaoute. Visit a special cooperative where Berber women produce argan oil. You’ll get to try it in a traditional breakfast along with olive oil, organic honey, and fresh bread. After your meal, learn about the Berbers’ daily life. Cross through several Berber villages before reaching Imlil, the town offers sweeping views of Toubkal and the other mountains. Begin your descent and pass through the Berber village of Asni. It’s well-known for the market it hosts on Saturdays. Spend some time in the nearby valley. The waterfalls and the surrounding mountains are great for taking pictures. After having good time with the Berbers, you will be back to Marrakech.

From Marrakech: Private Day Trip to Atlas Mountains

6. From Marrakech: Private Day Trip to Atlas Mountains

This is a shared trip to Imlil from Marrakech which starts around at 9:00 AM with the pick-up from your hotel or Riad in Marrakech. It takes 1.5 hours to reach Imlil park. You will visit Imlil which is situated approximately 64 kilometers south of Marrakesh and it can be reached by road through the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains. Imlil is the end of the tarmac road, it is a good starting point for a trekking holiday or for climbing Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa (4167 meters). On Saturdays, you can visit the Asni Berber market, walk up to the Kasbah and explore the surrounding trails and enjoy superb views along the valley of Riraya. At this point in the mountains, you will enter true Berber country, meet your english skeaping guide and walk through the small High Atlas Mountain village of Aremd. You will be back at your hotel in Marrakech around 06:00 PM.

Marrakech: Berber Culture Experience & Atlas Mountains Tour

7. Marrakech: Berber Culture Experience & Atlas Mountains Tour

Following a pickup from your hotel at 9 AM, start your journey toward Imlil village and the High Atlas Mountains. On your way, you will pass through the town of Tahnaout. Before reaching the village, embark on a 1-hour camel ride and enjoy a cup of mint tea. Then, visit a female-run argan oil cooperative and learn how the cooperative turns the argan nut into many of the different argan oil-based products Morocco is famous for. Take in stunning panoramic views at Moulay Brahim Gorges before reaching Asni village and the valley. Continue on through Asni where, on Saturdays, a traditional Berber Souk and market can be visited. Next, drive to Imlil village to discover the National Park and the high plateau of the Toubkal. At your arrival in Imlil, meet a local guide to explore the marvelous Berber village. Take in spectacular views over the Imlil waterfall and the valley at the Toubkal Summit. Enjoy a Moroccan lunch with a Berber family and immerse yourself in the culture. After lunch, continue exploring the village as you enjoy the scenic landscape. At 5 PM, journey back to your accommodation in Marrakech where your tour will end.

From Marrakech: Day trekking to the summit of Talamrout

8. From Marrakech: Day trekking to the summit of Talamrout

This popular day trek is ideal for trekkers who will be attempting to climb Mount Toubkal. We grade it as a 'moderate' day trek due to its almost 1,000m of ascent and descent and approx. 6 hours of walking. It offers many great views of both the Imlil and Imnane Valleys from several points in route. I will come & pick you up from your Hotel in Marrakech at 8:00 am. Then, we drive towards the high atlas mountains which are very closer to Marrakech city. We will make frequent stops along the way. After that, we will keep driving towards Imlil valley 1 740m. From the center of Imlil 1740m we first head up the Tamatert Valley to the Tizi n'Tamatert pass (2,280m) via the Berber villages of Ait Souka and Tamatert. At the pass there is a stone shelter with refreshments on sale (seasonal). From the pass we head into Moroccan pine forest and pick up a trail that leads to the summit of Adrar Talamroute. Reaching the summit of Adrar Talamroute (2,724m) there's time to marvel at the view of the Imenane Valley and the Berber villages of Amskere and Ikkiss before we begin our descent back to Imlil. We'll enjoy lunch break on our way down. After then, We drive back to Marrakech . Drop off at your Hotel in Marrakech.

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4.7 / 5

based on 2,873 reviews

What a day! The driver and our lovely guide, Youssef, met us at our pick-up point on time. The camel ride for me was a little scary due to the uneven ground, I felt a little concerned for my safety. However, everybody else seemed relaxed. The camel ride guides were lovely and helped us during our ride. We got to see the baby camels and were given more information on the care of the camels. Our drive to the village was great. Youssef explained everything in great detail and was very knowledgeable. We stopped at several different locations to take some pictures. We enjoyed a lovely meal at the village, the best tagine I've had so far. Overall, it was a great day with a great guide, Youssef, and a lovely group.

We had a great experience as a family, myself, my partner and our 6 year old daughter. Our guide was Ismail, I honestly cannot recommend him highly enough! Wonderful experience from start to finish, from the camel ride, to the breakfast in a local village, to the hike through the scenic mountains, topped off with a great lunch! 10/10, thank you very much!

We thought the price was too good to be true but the tour turned out to be awesome- professional, safe, relaxed. Our guide was Youssef and he never rushed us between activities, was informative and funny. Probably one of the best day trips for the value I’ve ever done!

Trip to Atlas mountains with Ismail was very nice and interesting. Villages in the mountains are simply stunning and tagine with a great view was really good.

Abdul and Yosuf were our guides, they were really nice. They picked us up on time, and the whole day was well organized. Thank you for the experience.