We organize for you popular private day trip and excursions from Marrakech including hotel pick up, private transfer and guided tour.
Beginning in Ouarzazate, a windy city that has become an oasis for filmmakers from all over the world, further East and South, there is a land that has not changed for hundreds of years. The city itself, called “The Gate to the Desert” or “The Moroccan Hollywood” is an amazing base for the exploration of the South.You can visit the Kasbah in Ouarzazate as well as the movie Studios (Atlas Studios, entry 50 dh/person, 8:30am till 6pm – depending on the season) and the Museum of Cinema (entry 30 dh/person, +212 524 89 03 46, 8am-6pm). Thanks to its amazing landscapes, good infrastructures, friendly people and cheap authorizations, Ouarzazate became very popular among movies producers! Starting from “Gladiator” and “Jesus from Nazareth”, everyday modern productions like The Game of Thrones, Mission Impossible, Alexander or Prince of Persia use this part of Morocco’s gorgeous features for their shootings.
As you reach the far side of the mountains the landscape changes dramatically, becoming semi-arid and desert-like. Here is the Kasbah architecture with turrets on all the buildings, adorned with grilled windows and soft peach coloured walls. These traditional houses are made of adobe, highly suitable for the climatic conditions of the south. After the Tichka pass, you leave the main road and take a side road to the Telouet Kasbah, which belonged to the Lords of the Atlas, the Glaoui family, which stands in ruins after the last Pasha fled the country after the departure of the French.
From there you continue for lunch at Ait Ben Haddou along the newly asphalted road. The afternoon is spent exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou, which has been used as a backdrop for many Hollywood blockbusters. It was one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road caravan routes, where traders brought slaves, gold, ivory and salt from sub-Saharan Africa to Marrakech and beyond.
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta Dismiss