We stayed at this Gite for 1 night as part of our tour with Exodus travel. This was probably one of my favourite parts of the tour.
After spending some time in Telouet , we drove a further 20 minutes, then transferred our overnight bags to the waiting mules.
Our hours walk gave us the chance to enjoy the mountain scenery, and see some of life in the villages that we passed through, it was quite a relief though to reach our gite- the walk is all uphill!
Basic accomodation- mattresses on the floor in rooms of 2, 4 or 6. (Pillows and bedding provided)
Toilets -western and hole in the ground style.
Showers - hot (first one free) and cold. Plus communal wash basin.
Meals were eaten in a narrow dining room, with a low table and cushions (leave your shoes outside) Good selection of breakfast foods including porridge, 3 course lunch and evening meal, were also good.
No alcohol is allowed at the Gite, but there are soft drinks - mint tea and coffee available.
Small shop in the foyer selling post cards, chocolate, snacks etc - just write what you've bought on a list, then pay on departure.
Great views over the valley and mountains from the terraces. I especially enjoyed the early morning sitting waiting for the sun rise.
It is so peaceful and quiet, that any noise travels! Mules, donkeys, cockerels, goats etc provided an alarm call! An unmade sandy road passes under the gite, so from about 4am, there was the intermittant sound of villagers walking or riding donkeys- I quite liked the muffled sound of the hooves clomping on the hollow sounding path, with their owner muttering a whispered command or low whistle.
Some of our party planned to sleep outside on the terrace - sleeping mats were provided, however only 3 stuck it out - apparently it was a full moon, so it was like sleeping under a floodlight!
As I was awake, I decided to get up and watch the sunrise, which I'm pleased that I did.
Good base for walks in the mountains or down to the villages.
The staff in the Gite will also take pens, exercise books etc. to the local school. Some of our party donated their sleeping bags, fleece tops etc.
As I've mentioned in my previous tip, one of the main attractions of this Gite is its location. The terrace offers a grandstand view over the valley. I'd recommend getting up very early, to enjoy watching the village come to life below you. I should imagine being here to watch the sunset would be as atmospheric - Unfortunately alcohol isn't allowed here, as a 'sundowner' would be the perfect accompaniment!
To be continued...
Budget accommodation of varying levels of budget - dorms to share or have your own room.
Cold in winter - if you can get there as it can occasionally have snow to these levels then make sure you have warm clothes - lots of layers and woollens. At least have one big bottle of bottled water with you on arrival.
Its about a one hour drive from Telouet with its turn off just before arriving at Anmiter and follows along the left of a deep river valley that Anmiter sits almost at the bottom of. Its a gravel road all the way since leaving the bitumen at the turn off from the Telouet-Anmiter road but we have done each drive - and theres been several - by conventional car. The Lonely Planet guide says to park your car and walk an hour or find a donkey but thats not actually the case. Theres also several 4 wheel drive tour companies that include this place on their itinerary and therefore get there by 4x4wheel which of course is great for the potential adverse weather or road conditions should there have been heavy rains or snow.
There are a couple of water crossings - one is a river which we have manouvred and only once were we concerned but locals nearby waded across and showed us how deep it was at the time - the other is most of the times just a minor creek or trickle which at its worst creates a bit of a muddy road.
But any problems or assistance needed contact Abdelrazah down at the Anmiter Auberge.
Great views, huge balconies - enjoy coffee or mint tea overlooking the green valley below surrounding by hills and mountains. Quiet and breath in the very fresh air!
Off the beaten track and get to see where the mountain Berbers of Morocco live - berber villages and villagers making a living out here in the remote and tough areas behind TizinTickha and mid-Atlas mountains.
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