I havent stayed in any camping grounds around Tafraoute but I have visited a few and met a few of the owners.
I wanted to give some information on camping grounds here as they are so popular and the majority are very well run - not just here in Tafraoute but there are a number of them around Morocco or Southern Morocco connected with the locals that I know who recommend certain ones for being great or that I have visited with that are very impressive. There are so many around as during certain months in the year there are many many campers bringing their campervans over from Europe - particularly France and Germany - and often you may see camping grounds with them in their hundreds.
In towns such as Tafraoute, Tiznit and Taroudant often overflow areas have been created so great is the demand for camper van parking and the reluctance of the town councils to let the much needed holiday makers go elsewhere
The best camping grounds are regarded as those that provide a satisfactory number of clean ablution and toilet facilites - and that will cope with the number of campers using them; also with compound walls for security and to keep out the numbers of dogs that prowl around Tafraoute at night, most ackowledge the demand for good wifi connection and advertise that this is provided,
The general cost for camper vans is 50 dirhams and 20 dirham per person, for camping with tent its about 15 dirham for the tent, 10 dirham per person, 5 dirham per person for cold showers, 10 dirham per person for hot showers
in Tafraoute the best ones are regarded as:
Three Palms - Trois Palmiers
The one to avoid is said to be Camping Tazekka on the outskirts of Tafraoute just before Aday village on the road to Col Kerdous and Tiznit for poor cleanliness and maintenance and the large number of dogs that
There are 2 very good camping grounds in the Ammeln valey that have swimming pools -
and Camping Ammeln Valley
Mustafa has recently taken over this establishment, completely renovated the place and given it a new name and lease of life.
Very keen to make your stay a comfortable one - very clean rooms and bathrooms, great breakfasts in the salon, out on the front patio or up on the roof with good views.
Lunches and dinners are available on request and Mustafa is a great cook of traditional Moroccan cuisine.
With two storeys and roof there are 8 rooms with 3 being twin rooms, 4 double rooms - 1 with ensuite - and 1 extra large family room with 2 twin beds and a double.
Communal bathrooms on each floor
Very peaceful location being further up the road away from the town centre and yet only a few minutes walk from the town's going on and any facilities you need.
With garden courtyard entrance up to the front patio and spacious interior up to the open roof you have a lot more room to move.
and excellently fast 24 hour wifi.
Nice welcoming atmosphere where your custom is much appreciated....
Only a 3 minute walk from the CTM bus stop, Hotel Les Amis is a very lovely place to stay. The rooms are a nice size with shared facilities (bathrooms, showers, toilets and kitchen area) on each floor, and cheap (my room cost me 100MAD per night). The Manager, Mohammed, keeps all the shared areas spotlessly clean. He will do all he can to make your stay a pleasant one.
I have stayed here twice - March 2011 with 2 friends and the last time (March 2012) I visited for 6 days on my own. Mohammed made me feel very welcome and helped make my stay there very, very pleasant. There is a nice terrace on the first floor for sitting, drinking mint tea and watching everyday life in Tafraoute. There is also a roof terrace with Berber tent accommodation.
For further information and pictures : http://www.tafraout.info/article_157-auberge-lesamis-tafraout.htm
Kept very clean by Mohammed. (however, some of the people that stay there are not always considerate and sometimes left the kitchen area a mess after using it!).
Although mainly a hostel where you can "self-cater", Mohammed will offer breakfast for 25MAD if you request it.
I haven't stayed at any other hotel in Tafraoute so have no comparison to make, but I would highly recommend Les Amis.
Havent stayed here yet but have stopped at its cafe and look out point several times - Ive met the man who manages this hotel who of course invited us to come and stay....and in February we what couldve been called a vt mini meet to share a wine with a photographer who had got onto VT and made contact with me for travel advice in this area - so got a few pics of the interiors and used the ladies room - the decor from reception to the bar is in quite lovely traditional Moroccan/Moorish style - but hopefully one day will get to check how it is overnight - though it did sound overpriced (especially the cheap sounding menu!)
Otherwise the views are lovely.
One of my latest daytime visits mid January on a lovely sunny afternoon and we had pretty good views down the valley that the hotel dramatically is perched above. We sat there with our sardine sandwiches that we bought from the prior town on the way and got Moroccan tea from the Kerdous hotel cafe to drink.
We visited here for a mint tea stop and use the loo and say hello to the Belgium couple who were sitting here in the sun at one of the tables also have a tea stop during their cycle from Tafraoute.
I got offered a tour of the gite rooms upstairs to see the rooms that are available for staying overnight in and for the views from the roof.
It all looked clean and cheap enough at 60 dirham a person - or for full board 150 dirham a person.
Only 3 rooms but separate bathroom and toilet facilities are right there on the same floor as well.
Then its another flight of stairs to the roof for nice views up at palm tree top level looking up to cliff sides of the lovely Ait Mansour gorge that this gite and shop and tea stop place sits in the middle of.
Might be rather cold at night in winter but should be very nice in summer and a great base for walks of course.
Stayed here 3 nights just recently September 2011 - would normally stay at Les Amis but was full at the time and decided to stay for the remainder of the nights - large spacious rooms and lounge area with large windows meant more air could circulate so was cooler during the day and evening and quieter away from the busy intersection outside Les Amis.
Under new ownership the rooms have been newly tiled and decorated so the place is very clean. For the environmentally conscientious this place has solar powered hot water.
Nice views from the roof for early morning and evening photos of sunrise and sunset if you wish, or just to relax up with there with a cool drink etc.
Just a few minutes walk down to the centre, or a few minutes walk up to ancient berber villages and on to Napoleons Hat at the village of Aguerd Oudad, and just on further from there are the Painted rocks.
We got a discount but latest September 201q2 lusual price for a room for 2 is now 400 dirham with breakfast.
The ground floor has been recently converted into a cafe so the usual excellent Moroccan coffee, tea (atay in berber), orange juice and small snacks including berber omelettes can be had here. Indoor and outdoor seating....a nice addition
All rooms now have ensuite and air-conditioning.
very clean! - decorated with interesting Moroccan arts and crafts which give the place character and a look that people care!
Wifi is usually accessible...if not there is an internet cafe 2 minutes walk away.
Good central location - close to the town centre and just opposite where the buses arrive and depart from - so very convenient location and being several storeys high gives good views over the town centre - theres a roof so you can sit up there, get views over the town or especially if youre enduring the summer heat there without airconditioning its a good place in the evenings to cool off.
It can average 40-45 degrees during day mid-summer, often only dropping a few degrees to maybe 35-38 at night. Good news is this year Les Amis have been renovating their rooms and now all rooms have ensuite and air-conditioning.
Great price at 300 dirham per room, without breakfast and only 30 dirham per person to add breakfast.
Friendly and helpful management
Beautiful hotel - really impressed by the effort put into the design and layout and decor of the place - all the staff were really nice and professional and everything and anything needed was met with a smile - from arriving late at night with the guardien opening the gates with a smile and helping with luggage from the car up the steps into the hotel to the smiles of staff when heading in for breakfast.
The rooms are set around the swimming pool area with views to the hills behind - all looks enticing both day and night!
Of course this all starts with lovely Liesbeth who has moved from her Dutch homeland to her new life in Morocco and put her dream together in a lovely spot in the Ameln valley below the famous Lion face in the rocks above.
wifi available in the foyer - swimming pool with Maroccan style salon to relax in - great decor - restaurantand bar - tasteful and very comfortable accommodation rooms - very nice views from the roof area of the Ammeln valley with its berber villages nestled below or up the side of the interesting surrounding mountains - smiling and helpful staff - good prices - privacy but warm approach and interest
Excellently located in the town centre with views over the area - all recently renovated in excellent moroccan style - great designs and colours in both the foyer areas and in the rooms - nice quality furnishings and bedding in the rooms - having terrace views is nice and of course having wifi available is an excellent modcon that travellers enjoy the opportunity of when many hotels in Morocco are still working on internet connections for guests.
A competitively priced and nicely decorated restaurant is also in the hotel and so far been really happy with the pleasant staff.
Many hotels in Morocco are still not quite as clean as international travellers would like but this place has been great so far - and also with the issue of heating in Morocco its great to have airconditioning in the rooms to keep you warm along with good insulation windows and doors fitted - and cool during the hot summer months - 178 dirham for singles, 256 for doubles the price to stay here is a good competitve one giving good value for your money with what else is on offer in Tafroute. Suites are also available for 366 for 2 persons which is also good value.
Also get a good map of the routes and villages and sights in the surrounding area from Hotel Salama - at this stage still free of charge.
Very good, newly built with good pool (a bit chilly in November though).
Rooms from 390Dm. We were shown various rooms, those on the front have great views of the Lion Head cliff formation in the Alemn Valley. The ones at the back overlook the garden and pool but are good for sunsets.
Good resaurant where we had one of the best cooked tagines in Morocco, and it wasn't too expensive.
It's brand new so everything works.
Good size outdoor pool.
Friendly, helpful staff.
Along with the hotel Tanger, the hotel Redouane is a cheap accommodation, there is a sun terrace and it includes rooms with hot shower, the staff is friendly. The terrace offers you a good view of the town and it has a very good restaurant downstairs that offers very nice tajines with very good prices.
Right on the 1.100 M high Col de Kerdous is in a former Kasbah the hotel Kerdous.
The views to all sides are stunning.
If you don't stay in the hotel, it's worth just to stopp for a glass of tea or meal to enjoy the marvellous views.
There are two restaurants and a bar.
When we visited this place in 1992, we have walked around and had a look, but the hotel and restaurants were not open yet.
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