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    Drive out to Imouzzer from Agadir

    by angiebabe Updated Dec 30, 2011

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    Its a stunning drive out to Imouzzer - it was great to be driving out along this lovely drive since my previous visits with 2 nights here 5 years ago - seeing the impressive to dramatic sights of the oases and gorges and valleys with palm trees and homes perched on cliffsides and riders on donkeys making long journeys home up the steep climbs along this route.

    At the end of this route are the cascades gushing down from the top of the mountains on high. In summer this place is a busy haven from the heat and a popular place to visit for locals from Agadir. Including a popular annual honey festival at the end of August which I managed to get to those years ago - along with a 3am in the morning dragging up onto the stage for a photo with the apparently famous woman singer there!

    Walk through olive trees to the waterfalls - my return trip was in November and guys were in the trees harvesting olives...lots of olives on the trees and all over the paths.
    Ive since learnt that there is also an Olive Harvest festival here which is of course worth a visit and that its beautiful to drive out around the valley when the almond trees are in blossom in Feb or March.

    And for a second time Ive watched a man dive from about 30 feet above down into a small pool below my feet - the first time was gut wrenching mind boggling and the second time knowing that its done many times over hoping nothing went wrong in front of me!

    And its a place that intrepid tourists who want more than a package holiday with a week on the beaches around Agadir can add to their itinerary when renting a car or grande taxi to see the surrounding sights.

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    Road to Immouzzer des ida Outanane

    by matcrazy1 Written Jun 24, 2005

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    HOTEL NEAR IMMOUZZER DES IDA OUTANANE

    I drove own car from Agadir to the water falls in Immouzzer des ida Outanane. It was approx. 2 - 3 hours drive. To be honest the water-falls with numerous locals asking you to pay for their jump down the waterfall, are not interesting and almost dry in October. It is a tourist trap.

    But the picturesque road to Immouzzer des ida Outanane is wonderful. The narrow road twisted along beautiful, bright green, deep at parts, valley. I enjoyed spectacular views over the mountains and the green colours of exotic plants.

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    Souss Massa National Park

    by angiebabe Updated Dec 9, 2008

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    In all the times Ive been to Agadir and down to Tiznit and around the area Ive never seen signposts nor information advertising the Sous Massa National Park being where it is - my Moroccan connections had never been there nor had any interest or knowledge of going there - the only information and inspiration to try to find this place or visit this place has been frequently noticing it standing out in green as a National Park on my Lonely Planet guide book's map of things to see around Morocco.

    The DK Eyewitness Travel Guide has a photo of flamingoes and a small write up on it and luckily some instructions on how to find the place. As driving there this latest trip with the intention of going to visit the National Park we still did not see one single signpost advertising this beautiful paradise in the middle of the flat, rather uninspirational landscape of the area between Agadir and Tiznit.

    65 kilometres/40 miles south of Agadir along the road to Tiznit, is this Sous Massa National Park which was created in 1991 and extends along the banks of the Wadi Massa, which on its way to the Atlantic, irrigates a large palm grove.

    This nature reserve where river meets the sea and winter temperatures are mild, attracts hundreds of migratory birds such as flamingoes from the Carmargue in France, and many species from Spain.

    The main purpose though of creating the park though was apparently to preserve the bald ibis, which is threatened with extinction, and of which Morocco is home to half the world's population of this bird with a pink, featherless head. (which we didnt get to see!)

    So as the DK Eyewitness guide advised us, visitors should approach the park and entrance from Sidi Rhat - of which this village is signposted along the P30 between Agadir and Tiznit.

    At the 'gate' are guys offering to guide visitors - we decided to take the opportunity to use our time efficiently and be shown where to go to see birds as I especially wanted to see flamingoes. Our guide asked for 70 dirham - but after spending about 2 hours walking around the park with him and his interesting company (though I had great difficultly understanding his english!and my Moroccan friend had to translate at times for me!) the asking price was obviously too low and warranted a further donation to give value for the time well spent with him.

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    Visit Antiatlas Mountains :-)

    by matcrazy1 Updated Jun 24, 2005

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    PAINTED ROCKS NEAR AGARD-OUDAD AND I :-)

    Take at least one full day trip by own or hired car and drive or buy a tour to wonderful Antiatlas Mountains with city of Tafraoute (140 km, 87 mi one way). Visit beautiful and unique Berber's villages, amazing painted roscks near Agard-Oudad (land-art) and enjoy your eyes with views over unique rocky formations and stunning mountain landcapes with small, tiny villages in valleys. Simply a must!

    My first full day trip to Tafraoute from Agadir made me crazy to come back there again and I did it on the way to Western Sachara a few days later.

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    CoL de Kerdous to and from Tafroute

    by angiebabe Updated Dec 30, 2011

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    Nestled in the picturesque area that is the Ameln Valley of pink mountains, berber villages and peaceful and fertile valleys with palmeraie is the village of Tafroute, tucked away in the Anti Atlas.

    Tafroute is 107 km from Tiznit or 198 km from Agadir - both routes have striking scenery making it worthwhile to create a circuit that incorporates the three.

    In between Tiznit and Tafroute the roads wind up to the pass of Col de Kerdous at 1100m - with the four star Hotel Kerdous, once a kasbah, perched right on the pass. There is a cafe and bar here at the hotel entrance for coffee or a beer etc with great views - or park and stay the night.

    The road enroute gives stunning views over mud brick berber villages looking precarious on the sides of the hills, cactus plants and cultivated terraces - to even more stunning views from the top at Kerdous, especially looking back towards Tiznit at sunset.

    During February and early March the almond trees that grow prolifically around Tafroute are in bloom adding even more colour and beauty to the route. There is an annual Almond Blossom festival in Tafraoute every February

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    Looking for birds at Sous Massa National Park

    by angiebabe Updated Dec 9, 2008

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    Souss Massa National Park was created in 1991 primarily to preserve the bald iris which is threatened with extinction. Half the population of the bald ibis live in Morocco.

    The mild temperatures along with the river and the sea here attract hundreds of migratory birds such as greater flamingoes from the Camargue in southern France and from Spain, as well as godwit, snipe, grey heron, turnstone, dunlin, coots and many other species.

    I was pleased to get up fairly close to flamingoes - and see that they really are pink - well, as the guide advised us, under their wings and feathers - and get fairly close up shots of other birds and also see wild pigs.

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    Sunsets from the fortress above Agadir

    by angiebabe Written Jan 6, 2009

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    Lots of locals up on the top of the big hill at the fortress above Agadir around sunset time - the camels and their keepers were still there for the tourists - the place is quite busy at sunset time - great views over the port and harbour and Agadir below and out to sea.

    Handier to drive up with your rental car! but taxis will bring you up here - the walk down is okay though and the road way is lit until quite late. The walk up is steep and takes about 20 to 30 minutes.

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    Wild pigs and other wildlife at Souss Massa

    by angiebabe Updated Dec 9, 2008

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    This wonderful nature reserve that is Souss Massa National Park, 65 km south of Agadir, was created in 1991 and extends along the Wadi Massa where the river meets the sea providing a haven of about 1400 hectares in which many bird and animal life live.

    Our guide was rattling off names of many creatures that live or can be found here at Souss Massa National Park - unfortunately the names he was using or pronouncing as english needed translating! - eg. he was using the word sects for insects (under the water) which I guessed he was meaning shrimps which when I translated back as crevettes is what he meant.

    We could see wild pigs on the opposite river bank - which he called wild hogs - and went on to say that they can be a problem as aggressive.

    But as they were thankfully on the other side of the river from us it was great to be able to see them and photograph them!

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    Taxi hire for excursions or travel out of Agadir

    by angiebabe Updated Aug 16, 2010

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    Officially the grand taxi prices s are fixed - they of course see a tourist coming and they will try to charge more - but the normal Moroccan recommended by the govt/fixed price for the whole taxi - which we do mean grand taxi

    El Batwaar (near the big souk) to: Taroudant - should be 300 dirham
    Tiznit - 300 max (really about 260/270 but say 300)
    Tafraoute - 600
    Sidi Ifni - 500
    Essaouira - 500
    Immouzzer 300 return plus whatever time you want to stay for needs to be added - makes a nice half day trip - stay for 3 hours add 100 dirham

    For somewhere excellent such as Amtoudi for an excellent day excursion I have contact details for a small company that have taxis and will do a day excursion for something like 1300 dirham

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    Sous-Massa National Park

    by sachara Updated Sep 8, 2003

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    Souss-Massa National Park

    South of Agadir along the coast stretches for seventy KMs the Sous Massa National Park.
    We took the south entrance at 58 KM from Agadir near the Oued Massa. We booked a tour with a landrover to cross the area back to the north to Agadir.
    The park is an area of tidal creeks and lagoons, but you can also see sanddunes and cliffs. We enjoyed the beautiful scenery.

    There is a large variety of birdlife in the Park like the bald ibis and species of the crane, duck, flamingo, heron and many more. We saw a lot of birds, but we didn't see mammals. In the area are the red fox, genet, wild cat, jackal and wild boar.

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    Visit to a mountain village

    by sachara Updated Sep 6, 2007

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    From Agadir we made in 1992 a one day tour with a landrover to the mountains in the area south east of Agadir and north east of Tiznit. First we visited the barrage and lake in this area and then we headed on unpaved roads into the mountains.

    With a donkey we took a track to a small mountain village. On our way up we had a good look at the wadi with palm trees and the small fields of the villagers. The village looked very scenic and the villagers were very friendly, came to see us to say hello.

    See my travelogue.

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    Village in the mountains

    by sachara Updated Sep 6, 2007

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    During our tour with the landrover we went with a donkey from the wadi to a small village in the mountains north east of Tiznit.

    The village was very picturesque with its houses built between the rocks. Under one of the rocks we saw an oven. Some villagers were very curious and came welcoming us, others were a little bit more shy.

    See my travelogue for more.

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    Tafraoute

    by sachara Updated Sep 9, 2003

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    From Agadir it's very easy to visit Tafraoute and the area around in one day. Tafraoute is 130 KM south east of Agadir.
    The landscape around Tafraoute is wonderful. Mountains of pink granite, or purple in the shadow, valleys with thousands of palmtrees and Berber villages.
    This remote area is prosperous, due to its fertility, but even more by the succes of the men, travelling for business to the cities for their fortune.
    The villages around Tafraoute are more interesting to explore than Tafraoute itself.
    3 KM south of Tafraoute you can see a rock formation called Napoleon's hat and the blue painted rocks by the Belgian artist Jean Veran.

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    Taroudannt, walled city

    by sachara Updated Sep 3, 2007

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    Taroudannt is 85 KM east of Agadir. You can easily go there on a daytrip.

    Taroudannt is a nice traditional Berber market town surrounded by red-mud walls. Especially the walls are striking. At the background of Taroudannt you have a nice view at the Atlas mountains.

    We visited Taroudannt twice in 2000 and 2001. We enjoyed visiting the souqs, to walk around in the town, to have a drink and of course having a look at the spectacular walls. It felt if the atmosphere in and around the town didn't really change for the last 100 years.

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    Tioute, kasbah and palmeraie

    by sachara Updated Sep 3, 2007

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    Tioute lies 48 KM south of Taraoudannt. The first time we visited Tioute in 2000, was on a one day tour from Agadir in combination with Taroudannt.

    Tioute has ruins of a impressive kasbah. In the village itself is not much to see, but the atmosphere is nice. We did a donkey ride in the palmeraie. The villager who accompanied us explained a lot about the crops growing in the palmeraie. In the village in a local house I had the best Morrocan tajine and couscous ever.

    In 2001 we came back and spent a night in the kasbah. It was nice to sit there in the evening to the great view and the lights of the village down. Most special was the splendid view at the palmeraies with changing light during the twilight.

    We learned that in 1952 the kasbah was used for the film Ali Baba & the Forty Thieves, a great ambiance indeed.

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