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  • the old Glaoui kasbahs
    the old Glaoui kasbahs
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    by angiebabe Updated Feb 2, 2014

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    Anmiter is an old village of kasbahs that acted like a watchhouse station to exercise control over the old caravan route here where traders came up from the sub-Sahara to buy salt.
    This was all part of the ancient Glaoui stronghold who ruled this part of Southern Morocco up until the French lost control over Morocco and the Moroccan king returned from exile to reclaim his throne.
    From Ouarzazate through to Telouet, Tasgha, here in Anmiter, along through the Ounila valley to Tamdaght, Ait Benhaddou and Ouzarzazate are kasbahs built by the Glaoui rulers.

    About 2 kms from here on the road back to Telouet are the once Glaoui owned salt mines that created so much trade and wealth and hence the reason that this was an important caravan route.

    I spent lengthy periods of time in Telouet and frequently walked and drove around the area, visiting Anmiter and the other nearby villages of Tasgha and Tighza - interesting old villages with mud brick houses and kasbahs blending into an awesome array of colours - earth in colours of purple, red, orange - during the summer months the fields are lush green and pink oleanders grow prolifically - a very colourful area that is very popular for hikers and people who just appreciate getting away and enjoying landscapes and seeing other ethnic people groups.

    The 1-2 hike from Anmiter up to the Tamda Lakes is a popular one and there are locals who supply donkeys and guides for the trip if needed. There are places to stay at all three villages - including Tigzha which is an hour or so by heavy piste road from Anmiter heading up the mountain towards the Tamda lakes - we have driver up to the auberge a number of times and its a very scenic and interesting but slow route with one or 2 river crossings.
    ....so yes a lovely place to take to take a walking holiday!

    The road on from Anmiter through the Ounila valley to Tamdaght and Ait Benhaddou has always been a stunningly, scenic road - with many old villages including awesome kashahs - and has been recently bitumened so is no longer restricted to 4x4 vehicles or pedestrians or 4 legged animals (though we did it in a normal car - took 5 hours to do 55 kms!)

    the landscape to get here from Marrakech is beautiful - check out the road map - you go from Marrakech to top of TiznTichka, one of the highest mountain passes in Morocco, and then turn off to Telouet and another 11kms is Anmiter.

    There is a daily afternoon bus from Marrakech to Telouet - which stops at Taddert for about half an hour - the journey takes several hours. Theres a daily morning bus returning to Marrakech, leaving Anmiter at about 630am. Grande taxis from Marrakech go past on their way to Ouarzazate so you need to get off at the turn off to Telouet - either thumb a lift (there is a lot of traffic on the evening before the twice a week market days) or look out for minivans or grande taxis coming from Ouarzazate to Telouet.

    I also have a few pics on my Anmiter, Telouet, Ait Benhaddou and Morocco pages

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    by angiebabe Updated Oct 12, 2012

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    We drove past here in Feb and June this year 2012 and there is a signpost here now to let you know where to turn in to visit these salt mines.

    As you can see in the photo the earth in these mountains contains salt which leaches out with the rains - when you drive in you will see the entrance to an underground mine and also some salt ponds.

    The salt in this area was an important source of wealth for the rulers in the area - and a lot of money or gold would be bartered for salt to join the caravans that went through here on their way down to the sub-sahara countries of Africa

    watching over the way to the salt mines providing trade in salt with caravans to mauritani hills loaded with salt leaching white as snow
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    by angiebabe Updated Oct 25, 2007

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    Prior to the present road over TizinTichka built by the French in the 1920s accessing Ouarzazate with Marrakech this village was on the main access route via Telouet and Ait Benhaddou and which was an important trade route for caravans going on down to Mauritania and Mali.

    Tolls imposed by this village on caravans travelling through created a lot of wealth for this village which can be seen in the number of kasbahs and fortified homes in this therefore fortified village which, though several of the buildings are now obviously dilapidated, is unusually well preserved.

    Back in the days of the Glaoui when Al Thami was pasha of Marrakech and Lord of the vast area of the Atlas and South of Morocco and based at his principal kasbah 11km away at Telouet the tolls imposed by the head of this village was what got him into trouble with El Glaoui who demanded that income be his. El Glaoui had served the sultan but switched hsi support to the invading French.
    This village was able to stand up to El Glaoui and his army until a betrayer on the inside sabotaged their stance and from after this El Glaoui was free to take over the last remaining resistant tribe and have relentless fiefdom throughout this area, hence the kasbahs here and down at further along the Ounila valley to Tamdaght that the Glaoui also occupied.

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Anmiter Off The Beaten Path

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    by angiebabe Updated Feb 2, 2014

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    You could also follow up the contacts and their numbers that in my Anmiter tips to do your own trekking up there and compare the prices - you could get a rental car and drive to Anmiter and then go from there with guide and donkeys....I have a few connections in various places as well which might all make a more diverse package to get more for less cost than say an exodus tour - but Exodus are well regarded and do trips up to Tigzha, a village higher in the mountains from Anmiter heading up to the Tamda lakes and do volunteer projects to aid locals in the area.

    Ramblers in the UK also do arranged tours but doing things at grass roots levels independently in Morocco with the right connections is fine too

    There are daily buses coming to Anmiter from Marrakech every afternoon arriving early evening via Telouet. And departing Anmiter every morning about 630 am for Marrakech.

    There are minivans that transport locals between Anmiter and Telouet - and 2 market days a week in Telouet certainly increases traffic and locals come down from the mountains and in from the many villages around the area.

    The road through to Tamdaght and Ait Benhaddou has recently been bitumened so there is more vehicular traffic using the Ounila valley now and a few new gites to add to the several that had been there when it was quite popular for hikers.

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    by angiebabe Updated Oct 31, 2007

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    This beautiful drive, which ive been very blessed to have done - but since then realised a few sights along the way we should have stopped at (particularly the kasbahs along the way that were part of the Glaoui's fiefdom) but it was seriously seriously beautiful!

    - is only 36 km apparently from Anmiter to Ait Ben Haddou - but took us about 5 hours from Telouet to Ait Ben Haddou in our little non-4x4 rental car
    (dont tell the rental company!! but theyre Moroccans too so they wont mind - unless we did get stuck in the middle but as Moroccans do we would always have found a way out - someone we'd know would be around to come rescue us if it really necessary!).

    And this can be a great 2 day walk as well - there is apparently accommodation along the way (and we know there are homes and cafes along the way) at Tioughassine and Tiguert.

    Anyway it was March and in beautiful springtime with this fertile valley flourishing with fruit trees in blossom, palms and figs and olive trees, lush crop and vege fields, the river glistening, and any sights of the high Atlas/Anti-Atlas mountains in the background extra beautiful with snow on the tops still.

    We certainly got lots of looks from 4x4 drivers, especially Moroccan drivers - telling us we couldnt do it
    (but my boyfriend was a pretty cool driver and had been on the road before and reckoned we could do it!)
    - we had only 2 real spots that were a bit of a worry - a rocky with large rocks unlevel uphill section and a deep river crossing - but not as deep as worry wart me thought (and not as deep as some of the scarey river crossings ive made during my times driving when the rivers were up along the Dades Valley and one time some sahara acquaintances talked me into letting them push me across the river at Rissani at mid car depth! mustve been just below the motor as the car had a foot of water in the bottom but we made it and drove off)

    tell you what Morocco has as much adventure and scenic sights as you want!

    Anmiter - where the bitumen becomes 4x4 piste where the Ounila valley starts at Anmiter the other end near AitBenHaddou 55km to Telouet
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    by angiebabe Updated Oct 31, 2007

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    this beautiful road turns off just before you arrive at Anmiter when coming from Telouet - its an hour to walk and its mostly an incline all the way - or about 20-30 minutes to drive.

    Its a very interesting road winding its way along the top of a high river worn valley and in around and in between berber villages built up the slopes heading upwards as the road makes it way higher up into the mountains. This road ends up at Tighza where walks can be done up to the Tamda Lakes - you could hire a guide and donkey for the 5-7 hour return trip - or carry on to a week long circuit to Tessaout or to the Mgoun Massif.

    Looking down into the valley are fertile growing areas, extra beautiful in the springtime of Feb to April with fruit trees in blossom and flowers blooming, with locals working and making their ways around by foot or by donkey or mules, and over to other villages built on the hills on the other side of the river.

    The main river crossing is where the local women come to do their laundry so this can make interesting photo opportunities around mid morning to mid afternoon though the ladies if notice the camera pointed at them rarely like this and will move or put their hands up to cover their faces.

    But if youre walking try going to say hello and you will find that generally these women will be only too glad in meeting you and finding out more about you - more than likely you will invited back to someones place for tea - you might have to continue your walk to Tighza another day!

    the road to Tighza from the Telouet-Anmiter rd can just see the rd rising in the hills to Tighza views below tighza looking higher up further above Tighza
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