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Dunes & Desert offers you the chance of having great moments in the most beautiful South Moroccan sites along with local people. Located in Ouarzazate, this company lets you enjoy all the entire region has to offer: the fabulous High-Atlas Mountains, the fertile green palm trees of the Drâa, the traditional Kasbahs, lost oasis and the unforgettable Sahara. Their main goal and mission is to make you discover the true and unique Morocco that we encounter every day. Dunes & Desert Exploration will be there for your needs and travel wishes in order to make you live your lifetime travel, far beyond your expectations.
Dunes & Desert proposes you to discover Morocco in our all terrain vehicles. We place at your disposal 6 Polaris 330cc3 machines. Fully automatic, its driving is reliable, comfortable and suitable for everyone. Our quads are quite easy to handle and will make you experience unforgettable emotions while in unique sceneries.
QUAD Excursions details
1 hour – INITIATION TOWARDS FINT OASIS
Round trip excursion into the fertile Fint oasis thru desert tracks. An unforgettable experience that will make you get familiar with our quads.
2 hours - HOLLYWOOD EXCURSION
Visit the film studios of The Bible, wonder around the scenes of Alexander The Great Atlas studios. On the way stop by Tifoultoute's kasbah.
½ day - AIT BENHADDOU «LA MAGNIFIQUE »
Excursion into the tracks that take you close to the very well known Kasbah of Ait ben Haddou, the scene of Diamonds of The Nile and Gladiator. Taste mint tea while in one of the most well known places of Morocco: You just can’t miss it! Excursion in tracks and on the river.
1 day – SOUTH WONDERS
Visit around Ouarzazate with an excursion to Mansour Eddahbi's Lake. Heading « kasbah des Cigognes » and ksar Aït Benhaddou passing by Tifoultoute. Discover Fint Oasis entering by the river. On the way back we pass the film studios and some other interesting places.Related to:
- Historical Travel
This little city in the middle of the oasis desert boasts for decades a movie studio where scenes from huge Hollywood successes such as Lawrence of Arabia, Star Wars and some french like Asterix&Obelix were shot.
The studio in itself is not very impressive and most people go there just to see where star worked.
The guided tour lasts about 1 hour.Related to:
- Family Travel
Centre of Ouarzazate
"Yellow city" I would call it. It impressed me by quiteness, compare to Marrakech, and also by more friendly people. Take the tour inside the labirint f peoples' houses. Our guide showed us the artificial house, built in between real ones, he told us that they it was used to shoot the part of a movie with Jean Claude Van Damme.
Summer snow in Morocco?
In the High Atlas mountains there are some peaks more than 4000 mt high. While travelling from Ouarzazate to Marrakesh I passed through wonderful mountain landscapes and I could still see some snow on the highest peaks. Amazing, in summer! (much more snow, and even skiing is possible, in winter).Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
Les gorges du Todra (2)
I suggest you visit the gorges early in the morning as it can get really hot (at least in summer, when I visited). Look out for scorpions, especially if you climb the rocks: there are many and they can be poisonous.
Les gorges du Todra (1)
The Todra gorges are 15 km from Tinerhir, a dull town 100 Km east ogf Ouarzazate. It can be difficult to arrive here by public transportation, but it's really worth the time. The main Todra gorge is magnificent, 10 meters wide and hundreds of meters high. There are palm trees growing between the rocks as there is a source of water. The landscape around here is really wonderful.Related to:
Tamegroute: the moslim sanctuary
Tamegroute is still an important religious centre and there is a famous sanctuary dating back to the 13th century. There is an ancient library inside and tourists are allowed to visit. Many walls and doors are nicely decorated.
Tamegroute: an historical village
Tamegroute is a village about 20 km south of Zagora. It has been for centuries an important religious and cultural centre and there are still many reminders from the glorious past. The architecture of the village is quite nice, like a big kasbah with many traditional buildings.
Zagora: the desert is near...
Zagora is about 100 km south of Ouarzazate. It not such an interesting city, but people are friendly and the Sahara is near. There was a sand storm when I was visiting and it was amazing. There are many attractions nearby, like Tamegroute, the Draa valley and the first sand dunes further south.
Old Ouarzazate: the Kasbah
Modern Ouarzazate is the administrative center of the region and it is not an interesting city to visit. But about two kms from the town center you can easily walk to the old Kasbah, a fascinating deserted place with old traditional houses made of stone (uninhabited, now) and narrow winding streets.
I had a quick wander around by myself and found some old ruins, right next door to the Kasbah, which to me were more intresting than the Kasbah itself
It costs around 10 or 20 Dirhams to wander around the Kasbah, through it's alleys and small rooms. I didn't find it to be the most interesting in Morocco, but there are some nice views from the top.
The landscape immediately around Zagora is pretty desertic. There are occasional cultivations that require a lot of hydraulic works in order to have enough water.
Old Ouarzazate: the palace in the Kasbah
The only building not almost completely ruined in the Khasbah is the old palace, that is open for tourists. It is interesting to visit and there are some nicely decorated walls and ceilings.
Province d' Ouarzazate Hotels
We spent three nights here in January, 2013. This Riad was custom built as a B&B. It is not a...more
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