Walk through the ksar behind the Riad Ksar Malal which is part of the ksar but newly restored to create a lovely hotel and place to stay and see the area. 17 km north of Zagora on the Draa Valley road it makes a good base to see the surrounds and travel into Zagora and further south to other attractions such as Tamgroute, Tinfou, Mhamid and the desert of Chigaga.
There are many ksar villages around the Draa Valley - a set up where a community live together with the protection of strong walls around the village, seemingly making everyone live very close together but once inside you find that families have their own homes and living areas separate from one another including their livestock.
I was told the ksar behind has not been lived in for 20 years now and is in a dilapidated condition but still safe for walking through and visiting up onto some of the upper floors and the main passageways are still used as thoroughfares.
Its an interesting insight into how people lived in these ksars whereas many that are available for visiting these days are still lived in and so you are restricted to just how much you can see.
About 23 KM south of Zagora are theTinfou Dunes. These are some isolated sanddunes.
Here we got just a a small taste of the desert. We made a short camelride, just for fun. It was a pity, the cameldrivers didn't allow us to ride on our own.
Such a short touristic camelride gave not a comparable feeling as a cameltrip of more days, we did the year before.
Tamegroute, 18 KM south of Zagora, is an important religious centre for the area. In the centre of Tamegroute is a famous library. For a free donation visitors can visit the library in the morning and late afternoon.
In the library you can see illustrated religious texts, astrological works and dictionaries. The oldest works are from the 13th century. It's amazing to find such a cultural richness in this remote and off the beaten path town at the edge of the desert.
After our visit we had to wait for the passing of the king. We saw a lot of fast driving cars and limousines, waving people, but no king.
And than suddenly we were allowed to drive back to Zagora, also very fast together with those large cars. So we did in our 3 landrovers, to keep ahead of the king.
During the days of our stay in Zagora a Harley Davidson's Meeting took place there. They were coming from France, all the way down through Spain. It was a nice view, all the motorbikes through the desert roads. Made me think of "Easy Rider"...
I guessed it's off the beaten path of the normal Imperial City tour. It's quit a thing to do 1,3 or 5 in some berber tents.
All those motorbikes parked at our hotel, and we met them at noght at the Hotel Garden, as they were having the main meeting there...