Foum Zguid has the atmosphere of a desert town. It was very hot and dusty.
Outside the shade of the colonnades and the trees in the centre it was hard to make a walk at midday. So we only made a very short walk in this town with its red buildings.
We looked for a cooler place under one of the colonnades in the centre, where we could have our tea and lunch. We found a place, where also some local people had their tea. We had a good look at the collonades with the shops and shopping people.
It was nice to have some rest and to be a part of this townscene for a while.
Foum Zguid is an oasis town in the middle of nowhere, a really ''of the beaten path'' destination. There is only a very long tarred road form the west, which ends in Foum Zguid. To the north and east you find only unpaved roads and tracks.
North and north-east of the town are large palmeraies, but we reached Foum Zguid from the other side, the empty and barren desert.
We had a lunchstop at the main street in the town. There were some trees and colonades giving some shade.
We travelled by landrover from Tata to Foum Zguid. We came with three landrovers from Agadir on a five days tour. In our landrover we were with four persons and a driver.
The route from Tata to Foum Zguid was wonderful with a beautiful landscape, wide views at the mountains and enormous wadis.
I had the feeling that I could drive for weeks or even months this way and so could cross a large part of Africa.
Seventy KMs before we reached Foum Zguid we had a stop at Tissint.
Tissint is a village with a military post. In the whole area is a strong military presence because the Algerian border is never more than a few KMs away.
Our drivers had to settle something with the policemen or soldiers, so we had time for a small walk and making pictures of non-miltary objects.
There are some ruins, but they are not very interesting.
The wadi is very scenic here, so we just sat down on some rocks, looked at the beautiful surroundings and watched the local people passing by down in the wadi.
If you enlarge the picture, you see a woman, carrying something on her head.
On the route from Tata to Foum Zguid is at the north side of the road a deep wadi. At some places the wide wadi narrows and bends.
From the road at the plain above you don't see any green, but when you walk in the direction of the wadi and look down, you see hundreds of palmtrees. It's a wonderful surprise. We enjoyed the view at the bending wadi and the village at the other side.
The route from Tata to Foum Zguid is rewarded with great views at the barren mountains of the desert. At the northside is a spectacular wide wadi with steep slopes.
We walked to the wadi a few times to have a better look at the scenery and the eventually nomadic tents.
Just in case this is of any interest to you. I have now returned from that trip and can advise that the road from Ait Ben-Haddou to Tazenakht and then on to Foum-Zguid is fine. There are a few sections of diversions where a new road bed is being laid (Jan 2012) and it is typical of many Moroccan roads in that the edges of the black-top have crumbled away in some places requiring some bravado when meeting approaching vehicles, mostly with drivers determined to keep their driving line; it's often necessary to edge two wheels onto the dirt. However it was not very busy so no real problems.
Some information the roads from Foum-Zguid.
East to Zagora is a good firm track but not topped. From the short section I drove along it in an 'ordinary' hire car I'd only tackle it in a robust 4x4 or off-roader. There are plans to surface this section as a continuation of the N12 in the near future making it a very useful link for round trips through Zagora.
Going West from Foum-Zguid on the N12 towards Tata and on to Akka and Bouizaka is very good, very straight and very level with just a few mountain climbs, enabling a good turn of speed; 100kh in places (but do be aware that speeding is not tolerated and from previous experience I can tell you that the police do enforce it with instant road-side fines if you are stopped). I had allowed a full day to get to Tata but it was easily covered (without speeding)in a few hours. Onward through Akka is just as good and I managed to get from Tata to Aglou-Plage easily in a day even including a few hours diversion to Amtoudi on route.