private day trip to Ouzoud waterfalls from Marrakech
private day trip to Ouzoud waterfalls from Marrakech
Best Day Trip Marrakech to Ouzoud Waterfalls
private day trip Marrakech to Ouzoud waterfalls, Ouzoud is the largest waterfalls in Morocco and some of the most beautiful in north Africa, they are located in the town of Ouzoud in Azilal province. They are 110 meters high and are considered one of the preferred tourist attractions in Morocco. By booking a private tour, you will have an exclusive English-speaking driver. There will be no other people in the group than your partner, family, or friends. Also, if you are numerous, you will save money.
Ouzoud Falls is the collective name for several waterfalls that empty into the El-Abid River’s (Arabic for “Slaves’ River”) gorge. This popular tourist destination is located near the Middle Atlas village of Tanaghmeilt, in the province of Azilal, 150 km northeast of Marrakech, Morocco. ‘Ouzoud’ means “the act of grinding grain” in Berber. This seems to be confirmed by the frequent mills in the region.
The bottom of the falls is accessible through a shaded path of olive trees. At the summit of the falls, there are a dozen old small mills that are still in use. One can also follow a narrow and difficult track leading to the road of Beni Mellal. While descending the gorges from the “wadi el-Abid”[definition needed] in a canyon sometimes one does not distinguish the bottom which is nearly 600 meters down.
It is the most visited site in the region. In the vicinity, green valleys, mills, orchards, and a superb circuit of the gorges of the El-Abid River are found. Many local and national associations lead projects to protect and preserve the site.
Marrakesh is the fourth largest city in the Kingdom of Morocco. It is the capital of the mid-southwestern region of Marrakesh-Safi. It is west of the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Marrakesh is 580 km (360 mi) southwest of Tangier, 327 km (203 mi) southwest of the Moroccan capital of Rabat, 239 km (149 mi) south of Casablanca, and 246 km (153 mi) northeast of Agadir.
The region has been inhabited by Berber farmers since Neolithic times. The city was founded in 1070 by Emir Abu Bakr ibn Umar as the imperial capital of the Almoravid Empire. The city was one of Morocco’s four imperial cities. In the 12th century, the Almoravids built many madrasas (Quranic schools) and mosques in Marrakesh that bear Andalusian influences. The red walls of the city, built by Ali ibn Yusuf in 1122–1123, and various buildings constructed in red sandstone during this period, have given the city the nickname of the “Red City”Ochre City” (Ville Ocre). Marrakesh grew rapidly and established itself as a cultural, religious, and trading center for the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa. Jemaa el-Fnaa is the busiest square in Africa.
After a period of decline, the city was surpassed by Fez, but in the early 16th century, Marrakesh again became the capital of the kingdom. The city regained its preeminence under wealthy Saadian sultans Abu Abdallah al-Qaim and Ahmad al-Mansur, who embellished the city with sumptuous palaces such as the El Badi Palace (1578) and restored many ruined monuments. Beginning in the 17th century, the city became popular among Sufi pilgrims for its seven patron saints who are entombed here. In 1912 the French Protectorate in Morocco was established and T’hami El Glaoui became Pasha of Marrakesh and held this position nearly throughout the protectorate until the role was dissolved upon the independence of Morocco and the reestablishment of the monarchy in 1956. In 2009, Marrakesh mayor Fatima Zahra Mansouri became the second woman to be elected mayor in Morocco.
Marrakesh comprises an old fortified city packed with vendors and their stalls. This medina quarter is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today it is one of the busiest cities in Africa and serves as a major economic center and tourist destination. Tourism is strongly advocated by the reigning Moroccan monarch, Mohammed VI, with the goal of doubling the number of tourists visiting Morocco to 20 million by 2020. Despite the economic recession, real estate and hotel development in Marrakesh has grown dramatically in the 21st century. Marrakesh is particularly popular with the French, and numerous French celebrities own property in the city. Marrakesh has the largest traditional market (souk) in Morocco, with some 18 souks selling wares ranging from traditional Berber carpets to modern consumer electronics. Crafts employ a significant percentage of the population, who primarily sell their products to tourists.
Day trip to Ouzoud waterfalls from Marrakech Highlights:
- Drive across the Haouz planes full of Olive groves
- Enjoy the picture-postcard views of Ouzoud waterfalls
- Walk down the unspoiled alleyway to the river
- Take photos of Barbary apes playing around the bushes
- Treat yourself to a delicious Berber Tagine with the splendid view of the falls as a backdrop
- Duration: 1 day
- Departure time: 8:00 / 8:30 am
- Starting point: Your hotel/riad in Marrakech
- Ending point: Your hotel/riad in Marrakech
Best day trip Marrakech to Ouzoud Waterfalls Itinerary
Our private day trip Ouzoud waterfalls starts with a 3-hour drive through the picturesque Atlas Mountains. The falls are located north of Marrakech, in the village of Tanaghmeilt, in the province of Azilal.
On our way to Ouzoud waterfalls, we will drive past vast fields of olive trees and as we get closer, the falls will become visible from the distance- this view alone is rather spectacular!
When we arrive in Ouzoud falls, you will notice that the walking paths extend up towards the falls and down around the water streams below. you can also go for a swim in the natural swimming pools of the Ouzoud Cascade, or if you are brave enough, you can join the locals and jump off the high cliffs into the water.
After a pleasant morning, join the rest of your group for a Moroccan lunch at your leisure in one of the local cafes or restaurants, situated in the sheltering bosom of the Ouzoud Falls.
Conclude your Marrakech to Ouzoud waterfalls day trip with a drive back to Marrakech, where our driver will drop you off at your hotel or riad.
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day trip from Marrakech to Ouzoud Waterfalls Reviews
Best 1-Day Trip Marrakech to Ouzoud
This trip is described as one of the best excursions from Marrakech. Personally, I would not recommend it to anyone. Our TUI representative told us it was a 4-8 hour day. It was a day at 10 in the morning. The coach was old and had no air conditioning. They didn’t tell us when the stops were going to be, so we sat, simmering, waiting. The toilets when we got to the waterfalls were dirty and smelled awful. Monkeys that are advertised to “feed” are completely wild and do not appear clean or safe to the touch. The waterfalls are a massive anti-climax. To get on the boat you have to pay extra. The best part of the tour was the food. (Which was pretty much the same as the food at our hotel). We were seated at a small table that had to be for 6 people, although 10 of us had to squeeze in. The last stop is supposed to be a photo stop. It really is just an asphalt road/bridge with a stream flowing underneath. Nothing worthy of a photo.
Private Day Trip To Ouzoud Cascades from Marrakech
We had a great day trip, it was also very well organized and our guide was informative and fun. He allowed us to take pictures from different vantage points and never rushed us.
I would suggest wearing a good pair of shoes as there is a lot to walk in and there are also a lot of stairs to climb.
The only unfortunate thing was that it had rained a lot the night before, so the rainwater had lifted the mud from the river upstream, making the falls looked like the chocolate waterfall at Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Ouzoud Waterfalls Day Trip from Marrakech
We had a great day at the Ouzoud waterfalls. We were with two French couples and our guide was more comfortable with French than with English. We were handed over to another guide at the falls who was fluent in both English and French. Lunch wasn’t really optional, but it was delicious. I wish they had just added the cost of lunch to the tour. The restaurant had WiFi which I needed to check in for my flight.
#Best 1-Day Trip Marrakech to Ouzoud Waterfalls – Private Tour
After our hotel pickup on time, we set out on our journey to the falls.
The driver was excellent and provided a mid-trip snack that was very well received.
Upon arrival we met our English (and multilingual) guide who took us on our guided tour.
He was very knowledgeable and gave us interesting information about the area and other local issues.
For me the stunts weren’t what I expected and I was a bit disappointed. They were good, but not great. We have been told that during the wetter times there is much more flow, so choose your time wisely.
For an additional cost, you can get on the boats and even swim in the plunge pool. So if you want to do this, dress accordingly. You can also jump (from a suitable point advised by the guide) as it is not really that deep and can get up in some areas.
They took us to see the monkeys and gave us the option to feed them if that was what made your boat float. Be careful – they are rascals and will steal parts of the tour in no time. It was always very interesting to interact with them.
They took us to a local restaurant out of the falls for lunch, which had a variety of options and was good value for money.
Finally, we went to a Berber transitional house and we were briefed on the history, the construction of the house and the Berber customs.
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