Drive through the magnificent Atlas Mountains to explore two of Morocco's fabulous desert towns on an excursion from Marrakech.You will drive through ogle canyons, palm groves and mountain villages and cross the awesome Tizi-n-Tichka pass to visit the UNESCO-listed kasbah of Aït Benhaddou.
Pick up from your Hotel around 7 :30. Drive towards Ait Benhaddou Kasbah. This excursion takes you right across the chain of the High Atlas mountains and over the famous Tizi-n-Tichka pass, the highest in the whole of Africa. As you reach the far side of the mountains the landscape changes dramatically, becoming semi-arid and desert-like. Here is the Kasbah architecture with turrets on all the buildings, adorned with grilled windows and soft peach coloured walls. These traditional houses are made of adobe, highly suitable for the climatic conditions of the south.
After the Tichka pass, you leave the main road and take a side road to the Telouet Kasbah, which belonged to the Lords of the Atlas, the Glaoui family, which stands in ruins after the last Pasha fled the country after the departure of the French. From there you continue for lunch at Ait Ben Haddou along the newly asphalted road.
The afternoon is spent exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Benhaddou, which has been used as a backdrop for many Hollywood blockbusters. It was one of the most important fortress strongholds on the old Salt Road caravan routes, where traders brought slaves, gold, ivory and salt from sub-Saharan Africa to Marrakech and beyond. Drive back to Marrakech in the afternoon. Drop off at your Hotel in Marrakech.