Tremendous Marrakech day trips, offers awesome journeys to the surrounding countryside. day trip to Ait Ben haddou is an absolutely well recommended every day excursion from Marrakech; get ride from your boring unused time ; enjoy great moment with finest morocco tours, through its variable Marrakech outdoor activities. Our excursion from Marrakech to Ait Ben Haddou, allows you to explore:
(1) the most beautiful fortified kasbahs dating between XVIII & XIX centuries such as Kasbah Ait Ben haddou; and Kasbah Telouet.
(2) Get the taste of the high Atlas mountain; and absorbing the atmosphere over these incredible landscape.
(3) Enjoying a drive along the former caravan route; which once was a link between North Africa and North of Morocco.
TREMENDOUS MARRAKECH DAY TRIP TO AIT BEN HADDOU “ITINERARY”
Marrakech day trip to Ait Ben Haddou ideally starts at 7:30 am. Pick up from your hotel; and leave South East towards the High Atlas Mountains. Along the way, you will make few stops; either for rest or for taking beautiful pictures. The winding road takes you up to an altitude reaching 2260 m “Tichka pass”, with stunning views overlooking the snow mountain peaks, and remote villages. Afterwards, you will be driving down hills to Telouet, through the former caravan route which one time linked North Africa and Morocco.
Visit the 18th century buildings “Kasbah Telouet”; it belonged to the powerful “El Glaoui family”. This fortress can still be visited; but it is steadily becoming more damaged and it is slowly collapsing. Late after, you will continue driving along the Ounila valley; with innumerable Berber villages to Ait “Ben haddou”. It is one of the most preserved sites in the world, an example of ancient pre-saharian architecture, which leads UNESCO to declare it a world heritage site since 1987
Here you will be able to walk and explore the area; while crossing the bridge for reaching the upper level with sweeping panoramic views overlooking the Ounila valley. You will then conclude your visit by a delicious lunch in one of the local restaurants, providing traditional food. Next you will drive for another 20 minutes to “Ouarzazate”, Movie city and Hollywood of Africa. Visit and then drive back, straight to Marrakech; end of our “Marrakech Day Trip to Ait Ben Haddou”.
About Ait Ben Haddou
Founded in the 11th Century; although many of its buildings are younger. It was once an important place for merchants to rest and trade on the caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech.
It is recognized as one of the most complete example of ancient pré-saharian architecture in the world; leading UNESCO to declare it a world heritage in 1987.
The ksar is a stunning sight; with towers; red-earth houses set against the steep mountainside. It is laid out in traditional fashion: courtyards; homes; Mosques and Medersa (university); buildings are set around a center marketplace.
Immortalized in films such as the 1962 classic Lawrence of Arabia and 1977’s Jesus of Nazareth; and others in TV films like the global hit Games of Thrones.
Ait Ben haddou is now a tourist attraction and films location rather than a place for people to live.
we suggest you to order for a delicious lunch in one of the Berber family’s house, instead of crowd in the touristic restaurants.
What to pack for Excursions From Marrakech?
• Sunglasses, Sun cream and Hat.
• Camera-phone charger.
• Warm cloths in winter months
WHAT DOES MARRAKECH DAY TRIPS INCLUDED?
√ Transportation in a private Mini van vehicle or 4WD equipped with A/C + Fuel.
√ An English speaking driver.
√ Volubilis: Guided visit + Entrance fees.
WHAT DOES MARRAKECH DAY TRIPS EXCLUDED?
Χ Lunch and drinks.
Χ Entrance fees to the historical monuments.
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