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Marrakech: Atlas Mountains and Agafay Desert Day Trip

1. Marrakech: Atlas Mountains and Agafay Desert Day Trip

Gain a deeper understanding of Berber culture as you embark on an unforgettable guided scenic day trip to the Atlas Mountains. Encounter enchanting countryside, get the chance to take a ride on a camel or horse, and meet locals in the villages of the Imlil Valley.  Start your day with pickup and meet your friendly local guide, who lives in one of the surrounding Berber villages. During your journey to the Atlas Mountains region, your guide will tell you about the rich culture and heritage of the Berber people. Arrive in Tahnaout and visit a women-managed argan oil co-operative. Discover how the argan nut is pressed to make the famed argan oil products of Morocco. Receive a warm welcome in Imlil with a glass of mint tea before traveling past stunning waterfalls and small Berber settlements. Pause in Tamatert to take in the views of ancient irrigated terraced fields, surrounded by cherry and walnut trees.  Feast on a traditional Moroccan meal in Ait Souka at the home of a Berber family. Relax with scenic valley views from a sun-bathed rooftop terrace.  After some rest, board your vehicle and travel through the scenic Kik Plateau, with spectacular 360-degree views. Gaze in awe at the magnificent High Atlas Mountains as you pass through stone desert, barren light brown plateaus, oases, and rolling hills. Enjoy the serene surroundings of the Agafay Desert where you can take an optional camel or horse ride. Or, simply relax with some Moroccan mint tea for the perfect end to your day, before heading back to Marrakech.

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Marrakesh: Full-Day Desert and Mountain Tour with Camel Ride

2. Marrakesh: Full-Day Desert and Mountain Tour with Camel Ride

The adventure begins with pickup between 8:30 and 9am from your hotel in Marrakesh. Head south towards the vast Agafay Desert, admiring the changing landscape along the way as the city gives way to luscious greenery. Arrive at the large village of Imlil located at the foot of the High Atlas Mountains, then pass through the incredible Kik Plateau. Next, embark on a 30-minute camel ride and soak up views of the surrounding landscapes. After your ride, enjoy a relaxing tea break and learn about local Berber culture, as well as their traditions, history, and way of life. Pass through several Berber villages on your way to the Amizmiz Valley, then arrive at Tinirt Village where you can have lunch at a traditional Berber house. After lunch, continue the tour to the Great Plain of Haouz, passing through the village of Ouled Mataa which was originally inhabited by Bedouin Arab tribes from the desert. The day ends with a tour of the Agafay Desert, where you can take incredible photos for your holiday album, and marvel at the rugged Moroccan landscape that surrounds you. After an unforgettable day, sit back and relax on the return journey to Marrakesh, arriving at your accommodation at around 6pm.

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Marrakesh: Agafay Desert Dinner

3. Marrakesh: Agafay Desert Dinner

Be picked up from your hotel in a private car and and drive towards Agafay Desert Camp for a unique dining experience. Watch the sunset over the desert and experience true Arabian hospitality. Experience traditional Moroccan cuisine under a starry sky. Dine in a nomad tent around the campfire.  Hear the unforgettable sound of desert's silence. Enjoy welcome tea and pastries. Sit down for a dinner of Harira (traditional soup), salad, beef and chicken tagine, and seasonal fresh fruits with tea. After a special evening, you will be transferred back to your accommodation in Marrakesh.

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Marrakesh: Agafay Desert Quad & Camel Tour With Dinner

4. Marrakesh: Agafay Desert Quad & Camel Tour With Dinner

Experience two activities in the Moroccan desert in the same day. After you are picked up from your hotel, you will first be taken to the base camp where you will have a meeting with all of your crew. Your crew leader will begin by explaining the itinerary of your tour. Following this you will take to your camel for a scenic ride across the desert. Once you are done with the ride on the camel, you will be given an opportunity to ride on a quad bike to find a vantage point that will best allow you to enjoy the unique beauty of the sunset in the Agafay Desert. This experience will allow you to best-enjoy the views outside of the city of Marrakesh, and will also introduce you to its people and way of life. You will also experience how hospitable and authentic the Moroccan people are. Following your desert experience, it will be time to relax under a Berber tent to admire the clear sky and its stars. as a tasty traditional meal is served to you.

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From Marrakech: Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys Day Trip

5. From Marrakech: Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys Day Trip

Immerse yourself in the Berber culture and discover breathtaking scenery on this day trip. After getting picked up from your hotel in Marrakech, enjoy a drive through the most spectacular sights in the Atlas Mountains and be amazed by the colors of the rocks. Stop at Azrou, a small Berber village and pay a visit to an argan oil women's cooperative. Take a short hike and witness the enchanting waterfalls and the surrounding valley. Later, visit the home of a local Berber family and enjoy a delicious traditional lunch. Feast on a delicious tagine or a savory couscous served with homemade bread and fresh salad. After lunch, head to Amizmiz Valley, where you’ll enjoy a fresh mint tea and tasty cookies. Get a glimpse of local life, learn about traditions and culture while sipping Moroccan tea together with your guide and a local family. Afterward, enjoy a scenic camel ride before heading to the Agafay desert pass. Stop at the stony dunes of Agafay to watch the breathtaking desert sunset and sip on a cup of mint tea. Enjoy some free time to relax or meditate before beginning the journey back to Marrakech.

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From Marrakesh: Agafay Desert Quad Biking, Camels & Dinner

6. From Marrakesh: Agafay Desert Quad Biking, Camels & Dinner

This half-day tour offers you a first-hand experience of life in the desert with a quad bike, dromedary (also known as the Somali camel) ride, and dinner in a bivouac. To the south of Marrakech lies the Agafay Desert, offering ease of access from the city. Halfway, you'll get to experience a 1-hour quad bike ride and drive through the Berber villages to reach Lalla Takerkoust. Here, meet the local partner's camel caravan, which will allow you to enjoy the unique beauty of the sunset on the way to the Agafay Desert. Upon arrival in the Agafay desert, tuck into some freshly-prepared classic Moroccan dishes in a Berber tent (beef or chicken tagine) as you sample the Berber lifestyle. As the sun sets and dusk takes hold, the stars reveal themselves. With little artificial light, the sight is spellbinding. After a comfortable evening under the open sky and a traditional dinner, head back to Marrakech.

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From Marrakech: Quad Biking Tour in Agafay Desert

7. From Marrakech: Quad Biking Tour in Agafay Desert

Go on a quad biking adventure in the Atlas mountains. Discover the dam and the Agafay Desert as well as the Marrakchi Desert. Benefit from being picked up at your hotel in Marrakech and head to Lalla Takerkoust Lake, where you will climb on a quad. Take your time to learn how to use your new vehicle, then drive to Turtle Valley and the desert plateaux that lead into the High Atlas. On your way, discover small Berber villages which are typical of the region. You will make several stops to take pictures and admire the landscape. Enjoy a break on the plateau to take in splendid views of the seven-kilometer-long Lalla Takerkoust Lake, which stretches all the way to the foot of the Atlas Mountains, while sipping delicious mint tea.

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From Marrakech: Full-Day Agafay Desert Quad Adventure

8. From Marrakech: Full-Day Agafay Desert Quad Adventure

This tour provides a bit of everything, from adventure to amazing mountainous landscapes and great food in a traditional Berber setting. Enjoy a full-day excursion at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. You’ll travel from your hotel or riad in Marrakech to Lalla Takerkoust Lake. Discover the beauty of this lake that stretches for 7 kilometers. Ride through wonderful eucalyptus forests and lush hidden canyons to the Agafay Desert. A Yamaha quad and all the necessary equipment (goggles, hood, helmet, and raincoat) are provided and will be in excellent condition. Your professional and attentive guide will be with you the whole day, adapting the pace and route to the level of the participants. Savor a delicious lunch prepared by a Berber family and be warmly welcomed into their home. Experience a traditional way of life that hasn't changed for hundreds of years. Cross through the Agafay Desert, admiring arid hills that look like Saharan dunes. On the return to Marrakech you’ll enjoy sublime views of the Atlas Mountains.

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Atlas Mountains and Agafay Desert Jeep Safari

9. Atlas Mountains and Agafay Desert Jeep Safari

Discover and explore deep Berber country in the High Atlas Mountains, and enjoy the landscapes of desert, valleys, villages, and open plains on a full-day trip from Marrakech.  The drive takes you first to the Agafay Desert, just south of Marrakech, where you’ll experience some dune bashing before continuing on to the Lalla Takerkoust region, making your first stop on the hills overlooking the lake. From here you’ll begin a 4x4 adventure on dirt tracks rarely frequented by tourists and climb up to the Kik Plateau, where you’ll drive from village to village meeting locals, visiting Berber homes, and sampling their traditional mint tea and homemade bread.  When you arrive at Imlil Village, located in the heart of Toubkal National Park, you’ll have the option of hiking for an hour to Armed village or continue to the village by 4x4. The 1-hour hike with a local guide is of moderate difficulty. In the village you’ll be served a Berber lamb tagine for lunch at a local home. You’ll also enjoy Moroccan salads and homemade bread during the meal.  After lunch and a short relaxation break, you’ll head down a gentle hill to Imlil village, where you’ll meet your driver for the 1-hour trip back to Marrakech via the Haouz plains.

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From Marrakech: Agafay Desert Experience with Lunch

10. From Marrakech: Agafay Desert Experience with Lunch

Get out of Marrakech and experience the peaceful landscape of the Agafay desert. Dine on authentic Moroccan cuisine with spectacular views all around you. Enjoy a convenient hotel pick-up from Marrakech and relax on the 45-minute ride out to the Agafay Desert. Have an amazing lunch in the middle of the desert in a large restaurant tent. Take some fantastic photos of sweeping sand dunes and towering mountains. Get dropped off back at your hotel in the afternoon.

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What people are saying about Agafay Desert

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,591 reviews

What value for money!!! Thank you so much for this experience!!It was definitely the best part of our week in Morocco. Our personal driver Muhammad was great, he picked us up outside our guest house and brought us to where they make Argan oil. Throughout the journey he stopped in beautiful locations so that we could take some photos. We then met our guide Abdul, a local of the Imlil area, who brought us on a beautiful hike. It was absolutely breathtaking. We are so grateful for our time with Abdul, he was so friendly and knowledgeable about the land. We couldn't ask for a better guide!! Thanks for all the laughs too! A very very tasty lunch was served in a beautiful location with the surrounding mountains as its backdrop. It was such a pleasure to walk through the villages and see/meet the locals. After lunch and tea we then drove out to Agafay desert where we were given colourful garments to wear during the relaxed camel ride. Completely unforgettable! Thank you Abdul and Muhammad!

Je recommande fortement ! J'ai passé une journée exceptionnelle hors du temps avec mon petit ami ! Ils ont été à l'écoute, hyper souple, milles merci à tous vous avez été géniaux et hyper compréhensifs. Amélie & Youri

It was a great experience. Our guide Abdul was really nice, he explained us everything and even helped with pictures. We also drink a tea in his place. The camel ride was nice too.

We really enjoyed this excursion. For the price, we were able to do a lot. The guide assigned to us was very attentive and knowledgeable. We did a lot of picture spots as well.

Very good tour, great guides and very practical for a short visit stay to take a look at the rich culture of Morocco!