Over Water, oases in the desert of Tafilalet



A wonderful way to discover Tafilalet and its varied landscapes, to understand the magic of water and follow the creation of the inhabitants of Ziz Sources in the desert. A few stages and daily walking for 3-4 hours and breaks to establish contacts with the locals, and explanations for better understanding of nature, geology and history of the longest oasis in the world.


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[accordion accordion_type=’toggle’] [accordion_item caption=”First day”] -Arrival at Marrakech airport (The day before) and Ouarzazate (afternoon) and transfer to Tinejdad.
-Meals and night at El Khorbate Hotel

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  • Visit the Oasis Museum in El Khorbate
  • Departure from El Khorbate Hotel to Tadighoust. Then a walk to the source of Sacred Fish Source and to Mouy potters village. A walk in the oasis (one hour and half). Visit the Al Magamane Cooperative (saffron, embroidery, traditional clothing, and soap made from dates and olive oil), then from Tifounassine Source, (a walk of about 1 hour to visit the very charming site and follow the seguia to the big basin at the entrance of the oasis).
  • Outdoor meal at the entrance of the oasis (to be organized with the cooperative) or transfer for lunch at the “mill house” Goulmima (traditional grain mill).
  • Visit of the Ksar Igoulmimen then a walk in the oasis (visit oil mills).
  • In the afternoon : a bus will take you to Errachidia (to visit the dam and the souk) and to the gorges of Ziz.
  • Meals and night: Kasbah Dounia Hotel, Jurassic Hotel or Palma Ziz Hotel.
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  • In the morning, easy walk along the river and through the gardens to Ifri and Aït Athman ksours (about 3-4 hours). Beautiful traditional geological and agricultural landscape (groves in the folded rocks of the Jurassic, first gardens and small ksours.
  • Lunch at Palma Ziz Hotel .
  • Transfer by minibus to Ksar Amjouj : an impressive panorama of the gorge and small oasis
  • Transfer to Aït Athman Errachidia (beautiful view of the lake and the dam, and then Meski source, Ouled Chaker panorama Zouala for dinner and the night.
  • Accommodation: Zouala House, a cottage in the the palm grove, Ziz Valley House or in Sahara .
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  • From Errachidia or cottages, a minibus will take you to Amelkis to visit the Ksar and the large dam of traditional diversion (ouggoug)
  • Walk through the oasis and following the seguias to the ksar of Ouled Chaker (three hours) or directly to the cottage in the palm grove. Palm varieties, cropping systems in the oasis.
  • Lunch at the “cottage in the palm grove.” In the afternoon, a minibus will take you to ksar Hakkou (explanation of water distribution system) a walk visit through the door of Ksar El Maarka, then a minibus will take you to Erfoud. Visit Ksar Maadid, put your luggage in hotels and visit fossil artisans.
  • Accommodation: Erfoud hotels and inns.
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  • Departure from the hotel and visit Boucharafine fossil quarries (walking an hour in major fossil sites in the region, identifying some fossils Devonian living there 350 million years before the dinosaurs 200 million) and the Geological Museum.
  • Visit ksours of Tafilalet: Ouirgane Ksar (potters), Tinrhas (panoramic view) Zawiya Sidi Ali, Ksar Adbdelhalim in the minibus. This circuit of about 20 km crosses the last palm grove of Ziz basin (More dry and declining)
  • Lunch in Rissani (Medfouna)
  • Afternoon : Visit to the mausoleum of Moulay Ali Cherif, and Lake Serji (ornithological site exceptional when it is filled with rainwater)
  • Transfer and departure to Derkaoua by 4 × 4 to the bivouac in the North East of the dunes of Merzouga. Dinner and night in bivouac.
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  • Morning : Crossing the dunes of Merzouga riding camels (3 hours) until Hassi Labied where the minibuses are waiting. Then, you will be taken to Hamlia.
  • Meal and Gnaoua Music in El Hamlia.
  • Afternoon : Transfer to Rissani (visit of Ksar Al Fida and the Mausoleum) then Hannabou where the palm groves invade the desert. This is where we will observe the traditional protection works.
  • Visit of Khettaras in Bouya (Cooperative) and a walk through the gardens that are exclusively irrigated by two khettaras. After that, you will visit the « big site » of Jorf Khettaras.
  • Return to Merzouga or Rissani
  • Diner and night in one of Erfous or Rissani hotels.
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  • Early morning departure towards Msissi. Stop at Msissi on the fossils site, then return by Alnif (Palm Grove)
  • Departure towards Tazzarine, Nkob, Agdz or Ouerzazate.
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  • Return flight
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