Project Description

 Kasbah Ait Benhadou

The ksar, a group of earthen buildings surrounded by high walls, is a traditional pre-Saharan habitat. The houses crowd together within the defensive walls, which are reinforced by corner towers. Ait-Ben-Haddou, in Ouarzazate province, is a striking example of the architecture of southern Morocco.

Ouarzazate Hollywood

The town is chiefly inhabited by Berber-speakers, who constructed many of the prominent kasbahs and buildings for which the area is known. Ouarzazate is an important holiday destination in Morocco, as a base for excursions across the Draa Valley and into the desert. The fortified village (ksar) of Ait Benhaddou west of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Ouarzazate area is a noted film-making location, with Morocco’s biggest studios inviting many international companies to work here. Films such as Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Living Daylights (1987), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), The Mummy (1999), Gladiator (2000), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Kundun (1997), Legionnaire (1998), Hanna (2011),The Hills Have Eyes (2006), and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011) were shot here, as was part of the TV series Game of Thrones.
The Ouarzazate solar power station invested and created by the Arab League is expected to open its first phase in December 2015.

 

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One Day

Everyday
Free hotel pick-up or meeting point in central Marrakech
08:30 am local time of your hotel
18:30 h, local time
Returns to original departure point

Other Excursions

2018-11-14T20:34:25+00:00

Full Day Trip to Essaouira 170 km

Essaouira or mogador Essaouira has long been considered as one of the best anchorages of the Moroccan coast. The Carthaginian navigator Hanno visited in the 5th century BC and established the trading post of Arambys. Around the end of the 1st century BCE or early 1st century CE, the Berber king Juba II established a Tyrian purple factory, processing the murex and purpura shells found in the intertidal rocks at Essaouira and the Iles Purpuraires. This dye colored the purple stripe in Imperial Roman Senatorial togas.

2018-03-11T23:15:21+00:00

Full Day Trip to Oukaimeden 77 km

Oukaimeden Oukaïmeden (Berber: Ukayemdan) is a ski resort in the Atlas mountains near Jebel Toubkal, about 80 kilometres (50 mi) from Marrakesh, Morocco. The skiing area is at an altitude of between 2,600 metres (8,500 ft) and 3,200 metres (10,500 ft) and has six ski lifts. There are some hotels and ski rental facilities nearby.

2018-03-11T23:18:44+00:00

Full Day Trip to Ouzoud Waterfalls 156 km

Cascades ouzoud Admire one of Morocco’s natural wonders on a day trip to the Ouzoud Falls from Marrakech. Travel into the Atlas Mountains by 4x4 or minivan, and witness the stunning, 360-foot (110-meter) waterfalls as they plunge down rugged cliffs. Take photos from various viewpoints, and, if you wish, visit the caves that house watermills powered by the falls. Watch for local Barbary apes or rainbows above the cascades, and savor lunch at a restaurant along the shaded waterfall path. This small-group tour is limited to 7 people for a personalized experience.

2018-03-11T23:02:23+00:00

Full Day Trip to Barrage Lalla Takerkoust 34 km

Lalla Takerkoust Lake. At 5,000 hectares and seven kilometers long, the lake was built by the French in the late 1920s as part of a dam and irrigation project to provide electricity and water to Marrakech. The French, of course, insisted that the lake would enhance the area and add to its natural beauty. Today Lalla Takerkoust Lake is an ideal day trip from Marrakech for those who want to get out of the city and admire views of the lake, mountains, and desert, especially for those who don’t have the time or ambition to journey to the Great Sahara. Beyond the breathtaking views, the lake area offers a plethora of activities, dining, and sleeping accommodations to satisfy adventure and pleasure seekers.