Ouarzazate nicknamed The door of the desert, is a city and capital of Ouarzazate Province in Drâa-Tafilalet region of south-central Morocco. Ouarzazate is at an elevation of 1,160 metres (3,810 ft) in the middle of a bare plateau south of the High Atlas Mountains. To the south of the town is the desert.
The town is chiefly inhabited by Berber-speakers, who constructed many of the prominent kasbahs (locally known as: iɣeṛman) 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 Aït Benhaddou west of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
OUARZAZATE & KASBAHAIT BEN HADDOU DAY TRIP DESCRIPTION:
Marrakech – Ouarzazate ( 4 hours drive )
This day trip to Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou & Ouarzazate will depart at 07h00 AM with a pick up from your Marrakech hotel or riad. On this day trip, you will explore the dramatic High Atlas Mountains, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, and Ouarzazate, famous as the Gate of the Sahara.
Your excursion to Ouarzazate will start by a drive out of Marrakech crossing the Haouz planes to the High Atlas Mountains past one Berber village after another. Upon arrival at Tizi Ntichka pass, you will stop at a panormaic view to take some pictures .
From here you will continue downhill to the world heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou, famous for its fortified Kasbah that has been used as a set for various Hollywood epics like Gladiator, Lawrence of Arbia, etc……
Time at leisure to explore the village on your own, or with the help of a local guide ( to pay locally )
Continue to Ouarzazate, where you will visit Kasbah Touririt, located in the city center.
After some time at leisure, we drive back to Marrakech past Oaurzazate film tudios, where you will have the opprotunity to visit from outside and take some pictures.
Your excursion to Ourazate and Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou will end in Marrakech with a drop off in Jamaa Elfna