OUIRGANE VALLEY RAMBLE
Guided day walk - Villages, valleys & lake.
Azzaden Valley Scenery
Atlas Mountain Views
See Torort Berber Village
Visit Tikhfist Hilltop Village
View of Lake Ouirgane
Hike Into Marigha Valley
Visit Tinzert Salt Pans
This popular day walk makes a circuit from and back to Kasbah Africa and includes visits to several Berber villages en route, an English-speaking mountain guide and picnic lunch. From Kasbah Africa we begin with a walk downstream alongside the Azzaden River to Torort village before making an ascent to Tikhfist village, perched high above the Azzaden Valley.
Enjoy stunning views and a refreshing glass of mint tea at Tikhfist before descending to the Ouirgane Valley. We enjoy fine views of the Ouirgane reservoir and dam on our descent. After a break for lunch we walk to our next destination, the Marigha Valley. Here we visit the original Berber hamlet of Marigha, still mainly constructed of traditional mud-built dwellings.
Nearby, the salt pans of Tinzert are a striking sight. Here brine is drawn by hand from a deep well in a rubber bucket and guided to salt pans to evaporate in the sun. The salt is then cleaned, bagged and transported by mule to local markets for sale. We return to Kasbah Africa on a different route, mainly following irrigation canals. This is a moderate day hike with varied terrain and 6-7 hours of walking. It is suitable for keen walkers.
0900 Meet guide and depart Kasbah Africa.
1000 Reach Tikhfist village; tea and views of Azzaden.
1200 Arrive shores of Lake Ouirgane; picnic lunch.
1300 Continue through Ouirgane Valley.
1430 Reach Marigha Valley & Marigha village.
1500 Arrive Tinzert Salt Pans; visit Pans.
1530 Depart Tinzert; follow irrigation canals.
0700 Arrive back at Kasbah Africa.
Timings indicated should be used as a rough guide and may vary depending on season, personal interests and physical ability.
This guided walk operates daily throughout the year on a private departure basis.
To take walking shoes or boots plus sun protection.
PRICES PER PERSON
English-speaking local mountain guide; mint tea break and picnic lunch en route. Back-up service provided by Kasbah Africa who can arrange transport at certain points en route if necessary.
Beverages and meals not specified; tips and items of a personal nature.
Price for children 5 to 11 years old is £5 (60 dh) per child (must be min. 2 adults accompanying). Children 12 and older pay adult price.