OUIRGANE VALLEY RAMBLE

Guided day walk - Villages, valleys & lake.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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.

ITINERARY

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.

DEPARTS DAILY

This guided walk operates daily throughout the year on a private departure basis.

DON'T FORGET

To take walking shoes or boots plus sun protection.

PRICES PER PERSON
PRICE INCLUDES

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.

PRICE EXCLUDES

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.

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