TIN MAL BY TAXI
Visit unique UNESCO world heritage site.
Tin Mal Mosque provides a rare chance to see inside what was once a magnificent mosque. The mosque stands above the small village of Tin Mal, approximately 48 km from Kasbah Africa (1 hour drive).
Transfers from and back to Kasbah Africa, and entrance to Tin Mal Mosque are included in this trip.
Located just off the dramatic road that traverses the High Atlas mountains between Marrakech and the plains of the Souss Valley to the south, ancient Tin Mal mosque has been recognised by UNESCO as a world site of great cultural importance. Until the early 1990’s the mosque was in quite a poor condition. However with funding from local Moroccan charities it has now been partially renovated. Unlike many mosques, this one is open for viewing to non-Muslim visitors. The original mosque on the site dates back to the 12th century, when it was built by Ben Toumert, a Masmouda Berber, who founded a tribal movement to fight the Almoravids. The mosque, as seen today, was built by his successor, Abd el Moumen who went on to lead the movement for more than 30 years.
0900 to 1000 AM - Drive to Tin Mal Mosque
Leaving Kasbah Africa you'll travel by private grand taxi to Marigha then join the main R203 road travelling south towards Tizi n'Test and Taroudant. You'll pass through Ouirgane and see the beautiful reservoir created by a huge dam. The route then follows the river Oued N'Fis, with a dramatic back drop of jagged High Atlas peaks. After passing through the Berber village of Ijjoukak Tin Mal (Tinmel) comes into view high on a hillside above the village of Tin Mal.
1000 to 1100 AM - Visit Tin Mal with Site Guardian
Your driver will locate the site guardian who will open up and accompany you around the ruins. The site is incredibly atmospheric and photogenic, so take your time to explore and contemplate this magnificent site. Look out for the nesting owls in the rafters. There is a small cafe / tea house close to the mosque for refreshments.
1100 AM to 1200 Noon - Return to Kasbah Africa
Return to Kasbah Africa following the same route via Ouirgane and Marigha.
It is possible to book this excursion on any day subject to availability of a grand taxi. Afternoon visits are also possible, departing at 1500 PM, returning by 1800 PM.
Wear comfortable shoes/sandals for exploring the site. We also recommend a camera, sun hat and sunglasses.
PRICES PER PERSON
Private transfers by grand taxi between Kasbah Africa and Tin Mal; site entrance fee.
Tips, beverages, optional activities and items of a personal nature.
Upgrade transfers from a grand taxi to a more luxurious air-conditioned 4x4 car or people carrier from £35 return.