Agafay Desert , Lake and Atlas Mountains see all in just one day, a wounderful journey across Agafay Desert, berber villages and the Atlas Mountains in a day and a refreshing stop off at Takerkoust Dam! Take a walk or ride a mule or a camel across the breathetaking sceneries. During our Marrakech day trip you have the chance to visit a local Berber house to experience the berber life.
Start our 1 day Agafay desert trip , the closest desert to Marrakech. A hilly barren landscape in the foothills of the Atlas the Agafay Desert is a playground for quad bikers and buggy enthusiasts with a backdrop of often snow-capped peaks. Next you’ll pause for tea at Lake Takerkoust, a popular weekend recreational lake for Marrakchi from the city. Boating, swimming and sailing are popular activities here.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the tranquility of the desert and the countryside with this day trip to Takerkoust Lake and Agafay Desert. You will be picked up from your accommodation at 9.00am and taken to the west of Marrakech. The route is shaded by lush vegetation, olive and orange orchards and passes through the occasional village of Ait Imour from where we will go off road and driving through a completely different scenery of stone desert, barren light brown plateaux, Bedouin village, Oasis then high hills with panoramic views on the High Atlas
A few hours later small patches of green will start to show and not long after you will be back on the tarmac road side-lined by the old eucalyptus trees. You will arrive to the edge of the Lalla Takerkoust lake built as a dam where Marrakech gets its electricity from. Through small hills along the dam you will get to Nfis valley crossing Berber villages and arriving to a Berber family house. You can visit the house and have a lunch inside. After lunch there will be the option to hike for 2 hours with Saida or Hamid ( not included in the price ) and climbing for an hour to visit one of the oldest villages in the foothill of the biggest forest of the Atlas Mountains.
Following the visit of traditional olive oil presser you will descend between olive trees and terraced fields to the only one house next to Nfis river from where your trip will continue to Ouiragan via the forest, traditional salt pools before getting to Asni, a small town (market on Saturdays) with a view on Toubkal the highest peak in North Africa. Then you will pass Moulay Brahim gorges, Ghighaya valley and Tahanouete before getting to Marrakech.
Please keep in mind that Agafay is a baren rocky plateau, the real desert with big sand dunes require going to Merzouga or Chegaga Sahara and a minimum of 3 days