Ouarzazate day trip

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Ouarzazate day trip description :

  • The Excursion starts from your hotel or Riad around 7:00 am direction Ouarzazate via the pass of Tizn Tichka.
  • Stop at the highest pass of North Africa the Tizn Tichka at 2260 m altitude.
  • On the road: several stops for photos and to admire the panorama of the region.
  • Stop to visit the kasbah of Telouet which was the residence of the pasha El Glaoui.
  • Visit of the famous kasbah Ait Ben Haddou, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and shooting location of
  • several international films (Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia, Tea in the Sahara, Asterix and Obelix...).
  • Lunch in a local restaurant in the area of the kasbah ait ben haddou.
  • Visit of the city of Ouarzazate, in order to explore its countless kasbahs, notably the kasbah of Taourirt.
  • Visit of the film studios.
  • Return to Marrakech around 7:00 pm and end of the excursion.

Ouarzazate day trip program :

Ouarzazate and Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou day trip by 4x4

Enjoy a private excursion between landscapes, old buildings and cultural wonders: a day you will never forget.

On the way to Ouarzazate !

The day begins at 7:00 am with the departure of the hotel and a first stop at the Tizin Tichka pass: culminating at 2 260 meters of altitude, it is one of the highest passes of the High Atlas.
Allowing to join the semi-arid regions of the High Atlas from the plains of the Atlantic coast, it offers a magnificent view that will undoubtedly dazzle you.
On the road, several stops will allow you to take beautiful pictures.

The Kasbah of Telouet and the ksar of Ait ben Haddou

Then comes the second stop at the Kasbah of Télouet, known for its strategic position in the High Atlas and once the residence of Thami El Glaoui, famous Moroccan pasha and father of the painter Hassan El Glaoui, then a visit to the kasbah of Ait ben Haddou, a pearl of traditional southern Moroccan architecture.

This fortified village, listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site, may tell you something: it has indeed been used as a filming location for many international films and series, including Lawrence of Arabia, The Diamond of the Nile, The Mummy, Gladiator, Game of Thrones (season 3) ...
A lunch at the kasbah ait ben haddou is then planned.

Arrival in Ouarzazate

After lunch the Ouarzazate excursion continues, the last piece of road to Ouarzazate is covered.
You will finally be able to discover and explore its striking landscapes, from the arid plains to the green oases, passing of course by the very numerous palm groves.

As for visits, the Taourirt ksar is a must. Get lost between the courtyards and the remarkably preserved faience of this Ksar, but not too long! You don't want to miss the visit of the Atlas film studios to close this wonderful day, before returning to Marrakech at about 7:00 pm...


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Highlights of this experience :

Kasbah of Telouet

Between Marrakech and Ouarzazate, about twenty kilometers from the main road stands the Kasbah of Telouet, built in the XIX century and which served as headquarters and residence to the chiefs of the powerful Glaoui tribe, in the name of the pasha of Marrakech until the independence of Morocco in 1956. An obligatory passage for caravans, it occupied a strategic place and was only abandoned after the confiscation of the property of the last lord of the High Atlas, punished for his allegiance to the French.

More than a thousand people lived in this huge fortified castle. The Kasbah of Telouet is now largely ruined, but it has retained its majesty.
Two rooms have kept their rich decoration of zelliges, finely carved stuccos and painted cedar wood ceilings. The entrance is paying.

The kasbah Ait Ben Haddou

About 30 km from Ouarzazate. It is one of the most beautiful "ksar" of Morocco.
On the edge of a wadi, clinging to the side of an arid hill, rises the fortified city. Made up of high houses flanked by square towers, it is surrounded by ramparts pierced by a monumental gate that is now walled. It has been partly restored by Unesco and thanks to the money from the films shot here.

At the foot of the walls of the enclosure are spread crops. The kasbah is still inhabited by some families.

Ouarzazate, the kasbah of Taourirt and the film studios

204 km south-east of Marrakech. Built from scratch by the French in 1928 to house garrisons. Ouarzazate lies in the middle of a desert plateau at the crossroads of the Draa and Dades valleys. The authorities expect a great tourist development, as proven by the number of luxury hotels. Most of them respect the traditional architecture and were built according to the fortified mode of the kasbahs.

The only ancient monument, the kasbah of Taourirt, which dominates the city and the plain, amazes by its majesty and its massive aspect. As for the others, it is difficult for the visitor to give it an age: it seems both very old, because of its architecture, and recent, probably because of the renovations. It is possible to visit a part of this fortified village which served as residence to the pasha glaoui.

Ouarzazate has become, in recent years, an important center for filming. The directors appreciate the light and the low cost. Studios, of course, named Atlas has been created at the entrance of the city (paying visit).


  • Round trip transfers from your Hotel or Riad.
  • Transportation with a French-speaking driver in a very comfortable mini bus with air conditioning.
  • Gasoline.
  • Transport insurance.
  • Typical lunch in a local restaurant in Ait Ben Haddou.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Meals and drinks during the excursion.
  • All extras not mentioned on the program.
  • Optional guide at the Kasbah Ait Ben haddou 3 euros/person.
  • Entrance fees to monuments (cinema studio 5euros, cinema museum 3euros).

Our customer reviews :

Rated 4.8 out of 5
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Rated 4.0 out of 5
February 13, 2022

Seeing Ait Ben Haddou with our local Berber guide was really the most interesting part of this experience for people like me who seek authenticity.

Our guide Mahjoub and driver Mohamed were also very kind and caring. Good experience overall.

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Rated 5.0 out of 5
January 19, 2022

It was incredible😊 The programs were intrseting (Aït Benhaddou, Ouarzazate) and our driver was kind. and helpful. Thank you Mounir😍

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Rated 4.0 out of 5
January 7, 2022

Marrakech Excursions is a very organised company. Mohamed was our driver and tour guide for the day. He arrived on time and made contact with us before starting the tour.

He provided excellent service and was very patient and happy to make us laugh a lot.

He really gave us a memorable trip.

One of the best guides we have had so far.

Thank you for an amazing trip and for being such a superstar.

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Rated 5.0 out of 5
December 3, 2021

The guide is very helpful and kind. I am glad that he accompanied us everywhere and helped us a lot. He took care of us and we had a great time. He showed us beautiful places and landscapes, he knows the area well.

He is very professional. 🙂

It was the best decision, that he was our tour guide.

Thank you for your help and kindness. It was an amazing experience 🙂

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