Local Excursions

Excursion

Mileage by road (one way) or walking

Things to see & do

Eating options

Suggested footwear & clothing

Day & normal times

Berber villages in the foothills of the High Atlas

16 miles by road plus 2 miles or more on foot (can be reduced for some members of the group)

Traditional Berber mountain villages. Houses made of local materials.
Pottery making, olive pressing, soap making project set up by us.

Packed lunch or vegetable tagine or couscous  at village house

Good walking shoes/ boots advised. Uneven terrain & some small climbs (can be avoided). Traditional villages; discreet clothing is courteous – cover arms, legs & chest (men too!)

09:30  – 15:30

Tiout oasis & palmery, the Souss Valley, Freyja Kasbah & the Anti Atlas Mountains

22 miles by road and as much or as little walking as the group chooses.

An oasis of date palms on the edge of the Anti Atlas mountains.Views and opportunities to walk or take donkey rides (at about 20 DH for 30 minutes). We can see camel-herders from the Sahara en route. Lots of wildlife. Argan oil women’s cooperative.

Packed lunch.

Fairly easy walking through oasis. The villagers at the oasis do see tourists so shorts etc are acceptable – still wise to dress soberly.

09:30  – 15:30

We will suggest days when there are less visitors

High Atlas Mountains


Tizi n Test pass over the High Atlas

58 miles (much of it along a fast road thru the Souss valley) plus either a 3 hour walk or a relaxing stop.

A pass over the High Atlas Mts, said to be the most beautiful in Africa. Excellent views but not for those who suffer more than mild vertigo. A lovely mainly downhill walk for the afternoon through the valley from the top of the pass or, for the less energetic, you can relax near or at the inn at the top of the pass – great for artists!

Picnic or auberge at top of pass offers very simple meals for about 65DH for mint tea, salad & an egg tagine.

Good walking shoes/ boots advised. Uneven terrain and steep path with loose rocks.
Traditional village so discreet clothing is courteous. Cover arms, legs & chest (men and women)

09:30  – 18:00

High Atlas Mountains

Afensou/Imoulass region & the Mentaga Valley

16-25 miles and a 2 hour to 5 hour circular or linear walk (the latter is best)

New, very quiet and scenic mountain road with opportunities to visit a river with attractive gorge and pools, a Thuya forest & to see a variety of scenery & villages and walk in the lush valley.

Packed lunch.

Good walking shoes/ boots advised. Variety of terrain, depending on route chosen.
Traditional village so discreet clothing is courteous. Cover arms, legs & chest (men and women).

09:30  – 16:30 (varies with daylight)

Anti Atlas Mountains

“Paradise Valley” – a gorge with palmery

40 miles and a walk of 2.5 hours or more, as required.

New mountain road passing through attractive mountain scenery with excellent views over High & Anti Atlas Mts. Road ends above some hairpin bends that lead down into a palm-lined valley with river. Walking level after a steep descent at start & ascent at end (climb takes about 1 hour).

Packed lunch.

Good walking shoes/ boots advised. Descent/ascent via track with hairpin bends.
Traditional village so discreet clothing is courteous. Cover arms, legs & chest ( men and women).

09:30  – 18:00 (varies with daylight)

Atlantic Coast North of Agadir (Tamri National Park, Cap Rhir lighthouse, Tahazoute- the surfing village etc)

1.5 hour drive via Agadir (c 180 kms).Walk and spend time on the beach at chosen sites.

Perfect for birdwatchers (internationally famous site for bald ibis). Bring your binoculars! Attractive beaches with very little development. Option of visiting Agadir fishing port, marina etc.

Picnic or small restaurant associated with a honey, olive and argan oil cooperative at Tamri.

Fairly easy walking on generally level ground. Shorts etc are acceptable

09:30  – 18:00 (varies with daylight)

Massa Estuary (Souss Massa National Park) & the Atlantic Ocean

2 hour drive via Souss Valley (c 200 kms). 2 hour walk with lots of stops (1 hour there & 1 back) along estuary

Perfect for birdwatchers (internationally famous site). Bring your binoculars! Remote beach -opportunity to go in the sea if it is safe. Beware of strong currents

Picnic or pricy restaurant at hotel Ksar Massa

Fairly easy walking on generally level ground. Shorts etc are acceptable.

09:30  – 18:00 (varies with daylight)

Coast South of Agadir (Souss estuary, Polizzi’s Medina, Kasbah, camels and horse riding)

50 miles. Flexible programme Special interest options: birding, architecture, horse & camel riding Note extra costs for riding (c 100Dh per hr) & entrance fee to the Medina (c40 Dh)

Souss Estuary (National Park)- excellent site for birdwatchers (less so in summer).Polizzi’s Medina- a superb craftsman-built complex designed by an eminent architect using traditional techniques & patterns- see workshops and buy goods. Nearby stables offer rides in dunes and on beach on Arab horses (NOT suitable for inexperienced riders) or camels (no experience needed).

2 small restaurants at the medina including limited vegetarian choices. Cost from approx 60Dh. Possible to picnic here

Easy walking through sand dunes. An area visited by tourists, although it is well outside the main resort (by the King’s palace!) so shorts etc are acceptable, but wear loose/stretchy trousers to ride

Good option on the day you depart if you have a late flight from Agadir.