Marrakech To Ait Benhaddou Kasbah Day Trip

Excursion From Marrakech To Ait Benhaddou Kasbah (1 Day)

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Marrakech To Ait Benhaddou Kasbah Day Trip

In this not-to-miss day trip we take you from Marrakech through the Atlas Mountains, passing by the road of Tizi n'Tichka, the highest road pass in Africa (at 2260 m above the sea level), towards the UNESCO World Heritage monument of Kasbah Ait ben Haddou.

Along the way from Marrakech to Ait Ben Haddou, you will be fascinated by the wonders and the panoramic views of the isolated Berber villages in the mountains.

After the Tizi n'Tichka pass, you leave the main road and take a side track into the Telouat Kasbah, the ancient palace of Pacha El Glaoui. After 40 km of track with breathtaking views over the Valley of Ounila you get to the Kasbah Ait Benhadou.

The beauty of this area is well having been used in movies such as Lawrence of Arabia, Jesus of Nazareth and Gladiator.

Have a delicious lunch at the restaurant in Ouarzazate and then take a walk with our English speaking guide/Driver to discover the beauty and the authenticity of Taourirt Kasbah and have a visit to the cinema studios of Ouarzazate Holywood of Africa.

In the ksar Ait Ben Haddou where few families are still living in you will be invited for a lovely cup of tea with the inhabitant. In the afternoon we drive you back to your hotel in Marrakesh via the Tizi n'Tichka Pass.

Tour Code: MDT27-16
Duration: 1 day
Starts From: Marrakech
Ends At: Marrakech
Tour Map

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What's Included?

  • Private Transportation aboard a comfortable and air conditioned 4x4 vehicle
  • Pick up from your riad/hotel in Marrakech
  • Drop off at your riad/hotel in Marrakech
  • English speaking Berber driver
  • Fuel for entire day trip
  • Free stops when you want

What's Not Included?

  • Lunches
  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Extra

Interesting Places On Your Itinerary

Lots of Berber villages

You will pass by a lots of Berber villages during your tour. This will make you discover an other aspect of Morocco.

Tizi n'Tichka Pass

Tizi n'Tichka is a mountain pass in Morocco, linking the south-east of Marrakesh to the city of Ouarzazate through the High Atlas mountains. It lies between the great Marrakech Plains and the gateway of the Sahara Desert. From November - March, snow can often fall on the pass, but it can be warm all year round in the strong sun. It reaches an elevation of 2,260 m above the sea level and is the highest major mountain pass of North Africa. The road was constructed by the French military in 1936, and is now part of National Route 9 in Morocco.

Telouet

Telouet is a Kasbah along the former route of the caravans from the Sahara over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. It lies at an elevation of 1,800 metres (5,900 ft) and was the seat of the El Glaoui family's power. The palace can still be visited but it is steadily becoming more damaged and is slowly collapsing. In 2010, work was underway to restore the property.

El Glaoui

Thami El Glaoui or El Haj T'hami el Mezouari el Glaoui (1879 - 23 January 1956), better known in English-speaking countries as T'hami El Glaoui or Lord of the Atlas, was the Pasha of Marrakech from 1912 to 1956. His family name was El Mezouari, from a title given an ancestor by Sultan Moulay Ismail in 1700, while El Glaoui refers to his chieftainship of the Berber Glaoua (Glawa) tribe of Southern Morocco, based at the Kasbah of Telouet in the High Atlas and at Marrakech. He became head of the Glaoua upon the death of his elder brother, Si el Madani, and as an ally of the French in Morocco conspired with them in the overthrow of Sultan Mohammed V.

Ait Benhaddou Kasbah

Ait Benhaddou Kasbah is a fortified city, or ksar, along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech in present-day Morocco. Most citizens living in the area now live in more modern dwellings in a nearby village, although there are 4 families still living in the ancient city. This giant fortification, which is made up of six Kasbahs and nearly fifty ksars which are individual Kasbahs, is a great example of earthen clay architecture. Which is also use in Moroccan architecture.

Aït Benhaddou has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 and several films have been shot there, including:

  • Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)
  • Sodom And Gomorrah (1963)
  • Oedipus Rex (1967)
  • The Man Who Would Be King (film) (1975)
  • The Message (1976)
  • Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
  • Time Bandits (1981)
  • Marco Polo (1982)
  • The Jewel of the Nile (1985)
  • The Living Daylights (1987)
  • The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
  • The Sheltering Sky (1990)
  • Kundun (1997)
  • The Mummy (1999)
  • Gladiator (2000)
  • Alexander (2004)
  • Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
  • Babel (2006)
  • One Night with the King (2006)
  • Prince of Persia (2010)
  • Son of God (film) (2014)
  • Also used in parts of the TV series Game of Thrones.

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