11.03.2010 - 11.03.2010
I happened to stumble across a website called Viator where you can book tours in various countries for reasonable prices. There I saw this trip to Ouarzazate which is a former garrison town which is a crossroads between Marrakech to the North and the Draa valley to the South.
We were picked up at 7am and we started our long journey. We drove through green plains before getting to the High Atlas mountain range. The scenery dramatically changes as you drive through the mountains going from lush green to purples and reds to slate greys and then finally to sandy coloured areas.
The Berbers live in this area and they are non-nomadic peasants. They have their own language and are self-sufficient.
Along the way we made a few photo stops. We saw some kasbahs (fortresses) along the way which have been used in filming.
After the long drive we had a 4 course lunch in a restaurant which consisted of salad & bread, this savoury samosa and spring roll type thing, chicken/beef tagine, oranges for dessert and min tea. Was nice and left us feeling satisfied.
Following the lunch we had a local guide who took us aorund Taourirt Kasbah. This is the only historic monument in Ouarzazate which housed the Glaoui family and their servants. They were the lords of the South and controlled access into the High Atlas region. Our guide took us through the maze of staircases which led to different rooms with beautiful views from the windows. There were intricate designs on the walls and the windows were low in some of the rooms. Our guide was very informative and it was an interesting tour of the kasbah.
Our final stop was at a place where the y make brass goods. We were told the difference in materials used to make the teapots etc and what the genuine one should sound like when hit.
After this we made the long journey back and arrived at the hotel at 8pm. This trip costed just under £40 which I thought was worth it as it was a long drive, lunch was included and the tour and guide of the kasbah was included.
This trip was mainly about seeing the varying landscapes of the High Atlas region and the Kasbah. Would recommend to everyone.