Activities & trips

Ait Ouaziz

2-3 hours drive north of Irocha.

Go accompanied by a local guide to discover a small earthen village, clinging to a cliff, bordered by fields of barley and almond trees.

The isolation of this village, located in a valley in the hollow of the high limestone plateau overlooking Tisselday, has kept a typically Berber authenticity.

Access: via the mule track winding through the rocks overlooking Irocha, you reach the high plateau after 30 mins (change in height 200 m), with a panoramic view of the valley. From there, you follow the track to the village where you can picnic in the gardens or have lunch with the locals.

For the return, you have the choice between the track and the mule track, and you can then either descend directly to Irocha, or continue along the edge of the plateau to the Kasbah of Glaoui, its garden and its source.

A small path allows you to go down to Irocha.

The oasis of Fint

15 km south of Ouarzazate.

Visit with a guide (and a driver if you do not have a vehicle) the oasis of Fint, near Ouarzazate (15 km). The track leading to it crosses an impressive panorama of black rocks, characteristic of the landscapes of the Anti-Atlas.

We offer you a guided hike within this small oasis divided into 4 villages, where you can discover the system of targas, canals used to irrigate barley and alfalfa crops, in the middle of date palms, almond trees and pomegranate trees. A lunch with the locals will show you the traditional adobe habitat.

On the return from Fint, a stopover in Ouarzazate will allow you to admire the Kasbah of Taourirt, one of the old residences of Glaoui, located in the heart of a fortified village still inhabited.

If you do not know it yet, on the way back you have to stop at the famous ksar of Ait Ben Haddou, a masterpiece rightly classified as world heritage protected by Unesco.

The narrow river Ounila

Ounila is a narrow River, runs from the high atlas downs to Ait Ben Haddou until it joins Imini River. In the valley a lot of villages, kasbahs, green gardens and colorful geology. Also, the region is inhabited by the most hospitable Amazigh people.

As you are driving through the small route, you can imagine hundreds, even thousands of camels in a caravan traveling through their journey from the sub-Saharan cities to Marrakech. Ounila valley was one of the main passageways for those caravans traveling for weeks transporting Saharan merchandise and salt.

This valley is loaded with traveling history, and as you are going through it, you as well become part of its history.

The Main attractions of Ounila Valley are:

• Ait Ben Haddou

• Tamdaght Kasbah

• Ksar of Anmiter

• Telouet Kasbah

The magnificent palm grove of Skoura and Ait Ben Haddou

Skoura is 40 km from Ouarzazate.

Visit individually or accompanied by a guide (possibly a driver if you do not have a vehicle) the magnificent palm grove of Skoura, at the beginning of the Dades Valley. 40 km from Ouarzazate, you can admire the natural and architectural beauty of an oasis dotted with dozens of kasbahs.

We offer you a guided hike in the heart of the palm grove, to discover the way of life in an oasis: traditional crops and irrigation methods, date picking, adobe construction techniques.

After a walk through fields and gardens and a visit to the Kasbah of Amerhidil, you will have lunch with the locals in a traditional adobe house in the middle of the palm grove.

After Skoura, you will go to Ouarzazate to visit the very recent cinema museum, where the set elements of films shot in the region are exhibited.

If you wish, you can then stop at the famous ksar of Ait Ben Haddou and enjoy this exceptional panorama.

Discovery the MHAMID – Erg CHIGAGA desert in 4×4

If the magic of the desert attracts you…

We offer you a 4×4 excursion via the magnificent Drââ Valley, where you will stop for lunch in the Kasbah of Tamnougalt in Zagora.

From Mhamid, the 4×4 takes you through the desert to a small oasis of about twenty palm trees, where the nomads come to water their herds and where you will enjoy a mint tea. About fifteen kilometers away is the Erg de Chigaga, the highest dunes in the region (300m by 42km long), at the foot of which the bivouac is located. You will enjoy traditional cuisine around the fire, accompanied by nomadic songs and the peace of a marvelously starry sky.

In the early morning, we encourage you to watch the sunrise at the top of the big dune, in order to appreciate all the majesty of the desert. You can then taste the joys of a camel ride (1 hour).

On the way back, you will cross the vast plateau of Iriki in a 4×4, on which a lake once stretched, before reaching Tazenakht and the barren landscapes of the Anti-Atlas.

1st day: Departure from Marrakech in the morning towards the high Atlas Mountains. We cross the Tizi n Tichka pass (2,260 m) and discover the valleys and Berber villages, nestled on the sides of the mountains.

Lunch is served upon arrival at the Irocha Guest House. For those who wish, we leave on foot, to discover the village of Tisselday, with its narrow streets and earthen houses, or the magnificent Kasbah which overlooks Irocha.

2nd day: Departure from Irocha in 4×4, after breakfast. We take a track to reach the famous Ksar of Ait Benhaddou, location of many films. Then departure towards the Draa Valley. Stop for lunch in the village of Agdez, in a beautiful Kasbah overlooking the palm grove. We then leave again, through the splendid and austere panoramas of the south, towards the village of Mhamid, at the gates of the desert, where we spend the night.

3rd day: After breakfast, those who wish go on camelback, explore the desert and discover an ancient village, swallowed up by the sands.

Return to the kasbah for lunch, then departure to Erg Chigaga, nicknamed the most beautiful desert in Morocco. On the way, we cross what the locals call the Sacred Oasis.

That night, after a dinner under the stars, around the fire of a bivouac and some Berber songs, we retired to our tents.

4th day: After breakfast, you explore the great dunes on the back of a camel, then departure in 4×4 on the old route of Paris – Dakar, at Foum Zguid, on the shores of Lake Iriqui.

We stop for lunch in Taznakht, before returning to Irocha where a wood-fired hammam awaits you.

5th day: Departure for Marrakech after breakfast. If you prefer to enjoy the swimming pool and the beautiful walks around Irocha, leave after lunch. Arrival at the riad in Marrakech at the end of the afternoon.

Food course

Our Chef Najat will be happy to welcome you to her kitchen to teach you the secrets of a succulent tajine or a traditional couscous.

According to your tastes and desires:
– chicken tagine with lemon,
– tagine of beef shank with caramelized prunes,
– lamb tagine with seasonal vegetables (peas and archchauts, quinces, cardoons, makfoul…),
…and many other traditional dishes that will delight your taste buds!

Available in the morning or afternoon, it takes 4 hours for this complete formula:
– 1 hour to go shopping at the local market,
– 1/2 hour of theory,
– 2h30 of practice

And then…tasting!
The budget is €35 per person, plus €15 for lunch or €18 for dinner.

Do you lack time? An express formula is offered to you including:
– 1/2 hour of theory,
– 1h30 of practice

The budget is €25 per person, plus €15 for lunch or €18 for dinner.

Do you want to maintain your memories of the traditional breakfast taken at Irocha, Najat will teach you the secrets of making local bread, the famous m’semmen and baghrir (Moroccan pancake).

This “Breakfast” formula includes:
– 1/2 hour of theory,
– 1h30 of practice

The budget is €25 per person.

Each formula requires a minimum of 2 people, and goes up to 8 people per session.

Please not that all our food is organic from the local farmers in local souks.

Irocha, Tisseldei 45250 | village de Tisselday
Ouarzazate 45250, Morocco. Phone: +212 6 67 73 70 02