Ouzoud waterfalls 1 day
Ouzoud waterfalls 1 day from Marrakesh, It’s a huge touristic destination and one of the most visited and photographed natural sites, you will discover one of the most exceptional natural sites of Morocco during this day trip to Ouzoud waterfalls. Enjoy the breathtaking views of these waterfalls 110 meters high which makes it the second tallest waterfall in Africa. and observe the monkeys who live there.
The word ‘Ouzoud’ was said to be Berber for ‘the act of grinding grain.’ Apparently, a lot of the buildings there happened to be grinding mills that probably utilized the force of the water.
- Drive through olive, peach, and apricot farms on the way to the Ouzoud waterfalls.
- Enjoy the spectacular waterfalls and take some impressive photos.
- Treat yourself to a Berber Tagine alongside the steam with the falls as a backdrop.
- Explore the local flora and look for Barbary apes.
Your tour from Marrakech to Ouzoud waterfalls 1 day will start at 8:15 AM with a 3 hours drive north of Marrakech by crossing the Tadla plains dotted with hundreds of olive tree farms, peach, and apricot.
Upon arrival at the village, start your walking journey downhill to the sources while admiring the splendid views of the 110 m high cascades of Ouzoud with a permanent rainbow as a backdrop. En route, some local Barbary apes that do expect some nuts from you will greet you along the way!
Local cafés are available next to the stream for a light lunch and to relax before you walk up to the village and meet your driver to return back to Marrakech.
Your day trip to Ouzoud waterfalls will end late in the afternoon in Marrakech with a drop-off at your hotel or the nearest accessible point to your riad.
- Pick up from your hotel / or the nearest car accessible point to your Riad in Marrakech
- A/C modern minibus (no more than 17 passengers) driven by an English/ Spanish/ French speaking driver
- Drop off at your hotel or Marrakech city center.
To know before you go :
- 6 hours of travel in total are involved in your Ouzoud waterfalls day trip from Marrakech.
- The local guide in Ouzoud is not included. Honestly not necessary as there is only one path to the falls and vice versa.
- Good walking shoes are required.
- A minimum physical condition is required for this tour.
- If you want to interact with the local monkeys, make some raw peanuts to feed them.
Questions & Answers
High in the Atlas mountains after passing through Berber villages and beautiful scenery is the Ouzoud Falls. These tall waterfalls, which are located about 100 miles northeast of Marrakech, empty into the El-Abid River gorge.
If you visit Ouzoud during the summer, the water of the Al abid river will be warm enough to swim in it. There are different pools where one can swim right at the bottom of the Ouzoud waterfalls.
Hike down to the Bottom of the Falls to the Swimming Area. No one else felt strongly either way, and a few others chimed in on swimming, so we began our hike down! It’s not a steep hike, but it does get kind of rocky in some places, so you’ll want to wear tennis shoes or hiking sandals at the bare minimum.
Communication is perhaps the most vital part of any trip. You must be able to interact with the local population to a certain extent for a better experience.
The chief languages spoken in Ouzoud are French, Spanish, Arabic, and Berber. You may want to learn some basic phrases in any of them if you so wish. You can always use translators or dictionaries.
Most of the service people do not speak English, so you should be prepared with ways to communicate with them effectively.
The average temperature in Ouzoud waterfalls is 18 °C. The falls lie on 785 m above sea level. Most of the rain happen during winter and rarely during spring. However, summers are relatively dry, with very few summer showers.
There are several restaurants with beautiful views of the waterfalls in Ouzoud. Ignore the guides if they recommend the last two restaurants, which are higher up, are more expensive and have no views.
You will easily spot various Barbary macaques during your treck down to the bottom of Ouzoud waterfalls. These monkeys are mainly friendly and are approaching humans looking to be fed. To have a great interaction with them, you can buy some nuts at a local store and believe me monkeys love it !