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From Marrakech: Guided Quad Biking Tour in Agafay Desert

1. From Marrakech: Guided Quad Biking Tour in Agafay Desert

Go on a quad biking adventure in the Atlas mountains. Discover the dam and the Agafay Desert as well as the Marrakchi Desert. Benefit from being picked up at your hotel in Marrakech and head to Lalla Takerkoust Lake, where you will climb on a quad. Take your time to learn how to use your new vehicle, then drive to Turtle Valley and the desert plateaux that lead into the High Atlas. On your way, discover small Berber villages which are typical of the region. You will make several stops to take pictures and admire the landscape. Enjoy a break on the plateau to take in splendid views of the seven-kilometer-long Lalla Takerkoust Lake, which stretches all the way to the foot of the Atlas Mountains, while sipping delicious mint tea.

From Marrakech: Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys Day Trip

2. From Marrakech: Atlas Mountains and Three Valleys Day Trip

Immerse yourself in the Berber culture and discover breathtaking scenery on this day trip. After getting picked up from your hotel in Marrakech, enjoy a drive through the most spectacular sights in the Atlas Mountains and be amazed by the colors of the rocks. Stop at Azrou, a small Berber village and pay a visit to an argan oil women's cooperative. Take a short hike and witness the enchanting waterfalls and the surrounding valley. Later, visit the home of a local Berber family and enjoy a delicious traditional lunch. Feast on a delicious tagine or a savory couscous served with homemade bread and fresh salad. After lunch, head to Amizmiz Valley, where you’ll enjoy a fresh mint tea and tasty cookies. Get a glimpse of local life, learn about traditions and culture while sipping Moroccan tea together with your guide and a local family. Afterward, enjoy a scenic camel ride before heading to the Agafay desert pass. Stop at the stony dunes of Agafay to watch the breathtaking desert sunset and sip on a cup of mint tea. Enjoy some free time to relax or meditate before beginning the journey back to Marrakech.

From Marrakech: Agafay Desert Half-Day Quad Biking Adventure

3. From Marrakech: Agafay Desert Half-Day Quad Biking Adventure

Take an exciting journey through the Agafay Desert. Enjoy a half-day of quad biking through rugged terrain. After being picked up from your hotel or riad in Marrakech, head for the tranquility of this untouched desert set just under the Atlas Mountains, which has remained hidden for centuries. Journey through beautifully diverse scenery featuring mountains, dry rivers, and rocky hills. See authentic Berber villages, where people still live in the traditional manner established by their forefathers over 200 years ago. Enjoy a stop to witness Berber hospitality and sip delicious mint tea. Once you're back on the desert trail, pick up the pace and discover the joy of off-roading as you cruise through a formidable landscape. You'll ride on a Yamaha Quad – all the equipment you'll need including goggles, a hood, a helmet, and a raincoat, will be provided. This is a thrilling activity for families, provided all children taking part are over the age of 6.

Marrakech: Agafay Desert Dinner with Camel Ride or Quad Bike

4. Marrakech: Agafay Desert Dinner with Camel Ride or Quad Bike

The adventure begins with pickup from your Marrakech accommodation at 4:00 PM, then heads towards the dramatic landscapes of the Agafay Desert. Upon arrival, enjoy a relaxing camel ride as the sun begins to set across the desert, transforming the landscape with red tones. Or, feel the thrill of adrenaline pulse through you on an energetic quad bike ride instead. After your activity, head back to the camp for a traditional Moroccan dinner. Feast on a selection of delicacies and dishes, made from local ingredients. Then finish off with a tasty dessert and authentic mint tea, while gazing at the stars. At the end of a magical evening, enjoy drop-off back to your accommodation between 9:00 and 10:00 PM.

From Marrakesh: Day Trip to Atlas Mountains & Agafay Desert

5. From Marrakesh: Day Trip to Atlas Mountains & Agafay Desert

Depart from Marrakesh on a day trip to the Atlas Mountains and the Agafay Desert. Visit the lands of Amanar, before heading to Imlil for an authentic Moroccan lunch. Climb Toubkal and watch the sunset in the desert of Agafay. Get picked up from your accommodations and start your journey towards the Atlas Mountains. Make a stop in the lands of Amanar and spend an hour and a half admiring its picturesque beauty or try thrilling activities like zip-lining. Arrive in the small village of Imlil, indulging in a delicious lunch at a restaurant with panoramic views of the valley. Try traditional Moroccan food, including tagine and seasonal fruits. Head out from Imlil into the Atlas Mountains, watching the jagged, giant rocks grow on the horizon. Climb Toubkal, the highest peak in Morocco, with the assistance of an expert guide. Learn about your surroundings as you ascend, experiencing unbelievable views of the world below. Pass along an enchanting road through the town of My Brahim to reach the Agafay Desert. Refresh yourself with soothing mint tea as you watch the sunset over the stretching dunes.

Agafay Desert Quad Biking

6. Agafay Desert Quad Biking

Upon pick up, head for Agafay Desert, situated only 40 kilometers from Marrakech. Meet the instructor for a short safety induction, then you will be handed a helmet and other protective material to make the most of your quad bike tour through the Moroccan Desert. Set out to discover the endless fields of golden-colored land as you drive through the dirt roads and enjoying the view of the snowy peaks of the Atlas Mountains. Afterwards, continue navigating your quad bike until you come upon enormous Lalla Takerkoust Lake. Be surrounded by arid mountains reflected in the turquoise waters. Enjoy the stunning landscape during a stop on the route and enjoy a typical mint Moroccan tea. After taking numerous photographs, you will return to the starting point and be driven back to your hotel or riad.

Atlas Mountains and Agafay Desert Jeep Safari

7. Atlas Mountains and Agafay Desert Jeep Safari

Discover and explore deep Berber country in the High Atlas Mountains, and enjoy the landscapes of desert, valleys, villages, and open plains on a full-day trip from Marrakech.  The drive takes you first to the Agafay Desert, just south of Marrakech, where you’ll experience some dune bashing before continuing on to the Lalla Takerkoust region, making your first stop on the hills overlooking the lake. From here you’ll begin a 4x4 adventure on dirt tracks rarely frequented by tourists and climb up to the Kik Plateau, where you’ll drive from village to village meeting locals, visiting Berber homes, and sampling their traditional mint tea and homemade bread.  When you arrive at Imlil Village, located in the heart of Toubkal National Park, you’ll have the option of hiking for an hour to Armed village or continue to the village by 4x4. The 1-hour hike with a local guide is of moderate difficulty. In the village you’ll be served a Berber lamb tagine for lunch at a local home. You’ll also enjoy Moroccan salads and homemade bread during the meal.  After lunch and a short relaxation break, you’ll head down a gentle hill to Imlil village, where you’ll meet your driver for the 1-hour trip back to Marrakech via the Haouz plains.

Meet the Berbers: Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains Day Trip

8. Meet the Berbers: Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains Day Trip

Your full-day trip from Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains will start with a pick-up from your hotel or Riad. First, you will drive east towards the town of Tahannaout, where you will make the first stop. Admire a panoramic view of a mud-brick Berber village on top of a hill across the Ghighaya River. Then, continue to an Argan Oil artisanal factory run by local ladies. Sample local bread, Argan oil with min tea, and learn the process of extracting this liquid gold. If your day trip coincides with a Tuesday, visit the local weekly Berber Market in Tahannout or the one in Asni that runs every Saturday. Next, you will cross the canyons of Tibidrt with stunning views of the river and juniper forest on our way to Asni. From here, you will continue to Imlil Village, located at the foothills of Mt.Toubkal. Upon arrival at the Village center, meet your local Berber guide for an hour-long moderate hike in Toubkal National Park past various scattered Berber settlements to a small waterfall. Then, treat yourself to a delicious cup of fresh squeezed Orange Juice while admiring the views before you continue to Aroumd village. Next, a well deserved three-course lunch home-made made lunch will be served at a Berber house. In the mid-afternoon, Descend back to Imlil center, where you will meet your driver. Continue to Kik Plateau across green valleys to Agafay Desert, then get ready for a 30-minute camel ride across the stone desert. Finally, you will drive towards the Lalla Takerkoust lake, which serves as a water reservoir supplying Marrakech. Your Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains Day trip from Marrakech will end with a drop off at your hotel or pre-set drop off points in the Medina.

From Marrakech: Agafay Desert Sunset Tour with Camel Ride

9. From Marrakech: Agafay Desert Sunset Tour with Camel Ride

Start with pickup from your accommodation in Marrakech and travel to the Agafay desert, west of the city. The route is characterized by lush vegetation, olive and orange orchards, and small villages.  Go off-road and discover a rugged landscape and a spectacular sunset. Disconnect from civilization in the wilderness, and enjoy a camel ride as the sun goes down. Enjoy a local tea in a typical Berber tent, and discover some of the traditions of the nomadic people of the desert. After the sun sets, be returned to your accommodation in Marrakech.

Marrakesh: Half-Day Agafay Desert Quad Biking Adventure

10. Marrakesh: Half-Day Agafay Desert Quad Biking Adventure

Enliven your stay in Marrakesh by booking a half-day guided quad bike tour, departing directly from your accommodation. Surprise yourself by traveling into the heart of the desert of Marrakesh. The desert of Agafay is one of the best destinations to enjoy a journey of quad biking, away from the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh. Your guided half-day quad tour on the rocky and desert plains will vary between wadis and off-road trails, traveling through Berber villages along the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains. Whilst out in the desert you can explore the surrounding Berber villages whilst enjoying the beautiful landscapes of the mountain scenery. Halfway through your trip, visit an authentic Berber village to discover the authentic local lifestyle at a traditional home-stay. There you will experience traditional Moroccan hospitality, being offered mint tea and Moroccan pancakes. Following that, stop to take photos of the snow-capped peaks of the Toubkal Mountains, before making your way back to Marrakesh.

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What people are saying about Agafay Desert

Perfect is an understatement to describe the day we had. I’d read a lot of reviews before booking and none really captured how vast and great the day would be - we did, ate and saw everything that was possible to really get an understating of Berber life, and met the loveliest people as a bonus! As a guide, Mohamed is 5*, I couldn’t fault one thing; from his contestant enthusiasm, checking in on the tour group, to his knowledge and warmth for his community and people in the Berber community, it made for a very special trip that I know myself and my mum will remember forever - it’s the best thing we’ve done in Marrakech by far! Thank you to Mohamed for the day, I couldn’t fault one thing and would HIGHLY, highly recommend.

Faultless. From organising pick up to the trip’s itinerary everything was explained clearly. Not to mention the enthusiasm and passion from our guides Mohammad (the potato) and our driver Aziz. Mohammad told us a lot about the Berber history and took us to his hometown. He was always at hand to help us take photos and answered all of our questions. Most importantly there were no pressures for you to buy anything or tips. We tipped in the end because they both deserved it 100%.

Great activity! Mohamed potato and chawi gave us a great experience at the Atlas mountains and around traditional villages, providing us with info about the area's history and traditions. Highly recommended!

The experience was amazing , the people was very kind with us and we are very greatful for Hamid’s hospitality, he was an excellent guide. I recommend doing this experience with him.

Great experience! Long ride but a lot of fun. Everything was great but the flies lol. Its a must!!