FROM MARRAKECH: Day trip: Ourika – Three valleys in Atlas mountains – Lake Takerkoust

  • From Marrakech
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Start: Early morning at your hotel or riad
  • Stop: Evening at your hotel or riad
  • Transport: Landcruiser 4x4 car with aircondition
  • Language: Driver/guide speak English and French







Marrakech - Atlas mountains - Ourika - Oukaimeden - Asni - Takerkoust - Kik Plateau - Marrakech

The driver picks you up at 10:00 am at your hotel or riad.

We drive into the majestic High Atlas mountains. The drive to Ourika valley takes about 1 hour and the scenery is stunning with green valleys, mountains peaks and rushing waterfalls. We will arrive at Setti Fatma which has 7 waterfalls. If you wish, you have the option to hire a local guide to explore the area deeper (own expense).

We continue to an argan cooperative which is run by local berber women. They will show you how they extract the golden argan oil from the argan nuts. The argan oil is referred to as «Moroccan gold» and used in both foods and cosmetics. It is famous for its many healthy benefits. We also visit an aromatic garden with medicinal and decorative plants.

Next we head to Oukaimeden valley, passing traditional stone berber villages on the way. The landscapes are majestic with a lush gorge carving its way through a tableau of jagged peaks. Oukaimeden is strikingly beautiful, and has a rich cultural heritage and prehistoric rock art sites. During the winter months, Oukaimeden is a ski resort with Africa’s highest ski lift.

We stop at an local restaurant for lunch. If you wish, you can have lunch in the house of a berber family, to have a more cultural experience. The meal is a traditional tagine or couscous and more.

After lunch we drive to the third valley, Asni. The area is picturesque with a cluster of berber villages spread around the valley river and famous for its fruit trees (apples, walnut, almonds, peaches etc). Asni village is situated at the foot of Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa.

As this is the extended version of Three valleys, the journey continues and we drive further for about an hour to Takerkoust Lake. The lake is a man-made lake, deep blue in colour and with a dramatic view of the surrounding desert and mountains.

We then drive to Kik Plateau, which consists of mostly limestone formations and offers a wonderful view of the lush valleys below.

We return to Marrakech and drop you off at your hotel or riad in the late afternoon.

Price information


The starting price is EUR 65 per person when 2 persons are travelling together on a private basis and transport in 4×4.

For bigger groups, please contact us for price.


All transportation, guide/driver

Not included:

Lunch, drinks, tip

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