ATLAS LAKES & DESERT
4x4 adventure tour across the Atlas Mountains to the Ouirgane Valley & N'fis River Valley, Lake Takerkhoust, Agafay Desert & Kik Plateau.
4x4 off-road adventure
Explore Agafay Desert
See Lake Takerkhoust
Cross the Kik Plateau
See Lake Ouirgane
Follow the N'fis river
Atlas & Toubkal views
PRICES PER PERSON
Private hire of 4x4 land cruiser with professional driver/guide. Tea break on Kik Plateau.
Tips, beverages & meals not specified, optional activities and items of a personal nature.
Price for children 5 to 11 years old is £5 (60 dh) per child (must be min. 2 adults accompanying). Children 12 and older pay adult price.
On this tour we travel by 4x4 land cruiser to explore the nearby lakes, Atlas mountains and Agafay Desert, returning to Dar Assarou (1,700m) in time for a late lunch. First we drive south to the fertile Ouirgane Valley and climb a twisting road above the Barrage Yacoub el Mansour for views of the reservoir and valley (1,071m). We then follow the N'fis river on its route from the barrage. We cross the river valley several times as we drive to the shores of Lalla Takerkhoust (662m), a man-made reservoir created by a hydro-electric dam across the N'fis river. Water levels vary depending on the time of year.
Next we enter the Agafay Desert from the east and traverse the Agafay following desert tracks. We may encounter camels as we make our way to the south and reach the shores of Lalla Takerkhoust. Looming above the reservoir is the Kik Plateau (1,300m). We climb a switch-back road with impressive views of the surrounding countryside down below. At the top we'll take a tea break and enjoy the panoramic views of the Agafay Desert. The Kik Plateau has an ideal climate for cultivating wheat and the settlements here are mainly farming communities. We travel off-road across the plateau to descend the east side with views of High Atlas peaks and Jebel Toubkal (4,167m). We reach the Berber town of Asni which is famous for its colourful Saturday open-air market and drive back to Imlil.
0830 Depart Dar Assarou; drive through Mizzane Valley.
0910 Reach Ouirgane Valley; drive up into Atlas Mountains for lake views.
1000 Head into the dramatic N'fis river valley on 4x4 piste.
1045 Reach Lake Takerkhoust; continue to eastern Agafay Desert.
1130 Explore Agafay Desert, its canyons, hills and desert plains.
1300 Tea-stop on Kik Plateau with superb views of Agafay Desert.
1330 Continue across Kik Plateau; follow 4x4 piste across plateau.
1415 Descend Plateau to reach Asni Berber market town.
1445 Arrive Dar Assarou in time for lunch.
Timings indicated should be used as a rough guide and may vary depending on season and photo stops.
DEPARTS ON REQUEST
This 4x4 adventure tour operates daily throughout the year on a private departure basis.
Take some warm clothing in winter months as it can be chilly on the plateau.