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    • Morocco Camel Trekking in Merzouga Desert , You need advice .?

      Morocco Mar 27, 2015 at 7:15 AM

      We started our Moroccan trip from Fes, after visiting the most important places, we left the Fes Medina mid-day to roam and explore the nouville, French for the new city part of Fes. Our bus was not departing till 9 at night so we had time to chill out in the city center. While the others went to re-up on some supplies, I stayed to watch the bags. A few kids came on bikes and I filmed them with my gopro. We quickly made friends despite the language barrier. They were eager to share their tricks for the camera. I gave them some graffiti stickers and share facebook information. Facebook, Everyone in Morocco has it.

      A few mint teas, coffees and getting lost, we found ourselves at the CTM bus station.. There was a German trio playing a guitar, where Thanecha immediately took to join. New friends were instantly made by the love for music, but we never knew how good of friends they would soon become. We had a nine hour, overnight bus ride to Rissani, a stop over to Merzouga, where the Sahara meets Morocco.

      After a long, sleepless and sometimes painful 9 hours, we arrived in Rissani, at 6am, before the sun broke the horizon. A man named Mohammed approached us and asked if we wanted some food and drink at his cafe, which he claimed was open, warm and just down the street. It sounded good to us as the Germans joined us. Immediately, this man gave some negative vibes, one of those gut feelings you get when you know something is not right.

      His cafe, Panorama Cafe, was not open or even his and took 10 minutes for someone to unlock it. I called him out on it, and he was quick to be on defense. "Why would I lie to you, my friend?" I dismissed him as we entered with the Germans.

      One of the German girl's boyfriend was coming from Merzouga to come get them, so they hung out with us until then. Mohammed's odd demeanor continued, as he pushed his services on me. I repeatedly said I had an excursion booked and I did not need his assistance in getting to Merzouga. All I or anyone of my group was interested was some tea and coffee. He persisted and was desperate, showing me pictures and videos of his resort and 4x4. He exclaimed that the boyfriend coming to pick them up was total BS because it took jobs away. He mumbled on in Arabic as we figured him out. He knew we figured him out and called his friends to come to his rescue.

      He offered all sorts of BS answers to our questions, and would shout Africa! or USA USA! AMERICA!!! when he didnt know what to say. He eventually brought out tea for all of us, when Ryan said, I am not drinking anything this man gives us. Apparently Mohammed touched a member of our group inappropriately up on the roof terrace moments before. When the tea came out, he switched Thanechas cup with another. It was deliberate and we saw it. Something is going on and not in a good way. His desperation continues as we fight off his advances.

      Finally having enough, we all left to wait with the Germans outside, as their ride was near by. We walked down the road back towards the bus stop, where he gets in his 4x4 chases us, threatening to call the police if we catch a ride with the Germans. We had no intentions to catch a ride with them, it was just an alibi. Just then, a big blue caravan appears around the corner, to the jumping Germans delight and Mohammed's despair. By now he was yelling at us to take his offer, yet we continue to thank him and refuse while walking away. He calls his friend to come help him not let this caravan get away by boxing it in, one car in the front and Mohammed in the back. We attempted to block his efforts to block the caravan by standing in front of his car, almost running over Ryan and Thanecha in the process. He was literally pressing the gas with two people in front of him. He threatened to call the police on us and the Germans if we got in. Tempers were high as shouting matches began, in the middle of town. What is going on?

      The Germans get in drove off leaving us trying to find a taxi, which apparently can only be found in front of his cafe. There is no way that was going to happen. We continue to walk in the opposite direction, repeatedly getting out of his car, claiming he is sorry and asks for forgiveness. By now, everyone in our group is just as hostile, all shouting at him to just leave us alone. I remained calm, thanked him and explained that there was no way we would be accepting any services from him. We walked down another street as far away as possible, cooling our tempers in the process. Did we just screw ourselves? He is probably in cahoots with every cab here, how are we getting to Merzouga?

      About a kilometer down the road, around the bend and out of sight of his cafe, the blue caravan appears. The Germans! They circled back around town unbeknownst to everyone in town, including ourselves. They quickly turned the caravan around and tell us to get in, and make it quick!

      We frantically pile in, lay on the floor in a small space, and drove away. These people were searching for us and came to our rescue. I can't thank them enough.

      We escaped to Merzouga and was greeted with massive sand dunes as soon as we stepped out from the big blue steed.

      After saying bye to our German saviors, we walked over to the hotel next door. At the gate, I saw a young man who looked like he just woke up, but he looked familiar, "Hassan Mouhou?" I asked. "Yeah," he replied. He looked just like the avatar he had on the emails we had exchanged earlier in the year. Short curly black hair, a young round friendly face and dark olive skin colored by the desert sun. I booked a camel excursion through his company ( Morocco Excursions Company => www.Morocco-Excursion.com) ------ (and they come highly recommended as you will read why). We exchanged hellos and he brought us the traditional Berber whiskey (tea - sans the alcohol) out on the sky terrace of the hotel. Hassan was very welcoming and just wanted to hang out, which caught me by surprise. He didn't try to push anything on us or sell us more junk, he just want to talk story and show us a good time. He even knew of Mr. Mohammed from Rissani. He showed us around Center of Merzouga just for fun until he had to prepare for our desert excursion.

      After a light meal, we returned to the hotel packed our bags and went out back to the hotel. There sat eight, single-humped dromedaries, snorting and farting away, ready to trek to camp. I know this is about as touristy as it gets, but hopping on one of those living desert cars and headed towards nothing but orange sand, lit by the low desert sun was surreal. Our former nomad guides, Youssef and Said, lead us and the camels by foot, towards the dunes. Our mini caravan of 6 camels trekked over 7km, across dunes as far as the eye could see. Some dunes were taller than 300 meters, simply incredible. None of us could get over the fact that we were riding dromedaries, into the Saharan desert, in Africa, on Christmas eve.

      Our guides dropped us off at a tall dune just short of camp, leaving us to hike to the top to catch our first Saharan sunset. It felt like we were children again, running up and down the dunes, laughter drifting in the quiet desert air. Was this really happening? We were in the Sahara Desert! After an obligatory mini photo shoot, we dug in and sat on the edge of a sand dune, boots off and toes in the sand, and watched the sun disappear in the distance. Perfect, simply perfect.

      Christmas night was even better. Camp was full, nearly 25 total fellow tourist, some of them wasted, singing and dancing around the fire. It was amazing to say the least. People from all over the world all having a good time around the camp fire in the Sahara. The Berber nomads encouraged every one to join in, all while having an even better time themselves. We danced and sang the night away, with drums and even a guitar for Thanecha. When our turn to sing a song came up, we rapped the fresh prince of Bellair, naturally. All the English speakers joined in about a story all about how my life got twisted upside down.... We told jokes and riddles again, under the stars that seemed to be so bright that they could cast shadows. We partied the night away, having the time our of lives. Not your typical Christmas, but definitely one to remember.

      You can read more about our Moroccan experience by visiting our blog : http://www.marcuscoania.com/blog/

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    • Good budget hotel

      Marrakesh Mar 27, 2015 at 1:38 AM

      Can you tell me of a well placed clean budget hotel just for breakfast. I have found Ryad Mogador at bab doukkala very good as it's twixt gueliz and la place - jemma el fyna. Please not a hotel/riad in Medina as it's scary at 4am in the dark.

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    • budget hotel

      Marrakesh Mar 27, 2015 at 8:24 AM

      Does anyone know a clean budget hotel like Ryad mogador at bab doukkala. Just for nice breakfast. It must be placed safely for late night returning and not in the spooky Medina.i say bab doukala because its twixt guelis and la place jemma el fynaa.

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    • Marrakesh to Chefchaouen (Blue City)

      Marrakesh Mar 11, 2015 at 5:48 AM

      Hi, Does anyone know the easiest and cheapest way to get from Marrakesh to Chefchaouen? preferably if there is a night bus and if so how much?

      Thanks!

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      Two old girls traveling to Morocco

      Morocco Mar 17, 2015 at 10:59 AM

      Hi, My friend and I would like to find a tour to Morocco, that's reliable, affordable, but on the nicer side... about 10-14 days.. the basic cities Fes, Marrakesh, Essaouira. A camel ride out to spend the night in the desert... tents with bathrooms would be nice... and a group that is on the smallish side, around16, max. We're mature women, so access to a good bed, good meals, and hot water would also be quite appreciated. I've heard of a few companies, but don't know anything about them. Anyone have suggestions for us? I'd like to hear from those of you who had a great tour and you'd recommend it to a friend.... Thanks in advance for all your tips & suggestions... Grazia54

       

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    • Money exchange

      Marrakesh Mar 1, 2015 at 4:15 PM

      I'm in London and will be headed for Marrakech soon. Can someone tell me the best place to get the dirham. I'm getting conflicting stories!

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      Marrakesh - query

      Marrakesh Mar 9, 2015 at 4:28 AM

      We have finalized our trip for next month having full 3 days in Marrakech. First day we want to visit part of the top 10 attractions that Google throws for Marrakech - Menara Gardens, Majorelle Garden, El Badi palace, Koutoubia Mosque, Marrakech museum and around Jemma El fna. We will be using paper maps - any other tips. What is the best way to navigate from one place to another? Day 2 - we plan to use guided Atlas mountains and trip. Day 3 - we have a late night flight so have full day with us - is there any tours that one can recommend where we can spend around 5-6 hours including travel and visit? I will be travelling with my wife and 2 daughters aged 9 and 6. I have asked a general query earlier and with plans getting firm - wanted to goto next level to check-up

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      General Advice Required!

      Morocco Mar 14, 2015 at 6:17 PM

      Hi all,

      Just looking on some advice and guidance on a trip I am planning for myself (28) and my mum (51) at the end of this year.
      As first time visit to Morocco I was wondering whether Casablanca is worth the visit? We were thinking of just visiting Marrakech and Fez, then heading up and taking the ferry to Spain... I am conflicted as to whether we should fly into London and take a cheaper flight to Morocco or just fly direct into Casablanca (which would be the more expensive option). We plan on visiting Spain and Italy also so any suggestions as to an itinerary around those destinations would be helpful, so many places to see its becoming slightly overwhelming picking just a few!

      Any tips on the best way to travel around Morocco would be great also, we are mainly looking at Air BnB accommodation and are happy to take trains/buses to get around and see more of the countryside

      Thanks for your help!
      abbie

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    • nice people

      Marrakesh Mar 15, 2015 at 12:05 PM

      Hello,I would like to meet some interesting mature local people,interested in culture,art and nature , next week in M.Any body know somebody there.??I can imagine a nice intercultural chat over a cup of mint tea.
      Thank you

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      To Ain Ben Haddou by small car from Agadir and Marrakesch

      Ait Ben Haddou Jan 11, 2015 at 7:19 AM

      We plan to stay in Marrakesh from 20 to 28 of January. We would like to rent a car in Marrakesch and spend 2 or 3 days Ain Ben Haddou.
      Is the road from Marrakesch to Ain Ben Haddou safe and good enough for small car?
      Is the road no N10 form Ait Ben Haddou to Agadir safe and good for small car?

      4 Answers Jan 11, 2015 at 5:43 PM
    • from marrakesh to ouarzazate

      Ouarzazate Jul 22, 2014 at 2:19 AM

      from marrakesh to ouarzazate by bus or taxy, time and cost please

      30 Answers Jul 25, 2014 at 2:21 PM
    • Ouazazate to Chefchouen

      Ouarzazate Apr 9, 2014 at 10:04 AM

      I want to go by bus from Ouarzazate to Chefchouen via Merzouga. What are my options? If I wanted to stop off one night in one of the towns would there be another bus the next day to carry on my trip to Chefchoen?

      10 Answers May 13, 2014 at 9:16 AM
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      Ouarzazate - Demnate (R307)

      Ouarzazate Jan 11, 2014 at 3:04 AM

      We'd like to cross the Atlas from Ouarzazate to Demnate via R307 road with a small car (so no 4X4 or similar) I just checked some pictures and I found some where I haven't seem any asphalt. So around 10/March do you think is it doable with a small car? And if so, how long should I count for the trip. I am a good driver so that shouldn't make a problem.
      Thank you!

      9 Answers Jan 11, 2014 at 1:47 PM
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      Crossing the Atlas in February

      Ouarzazate Oct 28, 2013 at 12:38 AM

      We are planning to fo from Marrakesh to Ouarzazate in the middle or end of February (depens on Ryanair ticket prices). I'd like to ask, is it even possible to cross the Atlas that time of the year?
      Thank you!

      10 Answers Jan 23, 2014 at 5:38 PM
    • transport to Zagora

      Ouarzazate Oct 4, 2013 at 11:49 PM

      the ctm bus only goes around 04.00 in the morning or at 16.00 o'clock.
      I hope someone can give me advice how to go to Zagora at a better time and how much this will cost. We are with two persons.

      9 Answers Oct 7, 2013 at 11:05 AM
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      marrakech to anmiter

      Anmiter Aug 22, 2013 at 1:46 AM

      how to go from marrakech to anmitar?
      I'll going to marrakech and I've only to days to visit this place (anmiter)

      13 Answers Aug 22, 2013 at 11:42 AM
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      Renting a car

      El Kelaa des Mgouna May 1, 2013 at 4:16 AM

      i was concerned that as a woman driving alone might be an issue but i am reconsidering

      can someone give me advice about renting a car in Marrakesh and driving to Draa valley?

      12 Answers May 1, 2013 at 1:59 PM
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      How do i get from Marrakesh to El Kelaa Des M'Gouna?

      El Kelaa des Mgouna Apr 30, 2013 at 2:34 AM

      I do not want to rent a car how do i go by public transport from Marrakesh to El Kelaa Des M'Gouna?

      12 Answers May 19, 2013 at 11:09 AM
    • Laundry Facilities in Tineghir

      Tinerhir Sep 18, 2012 at 1:39 PM

      We will be staying at the hotel Kenzi Saghro in Tineghir,Morocco in early October. As 50 pounds is the limit on Air France, we will need to do laundry or take it to a laundry nearby. Does anyone have any suggestions? I would certainly appreciate it.

      Thank you!

      4 Answers Sep 20, 2012 at 2:16 PM
    • Piste/road to Megdaz from the R307

      Megdaz Feb 2, 2012 at 6:47 AM

      Ill be going to Morocco in a couple of weeks and returning to Marrakech via the R307 rather than Tizi-n-Tichka. Id love to take a detour down to Megdaz. Ok, its a 2WD hire car. I doubt its possible, but does anybody know the condition of the route to Megdaz and the possibilty of doing it in a car?

      2 Answers Feb 3, 2012 at 1:34 AM
    • Anmiter location

      Anmiter Nov 9, 2011 at 2:38 AM

      Can anyone give me the GPS coordinates for Anmiter? Also is it possible for a minibus to get there from Telouet or is it an unsealed road. Thanks.

      3 Answers Nov 9, 2011 at 10:20 PM
    • walking in Animter

      Anmiter Aug 11, 2011 at 1:42 PM

      I've seen a walking holiday (for 3-4 days) with Exodus centred in Anmiter. It seems to be a place off the beaten track (say compared to Imlil). Is it an interesting place to go walking (they mention e.g eTizi'n'Ourghsan and back down the Ouarikt River. Lake Tamda)). Will I get decent views of the higher mountains? Sorry for my ignorance.

      5 Answers Aug 12, 2011 at 3:00 PM
    • where to go to 3 nights camel safari off the beaten track

      Zagora Nov 5, 2010 at 3:45 PM

      hi, we want to do a 2-3 night / 3-4 day max trip by camel over new years eve! not counting the travel from / to marrakesch.
      important is: the fewer other camel safaris, 4wd, other western zivilisation around, the better. we are looking for The Nature Experience!
      we planned to go to erg lehoudi starting from zagora, but now read there might be a "rubbish in the dunes problem". is iriki oasis an option? any other ideas? experiences with tour operators? thank you very much. your desert tortoise.

      1 Answer Nov 7, 2010 at 10:49 AM
    • opening hours in kasbah taourirt

      Ouarzazate Oct 26, 2010 at 1:05 AM

      urgently need opening hours to Taourirt Kasbah in Ouarzazate.

      2 Answers Oct 31, 2010 at 8:57 AM
    • bus advice

      Ouarzazate May 6, 2010 at 2:02 PM

      How long to travel by bus from ouarzazate to essouira via agadir or via tiz'n'tiska pass if possible?
      Thank you if you can help.

      7 Answers May 7, 2010 at 10:14 PM
    • ouerzazate-zagora-merzouga

      Zagora Mar 16, 2010 at 8:16 AM

      I've got 10 days to visit Ouerzazate,(that I already know) Zagora, Merzouga and possibly Erfud and back

      What the best way to move around? Rent a car or there are some kind of public transport.?
      I want to "feel" the desert, possibly have 1 or 2 nights sleeping there: what do you recommend? (I do not love too much touristic packages.... but if there is no other way...)
      Does somebody know Ouerzazate airport:?? I've found a cheap flight from Casablanca, arriving at midnight....I wonder if it is OK
      Do you recommend some hotel (medium price) and some guide??

      Thanks in advance
      Susanna

      5 Answers Apr 8, 2010 at 12:38 PM
    • Taxi between Marrakech to Ouarzazate

      Ouarzazate Mar 16, 2009 at 3:02 PM

      Can you take a taxi between Marrakech and Ouarzazate? Cost and length of trip? Tks

      1 Answer Mar 17, 2009 at 3:32 AM
    • Car Rental & Bus: Ouarzazate

      Province d' Ouarzazate Jan 21, 2009 at 6:23 PM

      Thanks a lot to everyone for your comments and quick help on the earlier post. We still plan to take a bus from Marrakech to Ouarzazate and drive onwards. I am hoping to get your inputs on just 2 pending things:

      1. Car rental at Ouarzazate: Can someone recommend a good and cheap car rental place in the downtown area? I have checked out Hertz/Avis/Budget/EuroCar and was wondering if there was another reliable place. Also, will a sub-compact or compact car (like Ford Ka) be okay for a drive into Merzouga?

      2. CTM bus schedule: Does anyone know if there are any evening buses from Ouarzazate to Marrakech? We start in the morning from Merzouga and need to be in Casablanca by next morning. If we don't fly from OZZ, wondering if we can still get there.

      Cheers
      Ait benhaddou

    • Ouarzazate holiday

      Province d' Ouarzazate Jan 21, 2009 at 5:03 AM

      Hello everybody
      We spent our summer vacation for one month in Maroc, out of which 2 weeks we stayed in Ouarzazate and we found accommodation from a site www.zoufi.com. Everyhting was perfect and our host was very special, he was our guide for all the period we stayed there. Now we want to go again in july and to take part of an desert expedition. If someone knows information about this expedition...cause they said there will participate groups from many countries, please leave a message on this forum.

      1 Answer Feb 20, 2009 at 5:48 AM
    • Getting past Ouarzazate

      Province d' Ouarzazate Dec 2, 2008 at 10:39 AM

      Hello!

      I am going to Morocco for seven full days at the end of the month and am looking for some good trips from Marrakesh to see the desert / sea.

      I came across Ouarzazate, which looks like it is very near to some great scenery. However, I will be dependent on public transportation (buses, taxis, etc.) and am wondering if it is feasible to visit for example the valley of Draa, and other near-by areas without renting a car.

      Thank you for your help!

      3 Answers Dec 5, 2008 at 1:30 PM
    • from marrakech to ouarzazate in january

      Province d' Ouarzazate Nov 5, 2008 at 1:24 AM

      I would like to go to ouarzazate in January by a rent car but I heard it is quite dangerous because of snow and a lot of trucks on the (narrow?) road.
      Has anybody gone in January to this mountains?
      Thank you for your replies.
      Javier

      1 Answer Nov 5, 2008 at 11:35 AM
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      Bus times from Ouarzazate to Marrakesh

      Ouarzazate Nov 2, 2008 at 6:54 AM

      hello all

      I hope someone knows the answer to my question.

      My partner and I are travelling late December (the week before Christmas) to Morocco.

      Our itinerary is to set off from Marrakesh by bus to Ouarzazate and then hire a car to travel from Ouarzazate to the Draa valley, Dades gorge etc.

      We have travelled to Morocco several times before but never in that region. I am aware that Supratours run to Ouarzazate from Marrakesh as do CTM.

      I have the time details for leaving but I really need to time travel details for setting back off from Ouarzazate to Marrakesh. I need those details in order to pre-book the car hire, most car hire companies require a time of pick up which I cannot give at the moment.

      These are the details that I have for the outward journey, but I need the return times.

      CTM :: leaves 11am – arrives 3pm or leaves 4pm and arrives at 8.30pm (2 journeys a day)

      Supratours :: leaves 2pm – arrives 8pm

      Notice how Supratours take a lot longer to get there...

      Many thanks for all your input, I realise that this is a frequently asked question.

      7 Answers Nov 4, 2008 at 3:46 AM
    • Bus travel from Marrakesh to Ourzazate

      Province d' Ouarzazate Oct 7, 2008 at 1:49 PM

      Hello

      I'd like to travel from Marrakesh to Ourzazate by bus (CTM) during the last week of November. Would that be difficult? I'm not sure what happens with those mountains in November - does it snow?! Also, would I be able to get a ticket when I arrive in Marrakesh (couple of days before travelling by bus). I can't see any way to book in advance on their website.

      Thank you very much.

      Cathy

      4 Answers Oct 18, 2008 at 12:21 PM
    • coming trip to Mhamid and beyond

      Zagora Mar 27, 2008 at 9:57 AM

      We have 2 to 3 days with a rented normal car to visit "the desert" for the first time, around April 9-12. Please can someone advise us:
      -a possible schedule with where to stay and what to see
      -I read it will be necessary to find a 4 x4 to see the dunes (muy wife is not too keen on camels)
      We are not high livers. We just want to soak up the beauty and the peace and silence for a couple of days on our first trip to the South.
      Thank you so much to anyone who can help.
      We are a British couple living in Madrid in late 60's early 70,s but pretty active and love walking

      5 Answers Apr 2, 2008 at 3:22 PM
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      Visiting Dades Valley and Gorge May 18-22

      Province d' Ouarzazate Feb 19, 2008 at 5:19 AM

      Does anyone know a good guide to use for seeing the really cool kasbahs, including the abandones ones in the Dades Valley. I really like hiking and exploring and wonder if it's acceptable for an american to be hiking around in the mountains around the kasbahs? I'm really interested in taking pictures as much as I can and love the Moroccan architecture. I was thinking of staying at Chez Pierre.

      7 Answers Apr 24, 2008 at 6:54 AM
    • Bus times to Ouarzazate

      Ouarzazate Oct 21, 2007 at 3:28 AM

      Hi, I am arriving in Marrakesh in December at 19:00 and need to get to Ouarzazate that evening. is it possible? I have looked at the Supratours site but unless I am missing something I can't see any buses to Ouarzazate??

      Any help would be appreciated - thanks

      5 Answers Oct 26, 2007 at 4:32 AM
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      hello

      Ouarzazate Sep 11, 2007 at 6:22 AM

      Hello, im just wondering, im going to ouarzazate at the end of september for 10 days on my own do you think that is ok, because alot of people have said that morocco is dangerous for a younng girl on her own, what do you think?
      Hanna

      3 Answers Sep 23, 2007 at 7:37 PM
    • By bus to Ait Benhaddou ?

      Ait Ben Haddou Jul 15, 2007 at 3:27 PM

      Hello,
      We'd like to visit Ait Benhaddou from Marrakech (not from Ouarzazate). Are there any direct buses Marrakech-Ait Benhaddou, or do we have to go to Ouarzazate first and then get a grand taxi there?

      Your answer is very much appreciated.
      Thanks
      Christina

      1 Answer Aug 9, 2008 at 12:24 AM
    • Fes to Ouarzazate bus

      Ouarzazate Mar 26, 2007 at 11:52 AM

      I am visiting Morocco in May and want to travel from Fes to Ouarzazate. I have read that there is an overnight bus but have been unable to find any further details, such as which company runs it, times and cost. Does anyone have any information?