7 Things to Do in Ait Ben Haddou That You Shouldn't Miss

March 25, 2018 Alida England

Discover the best top things to do in Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco including Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou, Ounila Valley, Centre Dar Equestre, Fint Tours, Over Morocco Tours, The Desert Wanderer, Guides Ait Ben Haddou.
Restaurants in Ait Ben Haddou

1. Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou

Ait Ben Haddou 45000, Morocco
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou

Every North African town has a kasbah, a traditional administrative building made from mud and straw. This one, nestled against the High Atlas Mountains, is among the most impressive of its kind.

Reviewed By PaddyAdvice - Glasgow, United Kingdom

We were picked up (organised through our Riad in Marrakech) at 8am and drove 3/4 hours through the atlas Mountains and the desert to get here. The sights you'll see on the way are top drawer!
When you get there, you are allocated a guide and make your way over to the Kazbah. The way over includes navigating your way over a small river to which you walk over sand bags, not a problem for me and my wife but this was an issue with an elderly couple who were not able to cross. The kazbah has a lot of stairs to so be ready for a hike when you get there. Seeing this place and learning the history of it is deffo up there with one of the best sites iv been to. So glas we made this trip!
After, we were told we had to pay 25dhm each for the entry to the site, this was an issue for as i had no cash and d only bank card. I was told i would get an ATM in one of the hotels nearby but this wasn't the case, sorted in the end but best have some cash on you to save this confusion.
Next we were taken to a nearby restaurant, This is a place that ALL the tour groups go to so probably have an agreement/income from taking tourists there. This restarunt (l'oasis d'or) isnt the worst, but its definitely not the best either! Because everyone gos there from the tours, its packed so be prepared to wait a while for your order. The options are also limited due to the amount they need to cook. We were about £18 for 2 chicken tangines and 2x bottles of water. I think that if your going to pay this type of money which is slightly above average, you should be able to pick where you want to want rather than be herded in to a place thats average but have an agreemtn with the tour company.
Next we were taken to a a kazbah in Ouarzazate which was across from the musee du cinema.... Im not going to lie, This was a waste of 2 hours! There's a Kazbah here that has nothing in it except empty rooms! The museum we didn't bother with but we walked around the place which hasn't really got much to offer! I would recommend booking a tour that avoids going here as it a bit of a waste of time for us.
All in all, We enjoyed this trip, I would highly recommend visiting Ait Ben Haddou while visiting Morrocco.

2. Ounila Valley

Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco +212 614-905706
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4.5 based on 36 reviews

Ounila Valley

Reviewed By Meyrick3B - Cape Town, South Africa

If you're wanting to find peace and quiet with zero distractions in a pretty harsh environment, then certainly visit but in truth the area has very little going for it. Rural countryside with resolute individuals admirably making do with very little is about all that's on offer. Why we did head up the P1506 from Ait Ben Haddou however was specifically to visit the Telouet Kasbah - and I'm glad we did (separate review)!

3. Centre Dar Equestre

In Front of Etoile Filante d'Or | Juste à côté du camping, Ait Ben Haddou 45122, Morocco +212 613-124608
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Centre Dar Equestre

Reviewed By Patricia B - Colombo, Sri Lanka

At this highly professional equestrian centre you can ride well broken and carefully schooled Barb-Arab horses. Lessons are available from qualified instructors. Riding in the surrounding countryside which varies from lush valley to stony desert (hamada) is a unique experience.
The road that runs along the valley of the Ounila from Telouet to Ait ben Haddou, is considered one of the most beautiful drives in Morocco but nothing compares with the thrill of riding in this valley on exceptional horses and with experienced and competent horsemen. Longer desert rides are organized for small groups. All levels of riding are catered for. An experience not to be missed for horse lovers visiting Morocco.

4. Fint Tours

Centre village Ait ben haddou, Ait Ben Haddou 45122, Morocco
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Fint Tours

Circuit Grand sud Marocain, Excursions 4x4 désert , Zagora, Mhamid , Chegaga, Merzouga Randonnée dromadaire, trekking , Vallée du draa, gorge de dades, gorge de todgha

Reviewed By JohnYannopapas - Manchester, United Kingdom

I was very pleased to organise a trip from Ouarzazzate to the Sahara (beyond M'Hamid) and an overnight stay in desert tents. It was a very well organised excursion by Lahcen and 2 team members ( who joined us at M'Hamid) and at a very reasonable price

5. Over Morocco Tours

65 Derb El Mitero - Ain Azliten, Ait Ben Haddou 40000, Morocco
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Over Morocco Tours

OverMorocco is a small, independent and local tour company based in the south east of Morocco. It offers a wide range of private cultural tours and day trips which are customized to the taste and the budget of singles, couples, and small groups. You can join us to enjoy your family vacation.

Reviewed By PeterEggen - Melbourne, Australia

I traveled with Morocco Camel Trips in April and they were just amazing. We did not have to worry about planning anything as everything was well prepared by our lovely guides Hassan and Mbarek. In addition to the friendly, comfortable and carefree travel we had, it is also excellent value for money in my opinion. I would not be able to see as much as I did by myself on the same budget as the tour. I would definitely recommend for anybody interested in seeing Morocco.

6. The Desert Wanderer

Ait Ben Haddou 45000, Morocco
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The Desert Wanderer

We are a quad/ATV bike tour agency located in the UNESCO world heritage kasbah site of Ait Ben Haddou. We specialize in short day excursions to nearby oasis and historical sites for anyone who wants to experience our desert landscape and traditional Berber hospitality. We also offer longer expedition tours to the Sahara desert passing through small towns, oasis and gorge in the south of Morocco. We provide gloves, helmet and goggles for safety and regularly check our quad/ATV bikes for safety. All our quads are insured. Our guides speak both English and French. We design our routes to allow our clients to enjoy driving on both tarmac, also on dirt and desert tracks which were used for caravan for centuries, while having enough time to enjoy the historic sites or landscape every day.

Reviewed By Shi R

We did the one hour guided Quad Tour with Rachid and it was a lot of fun! We rode through rivers, over hills and had an amazing view to Aït Ben Haddou and the old city. Besides that Rachid even offered to take a lot of photos and videos from us to remember this great adventure. We highly recommend this tour!

7. Guides Ait Ben Haddou

Ait Ben Haddou, Ait Ben Haddou 45122, Morocco
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Guides Ait Ben Haddou

Book your guide around the kasbah , and enjoy your time , we are here to present our country for you :)

Reviewed By iain c

Our guide was full of knowledge about the village and surrounding area,if he didn't know the answer to your question he would find out instantly,an amazing place to visit and see how a different culture live and lived.

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