Marrakech day trip to Ait Benhaddou Kasbah warzazzate


We will take you through the Atlas Mountains from Marrakech passing by the highest road pass of Africa, Tizi n'Tichka, towards the heritage of Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou.

During your trip to Ait Ben Haddou from Marrakech, you will be amazed to see all the panoramic views and wonders of the independent Berber villages between the mountains.

You can take a side track by leaving the main road to Telouat Kasbah, after the Tizi n'Tichka pass.  You will reach at Kasbah Ait Benhaddou after watching the beautiful views over Valley of Ounila of almost 40 km track.

You can see the beauty of this place in several movies for instance Gladiator, Jesus of Nazareth and Lawrence of Arabia.

You can enjoy a tasty lunch in Ouarzazate’s restaurant, and after the lunch, you can enjoy a walk with our driver/ guide to talk about the authenticity and beauty of Taourirt Kasbah and then you have a tour to the cinema studio in Africa.

A few families still live in the Ksar Ait Ben Haddou; they will invite you to have a cup of tea with them. You can drive back to the hotel in the afternoon through the Tizi n'Tichka Pass in Marrakech.
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before the tour.
Private Transportation aboard a comfortable and air conditioned 4x4 vehicle
Pick up from your riad/hotel in Marrakech
Drop off at your riad/hotel in Marrakech
English speaking Berber driver
Fuel for entire day trip
Free stops when you want
Lunches Drinks
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Lots of Berber villages

You will pass by a lots of Berber villages during your tour. This will make you discover an other aspect of Morocco.

Tizi n'Tichka Pass

Tizi n'Tichka is a mountain pass in Morocco, linking the south-east of Marrakesh to the city of Ouarzazate through the High Atlas mountains. It lies between the great Marrakech Plains and the gateway of the Sahara Desert. From November - March, snow can often fall on the pass, but it can be warm all year round in the strong sun. It reaches an elevation of 2,260 m above the sea level and is the highest major mountain pass of North Africa. The road was constructed by the French military in 1936, and is now part of National Route 9 in Morocco.


Telouet is a Kasbah along the former route of the caravans from the Sahara over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. It lies at an elevation of 1,800 metres (5,900 ft) and was the seat of the El Glaoui family's power. The palace can still be visited but it is steadily becoming more damaged and is slowly collapsing. In 2010, work was underway to restore the property.

El Glaoui

Thami El Glaoui or El Haj T'hami el Mezouari el Glaoui (1879 - 23 January 1956), better known in English-speaking countries as T'hami El Glaoui or Lord of the Atlas, was the Pasha of Marrakech from 1912 to 1956. His family name was El Mezouari, from a title given an ancestor by Sultan Moulay Ismail in 1700, while El Glaoui refers to his chieftainship of the Berber Glaoua (Glawa) tribe of Southern Morocco, based at the Kasbah of Telouet in the High Atlas and at Marrakech. He became head of the Glaoua upon the death of his elder brother, Si el Madani, and as an ally of the French in Morocco conspired with them in the overthrow of Sultan Mohammed V.

Ait Benhaddou Kasbah

Ait Benhaddou Kasbah is a fortified city, or ksar, along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech in present-day Morocco. Most citizens living in the area now live in more modern dwellings in a nearby village, although there are 4 families still living in the ancient city. This giant fortification, which is made up of six Kasbahs and nearly fifty ksars which are individual Kasbahs, is a great example of earthen clay architecture. Which is also use in Moroccan architecture.
Aït Benhaddou has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 and several films have been shot there, including:

  • Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)
  • Sodom And Gomorrah (1963)
  • Oedipus Rex (1967)
  • The Man Who Would Be King (film) (1975)
  • The Message (1976)
  • Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
  • Time Bandits (1981)
  • Marco Polo (1982)
  • The Jewel of the Nile (1985)
  • The Living Daylights (1987)
  • The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
  • The Sheltering Sky (1990)
  • Kundun (1997)
  • The Mummy (1999)
  • Gladiator (2000)
  • Alexander (2004)
  • Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
  • Babel (2006)
  • One Night with the King (2006)
  • Prince of Persia (2010)
  • Son of God (film) (2014)
  • Also used in parts of the TV series Game of Thrones.


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