Ait Ben Haddou

1-day Morocco Trip


  • Embark on a remarkable journey through the captivating landscapes of Morocco’s southern region with our Ait Ben Haddou and Telouet Kasbahs day trip. This carefully crafted adventure promises an immersive experience, shedding light on the rich heritage of the Glaoui tribes and allowing you to explore the iconic kasbahs that have become synonymous with Moroccan history.
  • Venturing beyond the beaten path, our excursion begins by traversing the awe-inspiring High Atlas mountains, accompanied by the breathtaking vistas of the renowned Tizi-n-Tichka pass. This pass, hailed as one of Morocco’s most dramatic routes, was the subject of a major government initiative after a tragic bus incident in 2012. Despite the challenges posed by the unforgiving winter climate and rugged geography, ongoing renovations stand testament to its significance.
  • As we navigate the winding road, charming Berber villages grace the mountainside, seamlessly blending with the natural terrain. Upon crossing the Atlas mountains, a profound transformation in the landscape unfolds, revealing semi-arid expanses that hint at the vast Sahara Desert beyond. This stark transition results from the Atlas mountains acting as a formidable barrier, demarcating the lush Mediterranean climate to the north from the arid desert winds that sweep across the southeastern reaches.
  • Descending from the Tichka pass at an elevation of 2162 meters, we veer onto a lesser-known path that leads us to the Telouet Kasbah. Once owned by the influential Glaoui Pasha of the Atlas, this historic edifice stands in a state of picturesque ruin. The Pasha’s departure after French forces’ exit left the kasbah in its current condition. Although only a portion of the kasbah’s rooms are accessible due to structural concerns, the ones open to exploration boast exquisite features. Delight in the sight of tiled walls, fluted pillars, intricately painted wooden ceilings, and stained glass windows that beckon images of its former grandeur.
  • Our journey continues with a delectable lunch break along the recently asphalted road leading to Ait Ben Haddou. Upon arrival, the village greets us with a visual feast of kasbah architecture, featuring distinctive turrets, ornate grilled windows, and walls adorned in soft peach hues. These traditional adobe houses embody a design optimized for the region’s climate and mountainous terrain. With an innate capacity for temperature regulation, adobe provides an ideal refuge against the elements, and its availability negates the need for extensive transportation or transformation processes.
  • The afternoon unfolds against the backdrop of Ait Ben Haddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of profound historical significance. This kasbah, renowned for its appearances in Hollywood blockbusters, holds a pivotal role in the legacy of Morocco’s trade routes. As a stronghold along the ancient Salt Road caravan routes, Ait Ben Haddou facilitated the exchange of commodities ranging from slaves and gold to ivory and salt, all traversing the expanse from sub-Saharan Africa to Marrakech and beyond.
  • Before bidding farewell to Ait Ben Haddou, a final glimpse from a distant vantage point unveils an awe-inspiring panoramic view of the village, particularly enchanting under the vast expanse of clear blue skies.
    Join us on this extraordinary expedition, where history, culture, and natural beauty converge to create a lasting memory of Morocco’s diverse and captivating landscapes.


Ait Ben Haddou is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located about 175 kilometers (109 miles) southeast of Marrakech in Morocco. It’s a popular day trip destination from Marrakech due to its stunning desert landscape and well-preserved kasbah (fortified village). Here’s a suggested one-day trip itinerary from Marrakech to Ait Ben Haddou:
Morning: Depart from Marrakech:
  1. Early Start: Wake up early to make the most of your day trip. Have a quick breakfast, and ensure you’re ready to depart by 7:00 a.m.
  2. Transportation: Arrange for transportation in advance. You can choose to join a guided tour or hire a private driver. A private driver will give you more flexibility.
  3. Scenic Drive: Enjoy the scenic drive as you leave Marrakech behind and head southeast towards the High Atlas Mountains. The drive itself is picturesque, and you’ll have several photo stops along the way.
Mid-Morning: Visit Telouet Kasbah:
  1. Telouet Kasbah: Make a stop at the Telouet Kasbah, which is about halfway between Marrakech and Ait Ben Haddou. This historic kasbah was once a palace and is known for its intricate architecture and history.
Lunch: Tamegroute or Ouarzazate:
  1. Lunch Break: Depending on your timing, you can have lunch in either Tamegroute or Ouarzazate, both of which are on the way to Ait Ben Haddou. Try some local Moroccan cuisine at a traditional restaurant
Afternoon: Ait Ben Haddou:
  1. Arrival: Arrive at Ait Ben Haddou in the early afternoon.
  2. Exploration: Spend the afternoon exploring the kasbah. Ait Ben Haddou is known for its well-preserved mud-brick buildings, and it’s a popular filming location for movies and TV series, including Game of Thrones. You can take a guided tour or explore the kasbah on your own.

  3. Scenic Views: Climb to the top of the kasbah for breathtaking views of the surrounding desert landscape and the Draa River.
Late Afternoon: Return to Marrakech:
  1. Departure: Start your journey back to Marrakech in the late afternoon, ideally around 4:00 PM to ensure you have enough daylight for the drive back.
  2. Sunset Stop: If time allows, consider stopping at a scenic spot along the way to catch the sunset over the Atlas Mountains.
Evening: Return to Marrakech:
  1. Dinner: Arrive back in Marrakech in the evening. You can have dinner at one of the many restaurants in the city, trying some traditional Moroccan dishes.
  2. Rest: After a long day of exploration, relax and reflect on your Ait Ben Haddou adventure.
Please note that this itinerary is just a guideline and actual timings may vary depending on traffic and how much time you want to spend at each location. Additionally, it’s a long day trip, so be prepared for some driving, but the stunning scenery and cultural experiences along the way make it well worth the journey.

Ait Benhaddou: Desert Dreams

Discover the mystique of Ait Benhaddou through our stunning gallery. ‘Ait Benhaddou: Desert Dreams’ showcases the timeless beauty, intricate architecture, and cultural richness of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore this desert fortress through a visual journey that transports you to a world where history and enchantment intertwine.