In this full day tour, we will visit a magnificent kasbah which belongs to the last royal family’s of the Atlas Region in Morocco.
When you arrive at our office, our guide will give you a brief explanation on the control of our quad/ATV. We start our journey from Ait Ben Haddou, driving along old Caravan road in the beautiful Ounila Valley.
We will pass through many old Berber villages and viewpoints where you can enjoy panorama of this lush valley, clutters of clay buildings with small kasbahs and mosques in between. We will stop at a local family in one village for tea. Watch how locals go on with their daily life.
We will also pass through a small salt mine where workers extract precious minerals out of the colorful rocks in this area in the past. Old post stations for defense on top of small hills can be seen from the road. Further on, we will pass a small forest on the side of the road, a rare sight in this semi-desert region. After a few hours, we finally arrive at this famous Kasbah of Glaoui in Telouet, one of the most extraordinary sights of the Atlas.
We will have lunch here at a guest house restaurant outside the kasbah first. After lunch, you can visit this complex at your leisure.
Lies at an elevation of 1,800 m (5,900 ft), the Kasbah of Glaoui is a glimpse of the style of Moroccan political government and power still within living memory. Pasha Glaoui was ousted from the Bahia Palace and died of cancer shortly after exile in Telouet after independence.
As a palace of El Glaoui family, 300 artisans worked on salons faceted with stucco, zellij and painted cedar ceilings during construction. Although some of the rooms have fallen into ruin after over a half-century of decay, the 2nd-floor reception rooms still remain its glory as Telouet’s former position as the centre of a trans-Saharan trading empire. Work was underway to restore the property in 2010.
After your visit, we will drive back to Ait Ben Haddou through the windy road of the Ounila Valley. After this long trip, enjoy tea in our office and reflect on this unforgettable journey.
Minimum Age : 16
Maximum group number : 7 quads per guide (14 people)
Maximum people in one quad : 2
Price per quad:
1 person in a quad (Driver only): € 160
2 people in a quad (Driver & Passenger): € 180
- Helmet & Gloves
- Professional English or French speaking guide
- Lunch in Telouet
- Tea at the end of trip