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1. Posted by edipo27 (Budding Member, 18 posts) 22 Aug '09 06:47

Hi All,

I am planning a trip to Morocco from Sept first. Between other destinations we are planning (we are two) to tour the Dades, Draa and Ziz Valleys. We asked for a quotation and the local agency (in Ourzazate) offered us a 3 days/two nights trip for 245 € each (driver, accommodation, food, drinks in the desert, etc included). Is that an ok price? Do you have any other suggestions? Agencies around Ourzazate?

Thanks a lot in advance!

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator, 5555 posts) 22 Aug '09 08:25

Hi,

I don't know about tour prices, but I can advise you to drive yourself. Roads are extremely well kept and road signs are not only in Arabic.
A good car with all the insurance (and aircon) is about €40-50 euro a day while many midrange accommodations charge about 400-600 dirham for a good double room (some with aircon) that includes half board!

Total that would come to €150 for 3 days of car rental and about €100 for two nights including two meals, so about half the price of the tour. Apart from this, you don't need much more, maybe the occasional lunch or a few drinks, but it still is about €200 cheaper if you do it yourself. Really, you won't regret it and the freedom is an extra bonus as well.

Have fun!
Michael.

3. Posted by markwillen (Budding Member, 66 posts) 2 Sep '09 11:02

There are pretty good surfaced roads into the Todra and Dades, and the Ziz is the main road north-south between Errachidia and Ouzarzate. The road through the Todra is often damaged in the winter due to flooding.

If you have a local driver (and a 4x4) he should be able to take you up the Dades Gorge, across the pistes and down through the Todra (or vice versa). You cannot do this in a hire car, and you do need to know where you are going as the road is unsurfaced. It takes about six hours.

The Gorges are pretty much spoilt by tourism now anyway, but there is a vast area of untouched High Atlas with wonderful, almost medieval, Berber villages. You need to either walk or take a 4x4, and you need an Arab, or preferably Berber, speaker as guide.

It's bumpy and very high, so don't attempt it if you are a nervous passenger, but worth the effort if you can.