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A Day Trip to the Ouzoud Falls in Morocco

December 7, 2014

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On our second day in Morocco, we booked a trip through our Riad to go and see the Ouzoud Falls. It was a 3 hour drive from Marrakech on a minibus then a guided walk down the cliff edge to the bottom of the falls, with a little stop for lunch then a walk back up to the minibus.

On the day we went, the rivers were still overflowing from the flash flooding that had happened nearby a few days before, and as we started off on our walk across the first bridge, the whole village was out watching the waterlevel only about an inch or so from spilling all over the bridge. Once we got down to the bottom of the ouzoud falls, we were supposed to walk over a bridge and across to the restaurant. The whole place was flooded so badly, with restaurants at the bottom almost washed away, the bridge (which is usually about 15ft above the water level) was covered in water and so we had to take a raft pulled by one guy holding on to a thin makeshift rope across the rapid like river! We honestly thought we were going to get washed away down the falls. It was pretty scary!

We made it across though and enjoyed an amazing lunch of moroccan salad and bread, with fresh olives, tagines and plenty of oranges in one of the restaurants a bit higher up the cliff. It was the best meal we ate the whole trip (and for only 95dh each – about £6.80). We barely got any photos of the falls because of the crazy and muddy conditions (and trrying not to get washed away in the rapid like river) but as the day went on, the water eased up a little and we finally got to actually see the ouzoud falls (usually, its crystal clear water at the bottom in lagoon like pools that you can swim in).

Even with all of that, it ended up being our favourite day in Morocco and we’d definitely recommend taking a trip to see the ouzoud falls (maybe when there aren’t flash floods). Though just a little tip, the guide is actually already paid for in the price of the trip which for us was about £20 each, the only thing that you should have to pay for is the food, but the guide at the end of the trip makes you pay 30dh (about £2.20 each) for the tour. I’ve read this on a couple websites, and it’s easier to just pay him rather than getting into an argument about it. We just thought of it as a little tip for his help in getting around.

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    Zanna
    December 11, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    The pic of the falls is beautiful! Looks like a wonderful trip. Haven’t to been Morrocco since I was a kid, can’t wait to go back some day.

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    Kate
    December 20, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    Wow the waterfall pictures look fantastic! Bet that was an amazing experience 😀

    VioletDaffodils
    xx

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    Rosie
    January 31, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    The falls look so beautiful, even with all the mud in the water. We’re visiting Marrakesh for a few days in April and are thinking about doing this trip. Do you remember how long the trip was in total?

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      April
      February 1, 2018 at 7:04 am

      It was so stunning there! The trip was an entire day – I think we got picked up about 7am from our Riad, and got dropped back off at about 6pm. The drive there was a good 2-3 hours, then the hike and lunch at the waterfall was about 3hrs then the return journey. We did have a few rest stop breaks there and back though too!
      I hope you have a great trip to Marrakech and I definitely recommend spending a day visiting the waterfalls!
      I hope this helps!
      xo April

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