Kasbah Ait Ben Hadou and Telouet
Aït Benhaddou is an ighrem (fortified village in English) along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech in present-day Morocco. Most citizens attracted by the tourist trade live in more modern dwellings in a village on the other side of the river, although there are four families still living in the ancient village. Inside the walls of the ksar are half a dozen kasbahs, or merchants’ houses. Ksar Aït Benhaddou is a great example of Moroccan earthen clay architecture and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987
Day 1: Ouarzazate – Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou ( 40 min drive )
After breakfast, depart to Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou located 32 Kilometers from Ouarzazate. Upon arrival, visit the legendary Kasbah that was used as a film set for various Hollywood epics.
With its startegic location in the cross road of the caravan roads linking Marrakech and Essaouira with Tomboctou, Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou has gaine dits reputation and its power until the beginning of the 20th century. Lately, the UNESCO has enlisted it as a world heritage site.
We will then cross the High Atlas Mountains to Kasbah Telouet, built by the war lord Pasha Glaoui who resided there for years. The Kasbah is located next to the salt mines from which it gai,ne dits power in the medieval timestrading salt into gold with the sub- Saharan Africa.
After the visit of the Kasbah, witnessing the luxury the households used to live in, we will have lunch at a local cosy retaurant before we return to Ouarzazate via the main road.
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