Todra GorgeTodra Gorge
Todra is the name of the last 600 metres (almost 2,000 feet) of the canyon. This gorge only has 33 ft in places, but the rocks are more than 500 ft high on both sides. Meanwhile, the riverbank has become dry and leaves only the fantasy to imagine the mighty powers of nature that once formed this area.
Although in a faraway area of Morocco, the gorge is a favourite travel spot and over the years has been equipped with trails and a well-maintained country lane that the visitor has to pass with burros and other beasts of burden.
Todgha Gorge's last 600 meters are the most dramatic. The gorge is narrowed into a shallow, rocky path, only 10 meters in width in places, with rugged and slippery cliffs up to 160 meters high on each side. From Tinerhir, a well-maintained tarmac path climbs up into the gorge.
There is a paved street leading up the hill, past the hotel at the gorge estuary to the towns of Aït Hani and Tamtatouchte.
Canyon Todra Tours
Merzouga (D)Departure from Merzouga at 7 o'clock in the morning and start of the itinerary. Cruise through Ifrane, a French build in the 1930s skiing area reminiscent of a town. Cruise through the cedar forests of Azrou, where you will see the apes and cross the Middle Atlas.
You spend most of the morning meandering through the wonderful woods, fountains, rugged cliffs and Berber towns as you traverse the Atlas Mountains and descent towards the Sahara. Halfway you will stop for dinner in the city of Midelt, known for its fossil and cliffs, and then head towards Merzouga on the street.
We will stop for a scenic look at the vast Palmenoase and arrive at Merzouga in the afternoons. After an hour you arrive at the deserted campsite to stay in a barber tents. In your house your curls are limped and peppermint teas are brought to you.
Day 2: Merzouga to Gorges or Orarzazate ( "B,D")After a tasty breakfasts, departure for Orarzazate and drive along the craggy road of the thousand kasbahs that tower like sandy fortresses along this old trade itinerary. One of Morocco's most thrilling and enchanting tourist resorts, the centre of the country is surrounded by lush rivers, palm trees and brightly coloured browned mud-brick houses under the protection of the lush sun.
Pull over for luncheon and head to Todra Gorge. Drive through the Dadès valley, past steep slopes and enjoy a long evening meal at your motel in the gorges or in Orarzazate. Accommodation: Les Jardins de 0uarzazate Day 3: Jardins de 0uarzazate to Marrakech (D)Enjoy your breakfasts, then head to the city of 0uarzazate, which includes the Kasbah of Taourirt and the Atlas Studio film studio, the biggest and most popular of all Africa.
Cross the High Atlas and the Tizi-n-Tichka passes, along a street that leads from the plain to 2260 metres above sealevel through small towns and falls as well as the ever-changing scenery and colours of the lovely mountain scenery.