Day trip from Marrakech to Ourika Valley

Day Trip From Marrakech To Ourika Valley


This day trip from Marrakech to Ourika Valley, located 30 km south of Marrakech, owes its name to the watercourse that descends from the High Atlas. Green, with its Berber villages clinging to the mountain, is lulled by its watercourse, its waterfalls, and the coolness in the shade of its century-old walnut trees, near the Setti-Fatma 1700m above sea level. From this village, you can access, after a tough 4-hour walk, the 7 waterfalls. You will have well deserved its fresh waters! The valley is one of the favorite destinations of Marrakchis. You can enjoy good regional dishes in the many small shaded restaurants on the watercourse’s banks.

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Departure Time: 8/9 am
  • Departure Location: Marrakech
  • Tour Availability: Everyday
  • Tour Type: Private

Highlights Of Day Trip From Marrakech To Ourika Valley

The highlights of a day trip from Marrakech to Ourika Valley include a scenic drive through the Atlas Mountains, visits to traditional Berber villages, a tour of a Berber house with Moroccan tea, walking along the Ourika River, and exploring the village of Setti-Fatma with its famous seven waterfalls.

Marrakech Ourika Valley Day Trip Program Itinerary

-The departure of this day trip from Marrakech to Ourika Valley is at 9:00 a.m.
-Stop at km 38 to visit a traditional Berber house (tea on site).
-Continuation on the road which winds up the greenery of the Ourika valley.
-Stop at the last gadrooned point of the valley, the village of Setti-Fatma.
-A walk to the first waterfall can be done independently (allow 1h30 for this walk).
-Lunch in a restaurant by the river.
-Return to Marrakech towards the end of the day.


Day Trip From Marrakech To Ourika Valley

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Places To See In Your Day Trip To Ourika Valley

Ourika extends at the foot of the Atlas. Green, it is watered by the Ourika wadi surrounded by adobe hamlets, small houses, and small hotels, nestled in the mountain.
At an altitude of 1500 m, you can reach Arhbalou, and further on Setti Fatma; from there begin excursions and hikes to eventually reach the 7 waterfalls. Arriving at the top, you discover a breathtaking view of the entire village.

FAQ Of The Ourika Valley Day Trip From Marrakech

Yes, Ourika Valley is worth visiting for its stunning natural landscapes, rich cultural experiences, and adventurous hikes to beautiful waterfalls, in this Day trip from Marrakech to Ourika Valley you will have the opportunity to enjoy local cuisine in a picturesque setting. It’s a perfect escape for those looking to experience the beauty and traditions of Morocco just a short distance from Marrakech.

For a visit to Ourika Valley, wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes, layered clothing for variable temperatures, sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen), and consider bringing a water-resistant jacket. Dress modestly to respect local customs, and if you plan on visiting the waterfalls, pack swimwear for a refreshing dip.

Yes, you can swim in the natural pools at the base of some of the waterfalls in Ourika Valley, especially near the village of Setti-Fatma where the seven waterfalls are located. The water is fresh and cool, offering a refreshing experience after a hike. However, always assess the safety and water conditions before swimming, and be mindful of the local environment and customs.

The Ourika Valley is approximately 30 kilometers (about 19 miles) south of Marrakech, Morocco. This makes it a popular day-trip destination for visitors looking to explore the natural beauty and traditional Berber culture of the Atlas Mountains region within close proximity to the city.

Yes, in the Ourika Valley, particularly in the areas closer to the Atlas Mountains and around the waterfalls, you might encounter Barbary macaques (also known as Barbary apes, though they are actually monkeys). These primates are native to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and are one of the few wild monkey species found in Africa. They are generally used to human presence, especially in areas frequented by tourists, but it’s important to observe them from a distance and not feed them to avoid disrupting their natural behavior and diet.

The Ourika Valley is home to the seven waterfalls, a popular natural attraction near the village of Setti-Fatma. The height of these waterfalls varies, with the first and most accessible waterfall being smaller and easier to reach. The subsequent waterfalls require more challenging hikes and are higher, offering more dramatic views. However, specific heights for each of the seven waterfalls are not widely documented, as the focus tends to be more on the experience of visiting them and the scenic beauty of the surroundings rather than on precise measurements. Generally, visitors can expect a range of waterfall heights, with some being modest and others offering a more impressive drop, especially as you venture further from the initial waterfall.

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