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Draa Valley, Morocco
Fast Facts
ACTIVITIES
Overland Adventure
Historic Interest
 
 
Places to Visit

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Points of Interest Nearby
CITIES & CULTURE
ACTIVE ADVENTURE
 
 

Ouaouzagour

 

Photo by Dominique Ganteille, courtesy of A lovely world

The Moroccan oasis known as the Drâa Valley is noted for its splendid kasbahs as well as its lush green floor. Some fifty kasbahs dot the landscape. The Draa River turns the brown desert into a rich palmeraie for 100 kilometers. And while the Drâa Valley is only sparsely populated, it was once an important transit point on the trans-Saharan caravan route as well as an important center for Jewish civilization and Arab learning and religion.
Getting There
 
The Draa Valley is located in southern Morocco and runs from Agdz to Tamegroute. Marrakech and Ouarzazate are the best places to start a road trip to the Draa. Taxis and tours can be booked from both. Both Easy Jet and RyanAir service Marrakech. Royal Air Maroc offers daily flights between Casablanca and Ouarzazate. There is no train service in this part of the country.
When to Travel
 
The best times of year to visit the Draa Valley and embark on a desert adventure are early spring (February - April) and late fall (November - December). The daytime high often exceeds 40°C (104°F) in summer and, in winter, the nighttime low can fall below freezing.
Health & Safety
 
Heat exhaustion, dehydration and sunburn are the most common ailments afflicting travelers to the Sahara Desert. Dysentery is the most common ailment afflicting travelers to Morocco. Pack high factor sunscreen and apply it to all exposed areas, including your child's nose, ears, and toes, before you set out and repeat applications throughout the day. Encourage the children to drink regularly but take care about what they swallow. Drink bottled or sterilized water only.
Things to Keep in Mind
 
Most hotels claim to have heating, yet in winter rooms are rarely warm and the water rarely hot. Hustlers and touts, mainly selling their service as guides, are extremely aggressive in the south.
Travel Trivia
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