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Tamegroute, Morocco
Fast Facts
Historic Interest
Overland Adventure
Pack & Saddle
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Points of Interest Nearby



Photo by Dominique Ganteille, courtesy of A lovely world

The Moroccan village or ksar known as Tamegroute (also spelled Tamgrout) may be difficult to reach yet it is well worth the journey. This fortified mudbrick labyrinth on the edge of the Moroccan Sahara was for centuries an important center for religion and education. Walk passageways, both above and underground. Visit the Zaouia Naciri, built by the Naciri Sufi brotherhood and home to a marabout or holy tomb, religious institute for boys, and Koranic library. Tour medieval potteries. And if you are here to marvel at the Sahara, travel 5 km to the sand dunes at Tinfou or trek the last stretch of road 78 km to M'hamid.
Getting There
Tamegroute is located 18 km (11 miles) south of Zagora. While buses service this route it is far more convenient to hire a driver.
When to Travel
The best times of year to visit Tamegroute are spring (March - May) and fall (October - November). The daytime high often exceeds 40°C (104°F) in summer and, in winter, the nighttime low can fall below 0°C (32°F).
Health & Safety
Dysentery is the most common ailment afflicting travelers to Morocco. Heat exhaustion, dehydration and sunburn are the most common ailments afflicting travelers to the south. 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
In summer, the desert wind, known as the scirocco, is as unbearable as the heat. Most hotels claim to have heating, yet in winter rooms are rarely warm and the water rarely hot.
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