Ourika Valley Day Trip
The Ourika Valley is the easiest, closest and thus one of the most popular day trips from Marrakech. On our Ourika day trip you’ll travel on a private tour with your own vehicle, driver and guide. To achieve a truly authentic Ourika Valley experience we aim to avoid the typical tourist traps and focus on real Berber village life,
What To Expact To See:
Argan & Souk Experience Departing Marrakech one of our first visits is to a locally run Argan cooperative where we will see local women cultivating and pressing the Argan nut to make cooking oil, butter and cosmetic products. Next you have the chance to visit a souk located near a picturesque Zaouia. Every Monday the largest souk of the valley is held here.
Ourika River & Setti Fatma Continuing along the valley following the Ourika River we’ll experience classic Ourika scenery of palm tree plantations and fruit trees with tiny hamlets, summer homes of wealthy locals and riverside restaurants. At Setti Fatma, a favourite weekend resort of many Marrakshis, we will visit the famous tomb of Setti Fatma.
Berber Village Trails Next we drive around the valley enjoying views of high green terraces, surrounding Atlas peaks, rocky village foothills and the seven small waterfalls that surround the village. After enjoying a tasty Berber lunch there is time to explore on foot, following village trails in search of a traditional way of life before we make the return drive to Marrakech.
Ourika is a story based on the life of a woman who was purchased as a child (in or around 1786) by the Chevalier de Boufflers, the colonial administrator of Senegal, and given as a gift to the de Beauvau family. The most well-known of these is Claire de Duras’s 1823 novel of the same name.
The novel marks a critical point in European literature. It is the first French text to depict a black woman character with a complex psychology. It is the first text to create “an articulate and educated black woman narrator,” and “one of the most compelling works of short fiction in French and a startlingly modern commentary on race.”
The novella covers the time before, during, and after the French Revolution and addresses key themes of race, nationality, exile, interracial love and kinship and the psychological adjustment to these. It signifies an important movement from traditional notions of race, nationality, and kinship towards the identity politics of today
A day trip to Ourika valley from Marrakech is one of the most popular Marrakech excursions to follow the trails of the Berbers of Morocco and explore the Atlas Mountains, Berber Villages and markets, and hike to the western slopes of High Atlas Mountains. Day trip to the Atlas Mountains from Marrakech Your full day excursion to Ourika Valley will start at 09h00 AM with a drive across the Houz Plains, and stop at local ladies Argan oil cooperative to see how this liquid gold is extracted and some cosmetic fine products are made. From here, we will continue to Tnin Ourika, one of the largest Berber Souks in the area, where all the Villagers from the Ourika Valley come once a week to trade & buy their goods. shared budget Excursion to Ourika Valley From here, we will follow Ourika river driving next to the stream up to the Berber village of Setti Fatma, where most of the locals in Marrakech escape to summer heat and spend a day under the shades of the walnut trees. For those who would like to explore the Valley on foot, local hiking guides are available for hire to walk you to some stunning cascades and back. If you fancy a lazy day, relax at one of the cafés on the riverbank and enjoy the rest of the day listening to the sound of the stream with the High Atlas Mountains as a backdrop. Local cafés are available for a light lunch and can accommodate all budgets. Drive back to Marrakech late in the afternoon where your day trip to Ourika Valley will end with a drop off at your hotel or Jamaa Elfna Square
- Group 1 person : On request
- Group 2 – 3 people : 75€/person
- Group 4 – 7 people : 55€/person
- Group 8 – 12 people : 45€/person
- English speaking guide.
- Ground transfers by minibuses / taxis: ( hotel – trek – hotel
- Travel insurance.
- Soft/alcoholic drinks
- Tips and personal expanses
This trek runs all year round and can depart at any date of your preference.
We usually have several treks departing each week that you may join , please get in Touch!!