"Cascades D'ouzoud - highest falls in North Africa" Ouzoud by angiebabe

Ouzoud Travel Guide: 10 reviews and 72 photos

160 km north/northeast of Marrakech this is a favourite destination of mine as well - especially in the heat of summer a great place to head for to relax usually with a few degrees lower than the heat of Marrakech.
Plus loads of atmosphere with the roar and sight of these long drop waterfalls making their way to their landing pool below.

Of course being a scenic and respite haven the locals do their best to make the most of the tourists that do come, but fortunately still at the Moroccan tourist and independent foreign tourist laidback level rather than the 4 and 5 star tourist glitz.
Small shops line the approaching paths that run along the plateau above the falls and several cafes have vantage points as the paths make their way down the side of the falls....my memories here of roaming around the romantic falls and cool shade of the trees also connect with the sweet orange juice freshly squeezed - and of course the delicious coffee/noss noss.

You could always try haggling if you think items you like in the small stalls along the paths are overpriced but the people here are just trying to make a living out in a fairly remote area.

There is a camping area here too.

March 2011 was a spring visit after driving down from Casablanca for a friend's wedding - spring flowers everywhere along the way - down at the falls there were a few trees in full pink blossom - and driving out the next day roadsides were amass with yellow flowers with intermittent poppies - extra beautiful!..also the hotel I had stayed at a few times before had renovated and now has ensuites..very nice!

Morocco's best waterfalls

These three tiered falls drop 110 metres and its possible to walk the paths up and down both sides and also follow the river down further. There are nice little cafes and restaurants down the hillside as you make you way along the tree covered paths - nice to sit and relax, hear that lovely sound of the water falling over a sweet glass of mint tea or delicious freshly squeezed orange juice.

Cascades obviously means waterfall - and ouzoud is berber for olive which are grown prolifically in the area.

The macaques of Cascades d'ouzoud

Here too live a number of, or colony of, macaques that often gather at the viewing point above the falls. One of only 2 places I know of for them to live - the other being up at Azrou in amongst the Cedar forest.

One of my favourite photos was of 2 adult monkeys with a little one posing on a rock above the falls looking just like tourists for their photo of their visit to the lovely waterfalls!

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  • Pros:great place to get away from the summer heat, cheap but handy and clean places to stay, scenic and romantic!
  • Last visit to Ouzoud: Mar 2011
  • Intro Updated Nov 14, 2013
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  • aadil's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    Great page, would love to visit when I finally do go to Morocco!!!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    Great photo of the waterfalls! I never realized there were any falls in Morocco at all, much less such impressive ones.

  • SWFC_Fan's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Thanks for dropping by St Malo, Angie! Great start here - wish I was brave enough to drive on foreign roads, but I'd fear for my life in a lot of the places I've been! It certainly gives you the independence to see a lot more! :-)

  • DAO's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Zanzibar? Yep through Nairobi with KLM/Kenya Airways. Let me know when you load the pics here!

  • Jun 27, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Where are your photos? Sounds a nice place to visit! You travelled a lot in Morocco!

angiebabe

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