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

Ouzoud Travel Guide: 10 reviews and 74 photos

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.

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!

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 2012
  • Intro Updated Jan 27, 2015
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  • briantravelman's Profile Photo
    Apr 22, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Oh man, I had no idea there were such waterfalls in Morocco. I am starting to like that country more and more. In terms of geography, it's deffinately the most diverse of the Arab countries.

    • briantravelman's Profile Photo
      Apr 25, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      Yeah, I could probably live there. Watching on TV, I see couples holding hands in public, and women dressing freely. It's still a male dominated society, but Morocco isn't as radical as other Muslim countries.And it has lots of history, lots of different habitats, interesting wildlife, and a good climate. This is one of the few Muslim countries I could actually live in. Morocco would probably be my second choice, after Turkey.

    • angiebabe's Profile Photo
      Apr 27, 2014 at 7:42 AM

      well a number of times i was going to make major investment in Morocco and and last year almost bought some land to build a guesthouse but have decided not to - i have a number of friends who have gone ahead and done so and very happy at this stage - because they love it there, I love it there, I wouldnt even call it a male dominated society in the context that the West understand cause they generally dont understand what even a male dominated society means - in London, in every country around the world there are men that dominate and oppress women and children and its human nature to dominate and make others unhappy - i see a lot of behaviours in Morocco as being about tradition rather than a desire to dominate or oppress and i know a lot of families where men dont oppress their wives and they are happy families - but for me i think long term its unfortunately not the place now

  • aadil's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2013 at 7:05 AM

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

    • aadil's Profile Photo
      Apr 23, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      Do you know I was denied a visa by the Morocco embassy in India just because I could not give them a letter of leave from my company?!!! Booked the flight tickets but could not use them (wasted a lot of money on them!!!) but instead I got to go to Antarctica, Argentina and Chile!!! Morocco can wait for next time now!!!

    • angiebabe's Profile Photo
      Nov 4, 2015 at 10:28 PM

      thats very sad and strange! and frustrating for you! ive never heard of visas needing a letter of leave lol, maybe it was to prove that you werent leaving the job but just having a permitted break from work and thus were expected back in India. hope you can make a successful application before too long now that you know more about their quirks!

  • 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!


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