"Most scenic drive in Morocco!?" El Goumt du Dades by angiebabe

El Goumt du Dades Travel Guide: 44 reviews and 191 photos

2nd visit after waiting 2 years to c it again!7/05

Beautiful day but yet again we are rushing as the sun is about to set and we are running out of daylight -visiting the longawaited Dades for a repeat visit has yet been relegated to the tail end of a day when trying to head back to Ouarzazate - but never mind got some good pics and got right up to the mushroom shaped rocks and unusual folded looking rock formations again before we had to turn around and head back to the main road.

This time the right company and right atmosphere to even more appreciate how beautiful the scenery is all the way along the Dades Gorge Road and thinking what a beautiful place to just walk for a few hours or do the whole length through all the oasis and palmeraie and lush growing areas.
and another stay at Kasbah La Vallee and a meetup with owner Hamid.

First visit up the Dades Gorges Road july 2003

I first visited the Dades Gorge when travelling with two faux guides from Rissani and a french backpacker.

I stayed at local prices - in a nice room with ensuite at the Hotel Kasbah La Vallee (the translation on their business cards called it the valley of the Dades Throats Kasbah auberge!)
we arrived in the dark and had a nice meal at their outside dining area over the road from the hotel and then at 10 or 11 pm the power generators came to the time when theyre turned off and light was by candle in a metal moroccan lantern. Which added atmosphere to the picturesqueness of the trip around Morocco.
The next day when the sun came up what a glorious sight of orangeish steep rock face out my window and either side of the hotel.

The hotel host was a very pleasant guy who gave me a stack of his business cardsto give to friends back in England.

Heading back to the main road of the Dades Valley were very unusual rock formations - like folded and bulging rocks which made some lovely photos and a bit further we stopped and went down into the valley area to the river where it was noticeably cooler than the heat above, and walked through the growing areas and across the river. we sat around and relaxed for a while, got pics of some local ladies doing their laundry with some rather dramatic and picturesque looking kasbahs in the background.
I remember being impressed yet again with my small amount of french being able to converse with some local children asking me if i would like to visit the kasbah, have some tea with them and they could get the key for me to visit the kasbah.

I was a bit annoyed to later find a postcard with a scene of mushroom shaped rocks and kasbah along the road that we had not stopped to be shown and i therefore later when visiting Morocco again wanted to return to see.

3rd visit with best friend July 2006

This time a beautiful drive with a friend who equally appreciates astounding scenery and cultural views combined with lovely weather, foliage and birdlife - ie stork time again

Again driving the Dades Gorges road in the dark - Morocco just doesnt have enough daylight hours! - but we ended up at the Tissoudrine auberge having not been able to find the one that contacts recommended though i had thought i would return to Kasbah la Vallee from 3 years before. It was 9 pm and very quiet - we were obviously the only guests and he seemed rather pleasant and we just were too tired to keep looking for any better price etc and on checking the auberge it was spacious, clean and had lots of character so we agreed to pay Daoud the 130 dirham each price we haggled down a bit to and moved in to our big spacious room with ensuite.
No longer the generator situation so power is available all night this time!

Though it was noticeably cooler up the Gorge here than where we had been on the way, it was still warm and so it was lovely to sit out in the outside patio area with the sound of running water in the creek behind us. Daoud was an avid conversationist - telling us interesting stories about his family and how they live further up the Dades gorge but come down this way when the winter snows are too heavy for their animals - but thankfully he finally asked if we would like to eat - we looked at each other and laughed that yes we would ! ( i felt like i'd love to fall asleep any minute and it was 11pm! so yes we would like to eat and we had been waiting!) Too much food for that time of night and we were sure it was goat which was too strong a taste but the fresh fruit was very nice.

When the sun came up in the morning it was yet another treat to see such scenery and view around us - sunrise shots out the bedroom window, and a scramble up to the roof for some more shots and then back to bed. Later it was another scramble for the camera to get shots of the goat herders and goats coming down between the valley parting out our window to catch the goats drinking at the river below us.
and what scenery out at the patio where we had eaten the night before! some more lovely photos of the steep orange rock faces ahead of us further up the gorges road.
and then we were off. up the gorge road - around the spaghetti road incline at the top of where the first visit i had taken shots that were worthy of being enlarged to put into gift calendars - this time amazed to see a new restaurant and auberge had been built down over the cliff side where i had previously been entertained by some musicians and been engrossed in taking photos.
and on up the gorge road - awesome views all the way and i couldnt bring myself to stop before Msemrir! and maybe we took full use of the new digital and added about 200-300 pics to our stunning collection!
I am even more so convinced that the views along the way are in comparison with excellent views i have seen when driving around Imilchil, up Todra gorge, the Paradise valley road between Telouet and Tizga and Ait Benhaddou and others but here it is all is in one compact road!
and then another 200 or so getting back down to the main road. Particularly lovely with the prolific numbers of pink oleanders in bloom along the way!

Returned for the Mgouna Rose Festival May 2007 - stayed with Moroccan friends at Hotel Kasbah la Vallee who also knew Hamid the owner so got to meet up with him again. and headed off to the sahara

Sept 2012 stayed in Kasbah la Valee for 2 nights as it had rained overnight and was still drizzling most of the day which made the area up the valley very beautiful - spent most of the day driving up to Msemrir to take photos of seeing the area for the first time in rain and mist and with waterfalls already running down the hillsides. Drove up to Ousikiss to meet the brother of friends who have a guesthouse - which we returned to the following April for the many apple blossoms there.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:lots of beautiful sights along this road - route of excellent scenic spots, kasbahs and beautiful houses, rock formations, palmeraie
  • Cons:so many photo stops required!
  • In a nutshell:one photo after another!
  • Last visit to El Goumt du Dades: Apr 2013
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  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    Fascinating El Goumt du Dades travel page with lovely photographs. Seems to be an interesting destination to visit and explore with lots of stunning picturesque scenery. We hope to visit and explore this place one day if and when we have the opportunity. ~ho & pang

    • angiebabe's Profile Photo
      Apr 7, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      Hi thank you for your time visiting my page and photos here - there are a number of very beautiful spots around south Morocco that are really lovely to vsit as a circuit - a lot of people still think Morocco is just desert!

  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Thoroughly enjoyed your write up and pix here Angie! :o) Yes, I love the changing landscape too. Now I want to go back!! :o( Hugs, Ann xx

  • BarryBraund's Profile Photo
    Mar 8, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Definately on the list to see next time.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Wow!! What dramatic, wonderful scenery here! Love the Hotel with the balcony, I would enjoy sitting there too! Another excellent page.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    What a number of wonderful pictures you took to show off the scenery and its landscapes. One looks like what I saw In Utah with hairpin curves in the road and weird shaped rocks. You did a great description.

  • Durfun's Profile Photo
    Dec 10, 2009 at 9:09 AM

    Those mushrooms are cool.. a bit like Cappadocia, Turkey.

  • karentids's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2009 at 5:14 AM

    Your photos of Morocco's beautiful landscapes are superb and your narratives are brilliant.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2009 at 6:43 PM

    Many people would find sparse landscape as boring, but you are very like me, you find beauty in all landscape and it all has a purpose. Lovely page!

  • hindu1936's Profile Photo
    Apr 13, 2009 at 5:16 AM

    Great shots of barreness made alive and thank you Angela. Hope your trip to Burundia goes well

  • ludogatto's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    good work...a little bit touristic for us a good place for oour motorbike!

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