RIVER DEEP, MOUNTAIN HIGH
Today, you’ll complete your circuit of the south, looping back to Ouarzazate via the lush DRÂA VALLEY. Heading west out of N’Kob, it’s 40km to Tansikhte where, just after crossing the Drâa itself, you’ll need to turn right onto the N9. This part of the journey is especially scenic, the road shadowing the river (and the date-palm oases that have grown up around it) and passing beneath several imposing ksour. Even if you’ve just about had your fill of kasbahs by now, it’s still worth pulling off the road at TAMNOUGALT, just over 25km from Tansikhte, and navigating your way through a series of dark passageways to the sixteenth-century KASBAH DES CAIDS [open daily from 8.30am | 20dh, under-12s free], if not for the interesting little museum that charts traditional life in the Drâa, then for a well-earned mint tea on its terrace.
From Tamnougalt, the road continues through Agdz, where you bid farewell to the Drâa. Another 15km further on, the road edges along a formidable escarpment on its way up to the mountain pass of TIZI N’TINIFIFFT, where you can pull over for fine views into a snaking canyon. It’s a steep, 10km descent the other side, after which the road levels out on its run in to Ouarzazate. Despite being the provincial capital, this is a fairly uninspiring place, so it’s worth pushing on to the more attractively sited TISSELDAY, 50km further west along the N9, to give yourself a shorter journey to the airport tomorrow.
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