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The Gateway from Marrakech to Ouarzazate

Embarking on the journey from Marrakech to Ouarzazate offers a captivating experience, especially when traversing the renowned Tizi n Tichka Pass. If you opt not to drive, various alternatives await:

  • Hire a 4×4 with a driver.
  • Utilize public buses, with numerous daily departures.
  • Opt for shared Grand Taxi services.
  • Join a group of tourists on a designated bus tour.
  • Explore the option of flights with RAM, with 3 to 5 weekly flights available.

For those behind the wheel, the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass stands as the gateway to Ouarzazate and the Sahara. This well-known pass, situated at an altitude of 2260 meters, provides breathtaking views and a memorable driving experience.

How to Drive from Marrakech to Ouarzazate ?

How to Drive from Marrakech to Ouarzazate?

The journey covers a distance of 200 km along National Route 9, taking approximately 4 to 5 hours. Here’s a breakdown of the drive:

Marrakech to Ait Ourir – 44 minutes
A swift one-hour drive to Ait Ourir town, though caution is advised for motorcycles and student cyclists.

Ait Ourir to Tadart – 1 hour 20 minutes
As you enter the High Atlas mountains, expect a slower pace. The road is generally good, with some sections under restoration. Charming cafés along the route offer opportunities for refreshments.

Tizi n Tichka to Agouim – 50 minutes
Navigate the sneaky up-roads, with a newly paved three-line road leading to Taddart village. This stopover boasts numerous restaurants and shops. The Tizi n Tichka stretch includes 20 km of winding roads, offering panoramic views and an elevation of 2260 meters.

Agouim to Ouarzazate – 50 minutes
Post-Agouim, the landscape and weather transform rapidly. A 100 km/h sign at km 20 indicates the departure from the High Atlas Mountains. Enjoy an easy 45-minute drive to Ouarzazate.

Tizi-n-Tichka map

The Joy of Driving

The modern road from Marrakech to Ouarzazate simplifies exploration of the High Atlas Mountains. Each hairpin turn reveals stunning views, making the journey a visual delight.

Road Construction

Ongoing road reconstruction aims to enhance safety and ease along the route. Following the construction of the Solar Power Station in Ouarzazate, the N9 route has become a major through-way, promising an even more enjoyable driving experience across the Atlas Mountains.

Bend in Tichka road

Distinguishing Tizi n Tichka from Dades Gorge

It’s essential to differentiate between the zigzag roads of Dades Gorge and Tizi-n-Tichka; they are 220 km apart.

Last tips

  • Ensure your vehicle has sufficient fuel.
  • Check weather conditions in winter, as heavy snowfall may lead to road closures.

Embark on this unforgettable journey, where every turn narrates the story of Morocco’s diverse landscapes. Safe travels!

Tizi n tichka under snow
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