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The getaway from Marrakech to Ouarzazate
If you are not driving yourself, the alternative to travel from Marrakech to Ouarzazate are:
Hire a 4×4 with a driver.
Use with public buses, there plenty of departures each day.
Use shared Grand Taxi.
Travel with group of tourists on a tourist bus.
Flight with RAM, there 3 to 5 flights per week.
If you are driving then Tizi-n-Tichka Pass is your gateway to Ouarzazate and the Saraha. It is one of the best-known passes in the country at the altitude of 2260 m. Sometimes it is better not to look down, but it is not bad neither a dangerous route to drive. Acutely If you are enjoying driving, this is a must to do experience.
How to drive from Marrakech To Ouarzazate?
The distance from Marrakech to Ouarzazate is 200 Km, linked by the national route number 9. The journey takes from 4 to 5 hours.
Marrakech to Ait Ourir 44 minutes
From Marrakech to Ait Ourir town is a fast route, It takes 1 hour to drive. Be careful with motorcycles and students on bicycles.
After Ait Ourir to Tadart 1h20 minutes
After Ait Ourir, you start storming into the High Atlas mountains. Speed is fairly slow, the road is good. Three is still some part under restoration so be careful. Along the road, you find some small cafés for a drink, sank or small souvenirs.
Tizi-n-Tichka to Agouim 50 minutes
In one hour of driving alongside a river you’ll arrive at Taddart village, the 2nd one, this is the one stop place for most of Moroccans, there several restaurants and shops. After Taddart you get into the Tizi-n-Tichka, 20 Km of sneaky up-roads, with a three-line road that has been newly paved. There are also spots for shortstops with panoramic views. Until you each to peak at 2260m. At the peak, you can stop and enjoy the view, take a picture. And start driving down to Agouim village.
Agouim To Ouarazate
After Agouim the landscape and the weather will start changing fast. At km 20 a 100 Km/h sign will a sure you that you are out of the high Atlas Mountains. After that, it’s an easy drive for about 45 minutes until Ouarzazate.
The joy of driving
The road from Marrakech to Ouarzazate is a modern route and makes it quite simple to explore this region of The High Atlas Mountains. The high mountain pass offers stunning views of the Atlas Mountains around every hairpin turn.
For a couple of years the road is under reconstruction to cut off some of the hardest curves and to wider the road. After the construction of Solar Power Station in Ouarzazate, the N9 route become a major through-way for traffic. Soon driving across the Atlas Mountains will become an even more enjoyable experience.
Is it Tizi-n-Tchika or Dades Gorge?
A lot of people confuse the zigzag road of Dades Gorge and Tizi-n-Tichka. Well there are not the same, they are 220 Km apart.
- This might be obvious, but make sure you have enough gas in your tank.
- In winter check the weather before taking the road. Sometimes the route closed due to the heavy snowfall up the mountains.