Ait Mansour: A dreamlike oasis
Trip from Agadir: 3 hours 45 mins / 195 km
South of Tafraoute, a magnificent road provides access to the Aït Mansour Palm Grove in just 30 minutes. The crossing of these gorges with lush vegetation is done by car or on foot (2 hours). This place will mark you and will remain a highlight of your stay.
We enter an oasis that stretches the length of a torrent, framed by impressive boulders. In the autumn months, the palm trees collapse under the dates. Ideal for recharging your batteries because the gorges are rarely visited and are absolutely calm.
How to get there:
To get to the Ait Mansour gorges, take the R107 (south), and turn left at the fork 6 km further ahead at point (29.663502, -8.960524). A magnificent uphill road (a vertical drop of 700 meters for cycling enthusiasts), before descending (500 meters of vertical drop) towards the gorges of Aït Mansour awaits. On the way to the Ait Mansour Gorges, you can visit the famous rock called “Chapeau de Napoleon” (29.696621, -8.966494) and the famous painted rocks (29.671541, -8.974294).
Following the gorges, you will see the village of Gdourt (29.519957, -8.838898) known for its adobe houses and palm grove. The center of Afella-Ighir and Tiwadou are the starting points for excursions to discover rock carvings (Oukkas plateau). The return to Tafraoute can be done via Timgdicht and Tizerkine (29.585428, -8.797318).