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Kasbah du Toubkal exterior, Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Atlas Mountains

Visible from the city of Marrakech and reached within an easy hours drive the question really is why wouldn’t you visit the Atlas Mountains?

Wonderful mountain scenery, traditional Berber villages and a host of relaxing or more energetic activities are on offer.

The Atlas are the most northerly of Africa’s Mountains, extending in a broken chain for over a thousand miles across Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia.

Toubkal, highest mountain in North Africa
Toubkal, Morocco

The High Atlas

The High Atlas is home to some of the highest peaks in North Africa, a dozen of them over 13,000 feet, they form a complex of jagged ridges and deep narrow valleys running 250 miles across Morocco. Northward the mountains drop steeply, while southward they slope gradually into the hot, dry Sahara, which stretches for over a thousand miles.

From the ancient city of Marrakech, the Atlas skyline stretches across the horizon, creating a backdrop of inspiring beauty. Toubkal, North Africa’s highest mountain, is only 50 miles south of Marrakech.

Town of Aroumd, Toubkal National Park, Morocco
Aroumd, Morocco

Berbers

The High Atlas has been inhabited for thousands of years by a pastoral people known as the Berbers. They live in small villages of flat-roofed sun-baked mud houses, usually situated atop steep mountain slopes. Speaking Berber, Arabic, and French, they are as interesting and welcoming as they are knowledgeable of the mountains.

Experiences

Picnic in the mountains

Load your mule up with scrumptious food and head into the mountains for a picnic with a view.

Kasbah Tamadot

Stay in the lap of luxury at Kasbah Tamadot or a more traditional Berber run option at Kasbah du Toubkal, both with amazing panoramic views.

Hot-Air Balloon Experience

Drift over the mountains in a hot air balloon.

Trek the Atlas Mountains

Walk or trek in the Atlas Mountains with Berber guides and donkeys.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Kasbah du Toubkal £££££

  • Morocco
  • Unusual

Kasbah du Toubkal is a magnificent mountain retreat spectacularly situated in the heart of the High Atlas. Near the foot of Jebel Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa, it is only 40 miles from Marrakech but the peace and quiet and seclusion are so complete, the city seems a million miles away. Berber run, the staff at the Kasbah delight in explaining their culture. In addition to the 17 rooms, there is a wonderful rooftop terrace, traditional hammam and a restaurant serving traditional Berber food.

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Kasbah Bab Ourika £££££

  • Morocco
  • Boutique
  • Unusual

Built on traditional Berber principles, Kasbah Bab Ourika is perched majestically on a hilltop at the apex of the lush Ourika Valley with stunning 360-degree panoramic views.

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Kasbah Tamadot £££££

  • Morocco
  • Boutique

Kasbah Tamadot is a luxury mountain hotel, owned by Sir Richard Branson, located at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, approximately one hour from Marrakech. With the snow-capped peaks of the Atlas Mountains forming a stunning backdrop, views from the hotel stretch across steep river valleys towards forested mountains.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Katie Benden

The excitement of travelling the world has always hugely appealed. Largely cemented from my first solo trip to Egypt and the Middle East. The crazy hustle and bustle of Cairo was a huge assault on the senses, scrambling through the claustrophobic tunnels of the Great pyramid took me out of my comfort zone and I was left humbled by the warm hospitality of the Nubian people in Aswan as we shared dinner together.
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Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way. In fact, I am never happier than when I’m cycling, trekking or simply eating my way through a country! My heart and head regularly pull me east, notably to India but I may also be found wandering through the galleries and piazzas of Italy or daydreaming about fresh ceviche in the far west.
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The guides and itinerary were good. Our local driver, in particular, was excellent.

Morocco

Youssef, our driver, looked after us very well. He was always calm and friendly and made us feel comfortable and relaxed. All our other guides were very professional, friendly and gave us a good sense of the country.

Morocco

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