July 20



By Bewildered in Morocco

July 20, 2014

If you’re looking for a place far, far away from crowded cities, honking cars and skyscrapers this place may be good for you. If you want to connect with nature, listen to birds singing, admire the beauty of nature and have a 100% Amazigh experience- you should definitely come to Kasbah Ait Marghad in a little village called Ait Ouglif. 

After a long ride on a bus through mountains on a winding road you will finally reach a small city Boumanele in a region called Dades Gorges, which is on average 120 km away from Ouarzazate. Next, you will take a big taxi or a mini bus to get to a village Ait Ouglif which is located 17km up the hills. The road from the city to the village is an adventure itself. After around 20-25 min you will finally reach the Kasbah. An amazing place to be! 

the kasbah was bulit entirely by its owner, Youssef and his family!

There are plenty of hotels in the nearby villages but I felt so lucky to have chosen the Kasbah Ait Marghad. Why? There are numerous advatages!


Kasbah Ait Marghad is surrounded by breathtaking mountains called “Monkey’s fingers”. In the morning you will be waken up by the sounds of the river, flowing just outside your window, and birds. At night you will fall asleep hearing the frogs and cicadas. The famous Gorges du Dades is only 15 km from the village. The ride is pleasant as you can admire valleys, hills and mountains. The kasbah is also very close to a nice cafe called Fatima Berbere and it provides an amazing view on the canyon!

cafe Fatima Berbere, 2km from the kasbah. Mint tea for 10dhs
Gorges du Dades
The river just next to the kasbah

The atmosphere in the kasbah is magical and makes you feel like home. The owner always makes sure the guests are happy and satisfied. Youssef is also an amazing cook and a tour guide. If you wish to have an excursion to some nice places around- just ask him!

The terrace of the kasbah is amaing and provides you amazing views.
The rooms are held in berber style with lots of carpets and decorations
dining room
the bathroom

The food in the kasbah is an awesome opportunity to try berber specialties! We had a chance to taste mouthwatering tajines and other delicious dishes. The kasbah is also a restaurant- even if you’re not planning to stay there for a night you may always try this amaing food!

tajine galia: chicken soaked in tomato sauce under a thick, egg pillow
tasty and stuffing soup
breakfast on the terrace! With an amazing view for free
traditional berber tajine with chicken and vegetables
master at work
Kasbah’s location is- without exggeration –perfect! The views from the windows are simply splendid! If you get bored of the view (but i don’t think so;)) and want to see different shapes of mountains, just move to the terrace which is on the right and provides you with a clear view on amazing Monkey’s fingers peysages!
view from our window
pic taken from outside the kasbah

Review prepared in collaboration with the hotel. I was hosted by the hotel in exchange for presenting the place among my Readers. Opinions and photos are my own and nobody has influenced them.

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