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THE OUZOUD WATERFALLS IN MOROCCO

THE OUZOUD WATERFALLS IN MOROCCO

Ouzoud Waterfalls in Morocco, Yes Morocco it’s not only desert.

Morocco, though best known for its rolling sand dunes and Sahara desert vistas, also has some spectacular sights that one would not expect to see in a North African country. Consider the Ouzoud Waterfalls. The Ouzoud Waterfalls (or “Cascades d’Ouzoud” in French) are located in Morocco’s Azilal province, 95 miles north-east of Marrakech, and present a striking picture of beauty that is all the more surprising given the ruggedness of the surrounding country. Camel Excursions offer you some Morocco best tours that includes visiting the Ouzoud waterfalls.

The Ouzoud Waterfalls are a complex network of waterfalls that cascade into one another via three major drops and several minor drops. The waterfall chain stretches 330 feet from top to bottom. The brilliant white of the stirred-up water contrasts sharply with the El Abid river gorge’s rich red sandstone outcroppings. The Ouzoud Waterfalls, as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region, provide visitors with a variety of options for viewing this incredible natural wonder.

A path winds from the base of the falls between the ancient olive trees that gave the falls their name – “Ouzoud” means “olive” in Berber. There are a number of small roads that lead to the summit and then descend to the bottom for those who prefer a bird’s eye view. Keep an eye out as the sun sets: extended family groups of local monkeys visit the falls to play in the splashing waters and rising mists.

Local, regional, and national government bodies are spearheading conservation projects to protect the area and prevent its exploitation, as befits its importance to Morocco as a scenic destination and recognition of the fragile ecosystem surrounding the Ouzoud Waterfalls. If you are fortunate enough to visit the Ouzoud Waterfalls, perhaps as a side trip from a vacation in Marrakech, please do not litter. The preservation of the Ouzoud Waterfalls for future generations to enjoy is both a gift to future visitors and a mark of respect for your gracious Moroccan hosts.

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