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View of village and palm grove of Nkob in Morocco

Nkob is a village in Zagora Region, Morocco.

Understand

Nkob is the capital village of the Berber Ait Atta tribe. The Ait Atta belongs to Confederation Ait Atta that are spread along Ouarzazate, Errachidia, and Azil Provinces.

The Amazigh Ait Atta are an ancient Berber tribe existent before Arab and Islam entrance in Morocco in the 7th century. The Ait Atta tribe were the most important Moroccan tribes between the 15th and the 19th century.

If you're looking to go deep into the Berber life of south Morocco, Nkob can be quite interesting and offers great experiences.

Get in

By car

Way out of Nkob, direction Tazzarine in south Morocco.

Nkob village is located on the road between Ouarzazate and Tazzarine. This is the southern road to connect Marrakech and Erg Chebbi Dunes in Merzouga.

Road Distances to Nkob

  • From Marrakesh to Nkob = 340KM
  • From Ouarzazate to Nkob = 136KM
  • From Agdz to Nkob = 67KM

By shared taxi

You can get a shared taxi from Ouarzazate to Nkob from the Central Bus Station (Gare Routiere d'Ouarzazate). 60 Dirhams per person. 8am.

By bus

You can get a bus from Ouarzazate's Bus Station to Tansikht 40 Dirhams (4 Euros) and from here get a shared to Nkob 12 Dirhams per person 15 minutes ride.

Get around

View of Oasis and Kasbah in Nkob village in Morocco

On foot

You can easily explore the village, and the 2 surrounding oasis:

See

Do

Ichou le Berbere Excursions, Mountain Trekking in Morocco
Top view from inside Nkob village in Morocco
  • Nkob Market (Mountain Trekking in Nkob), (Saghrou Mountains). Friday animal Market, Saturday and Sunday Market for local produce and all you can imagine. Nkob Market (souk) is the 2nd biggest of Zagora Province where many people from the region come to make business and shopping.
  • Mountain Trekking (Mountain Trekking in Nkob), (Saghrou Mountains). Nkob is surrounded by the Saghrou Mountains. These mountains offer great trekking opportunity and great wilderness.
  • Explore the Kasbahs (Kasbahs Nkob Morocco), (Old village). Explore the immense Kasbahs inside the old village. If you have the chance try to enter one of the houses to see an upper view of the whole region.

Excursions

  • Ichou le Berbere Excursions (Mountain Trekking Nkob Morocco), (5 Days Dades Valley to Nkob Trekking), +212.66.61.77.610 (), [1]. Usually Excursions start 8am from Taoudilt Dades or from Nkob Village). 5 days Mountain trekking from the Dades Valley crossing the Saghrou Mountain all the way to Nkob village. 400 Dirhams (40 Euros) per day / per person all included. Groups with more than 5 people price drops to 300 Dirhams (30 Euros) per person..

Buy

Don't miss the change to visit Nkob weekly market. Region Berber Sandals, (Near supermarket Dohou and Restaurant Id Bab n'Ali). Theres one shop in Nkob named Ait Atta Shoes from Mr. Oufafa. Price ranges from 120 Dirhams to 150 Dirhams for high quality hand made leather sandals. Henna powder, (Many shops on the main street of Nkob). Moroccan best Henna comes from Nkob so if you're looking for prime quality henna powder this is the best place to get it. You can even buy it at local people's houses as many families have few hectares of henna plantations. henna powder costs 10 Dirhams for 200 grams. Almonds. Nkob is nkown for great almonds organically grown. Women Berber cosmetics and clothing. Many shops on the main street sell local Berber women clothing and cosmetics.

Eat

Restaurant Kasbah Ennakhile (Restaurant Nkob). Homemade Berber Food (Homemade Food Nkob), La'aoun Street, 45702 Nkob, Zagora Region, Morocco, +212.66.61.76.10, [2]. Lunch time from 12pm to 3pm / Diner time from 8pm to 10pm. 100 Dirhams (10 Euros) per person. Not more than 10 people. Booking in advance needed.. Restaurant Merzouga (Food Nkob), (In front of weekly market). Eat traditional homemade food made in a real wooden fire. Great chance to taste authentic Berber cuisine made by Mrs. Fatima. Around 50 Dirhams (5 Euros) per person..

Drink

  • Panaché Milk Shake (Milk Shake Morocco). Panaché is a usual Moroccan milk shake blending milk, sugar, apples, avocado and banana. This can be easily be changed to a non-dairy and no sugar smoothie if asked to do it with orange juice instead of milk. Depending the fruit season peach and strawberries can also be added. Ask for panaché special for an extra taste of dried grapes and almonds. 10 - 15 Dirhams.
  • Avocado Milk Shake (Milk Shake Nkob). Most cafes will prepare you a avocado milk shake. This is probably one of Moroccans favorite milk shake.

Sleep

Patio inside Hotel Kasbah Ennakhile in Nkob, Morocco.
  • Tigmi Nkob Chez l'Habitant Home Stay (Home Stay Nkob Morocco), La'aoun Street, 45702 Nkob, Zagora Region, Morocco (This house is located right in the middle of the village, surrounded by old kasbahs.), +212.66.61.77.610 (), [3]. Hotel 300 Dirhams (30 Euros) Single Room + breakfast + diner / 500 Dirhams (50 Euros) Double Room + breakfast + diner.
  • Hotel Kasbah Ennakhile (Hotel Kasbah Nkob), 45000 Nkob, Zagora Region, Morocco (The hotel is located right on the way out of Nkob direction Tazzarine.), +212.672.641.511 (), [4]. Hotel 300 Dirhams (30 Euros) Room in Kasbah (private bathroom) + Diner + Breakfast / 160 Dirhams (16 Euros) Room in Auberge (shared bathroom) + Diner + Breakfast.
  • Ksar Jenna (Hotel Ksar Jenna Nkob), 45000 Nkob, Zagora Region, Morocco (2km before Nkob direction Ouarzazate), +212.671.731.976, [5]. Hotel
  • Auberge Ouadjou (Auberge Nkob Morocco), (Entrance of Nkob near Ziz Petrol Station), +212.24.83.93.14 (), [6]. Camping car space available. Rooms and tents. Double room 240 Dirhams /Single room 130 Dirhams.
  • Kasbah Baha Baha, (On the toad heading Saghrou), +212.52430780 (), [7]. Hotel built inside a traditional kasbah in center Nkob. Single room 25 Euros / Double room 37 Euros / Triple room 50 Euros.
  • Kasbah Imdoukal, (In the village center near Tigmi Nkob Chez l'Habitant). 300 Dirhams per person.


Get out

Mercedes Van - Shared Taxi in Nkob Morocco

By car

Nkob village is located on the road between Ouarzazate and Tazzarine. This is the southern road to connect Marrakech and Erg Chebbi Dunes in Merzouga.

Road Distances from Nkob

  • From Nkob to Tazzarine = 36KM
  • From Nkob to Alnif = 97KM
  • From Nkob to Rissani = 195KM
  • From Nkob to Merzouga in Erg Chebbi Dunes = 228KM

Other destinations near Erfoud

  • Erg Chebbi - Amazing orange colored dunes just 35km away from Erfoud
  • Erfoud - The entrance town to Erg Chebbi Dunes, great town to buy goods before entering the open desert
  • Rissani - Desert town with a museum, Alaouite King Mausoleum and impressive center market
  • Merzouga - Village on the edge of Erg Chebbi Dunes
  • Errachidia - Region's capital with airport and other main government facilities
  • Ouarzazate - Called the capital of the south, Ouarzazate makes the transition from Oases to Sahara Desert

By shared taxi

You can get a shared taxi to Rissani from Tazzarine (and further more Merzouga) just a dozen kms away from Nkob. From Nkob to Tazzarine 25 minutes - 12 Dirhams. 4pm Bus from Tazzarine to Rissani around 40 Dirhams.

By bus

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