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Dades Gorge

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Dades Gorge

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Dades Gorge is in Morocco.


Dades Gorge is a gorge of the Dadès River and lies near Boumalne Dades between Ouarzazate and Tinghir.


  • Boumalne Dades - Get off the bus here when visiting the Gorge.
  • Msemrir - village 60 inside gorge - more mini bus if market day.

Other destinations[edit]


The Gorge is 28 km long and makes a pleasant stop on the way to Todra Gorge and sand dunes of Merzouga. The gorge is scenic, with different types of interesting and unusual geological formations in a beautiful landscape with berber villages, plantations and the Dades river. Arguably, the most scenic parts are in the middle. The end of the gorge is characterized by a deep dramatic canyon.


Tourist area - People speak English and French.

Get in[edit]

Buses stop in Boumalne. From there take a grand taxi or Mini Bus (around 8-10 DH) to the Gorge. The Mini Bus goes all the way (60+ km) to Messina.

The Guesthouses are referenced by km from Boumalne.

Get around[edit]

  • Mini Bus
  • Hitch hike with other tourists

See[edit][add listing]

  • Zig Zag road at km 28
  • petite gorge (narrow section where the river cross the valley) at km 32


Do[edit][add listing]

  • Walk from Zig-Zag to petite and back.
  • walk (with guide) a canyon (km 27)
  • walk 3 days (with guide) to Todra Gorge

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • If you stay overnight then typically you do a package (dinner, sleep, breakfast, )
  • Otherwise many (pricey) opportunities - coffee 10 DH, Tajiin 60-80 DH, ...

Drink[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

The gorge has dozens of guesthouses and small hotels, most of which are not bookable through Internet. Knock the door, check out the room, and decide whether to stay or not.

  • Chez Pierre at 25 km to the gorge is the high-end accommodation, with rooms starting at 55 euros, and 5 course dinners at 22 euros.

Stay safe[edit]

Get out[edit]

  • back to Tinghir and from there you can go to everywhere. Tinghir does not see many tourists - everybody moves on. Bus station (5 minutes) from Grand Taxi Place - face main street (bank on opposite side); turn left and go towards Park and Cafes. Behind Park is the bus station with many Grand Taxi and Minibus. Note: Big bus for example [email protected] and CTM bus stops in front of the bus station either left or right of the "entrance" and might be delayed (for example I waited an extra hour).
  • If you start early (8am) and feel adventurous then you can go by local transport to Merzouga. I did not do it, my guide outlined the itinerary :
 1) Dades - Tinghir  
 2) grand taxi to Tinejdad (more people - easier/more minibus)
 3) Minibus to Erfoud
 4) Minibus to Rissani
 5) Grand taxi to Merzouga
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