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added listing Morocco Dunes Tours
:As at 12th April 2009, the morning CTM bus from Inezgane departs at 09:30hrs.
*Marrakesh - There are two three CTM buses a day (80 dirham), along with three local buses (also 80 dirham). You can also reserve a place in a grand taxi for around 100 per person.
Plane:
=== Car rental ===
* <listing name="Machi Car Rental" alt="Machi" directions="No 13 Tabounte" address="Ouarzazate 45000" phone="+212.5.2485.44185248 54418" email="[email protected] / [email protected]" fax="+212.5.2485.44185248 54418" url="http://machi-car.blog.com/" hours="9am-8pm" price="DH300-600"></listing>
==See==
[[Image:Ouarzazate_kasbah.JPG|thumb|250px|Kasbah Taourirt in Ourzazate]]
[[Image:Ouarzazate_Atlas_Studios.JPG|thumb|250px|Egyptan decoration at Atlas Studios]]
*'''Ait Benhaddou''' - one of the best preserved Kasbahs. It has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Taxi can take you to Ait Benhaddou for 150 300 dirhams , however you can haggle (probably possible we managed to [[haggle]] cheaper priceget to 220 after some serious effort), driver will wait couple of hours. Very picturesque place, lots of movies were shot there (Gladiator). 10 dirham to visit kasbahs. You don't need a guide, but locals will follow you pretending to help and at the end will ask for money. Careful Be careful not to get too wet from the river when crossing it, since there's been reports of Schistosomiasis contracted from the water.
*Walk along the central square behind Muhammad V at night when everyone comes out. The kids go out to play football on the square, people go eat and socialize, and you'll get a feel for the community just walking around.
* Go to '''Atlas Studios'''. It lies about ~ 4km from town center. Entrance ticket is 50 dirhams. Films such as Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, Lawrence of Arabia, The Man Who Would Be King, Cleopatra, Kundun, Gladiator and Alexander, Kingdom of Heaven and Babel were shot there. Most of movie decorations are a bitt bit crumbled, but egyptan Egyptian decorations is are still impresive impressive but in very poor condition, left to rotten rot unfortunately, a shame.
*Plan an expedition out to '''[[M'Hamid]]'''. A night in the Sahara is unforgettable and can be the best part of your Moroccan adventure. Ourzazate is the last big town in the south where this is easy and cheap to do. There are lots of agencies around that can arrange a trek like this, though this is the more expensive way to do it. A cheaper way, if you don't mind worrying about a few details, is to rent a car, go out there yourself, and negotiate an overnight in the desert with a Merzougan auberge (most of them offer overnights in the dessertdesert). Renting a car and driving the way is relatively easy if you drive a stick. The roads out that way are very good and easy to navigate. The overnight in the Dunes should only cost about 300-400Dh. A grand taxi will also take you out that way and back for 150-200Dh. Everything out here is negotiable, so shop around for the best price. Local agencies also offer trips to mountain valley of Dades.
Be prepared to negotiate hard otherwise they will rip you off!
*<see name="CLA Studios" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="100Dh" lat="" long="">CLA Studios aka Dino de Laurentis Cinecitta Studios, is along the same road as Atlas Studios about a kilometer closer to Marrakech. If you have to can go to only one of the two studios, this is the one to go to. The Atlas Studios tour is mosly TV movies and The Mummy Returns remake. The sets are unconvincing in person. CLA, on the other hand, has the Jerusalem set from "Kingdom of Heaven," which looks real in personauthentic, and a host of great props.</see>
*Make a half-day trip to beautiful '''Oasis de Fint'''. A small paradise of vegetation in the midst of the dry hills surrounding Ouazarzate. Cross the river into Tabount, then take the road direction Agadir. After ca. 1 km there is a signpost, from here it is ca. 10km by mostly unpaved roads. At the Oasis there is a auberge with restaurant. You can get there by car, taxi or rent a bike in Tabount.
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=== Tours ===
* <listing do name="Travel Exploration MoroccoCaravane de reve" alt="" directionsaddress="M'Hamid Centre" addressdirections="4 Lot El Hassania La Resistanceoposite of the mosque, " phone="+212-66148996" email="[email protected]" fax="6700 20033" url="http://www.travelcaravane-de-explorationreve.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" fax="">A '''Do you feel like exploring Chegaga, the stunning sand dunes?'''No Problem, we pick you up in Ouarzazate based , or you make an extra tour to M'Hamid! We are a family-run, friendly, experienced and licensed desert travel agency that offers a variety business, providing work for local people. We offer different types of desert tours, like 4x4 Circuits excursions, walking tours, camel treks, bivouac camps and sandboarding - short and long duration. Apart from trips and stays in the local area and to erg Chegaga also bigger Morocco tours are on the board, all according to the budget and the Sahara Desertclients requirements. Spoken languages are Arabic, English, French and Spanish. 5% Cuisine and the experience of all proceeds home visits for food & tea time are donated to assist families in Berber villagesincluded. </listingdo>
* <listing name="SheherazadVentures" alt="" directions="" address="Residence Ali, Ave Mohammed VI, Marrakech" phone="+212 (0)61 5647918" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.sheherazadventures.com" hours=24hrs"" price="">An English-Moroccan travel company offering custom-made tours via Ouarzazate starting from Marrakech, Ouarzazate or Agadir. Cultural tours, desert trips, volunteering holidays and community-based group holidays. Desert expeditions either to M'Hamid el Ghizlane (via Draa Valley) or Merzouga and Erg Chebbi (via Dades Valley and Todra Gorges). Private trips in 4x4, bivouac camp and camel-trekking, extra activities can be organised e.g. horse-riding, traditional crafts</listing>
* <listing name="OuarzazateXplorerTravel Exploration Morocco" alt="travel aency morocco,agence de voyage maroc ouarzazate" directions="Ouarzazate, Marrakech , casablanca, essaouira, tanger, fes ,ait ben haddou" address="Centre de ville N15 Ouarzazate4 Lot El Hassania La Resistance" phone="+212 (0)6 70 71 90 27661489960 or +212 618882681" email="ouarzazatexploreralecia@gmailtravel-exploration.com" fax="" url="http://www.ouarzazatexplorertravel-exploration.com" hours="24hrs" price="">OuarzazateXplorer - offer you an adventure A Ouarzazate based travel and tours throughout Morocco, Excursions from Ouarzazate To agency that offers a variety of 4x4 Circuits to the Sahara Desert. A variety of Sahara Desert, Tours and Marrakesh 4WD Morocco: Trips in all Morocco - Ecotourism Tours in Morocco and Marrakechare offered ranging from camel trekking, Tourshiking, Pricesto off road discovery in Merzouga, DestinationsM'hamid, Morocco Trips, Marrakech Zagora and Erg Chegaga. Sahara Tours, Fes Trips, Morocco Camel ride, Camel Trekking Morocco, Marrakech Camel Treks, Marrakech offered are for short and long durations ranging from 3 Days to Fes desert tours7 Days. All drivers are expert licensed tourism guides and speak fluent English, Fes to Marrakech desert toursArabic, Tours Berber and Trips French. 5% of all proceeds are donated to Project Feed Morocco.more info visit us, a charity that assists families in Berber villages</listing>
==Do==
*<do name="Travels Morocco" alt="Excursions & Tours around Morocco" address="B.P 701 Ouarzazate 45000" directions="" phone="+212 6623 85095" url="http://www.travelsmorocco.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">You are welcome to Morocco, Travels Morocco is a small local tour and transportation company based in the south of Morocco, with office in Ouarzazate.We offers custom tours that highlight the best of Morocco..</do>*<do name="Road Junky Retreat" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="0623035315+212 6230 35315" email="[email protected]" url="http://www.roadjunkyretreat.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">January 18 27 - 22Feb 2, 2013 Join up to 30 travelers to camp for a week in the dunes with meditation and dance workshops, as well as music and storytelling around the fire.</do>*<do name="Ouarzazate xplorer" alt="agenc ede voyage maroc ouarzazate, travel agency morocco" address="[email protected]" directions="" phone="+212 6707 19027" url="http://www.ouarzazatexplorer.com/" hours="24" price="" lat="" long=""> expeditions to the heart of the desert of the south of Morocco, and to the mountains of the Atlas and the gorges of Toudgha and Dades with 20their canyons. camel rides and bivouac nights. Camel meharees.</do>*<do name="Transport Tifinagh" alt="Transport Tifinagh" address="N° 06, Rue Mansour Eddahbi" directions="" phone="+ travelers 212 5248 86451" url="http://www.transport-tifinagh.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Tifinagh Transport is a Tour Operator settled in the city of Ouarzazate, south Morocco. This company promises to provide an excellent service to make musicits customers.</do>*<do name="Top Morocco tours" alt="Morocco tours" address="N° 18, Bd Med V" directions="" phone="+212 6624 05579" url="http://www.topmoroccotours.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Top Morocco tours is a Tour Operator based in the city of Ouarzazate, meditate orgnize tours and share trips in south of Morocco.</do>*<do name="Morocco Dunes Tours" alt="Morocco Dunes Tours" address="[email protected]" directions="Avenue al Maghreb al Arabi" phone="+212 662 372 159" url="www.moroccodunestours.com" hours="24/24" price="from 50$" lat="" long="">Morocco Dunes Tours is private travel stories under agency in Morocco.([email protected]). Morocco Dunes Tours offers a variety of 4x4 Circuits to the full moon Sahara Desert. A variety of Sahara Desert Tours are offered ranging from camel trekking, hiking, to off road discovery in Merzouga, M'hamid, Zagora and Erg Chegaga. Sahara Tours offered are for short and long durations ranging from 2 Days to 20 Days. All drivers are expert licensed tourism guides and speak fluent English, Arabic, Berber, Spanish and French. 5% of all proceeds are donated to Project Feed Morocco, a charity that assists families in Berber villages and in the dunes!nomad families in desert sahara.</do> 
==Buy==
==Drink==
Bottled water is cheap (10Dh5Dh) and widely available.
==Sleep==
Plenty of hotels of all ranges around town. Ask a cabby to bring you to one, but realize he'll pocket commission for bringing you there.
*<sleep name="La Gazelle" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="156Dhm double room with hot shower" lat="" long="" email="">Clean, cheap hotel, safe parking in the courtyard, ATM just next door, bakery across the road.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Zaghro Hotel" alt="" address="1.5 km sur la route de zagora, tabounte Ouarzazate, Ouarzazate, Morocco" directions="From the airport or bus station you have to take a taxi (50 MAD/€5 during daytime or 100 MAD/€10 at night. At anytime you can have the hotel car to bring you to the hotel just call" phone="+212 524 85 41 355248 54135" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="€7 to €20 per person with breakfast included" lat="30.909775" long="-6.907528" email="[email protected]">It is located a bit far from the village but is neat and clean, has a restaurant and a pool to enjoy after some time in the desert.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Hotel la Vallée" alt="Hotel Ouarzazate" address="Km 1 route de Zagora, Taboute Ouarzazate Morocco" directions="Located in Ouarzazate Tabounte district on the way to Zagora" phone="+212.24.85.40.342485 4034" url="http://www.hotellavalleemaroc.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="20 Euros to 30 Euros per person with breakfast and Dinner included" lat="" long="">Offers accommodation, restaurant service, swimming pool, Moroccan caidal tent party lounge, tours and organized excursions in Morocco and 4wd / ATV adventure activities. Rooms decorated in traditional Moroccan style.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Hotel Royale" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">right in the centre, has ugly rooms (160 dh triple). It can get very cold in winter, and the street facing rooms are very noisy.
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*<sleep name="Hotel Amlal" alt="Hotel Ouarzazate" address="Rue du Marché Nº24-25 Centre Ville" directions="Located on the town center, right in fron of the big Somalian mosque" phone="+212.672.730.5856727 30585" url="http://www.hotelamlal.com/" checkin="11pm" checkout="12pm" price="1 person = 200 dirhams / 20 euros. 2 persons = 250 dirhams / 25 euros. 3 persons = 300 dirhams." lat="" long="">Simple and clean hotel located right on the town center. This is a nice cheap option and great quality price / facilities. All rooms have private bathrooms and tv. Breakfast served on downstairs restaurant.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Dar Rita" alt="Riad Ouarzazate" address="Rue de la Mosquée 39" directions="Located inside Tassoumate old district on the entrance of Ouarzazate coming from Marrakech" phone="+212.672.730.5856727 30585" url="http://www.darrita.com/" checkin="11pm" checkout="12pm" price="Double room + breakfast + diner = 70 Euros" lat="" long="">New riad in Ouarzazate located on the typical district of Tassoumate near the river bank and palm trees. 7 Rooms with private bathroom, terrace tend, all amenities.</sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Hotel el Salam" alt="" address="Mohamed Ave" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="70" lat="DH" long="">Hotel el Salam. 70 DH for single room with hot shower inside. Not bad for budget people, however cold in the night.</sleep>
====Nearby====
Dar Ahlam is a spectacular 10-room hotel in Skoura, about 40 km from Ouarzazate. It is expensive, but distinctive in every element: architecture, style, service, and food. Possibly the best hotel in Morocco. Ask to stay in one of the villas.
* <sleep name="I Roccha" alt="Irocha" address="Tiseldey/Tisselday" phone="" email="" fax="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" url="http://www.iroccha.com">Extremely friendly hosts and international mix of travellers. Quiet and relaxing place overseeing a valley in a small village of Tisselday. For New Year holidays, normally confirms booking only for those who visited previously (and hosts liked them).</sleep>
* <sleep name="Riad Ksar Ighnda" alt="Ksar Ighnda" address="Douar Asfalou - Amerzane" directions="" phone="00 +212 (0)5 24 88 76 445248 87644" url="http://www.ksar.ighnda.net" checkin="" checkout="" price="~100-240€" lat="31.066150154853492" long="-7.143001556396484" email="[email protected]" fax="00 +212 (0)5 24 88 76 445248 87644">On the edge of the desert, the Riad Ksar Ighnda opens its doors for you onto the Atlas Mountains. In an authentic yet modern setting, our hotel blends in with the environment. Our guests do not arrive at KSAR IGHNDA by chance but they long to return here.</sleep>
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