Thu 7 Jul 2022 Kara Aziz

Journey to Agafay


Just an hour drive away from Marrakech, Agafay is a rocky desert that has captured the imagination of people all over the world. Here, you can go horse-riding, dune-gazing and even canoeing. Despite its rough and austere conditions, Agafay has become a haven of peace and tranquillity; a place to experience the sublime.

Here’s what you need to know before venturing out to the desert.

Getting to Agafay

The best way to get to Agafay is by car. You can rent a car or hire a private transfer. If you have the time, we recommend stopping by Lake Takerkoust, a popular destination for swimming and boating. You can also take a longer route through Asni, a small town with views overlooking Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa. 

Desert Climate 

Agafay’s climate is known as a local steppe climate. As you can expect, there’s little rainfall throughout the year. The warmest month is August, with an average of 28ºC and the highest temperature of 37ºC. In January, it can get as low as 4ºC at night, so be sure to bring heavy coats if you plan on spending a night.

Experience Berber Culture

One of our favourite things to do in Agafay is to explore the traditional Berber villages. The food in particular is a great way to learn about their culture — try a home-cooked Berber tagine and local mint tea.

Staying in Agafay

Agafay offers plenty of desert camps for you to stay at. We recommend the Halim Campsite & Lagoon, just 40 minutes away from Marrakech.

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