Ouzoud Waterfalls | The great waterfalls of Azzilal, Morocco
Ouzoud waterfalls are located in the mountains of the High Atlas, near the city of Azilal, 120 kilometers from Béni Mellal, and 159 kilometers from Marrakech. It is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Morocco, attracting many tourists throughout the year.
While you are there, make sure to start your journey at the top of the waterfalls, where you can look across the edge, then follow the path down to watch the powerful waterfalls, as the scenery is refreshing and amazing.
Considered the most beautiful and the highest waterfalls in Morocco, the Ouzoud Waterfalls - which means cascade of olive trees in Berber - are waterfalls 110 meters high on the river - "oued" in Berber - Ouzoud, breaking on three landings in a valley of red sandstone, in the middle of lush vegetation.
It is a preserved natural site registered on the list of the world heritage of UNESCO, at the same time very touristy and wild, where one can bathe, camp, stroll, hike, enjoy the wonders of nature in amid donkeys, olive trees, almond trees, fig trees, and a flagship animation of the site: a community of Berber macaques living in freedom.
Ouzoud Falls | The Most Impressive Falls in Morocco
Large waterfalls from the top of which flow the waters of the Ouzoud, bouncing on three levels and projecting fine droplets into the air, the Ouzoud Waterfalls are regularly haloed by a rainbow due to the refraction of the sun's rays in the water drops. The waterfalls reveal themselves to the public in a calm, natural and protected environment, nestled in a green valley, whose red sandstone rocks contrast between the green of the abundant vegetation, and the deep blue of the Moroccan sky.
Visiting the Ouzoud Waterfalls allows you to see one of the most remarkable natural attractions in the Moroccan Atlas. The flow of the river, of course, varies with the seasons. But what is certain is that visiting the Ouzoud Waterfalls guarantees you, every season, a festival of colors.
A day trip to the Ouzoud Waterfalls allows you to escape the scorching heat of Marrakech in summer. It is cooler there but it is also a very popular site: we recommend going there early in the morning.
Usually, rainbows appear between mid to late afternoon, making the waterfalls even more remarkable and provide photographers with a golden opportunity to take amazing photos.
What to see and do at the Ouzoud Waterfalls?
Water gushing from the top of a cliff, and crashing 110 meters below: and no, we are not at the Igazu falls in Argentina / Brazil, but indeed in Morocco. The Ouzoud Waterfalls allow you to admire a succession of panoramas of the waterfall among olive trees, and crossing some Berber monkeys and macaques. From Marrakech, it takes around 3 or 4 hours to travel through many side roads. The journey is rather long but it nevertheless allows you to see the Moroccan countryside with its ocher lands, olive and almond trees. A guide can take charge of the visit on arrival for a few dirhams.
Visitors can eat at one of the many establishments surrounding the site. The descent to the foot of the waterfalls is by a path that can seem steep in places - if you are not used to walking -, dotted with olive trees.
Below, the river allows you to swim and have a picnic. But obviously, the closer you get to the bottom of the falls, the more the noise promises to be deafening. You will surely be offered a boat trip to cross the other bank of the wadi, the locals taking advantage of the tourist spots to earn some money! A wooden bridge makes it possible to cross the dry river, to go hiking and to dive into nature.
Unlike many well-visited places in Morocco, the waterfalls are pleasantly uncommercialized. There are several small stalls selling freshly squeezed orange juice and Berber tents set up in the countryside offering local dishes.
How to go to Ouzoud Waterfalls?
To visit the Ouzoud Waterfalls from Marrakech, you can take a bus to the city of Azilal from the Bab Doukkala bus station in Marrakech. The journey takes around 4 hours. A collective taxi can reach the waterfalls in around 35 minutes.
It is also possible to rent a car from Marrakech to go there independently, but it should be noted that driving in Morocco, especially in big cities, is not easy. Traffic in Morocco would pass motorists in Sicily for relaxed and civic drivers!
Consider taking good walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, a camera, and a swimsuit.