BookingPlenty of stalls in the Medina, hostels and hotels offer the opportunity to book excursions from Marrakech. However, we decided to book in advance through IGoMorrocco which I would highly recommend! The total cost of the tour through IGoMorocco is 25 euros per person (which is cheaper than I saw advertised on stalls in the Medina) and they take a small deposit at the time of booking. 25 euros for an entire day trip to Ouzoud Falls is an absolute steal and completely worth the money.
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Arrival at Ouzoud FallsAfter 2.5 hours driving, we arrived at a Berber Village and were handed over to a local Berber guide who would be showing us around for the day. We paid around 2 euros per person for the guide's services and while this isn't included in the cost of the entire day trip, I never begrudge providing local businesses and people with extra cash when they provide such an excellent service. Our guide was funny and informative and kept us entertained for the duration of the day. We were first taken to see the edge of the falls to see the thundering water beating down below us - while impressive, we knew this wouldn't be the best view of the falls and were excited for the rest of the day. After a steep downward hike with impressive views of Ouzoud Falls (side note: be sure to wear proper shoes for this tour - while one girl did complete the hike in flip flops, it didn't look particularly comfortable!), we stopped at a little stall for fresh orange juice and (of course) incredible views of the falls. After a quick break from the relentless heat, we were back on our feet again and tackling a potentially steeper cliff side decent before reaching the base of the falls!
Journey Behind The FallsWe were quickly split into smaller groups to enjoy a boat ride around the falls themselves - be warned, you will get a bit wet - but even in March, the spray from the falls was a welcome treat from the heat. The journey cost around an extra £2 and is completely optional but I would definitely recommend it - it may have even been the highlight of the day (other than the outstanding beauty of the area in general). We were one of the first boats to enjoy the trip, so we got plenty of time after wards to take pictures while waiting for the rest of our group.
LunchAfter lots of walking, we had definitely worked up an appetite for lunch! The restaurant was on the cliff side with an incredible view. There were a few options to choose from on the set menu including tagines and chicken skewers. After the main course, we were provided with piles of fruit for each table - so much that we ended taking some away with us for the bus journey back to Marrakech! 5 months after my trip and I'm still upset that oranges in the UK don't taste half as good as oranges in Morrocco!
Monkeys!After lunch, we took a much less strenuous walk on the other side of the falls back up to the top where we would meet our minibus. This walk takes you through a tree-covered area and cliff side filled with wild monkeys! The monkeys are very friendly and not phased by human presence - be careful, if you have any food on you, they will try and steal it! The whole group was left laughing when one jumped onto Callum's back causing him to scream (he would probably call it a "startled manly grunt", but we all know it was a scream). And with that, our amazing day trip was over and we were back in the bus and heading back to the bright lights of the city.
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