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Exploring Morocco's magnificent lakes, rivers and waterfalls

Updated: Apr 7, 2023

Morocco is one of the well-known nations that consistently makes the list of top destinations and attractions in the globe due to the variety of its landscapes, waterfalls, beaches, climate, and culture.

Visitors to the kingdom will have an unforgettable experience thanks to the place's rich natural beauty and varied sceneries.

Journey Morocco will sculpt a custom itinerary for you and show you off-the-beaten-path natural wonders that few people have visited. Here are a few ideas to get you started. If you're more interested in off-the-map excursions, please reach out to us. Part of the charm of Morocco's best hidden gems and secret places is in only revealing them to the brave of heart, who don't mind trekking through the wilderness to see some of world's most breathtaking landscapes.

Ouzoud Falls, Azilal Province, Morocco

One of the most well-known attractions in Morocco, the waterfalls of Ouzoud, offers exhilarating sightseeing and were awarded the Certificate of Excellence 2014 by the worldwide travel website TripAdvisor.

The Berber name for the falls, Ouzoud, which means "the process of grinding grains," is located in a charming tiny settlement. Visitors to the falls are treated to breathtaking sights and challenging, rewarding hikes.

Monkeys that enjoy the waters and the rare visitor live near one of Africa's tallest waterfalls.

The Ouzoud Falls are high in the Atlas Mountains after traveling through Berber communities and picturesque landscapes. The El-Abid River gorge is where these large waterfalls, roughly 100 miles northeast of Marrakech, are empty.

The Berber term for "the act of grinding grain" is where the name of the falls originates. A group of macaque monkeys who live there permanently can be seen and heard as visitors stroll around the falls. Near the bottom, there are rafts available for the daring hiker. The serenity of the flowing falls and nature's wonders can be experienced on a trip to the Ouzoud Falls.

Visits to the waterfall are free. At the bottom is a boat that costs £2 and a parking lot. Avoid directly handling the monkeys, and don't wear sunglasses near them because they might steal them.

Oum Rbia Waterfalls, Khénifra Province, Morocco

It is one of the streams that feed the Oum Rbia River, one of the largest rivers in the kingdom, and is situated in the central Atlas Mountains in the Khénifra Province. One of Morocco's most breathtaking waterfalls is the Oum Rbia Cascade.

The origin of the Oum er-Rbia River, Morocco's second-largest river, is claimed to be fed by 40 springs in Oum er-Rbia.

At Azemmour, this river eventually traveled more than 600 kilometers to the Atlantic Ocean.

The main river in central Morocco, Oum el-Rbia River (Arabic: "Mother of Spring"), rises in the Middle Atlas (Moyen Atlas) mountains and flows primarily west for 345 miles (555 km) to the Atlantic Ocean close to Azemmour. Afourer, Kasba Zidania, Im Fout, Daourat, Sidi Saad Maachou, and Bine el-Ouidane are some of the dams on the river, which is a perennially torrential river despite not being navigable (on El-Abid River). The primary tributaries are the Tessaout and El-Abid, which join the Oum el-Rbia from the south. Citrus fruits, wheat, grapes, cotton, and flax are some agricultural goods farmed in the river's basin.

The Oum el-Rbia River, or "Mother of Spring" in Arabic, is the principal river in central Morocco. It rises in the Middle Atlas (Moyen Atlas) mountains and flows primarily west for 345 miles (555 km) until it reaches the Atlantic Ocean close to Azemmour.

Several dams on the river, including Afourer, Kasba Zidania, Im Fout, Daourat, Sidi Saad Maachou, and Bine el-Ouidane, serve as irrigation and hydroelectric power sources despite the river's impassability (on El-Abid River). The Tessaout and El-Abid are the principal tributaries, joining the Oum el-Rbia from the south. Citrus fruits, wheat, grapes, cotton, and flax are some agricultural items farmed in the river basin.

Paradise Valley Waterfalls, Agadir, Morocco

There is a small rest stop on the Imouzzer Ida Outanane, 56 km from Agadir. This is where the adventure to Paradise Valley begins. Mountains, forests, and rivers surround this beautiful place. It is composed of three significant waterfalls with immense natural turquoise swimming pools.

The Paradise Valley, one of Morocco's most picturesque locations, is situated in the High Atlas Mountains at an elevation of 1600 meters, some 20 kilometers north of Agadir. The lushness of palm palms and orchards conceals a vast and deep valley. The river that runs through Paradise Valley is a high-water river that rises in the mountains.

The Paradise Valley is also known as the "honey road" because many different kinds of honey are produced here, including lavender, orange, lemon, and cactus honey, all of which have distinct flavors and beneficial health properties.

There is a waterfall next to the valley. The waterfall's color is unusually white as it cascades down the rock. Olive trees can be seen around the lake's edges, where the waterfall empties. Imouzzer is a settlement located in the center of paradise valley. It will appeal to everyone who likes nature and tranquility because it is situated in a palm grove.

Every Thursday, a bazaar opens in the village of Imouzzer where honey, a local delicacy, is sold. A five-day honey fair is held in late July or early August (mousse).

The Berber people once lived in these areas and farmed in terraces on the mountain slopes. Hippies who wanted to experience seclusion and pristine nature in the 1970s chose the Paradise Valley area.

The name of this miraculous location is the subject of various legends. Although Jimi Hendrix is said to have given the Paradise Valley its name in the 1960s, there is another tale: A ill woman and her husband are claimed to have relocated to the Paradise Valley in the 1960s in the hopes of a speedy recovery. The woman's recovery was so unexpectedly quick that the valley has been named after her ever since.

Long treks away from the Moroccan waves are ideal in the Paradise Valley. It passes past countless bushes, shrubs, and palm trees. A little river with brilliant turquoise blue water enters the valley and empties into a bathing spot with beautiful waterfalls that beckon cliff jumpers and those looking to cool down. Here, the air is warmed by the sun and fragrant with blossoming trees. Such silence allows you to hear the sound of rushing water, the chirping of birds, the buzzing of bees, and the soft rustling of leaves. You can also feel the river's chill and the trees' shade, which provide a life-giving cooling during an oppressive heat wave.

Akchour Waterfalls, Chefchaouen, Morocco

The waterfall of Akchour, a miniature heaven on earth found in the Talembote Valley, 30 kilometers from Chefchaouen, is a stunning example of unspoiled natural beauty.

Since creating Talassemtane's natural park, Akchour has become a more popular tourist destination.

The Akchour waterfall cascades over angular, smooth rocks and empties into a blue pool. The vista is spectacular, especially when paired with freshly squeezed juice or a cup of tea from one of the vendors who travel here every morning for two hours.

The path is mainly level and simple to follow. Turn left at the dam, then follow the heavily traveled trail up the hill. After 45 minutes, you'll pass a lesser waterfall. Every 10 to 15 minutes, tajin and beverage stands are positioned along the route.

The natural splendor of The God's Bridge will astound curious visitors who enjoy strenuous hiking not too far from ChefchaouenHE, Morocco's "Blue Pearl" This unusual rock structure joins the extremes of two mountains that initially have a clay-like appearance.

Visitors can view it from below, where the clear waters of a waterfall mix to create a stunning spring that runs a few kilometers through rock formations, rather than walk across it as it is not a bridge.

People in Chefchaouen talk about the bridge with a mixture of awe, pride, and the joy of having a location so close that incorporates nature and a sense of divinity. However, it is unknown who gave the creation its name or when it was first discovered.

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