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The Great Oasis Valleys Travel Guide

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Hikes, treks, and even camel safaris can be the highlight of any trip through the southern oases, dunes, or gorges. The main roads through the region are all paved, making most places accessible in a rental car or in a taxi. For venturing across country between the two gorges—or into the desert on any road marked as a piste (an unpaved backcountry road)—then a 4x4 will be necessary. In both the Dadès and Todra gorges it is well worth giving yourself time to hike in the area and employ the services of a local guide who will take you on tracks giving you much more spectacular perspectives on the canyons and local life. North of Msemrir, a trekker with a fly rod in his backpack might even find a trout or two. Serious trekking adventures through the M'Goun Massif (above the Dadès Valley) or around Djebel Sarhro, south of Tinerhir, are by far the best way to see this largely untouched Moroccan backcountry. For exploring the desert either at Merzouga or M'Hamid it is best to travel by camel, or if budget allows by 4x4. Wonderful multiday camel treks can take you through the lower reaches of the Draâ Valley oasis and into the dunes.

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