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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 taxi; a 4x4 will be required for venturing across country between the two gorges or into the desert on any road marked as a piste (an unpaved backcountry road). In both the Dadès and Todra gorges it is well worth giving yourself time to hike; employ the services of a local guide who knows the area intimately and can provide more spectacular perspectives on the canyons and local life. The Todra Gorge is also prime territory for rock climbers, but it is advisable to bring your own gear. 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 Drâa Valley oasis and into the dunes.

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