Imouzzer waterfalls: spectacle and freshness
60 km northeast of Agadir, the Imouzzer Waterfalls enjoy a strong reputation in Morocco. Gushing water is indeed very rare in the south of the Kingdom. Born from springs appearing just above, these Waterfalls are very popular for their freshness and the spectacle they constitute, especially in spring.
From May-June, however, the flow of the most abundant waterfall begins to dry up. The show is only seasonal!
At half past one
We are here in the heart of Berber country. Imouzzer also means "waterfall" in the language of the Imazighen (free men). We get there from Agadir along the ocean in the direction of Essaouira, to Aourir, whose crossing, which was somewhat bumpy, has become very smooth. However, as shown on the Google Maps below, it can be accessed more directly from the Star Garden, via Amskroud, in around 1 hour 30 minutes.
When you arrive at the Cascades car park, at an altitude of 1,100 meters, you will be greeted by local guides. It is their only activity, the region being far from Agadir. These Berbers will be happy to accompany you for a few dozen dirhams. We can of course also refuse this service (clearly, but kindly). On the way back, there is a charge for parking.
Garbage that makes ugly
The Cascades are located a five-minute walk away, which is best done through the small forest overlooking the car park, if you are looking for shade. There are comments on the Internet in German that deplore the litter that makes the surroundings ugly. This information corresponds to reality. But they probably emanate from people who left the luxury haven of their hotel for the first time ... Imouzzer unfortunately reflects a deplorable situation that we too often encounter in Morocco, despite the efforts of the protectors. of the environment.
The Cascades themselves are clean, according to the observations we were able to make on site. They are made up of two different groups of falls. The left group has polished stone over the millennia and is drying up the fastest. The flow of the second is the most abundant and does not decrease until May or June, depending on the year. A third waterfall, which receives water from the first two, is formed below.
Small pools allow those who want to have fun there. Others prefer to contemplate the spectacle offered by nature on the rocks surrounding the falls.
Three successive visits possible
If one chooses to access the Cascades by Aourir, the palm groves succeed the mountainous folds rich in argan trees, acacias, holm oaks, junipers, lavender, doum palm trees and medicinal plants. We then go along the Valley of Paradise, which still lives on the memory of Jimi Hendrix and the hippie period of the 60s and 70s . The Vallée du Paradis is an excursion destination in itself, which may or may not be combined with the Imouzzer waterfalls, then with the natural swimming pool of Win-Tindouine.
We recommend that you take these three visits one after the other, as part of a busy day, which should be started early by leaving your rented riad in the early morning. The most practical and flexible option is to use your own vehicles. You can also fall back on a package from a tour operator like Sahara Tour, departing from Agadir. However, the information published on this site allows you to fend for yourself.
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In 1 hour and a half from the Jardin aux Etoiles, by taking one of the two direct paths
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Noon at the Hotel des Cascades and afternoon in Win-Timdouine
The best way to organize your day from your rental riad by including the Cascades d'Imouzzer is to plan the lunch at the Hotel des Cascades, then return to the Jardin aux Etoiles via Amskroud, adding in addition the discovery of the delicious natural swimming pool of Win-Timdouine .
From the Cascades, the village of Imouzzer is accessible by a road built in 1930 which leads approximately 200 meters above the basins. Until then, this small town was completely isolated from the world. Contrary to more than exaggerated claims, this rather dilapidated village is far from being beautiful. However, it is famous for its Thursday market. You reach the Hôtel des Cascades by driving to the eastern end of the village.
The Hotel des Cascades stands out for its luxuriant vegetation provided by a beneficial source, as well as for its location. The large and shaded terrace dominates the whole country and offers a breathtaking panoramic view. Honest cuisine, nothing more. Friendly service.
If we then take the direction of Amskroud, the landscape and vegetation continue to be magnificent. At the end of the descent which leads to a first plain, take the road to Win-Timdouine. In about 20 minutes, we arrive at this unique site, the description of which can be read on the page that we devote to it . Return to the Jardin aux Etoiles in an hour. Your day will have been rich in images of the nature of the Atlas and as exotic as possible!
The land where honey flows ...
The region of Imouzzer, also called Imouzzer Ida Outanane, is a beekeeping country par excellence. It produces honey considered to be the best in Morocco. Its thyme taste comes from an exceptional mountain honey flora. There is also orange tree honey as well as, in the very tonic range, that of the palm tree.
Annual production is estimated at around 120 tonnes. This typical local product plays an important role in the local economy. On the way to Aourir in Imouzzer, several stalls, generally linked to a café restaurant, are just waiting for your visit.
At the beginning of July, the Honey Festival takes place every year at Imouzzer , a friendly meeting between the local population and tourists, intended to demonstrate the potential of the region, to sell this product and finally to educate visitors about the preservation of apiaries and the environment. in general.
For its part, the Inzerki apiary has the reputation of being the largest collective apiary in the world . It can be reached in almost an hour and 40 minutes from Imouzzer . We recommend devoting a whole day to it, starting from the Jardin aux Etoiles.
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