Few know what wonders lies within the spectacular country of Morocco, over the past 600 million years mother nature created magnificent geographical diversity, from the snowy High Atlas Mountains to the amazing dunes of Sahara. You will encounter an infinite variety of landscapes amazing golden beaches, luscious green forests, deep canyons, marvelous waterfalls, snowy mountains and the world’s largest desert with specular oasis and dunes, every place has its own charms and a unique flora. Morocco’s natural treasures highlights its cultural riches, here every taste is naturally catered for! Here a list of some of the natural and wonders of Morocco.
Moroccan Grand Canyon – Todra Gorge
Located on the eastern part of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco, Todra Gorge is recognized as one of the world’s most spectacular canyons and indeed one of the wonders of Morocco.
The Todra and the river Dades Rivers have carved out impressive cliff-sided canyons 40 kilometres through the mountains. The last 600 metres of the Todra Gorge are the most spectacular with its gigantic rock walls, in places it measures 10m across and the cliffs are more than 160m tall on either side. The river Tondra have since then dried up leaving us to imagine the powerful natural forces that once carved this canyon.
Todra Gorge is a popular destination among rock climbers, more than 150 rated French Grade 5+ to 8 can be found in the canyon.
The largest Oasis in the world – Talfilalt
The historic regeion of Talfialt is located in Souteastern Morocco and is the last oasis before the great desert Sahara originates with its immense dunes of sands. The oasis is located ten days journey south of Fez across the Atlas Mountains and was founded by Berbers in 757 as a stop on the Saharan caravan route from Niger and Sudan to Tangier.
Talfialt is considered one of the largest oases in the world and are famous for large and luscious dates, the palm grows stretches 50km with about 800.000 dates trees.
The Oasis is under protection of the Biosphere Reserve Program of UNESCO
The dunes of Sahara – Erg Chebbi
Erg Chebbi dunes are formed by wind-blown sand and are famous for their great hight and size, they can reach a height up of 150 meters and extents an area of 22 km from north to south and up to 5-10km from east to west. Erg Chebbi features stunning unique orange colored sand and are considered to be the largest dune in Morocco. It is not only popular amongst tourist but also frequently featured in Hollywood movies. Indeed one of the wonders of Morocco
The luscious greenery of Talaseemtane
Located northeastern Morocco, Talaseemtane national park covers an area of 58,950 hectares (589km2) and is a unique terrain individualized by its biodiversity and landscapes. It is characterized with its rocky Rif Mountains terrain and offers a natural landscape of great heritage significance across the Mediterranean.
The national parks ecosystem host a unique variety of Moroccan Pine as well as more than 239 plant species, many of which are endangered such as the black pine and the Atlas cedar.
The park hosts over 37 species of mammals the most famous ones are the monkey and baboon Otter and over 117 species of bird can be found in the area, rare species as the golden eagle and the bearded vulture inhabits this region.
Talaseemtane contains deep valleys, canyons and caves; one of the most famous cliff formations is “God’s Bridge” an extraordinary 25 meter high rock arc.
The Red Beach – Legzira beach
One of Morocco’s most breathtaking beaches are located between Sidi Ifni and Mirlet and are known as the red beach. Legzira Beach is not only one of the most unique beaches in Morocco but is acknowledged as one of the most astounding beaches in the world. What sets Legzira beach apart is two majestic red stone arches, these spectacular arches are the result of years of erosion from wind and water creating giant holes in the cliff of magnificent picturesque appeal.
Like other Moroccan Atlantic beaches this 8km long stretch is windy and wavy which make it a heaven for surfers.
The spectacular waterfalls of Ouzoud
The Cascades d’Ouzud is the seventh highest waterfall of Africa with an impressive altitude of 110 meters through lush greenery, it is not only one the most famous waterfalls in Morocco but are one of the most spectacular falls in the world. The Ouzoud waterfalls are located in the Grand Atlas Mountain range near the village of Tangahmeilt about 150 km northeast of Marrakech. The waterfalls got its name Ouzoud from the Berber word “olives” due to the abundance of olive trees that grows near the falls.
The waterfalls of Ouzoud is without a doubt one of waterfalls that attracts the most tourism in Morocco, its showcases natures artistry were the river drops 110 meters in a complex network of waterfalls.
Snowy High Atlas Mountains – Oukaimeden
The scenery of the High Atlas Mountains is astonishing where fairy tale green valleys are to a contrast to the white snowy slops. Only 75km, about 1,5 hours’ drive from the subtropical Marrakech you will find Africa’s highest ski resort Oukaimeden. The village is situated at 2,600 meter and its chairlift is rising to the peak of Jebel Attar at 3258 meter above the sea level making it to the highest ski lift in North Africa. There is different ways to get to the top you can either choose chair lift or donkeys.
In summer Oukaimeden offers good trekking base towards the beautiful Toubkal valley, and you also can find precious prehistoric rock carving of the Atlas. You will not get an experience filled with snowy exotic flavors anywhere else then in Morocco.
The article was written by Lea Thifa after her adventure exploring Morocco.