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Morning drive into the beautiful Anti-Atlas mountains

Since my Tafraout recce trip I have been pretty busy getting things ready for this winter season, but I did want finish the mini blog series by passing on the basic logistical things you need for your trip! Most of the information that follows was taken from the new Tafraout guidebooks or from personal experience.

 

Airports

The closest airports to Tafraout are the Agadir and Marrakech Airports – once you’re there you won’t have too much in-country travel! Tafraout is roughly five hours form Marrakech and two and a half hours from Agadir. So it is worth considering Agadir first if there isn’t too much of a price difference in flights…. what you might save on your flight to Marrakech you might spend in petrol or coach costs on arrival and, of course, you’ll also save yourself some time.

 

Flights

Top tip: have a good look at all your flight options! Easyjet, Ryan Air and British Airways are a few of the airlines that fly into either Marrakech or Agadir. Another thing to consider is the checked baggage. If you book well in advance on British Airways sometimes it works out cheaper or not much more and you get 23kg instead of 20kg checked baggage! They also give you two carry-on bags, so you can get your laptop and potentially all your clothes into your carry-on baggage: more room for your climbing rack in the hold luggage J Flights vary a bit pricewise but you can get flights as cheap as £150 return!

 

Hire Cars

You can get hire cars in both Agadir and Marrakech. It will cost you roughly £150 to £200 for a week.  Book in advance and check the opening times of the hire company to make sure your arrival and departure flights will allow you to pick up and drop off your hire car!

 

Accommodation  

This depends on which side of the Anti-Atlas you are going to be climbing on! Top Tip: I would get your hands on the two-volume guidebook and plan where you want to stay based on where you want to climb (and of course your budget!).

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Kasbah Tizourgane… pretty atmospheric place!

 

North Side – Not much on this side of the range:

 

South Side – There are a plethora of places to stay:

 

Food & Drink

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Proper coffee… ahhh!

There are loads of choices of places to eat – here are a few recommendations:

  • Coffee! If your like me and want real coffee then I would recommend Restaurant/Hotel Tanger. I got a proper Americano… a big glass (not a little espresso shot) and the food was great and inexpensive! It is located in the centre of town.
  • Restaurant La Kasbah is a great place if you have a bit of extra money to spend on food, and beer and wine is available.
  • Hotel Les Amandiers is another place if you are looking for a cold beer and they also have a restaurant.

 

Supplies

There are loads of little shops called “hanouts” were you can purchase snacks, water, fizzy drinks, etc.

 

Climbing gear

Gear shops don’t really exist in Morocco! So bring everything you need kit wise for your trip.

 

More Information

 

If you are interested in guiding or instructions from a qualified MIA (Mountaineering Instructor) who lives in Morocco please contact us for our guiding prices at morocco@the-mountain-people.com

 

All the best you on your trad adventures in the Anti-Atlas/Tafraout!

 

Peace!

 

 

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1 Comment

One Response to Tafraout / Anti-Atlas – Basic Logistics

  1. Robert Landon says:
    27 November 2013 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    That’s a great guide! Thanks for making sun and great rock more accessible for those of us suffering a UK wet winter.

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