Below the gorges carved in the rock by Oued Ziz, this river broadens at Errachidia, giving birth to a vast plain with one of Morocco's largest palm groves.Alongside the socio-economic growth of Tafilalet, there are a variety of panoramic views, historic landmarks, cultural discoveries, and especially a significant farming potential.
All the wonders of Ziz Valley cannot be enjoyed in one day. It is best to plan a hike over many days in order to explore the beautiful Ksours hidden between palm groves, archaeological sites, and other tourist attractions.
While traveling on foot or on the back of a donkey, you will notice stunning contrasts between the greenery of exquisite gardens, and the rocky walls falling sharply along the gorges. Above all, you’ll meet the locals, who have lived there for centuries and have gained world recognition for their traditional friendliness and cultural richness!
National Route Number 13 is also a fantastic way to explore the valley. This road, connecting Midelt and Erfoud, runs for more than 200 kilometers along the Ziz River, providing breathtaking landscapes: mountains, limestone cliffs, green spots, monuments, gorges… all conveying the region’s history.
The landscapes take on a “Western movie” look in some places, evoking the Colorado Plateau and Arizona’s Grand Canyon.
Farming as a Development Driver
The Ziz Valley is a polyculture epitome. In addition to palm trees, the fields grow other crops, such as fruit trees, cumin, grains, alfalfa, and vegetables…
Since the implementation of several rehabilitation programs, interest in agriculture has increased, notably among the region’s youth. The goal is to assist in reviving the activities of their ancestors and reviving the land. Many local experts have returned to their roots, bringing modern technology and knowledge to enhance those gained in the past.
The growth of farming in the valley does not affect ecosystems or water resources. Irrigation efficiency and biosphere protection are the guiding principles in every project. In barely two decades, the valley’s look has changed due to collaborative efforts.
The Ziz river stems in the eastern High Atlas and flows through 280 kilometers, carving its way through calcareous rocks, and creating magnificent gorges, with a tenfold flow during floods.