Aït Mansour Gorges

South of Tafraout: the gorges of Aït Mansour

The Gorges of Aït Mansour stretch languorously inside the western slopes of the Anti-Atlas about thirty kilometres southeast of Tafraout, capital of the Ammeln valley. This small town with its particular charm is famous, among other things, for the craft manufacture of its slippers.

Sinuing between the dry and rocky mountains of the gorges, offering extraordinary views, the road first passes through the picturesque village of Tlata Tasrirte. Then, it is possible to make a large loop of about fifty kilometers, including the gorges of Aït el Mansour by joining the palm grove of Affelah Inrir by the south and going up towards its northern end to the locality of Timkyet.

The first village is designated as Aït Mansour. From there, starts a long narrow oasis where water flows serenely and abundantly. Bordered with massifs, whose colors vary from ochre to pink, interspersed with layers of gray tones.

The generosity of the water makes this oasis always green, the driest or most remote places being irrigated by a subtle network of irrigation canals.

Colours enriched at the end of winter by the white flowering of abundant almond trees in this succession of small palm groves and typical villages. Green smells reinforced by the numerous date and olive trees offering us in all their colourful and mountainous contrasts.

The villages

Several villages, all as picturesque as they are particular, follow one another: Tiaouidou, Tyzerkine, Taghouat, Agueid Imlain. The most astonishing being certainly that of Gdourt, old village in which the mud houses are welded to each other, thus giving more of an impression of unfortified ksar, the whole with mountainside, following the example of all these small villages which compose this oasis which they dominate of their heights.

The centre of Affellah Inrir can also be the starting point for the discovery of the many scattered sites that dot the region with rock carvings, notably on the Oukklas plateau. In the south of the valley, in Talate-NIssi, we can still see what probably remains of the French protectorate. Ruins of buildings, stables, dwellings, old cemeteries, last vestiges of a bygone past.

Far from the beaten tracks of mass tourism, the relative isolation of this mountain oasis gives it a small preserved paradise allowing Berber life and culture to continue to flourish and to spend a stay worth more than a small escapade.

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Maison d’Hôtes Afoulki

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Tafraout – From 21 €

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