Nkob, The Anti-Atlas village with the 45 kasbahs
The village with the “45 kasbahs” is located on the road connecting the Drâa valley and the Ziz valley. Nkob, takes its name from a cave called N’Akb which used to serve as a stage lodging for the nomads belonging to the great confederation of the Ait Atta tribes.
According to some choice of hiking in the djebel Saghro and the canyons of Jebel Amoum, it could be a point of departure or arrival.
The imposing, restored and maintained Kasbahs of Nkob give this village an undeniable charm, planted there in a lunar setting.
The oasis, plots of crops and many date palms, contributes to the quality of the place. Come to stroll there at dawn is an appreciable moment.
All around it is the “hamada”, relatively harsh rocky plain in summer, but impressive beauty and contrast. Nkob is also located on a territory comprising sites of rock carvings, marble extraction and fossils.
For organizing and information on the various hiking trails, the mountain guides office is located at the entrance of the town from Tazzarine.
In addition to the forty old adobe kasbahs in this oasis, one must visit the cave N’akb located on a hill near the village. Nkob takes its name from this cave serving as a stopover for nomads.
With a small landing strip for passenger and microlight aircraft, it is also possible to hike in the Sagho to practice paragliding, hang gliding and take off landscapes of Djbel Amoun.
Nkob, on the axis that connects the Drâa valley to the Tafilalet along the Djbel Sagho, serves as a stopover on this sometimes difficult route. The downtown is centered around the artery that runs through the city where you can find the post office, a pharmacy, a petrol station and a few cafe restaurants.
Rent a car and visit Nkob
There are no car rental companies in Nkob. The closest ones are in Ouarzazate and Zagora.
Coming by bus and taxis
To the west, the valley of the Drâa from where the taxis wait at the branch to the place of Tansikht.
To the east, towards the Tafilalet and the dunes of Merzouga, the road crosses the villages of Tazzarine and Alnif before joining the road that connects Erfoud with Rissani.
Alternating the direction a bus commutes. One day from Drâa to Tafilalet and the next day in the opposite direction.
Coming by plane
The nearest airport is Ouarzazate.
Coming from Paris, 3:10 flight, offers 4 direct flights per week. Tuesday: 14:10; Thursday and Saturday: 7.50 am; Sunday: 14:10.
From the main European and foreign capitals, a stopover in Casablanca or Marrakech is to be expected.
To reach Paris also 4 direct flights per week: Tuesday: 17h05; Thursday and Saturday: 11:10 am; Sunday: 16:25. A little more distant, the airports of Marrakech, Casablanca, Agadir, Fez … are better served and more economical.
N’kob and the 45 kasbahs. Beautiful shots of these majestic buildings dating for most of the early twentieth. A very interesting report where we learn how and why Nkob and his kasbah were built. History of a necessary and successful sedentarization in the jbel Saghro
Kasbahs, heritage of the south
The Al Qarra chanel, speaks to us in its magazine of these ancient kasbahs of the south of Morocco. The emphasis is on the abandonment and lack of maintenance of this rich and ancient Berber architectural heritage and their disappearance from the Moroccan landscape.
The new Moroccan Society of Valorisation of the kasbahs launches a program of restoration which will benefit Nkob. Instructive and splendid pictures of these beautiful buildings.
Travel in the Saghro
From the sidecar on a winding rocky trail, beautiful panoramic shots. Then, a mule hiking option between the plateaus and the Sagho peaks. Some nice photos later, a small palm grove and a douar. A big rocky peak, Bab n Ali. A trill of bird and small refreshing gorges. Beautiful Saghro ….