Jbel Sirwa, Anti-Atlas Volcano
Connected between the Anti-Atlas and the High Atlas, south of Mount Toubkal, jbel Sirwa is a high and vast volcano culminating at 3 305 meters.
This ancient stratovolcano, structure made of accumulation of lava flows, is a very ancient formation. These various seismological variations offer us desolate contrasts of black lava which remind us the austere and lunar landscapes of the Sagho chain, ending near the great Tafilalet’s palm grove with the last buttresses of the Jbel Ougnat.
Although its high altitude has a few snowfalls, its precipitation remains low, with an annual average of 400 mm, concentrated mainly on its summits.
Travelers wishing to discover a often forgotten south of Morocco, away from the mass tourism properly framed, will find themselves there widely during the discoveries that they will make within this Berber people often nomadic, living of their flocks, ovine barley, durum wheat and fruit trees for the most sedentary.
People which has kept a tradition of life punctuated by the seasons, respect for the environment and the host. A rich and authentic life in wonderful landscapes where the welcome of the visitor is always synonymous with warm sharing, rich in mutual recognition.
The Sirwa Trails
Numerous mule tracks and trails pass through it, allowing, in convoys or in suitable vehicles, to offer astonishing glimpses of kasbahs, villages with traditionnal houses.
For those motorized intrepid preferring tracks wirh rare circulation, the Sirwa massif offers a not insignificant sample. These routes often traverse landscapes bordered by basalt peaks allowing for the initiates the practice of climbing in certain places.
From Aoulouz, on the N10 road, one of these itineraries leads northwards to the village of Askaoun at about sixty kilometers. This small “douar” can also be reached from Taliouine, the saffron’s capital.
From Askaoun, 2 directions are proposed. One heading northwards, passing slightly east of the mythical Toubkal, and reaches the village of Agouim, bordered by the Imini River, down to the Tizi-n-Tichka.
The second one goes east, crossing, through magnificent sites, the Tizi-n-Melloul (2506m) to finish its race in Anezal, a small village located between Tazenakht in the south and Amerzgane, near the ksar of Aït Benhaddou northwest of Ouarzazate.
In the vicinity of Askaouin it should be noted that mines of silver, gold, cobalt are still exploited.
Taliouine, The Moroccan Capital of Saffron
From Taliouine many possibilities of excursions are offered, more or less long according to the cravings of explorations and availabilities. They can be practiced by walk, in a mule convoy or in motorized vehicles, while the last option use to disrupt the silence of this charming place.
One of these crosses the beautiful and too little known valley of Zagmouzenene with its small authentic villages, often dominated by collective granaries which also served during the tribal wars, inseparable from the Berber tradition. This small palm grove can also be a refreshing and verdant halt between its fertile gardens and its kasbahs before continuing its journey.
Then several tracks emerge, allowing to discover the kasbahs of Annamer. This itinerary in the north of the Jbel Aoulikt allows to learn and to know the traditional life of these isolated villages, from Akhfamane to Tamgout. And from Tamgout it continues north along the Wamrane river until Atougha and its kasbahs to finish its Race down to the Sirwa.
The southern choice starts in the village of Timinicene, temporarily bordered by the river Tisgui and then extends through Tabia to Ihourkan.
Then it passes along the Aït Toubial river, crossing the typical villages of Tagouyant and Tizgui to finish its course along the foothills of Mount Sirwa surrounded by the peaks of Guilliz and Tizfeldat.