Les Terrasses de l'Atlas,
c/o Luc TROMME, Douar Afensou, Commune Imoulas, Caïdat Tamaloukt (just ask for « Monsieur Luc » !)
N 30°42.876' / W 8°47.360'
You can get to Les Terrasses de l’Atlas using your own vehicle (of any kind). See the section on routes available below.
From Marrakesh or Agadir: if you don’t have your own transport, the following options are a possibility:
- Hire a car
- Take the bus
- Share a large public taxi
- Hire our services (4 by 4 with driver)
From Taroudant: if you don’t have your own transport, the following options are available:
- Call on our services (4 by 4 with driver)
- Hire a car from one of the many car rental agencies in the centre of Taroudant
- Pick up a local taxi at the taxi rank/bus station in Taroudant or the Bab El Khmis Gate. If you want to set off immediately, you will need to hire the taxi without sharing with others.
- Hitch a lift from a truck at the Bab El Khmis Gate (you will most likely have to travel in the rear, or you may get to travel in the cab, though this would be unusual). Be careful here as there are no set departure times.
From Taroudant, on the Agadir-Ouarzazarte road, go along the town ramparts, then at the main oval roundabout on a level with the main gate with a double arch in the city walls near the Palais Salam Hotel, take the road in front of the Hotel.
Follow the road along the ramparts as far as the cemetery on a level with the Bab El Khmis Gate, to a roundabout with palm trees (0km). Then continue to the right towards the north and the high mountains, passing under a bridge and then go past the new Sunday souk and the water tower.
After 1.7km: roundabout with a swimming pool on the left and la polyfaculté (college) on the right. Continue straight ahead along a wide road.
After 1.9km: sign: “Tamaloukte 13kms”.
After 15km: crossroads at Tamaloukte (N 30⁰36.497/W 08⁰50.384). Here, the tarmac road divides into two.
Shorter Option – the so-named “Dam Route” (around 35kms from Taroudant, all on paved roads)
At the crossroads, follow the direction “Afensou 18km” (the name of our village!) After 1000m, ignore the road climbing up on the left towards the new dam and continue straight ahead into the centre of the village of Tamaloukte (renamed Aït Taleb).
On leaving the village, turn right and follow the paved road, which crosses the wadi (17km) downhill. You will go through another village and start climbing up a road with some sharp bends. You should also beware of blind bends, from which can emerge lorries and motorcyclists with dodgy brakes …
Go along the dam site which will be on your left below and you will then reach the start of a green valley dotted with Berber villages, olive groves and palm trees.
After about 20kms from Taroudant, you will go through a U-shaped cleft in the mountainside (30.5km) and then go round a hanging village on a rocky outcrop above the Gorge of Tamdousnous. Stay on the main road, heading towards the top of the valley and the higher mountains.
At the end of a beautiful drive of about 35km from Taroudant, just a few kms after the U-shaped cleft and the hanging village, you will reach the village of Afensou (sign saying “Afensou”). To get your bearings, you should be able to see our house on the left, halfway up the hill opposite, with its dazzling white walls, blue doors and windows, and traditional wooden galleries. On the right, there should be two quite new, modern houses, painted red and yellow. Then, at N 30⁰42.870/W08⁰47.275 precisely – 34km, (on your right will be a big yellow house followed by another red one), you will find a track going down to the left (signposted in blue “Les Terrasses de l’Atlas”).
Cross the bridge over the wadi and leave your vehicle under the olive trees or at the bottom of our 4 by 4 access road a bit higher up, to the right of the crossroads following the little bridge. You will now have reached your destination!
Longer option – the “Tafraouten” route (about 50km from Taroudant, completely paved roads)
Continue straight ahead towards Sebt Tafraouten
After 16km: the start of a long ascent with hairpin bends
After 24.8km: mountain pass (old forester’s house from the protectorate days on the right)
After 27.1km: 4 speed bumps – school
After 30.6km: sign to Bousguine
After 32.8km: sign to Youssrane
After 34.4km: centre of the village Sebt Tafraouten (souk on Saturdays)
After 36km: sign in Arabic 13km with the road turning to the left. Continue straight ahead
After 38.3km: mountain pass
After 39.5km: sign with the road turning to the left. Continue straight ahead
After 40.5km: sharp right-hand bend uphill - caution needed
After 44.7km: start of another ascent
After 45.6 km: mountain pass
After 46.5km: crossroads: turn right downhill towards Taroudant-Tamaloukte (the road straight ahead leads to Immoulas and this is a dead-end
After 47.2km: sign to Assaka
After 47.7km: centre of Assaka, a reservoir basin
After 49.6km: after exactly N 30⁰42.870/W08⁰47.275, (a big red house on your left, followed by another yellow one), take the track leading downhill on the right, turning back on yourself (with a blue sign “Les Terrasses de l’Afterlas”).
Cross the bridge over the wadi and leave your vehicle under the olive trees or at the bottom of our 4 by 4 access road a bit higher up, to the right of the crossroads after the small bridge. You will have now reached your destination.