The southern Moroccan city of Ouarzazate (pronounced Wazza-zat) is the perfect jumping-off place to explore the desert region by camel, mule, quad-bike or on foot. The View from Fez team visited recently.
The city comprises the ancient kasbah as well as a French-built garrison town built in the 1920s. There are plenty of restaurants, and supermarkets for stocking up for a desert trip. It's also a good base for visiting the Dades Gorge, Todra Gorge, the Valley of the Roses and surrounding kasbah villages.
While you might think that Ouarzazate would be all sand and dust, there's a suprising amount of water. Just outside the town is a massive dam on the Draa River and a wide expanse of wetlands that forms a Ramsar protected area, ie a wetland of international importance.
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