Day 98: Morocco, Midelt – Aoufous

I woke up fairly early this morning with the sun still sleeping but the sky lightening in the distance and the gorgeous Mr T still snuggled up in bed. As the colours started to change and the pinks and blues of sunrise started to appear, I grabbed my camera to go for a walk and as I turned the corner was treated to a spectacular moonset that had been just behind me. The bloated full moon was just dropping below the horizon as the muted pinks and blues turned deeper and deeper and I managed to get off a couple of shots. What an incredible sight to see!

We set off eventually after a late breakfast (we seldom rush anything these days) as the drive to Aoufous. Our destination this morning Camping Hakkou that Carolyn had found on Park4Night. According to Maps.Me it’s a 2 hour journey but we’ve learnt already that 2 hours is probably more like 3 or 3.5 hours due to road conditions. Today this wasn’t going to hold true. The road to Aoufous was in perfect condition that entire way (except for the last 1km). It did, however, take us 3.5 hours to drive ……but that was because the scenery was just so spectacular.

The drive includes 3 gorges Tizi n’ Tlghoumte, Tizi n’ Talrhemt and Ziz Gorge and around each corner we were stopping for some new, breathtaking view.

We pressed onward through the stunning scenery of the Ziz Gorge. The river Ziz flows crystal clear through the valley providing water and work to the locals and views to die for to the tourists.

Each layby seems deserted as you pull up for a moment to view and photograph the surrounding beauty……but you are never alone in Morocco as people appear from out of nowhere, popping out from behind rocks, ladened with tourist tat for sale.

And finally we reach Aoufous, with the valley of palmerias stretched out before us, where the River Ziz seeps life into the surrounding valley and we can just make out the position of our next stop towards the end.

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