Day 9: Todra Gorge via Erfoud to Merzouga Sand Dunes of the Sahara

Todra Gorge Travel Blog

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A few of us decided to take a guided walking tour the next morning along the Todra Valley's palmerie where we saw trees, plants and crops along the riverbed which the locals depend on for their livelihood, food, etc.

After breakfast, a few us decided to go on a two-hour, guided walking tour along the Todra Valley's palmerie. As we walked through the valley, our guide explained how all the trees, plants and crops along the palmerie's riverbed were considered life-givers to all the local Berbers in the area. Everything was shared among all of them. He also explained how they held their get-togethers, celebrations, such as weddings, birthdays, etc., down in the valley and all were welcome.

The land was so lush and green in the valley in contrast to the walls of the gorge; it was so beautiful. As we walked, he pointed out all the different vegetables that were grown, such as tomatos and artichoke, in addition to the different herbs and spices. We saw pomegrante trees, palm trees and mint along the riverbed.

As you can see the valley is very rich and lush
We also saw the local Berber women washing their clothes down by the river against the rocks as was probably done throughout the generations. We crossed several streams and hiked up to a very old village which from afar looked like ruins, but as we got closer, I saw that people still made their homes there.

After we passed through the village, we once again cut across to another part of the valley and then made our up to the road and walked back to our hotel where we checked out and had lunch before continuing on our journey to The Merzouga Sand Dunes.

It was a very scenic drive that morning. We passed by more valleys and made a few stops to appreciate and take some pictures of the beautiful scenery. Mustafa even had us stop so he could show us some of the watering holes as we were nearing Erfoud.

 

 

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A few of us decided to take a guid…
A few of us decided to take a gui…
As you can see the valley is very …
As you can see the valley is very…
Our tour guide and on the lower ri…
Our tour guide and on the lower r…
A small, very old village
A small, very old village
As we walk back to our hotel
As we walk back to our hotel
Anna on the left and Miranda weari…
Anna on the left and Miranda wear…
Were coming up on our lovely, ru…
We're coming up on our lovely, "r…
Looking down on a valley as we lea…
Looking down on a valley as we le…
Looking down on a valley as we lea…
Looking down on a valley as we le…
Thats Mustafa leading the way mos…
That's Mustafa leading the way mo…
Todra Gorge
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