0352. A REAL river in Morocco... (183--new)

Bin El Ouidane Travel Blog

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I am quite satisfied with the natural beauty I’d experienced over the last two days—but the Middle Atlas region still has a gem waiting for me:  Bin El Ouidan

The bus comes around a curve and there was the vast Beni Mellal reservoir—the largest body of water I’ve ever seen in Morocco… surrounded by picturesque hills…

Then we go through a tunnel and across a very impressive deep gorge dam—sort of like a miniature Hoover Dam…

But the best scenery is still ahead:  below the dam is a majestic river, with cliffs rising on both sides and thick forests on its shores—a REAL river—the first real river I’ve seen in Morocco. 

The whole panorama doesn’t look like Morocco—it looks like a postcard of the American Rockies or Cascades… But it IS Morocco… and that’s what makes Ben El Ouidan so special.

  I hike up to a very tiny village up the side of the cliff—then I make my way down to the river shore, through an abandoned campsite… try to hike through the thick groves along the shore…

After just chilling on the shores of the river, I climb back up the cliff again to go check out the dam from the top.  A sign says don’t take pictures, so unfortunately I don’t get a shot of that…

I need to be back in Casablanca by this evening, and I’m already pushing my luck.  So I hike up the road a bit further, through another tunnel that leads to the other part of Ben El Ouidan.  I van passes by—I reluctantly get on… I would’ve liked to wander around the area a bit more…


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Bin El Ouidane
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