Ouzoud Falls – Ouzoud, Morocco - Atlas Obscura

Ouzoud Falls

Ouzoud, Morocco

The second tallest waterfall in Africa is also home to a population of monkeys who enjoy the waters and the occasional guest.  

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High in the Atlas mountains after passing through Berber villages and beautiful scenery is the Ouzoud Falls. These tall waterfalls, which are located about 100 miles northeast of Marrakech, empty into the El-Abid River gorge.

The name of the falls actually derives from the Berber culture meaning “the act of grinding grain.” Visitors can walk around the falls, while enjoying the sights and sounds of the falls’s permanent residents—a troop of macaque monkeys. There are rafts available for the adventurous hiker near the bottom. A trip to the Ouzoud Falls is perfect for enjoying the wonders of nature and the serenity of the cascading falls.

Know Before You Go

The waterfall is free to visit. There is a car park and a boat at the bottom that costs £2. Don't wear sunglasses near the monkeys or they may steal them, also avoid directly touching them. 

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