Travelling through the Atlas Mountains was wonderful.  We reached the highest point and stopped for photos then down down the winding road to Dades Valley.

It was a 300km drive to the Valley and very hot.  A stop at Toda Gorge was welcomed as we could cool off in the water.

We arrived at our destination which was a beautiful Gite in a Berber Village high up in the valley called Gite d ‘Etape.   Quite a windy road to get there but definitely worth it.

What an amazing place.   It has been owned by the same Berber family for a couple of generations. The view from the terrace was stunning and the rooms were clean and very comfortable.   The meals here were excellent and we dined on the terrace.

After a restful night we headed off on our 10km walk up the valley.   We left the Gite at 9a.m. and back around 2p.m.  It was very hot however there were some lovely shady paths to cool us a bit.

Saaid our guide told us to buy some “sinus” (pencils) for the children.   We all gave them away and it so nice to see them smiling and happy.   I love seeing children who are given so little and are so appreciative.   We also gave away some little koalas that we had brought with us from Australia.

We thoroughly enjoyed our night at Tamaloute.   This area has many fig trees, peach trees, vegetables and a lot of farming such rich countryside and the people are absolutely delightful.   A must visit put it on your list.

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