The deepest, narrowest and most spectacular part of the gorge is only 15km from Tinerhir. We would have spent the night there if the weather wasn't so cold.

En route to the gorge proper, the road climbs along the Tondra palmery, a fertile strip of land planted with dates, olives and citrus. Fortified Berber villages, known as ksours, stand on the other side.


The first part of the gorge is pretty wide, with some high cliffs of limestone and weirdly shaped erosions. With a 4WD, it's possible to loop from the Todra gorge to the Dadès.

The kasbahs along the gorge seem like natural extensions of their setting — tinged with the color of the earth.