Ouzoud Falls are among the most beautiful in Africa and a highlight of any visit to the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Located high in the mountains, where the scenery is green and lush, the falls are an oasis above the endless sands of the Sahara Desert. The Ouzoud Falls are possibly the most popular natural destination in Morocco.
It is uncertain how long inhabitants of North Africa have known about the Ouzoud Falls. It is possible that Berber tribespeople knew of them in ancient times. The rushing water has been used to power waterwheel driven mills for centuries (some of these are still in operation).
Ouzoud Falls are one of the most unexpected sites one might come across on the fringe of the Sahara Desert. The falls, fed by the El Abid River, are split into a number of small falls which spill over several steps a total of 330 feet to the river below. Trees, shrubs and grass surround the waters above and below the falls, and also cling to the cliff faces in many places.
Ouzoud Falls are well developed for tourism, and there are many places to hike and view the falls from. A single-arch wooden footbridge crosses the El Abid River below the falls, making it a fantastic viewing and romantic spot. A few of the old grain mills are still in operation and can be visited. Several species of monkey make their home in the trees around the falls. Web: N/A.
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