Discovering Africa: Imlil Valley, The Berber Village At The Foot Of The Mountains

Imlil Valley

VENTURES AFRICA – Imlil is a small village located in the Atlas Mountains in the Kingdom of Morocco. It is one of the Berber villages along the way, and it lays about 1,700 meters above sea level, thus making it the center of the mountain tourism in Morocco. Imlil relies mainly on terraced agriculture and the brownish Berber villages make a harsh and beautiful contrast to the green terraces.

Imlil is located in a valley where flowing icy water comes from the melting of snow during winter, which is then deposited on the tops of the mountains. This water is very well used by locals for agriculture. To this end, the people of this village have developed elaborate irrigation systems to water their fruit trees and fields.

The site offers tourists from all over the world several routes to follow. Imlil is also the starting point for all those who want to climb Mount Jbel Toubkal. Mount Toubkal being the highest mountain of Morocco is ranked eight highest peaks in Africa.

The easiest way to drive to Imlil is travelling from Marrakech. From this city, take the road leading to Asni and Tahenaout to get through. Road is fairly good until you reach Tahenaout. Beyond Tahenaout, it is always advised to walk because the road has suffered a lot of damage caused by rain. One needs to be careful and remember, driving and riding are the best means of transport to get to Imlil.

After crossing the gorge of Asni, picturesque village known for its weekly market on Saturdays, the route continues along a green valley where the mountains and impressive natural bastions play with colors.

The people of Imlil are big entertainers who welcome you on their land with a big smile. Tourism in this part of North Africa is largely increasing because people feel safe all the time, get to experience real life lessons from the natives. There are always people willing to help you visit the most interesting sites and the native Moroccan guides make sure you capture and keep only good memories of their culture.

You will find Imlil mountain guides in the area to assist you in the ascent of Toubkal and many other excursions. The guides are not all graduates, but most of them are native to the valley and the mountains. They know all the ins-and-out of the valley and, most importantly, teach you about the climate and the region’s history.

Finally, accommodation in Imlil is not a problem. You will find, in this small village, a variety of inns, guest houses, small hotels, rooms for rent, etc. It is up to you to choose the ideal accommodation package, according to your budget and the luxury you are looking for, to soak up the Moroccan culture and the Imlil’s way.