The Cascades d’Ouzoud or Ouzoud Waterfalls are one of the biggest ecotourism sites in Morocco. At 110m, the main waterfall is the 7th tallest waterfall in Africa… and luckily enough for us, the falls are only a 30 minute drive away from Azilal! A trip there has been hanging over our heads for months with questions about it nearly every day from somebody in Azilal: “Bonjour! Ouzoud?” (a lot of people think we’re French tourists) or, “Are you going to Ouzoud?” or, “Have you been to Ouzoud yet? No? Why not??”
People are mostly just flabbergasted because the only reason foreigners come to Azilal at all is to get to Ouzoud or to the Bougamez Valley (another popular ecotourism site that we have yet to visit…), so the fact that we’re foreigners and have not yet visited these places is a little odd. And now that we’ve visited Ouzoud we understand the question a little better – people keep asking because Ouzoud is BEAUTIFUL and what the heck were we doing living so close and not going to see it?! We finally got our chance to visit this past weekend, and now we can finally answer all the questions with “Yes, we’ve been… and it was awesome!”
We really enjoyed getting a chance to see Ouzoud. There are tons of things to do there – artisan booths to shop at, a short hike to the big waterfall, lots of little restaurants, swimming holes and jumping rocks, monkeys to take way too many pictures of, and tons of little hiking paths for longer hikes (we explored for a couple hours and found some awesome scenery and a little cave)! Are you all planning to come visit us yet??
Did we convince you? Come visit!