Atlas Mountains

The Atlas Mountains have long been a route between the coast and the Sahara Desert

The Atlas Mountains have long been a route between the coast and the Sahara Desert. Both the High and Middle Atlas slopes boast dense forests containing cedar, pine, cork, and oak trees, as well as fertile valleys, and tracts of pasture where livestock feed. Within the mountain range, lie a wide variety of mineral deposits, as yet unmined. Beside deposits of lead, zinc, iron, manganese, antimony, and phosphates, one also finds gold and silver. Traditionally, the Atlas Mountains are considered Berber territory.

Only an hour from the centre of buzzy Marrakech, the tranquil Ouirgane National Park offers bird and animal wildlife and small Berber villages that you can reach by mule with your own private mountain guide.