Accommodation in Tafraout
The oasis town of Tafraoute is the traditional base for climbers exploring the mountains of the Anti-Atlas, and despite the long drive to many of the North-Side crags, it is anticipated that this will remain the popular choice. The town has all the services and amenities required by visiting climbers, including restaurants, shops, campsites, hotels, Hammams, mechanics, a good pharmacy, and small hospital. The following options are recommended (see town plan for locations).
Hotel Les Amandiers
The hotel is immaculately clean, with safe chlorinated tap water, and a pleasant restaurant serving a mixture of simple Moroccan and International dishes. The staff are extremely friendly, and speak good French, English and German. Double, twin, and triple rooms are available, and all are en-suite with either a bath or a shower. There is an outdoor swimming pool for hotel guests, and of course the excellent bar. Double rooms are more expensive than elsewhere in town, but are still excellent value at about 450DH per night. Booking the hotel in advance can be difficult, but a phone call or email is worth a try. Having said that, the hotel is large and securing accommodation on arrival is not usually a problem.
The Amandiers is only a short walk from the shops and cafes of the town centre, but is sufficiently far away to escape from the noisy hustle and bustle of the dusty Tafraoute streets.
Hotel San Antoine
The newly-opened San Antoine will no doubt become a popular alternative to the Amandiers, offering B&B accommodation for about 300DH per night for an en-suite twin room. The hotel is clean and modern, and well situated on the edge of the town centre. Facilities are basic, but there is a pool and reasonable restaurant. The hotel bar has rather limited opening times, and doesn't provide the pleasant atmosphere that can be found in the Amandiers, but the staff will bring beer to the reception area cafe if asked.
Tel : (0)48 80 00 26
This mid-budget, two-star hotel located by the market in the centre of town is popular with climbers looking for a slightly cheaper option than the Amandiers. The clean, spacious, recently-refurbished rooms are excellent value at about 250DH per night.
Tel : (0)67 03 30 73
Located by the bridge in the centre of Tafraoute, the Hotel Tanger is the first choice for travellers on a tight budget. Rooms are very basic but clean and safe, and if all you’re after is a bed and a roof over your head then the price is hard to beat. Cheap food is available in the pleasant café-style restaurant throughout the day.
There are several other places to stay in town, varying greatly in quality and price, catering for a wide variety of tastes and budgets. The Hotel San Antoine, located by the BMCE Bank is comparable to the Salama and is another option for mid-budget travellers. The recently completed Riad Tafraoute, with an interior lavishly decorated with African antiques, is another very comfortable option. Rooms cost 350DH per night, but there is no bar or restaurant.
There is a large campsite on the edge of Tafraoute, which is usually busy with French motor-homes. Clean showers and toilets are provided and tents are welcome, but there is no grass.
Accommodation outside of Tafraout
Staying outside of town is an option for those who want to reduce driving times to the crags on the North side of the Jebel el Kest Massif
Hotel Tete du Lion
Located close to the main junction at Ameln, this pleasant family-run hotel offers very competitive rates (about 300DH half board) and is sympathetic towards climbers. Alcohol, and excellent home-cooked meals are available in the small restaurant. It is a good option for exploring the crags of the Ameln Valley for those who don’t mind being out of town.
At the road to Assgaour, in the heart of the Ameln valley, you will find Auberge Kasbah ‘Chez Amaliya’. It possesses fantastic views of the mountains and the famous 'Lion's Head'. ‘Chez Amaliya’ is situated 4 km from the pleasant and authentic village of Tafraoute. The Dutch -english speaking- owner, Liesbeth van Woerden, is efficient, energetic, committed to responsible tourism and genuinely adores the area and its people.
This hotel has been built in kasbah style and has comfortable rooms, all equipped with a toilet, shower and air conditioning. The 14 bedrooms are positioned either side of a central courtyard housing the pool. Additionally, the hotel has a restaurant, a terrace, a bar and a swimming pool.
Accommodation on the North Side of Jebel el Kest
The historic fortified village north of Idagnidif offers excellent and authentic Moroccan accommodation. It is family-run, and whilst there are few amenities in the area, it is a convenient short-term base for exploring the Idagnidif and Afantinzar areas.
Other accommodation outside of Tafraoute is hard to come by, and none exists in the valleys of Afantinzar and Samazar. Wild camping may be an option in the short-term, but care should be taken to leave no trace of your visit. Generally, camping has not become popular with British climbers in the Anti-Atlas, perhaps due to a combination of the need for extra baggage, the dusty landscape, and the lack of good facilities.