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profile member asked on Jan 11, 2014

Ouarzazate - Demnate (R307)

We'd like to cross the Atlas from Ouarzazate to Demnate via R307 road with a small car (so no 4X4 or similar) I just checked some pictures and I found some where I haven't seem any asphalt. So around 10/March do you think is it doable with a small car? And if so, how long should I count for the trip. I am a good driver so that shouldn't make a problem.
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answered on 1/11/14 by
a VT member from La Gouesnière

Hopefully Angiebabe will see your post, she will probably have done that road. That one I haven't personally done, but that bit in the middle there may be a bit dodgy for a small car or lack of guard from the rocks. Depends if the road has frozen this winter and opened any great cracks.


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answered on 1/11/14 by
a VT member from Budapest

Thank you! Do you know how long is that middle part?


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answered on 1/11/14 by
a VT member from La Gouesnière

At a rough estimation looking at my map it doesn't seem to be more than 5 kms, but of course it could be a lot rougher before and after, especially if they get a lot of lorries up there.


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answered on 1/11/14 by
a VT member from Budapest

Is it an online map?


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answered on 1/11/14 by
a VT member from La Gouesnière

No I have a paper map at home, but you could also have a look at the Google map. It shows up there too.


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answered on 1/11/14 by
a VT member from Budapest

Indeed it does! 1,7 km. That's not much. Thank you!


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answered on 1/11/14 by
a VT member from Wilaya de Fes

I do that pass regularly and it is passable with a normal car with a great deal of care, but the weather at around 2000 metres is very changeable and if it does rain or snow you will have difficulty.

In theory the road is paved/tarmaced for the whole distance but in practice parts of it disappear after bad weather.

Personally I'd recommend something with good clearance.

Note that hire car companies in Morocco will generally hold you financially responsible for any mechanical damage or failure!


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answered on 1/11/14 by
a VT member from Budapest

Thank you for the answer. You say you are crossing that pass reguraly. How much time is an average trip from Ouarzazate to Demnate?


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answered on 1/11/14 by
a VT member from Wilaya de Fes

It all depends. I would normally stop for lunch, and explore the tracks leading off to the remote villages on the Tassaoute valley. But I also know the road and drive a powerful 4x4. If you are leaving from Ouarzazate (and the Skoura Oasis is much prettier) you should plan on staying in Demnate that night. It's possible to reach Marrakech but it will almost certainly be after dark and the country roads are full of unlit children and donkeys.

As usual in Morocco, you have to ignore the modest distance.

Incidentally, if you suffer from vertigo, this pass probably isn't for you.


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answered on 4/27/16 by
a VT member

Even though this is an old question, I'd like to give my modest comment because I've done this road and I've read this Q&A during my research before my trip to Morocco.
In my case, solo female traveler, it was my second trip to this country, and I'd done some trekking in the Valley of Ait Bouguemes. After that, I left Agouti towards Ouarzazate in a private taxi crossing the Atlas through this non popular route (my real purpose), because there isn't convenient public transportation between the two places and it would've taken me more than a day. . Local people told me they don't usually use this route and even prefer to go via Marrakech because of its conditions.
After visiting the natural bridge in Demnate, we left at noon and arrived in Ouarzazate at 16:00. On the way, we had picnic with some sandwich my driver had bought in advance (there isn't any place to stop for food or gas) and I asked him to stop for several pictures of great views, too.
The route was all paved, but I've seen a few parts of regular conditions (no big holes like in some Argentinian roads, though), one place that seems to have risk of falling rock, several parts without guardrail, more than hundreds of curves, only one single car going in opposite direction, and a really breathtaking scenery all the time.
My driver Daud was from Tabant; he drove very carefully, had a partner just in case he get tired (we left Agouti early in the morning), was very knowledgeable and stopped for great pictures even if I didn't ask for because he knows all the details of the route. This private transfer cost me 1300 DH and of course it was a great deal for me.
I kept his number in case someone wants to do the same as me.
If I had driven, maybe I could give more details, but I didn't.
There is a new piste under construction from Tabant to Valley of Roses. It seems to be finished this year...It won't be the same direction, but it looks like the Valley of Ait Bouguemes will be slowly more accessible.
I hope this comment helps someone interested in the area.

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