THE ROUTE OF THE THOUSAND KASBAHS
7th step: from Mhamid to Agdz
From Mhamid to Zagora you must come back following the same route.
From Zagora to Agdz you can also come back on the same road that brought you from Nkob, but it's preferably the track that runs along the left bank of the Drâa river. The track does not usually entail difficulties, except in rainy season.
Among the many ksur emerging in this left bank, we'll mention Timasla for its Zaouia of nice facade and robust earthen minaret. You also will find some Kasbahs. These of Taakilt is curious for being the only one in the region with a cylindrical tower. The reason is perhaps that the Kasbah was built from an existing tower, but anyway the circular shape is rare in southern Morocco.
Once we reached the road of Nkob, you have the option of going to Agdz by the paved road or following by the track. In the latter case, you will discover a spectacular Kasbah in Ait Hamou Ou Said (30º 40,962’ N - 6º 17,112’ W), situated on a rock that allows it to stand up proud above the valley. Nevertheless, its image is more picturesque seeing it from the other side, with the majestic river in the foreground. Built in 1930, it belonged to a representative of El Glaoui and then it passed into the hands of the Moroccan State, which used it for a while as a school before leaving it completely. In 2009 it has been restored by the BMCE Foundation and transformed again into a school.
If you prefer go by the paved road, apart from getting a better picture over the Kasbah of Ait Hamou Ou Said by a nice pedestrian path from Timidert, you can also see the Kasbah of Igargar next to the road, still in use.
In any case, you must move to the left bank later or earlier to visit Tamnougalt (30º 40,505’ N 6º 23,300’ W). This great Ksar has been along centuries the capital of Mezguida tribe and the seat of the Kaid representing the Sultan in the area. Successive Kaids built different Kasbahs, at first within and later outside the Ksar, some of them quite spectacular in its proportions and decoration, unique in southern Morocco.
One of these Kasbahs is now a restaurant with some rooms, while the whole village has benefited from a rehabilitation program funded by the Spanish Cooperation. The Ksar also has been studied by the CERKAS, the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and the Association of Technical Architects of Barcelona, who wrote an interesting report (mentioned in the page "Livres"). The outside Kasbahs are impressive for its situation on the top of the hill (30º 40,640' N - 6º 23,797' W), but they are in ruins.
From Tamnougalt to Agdz you can go by the paved road or by a track on the left bank of the river, passing next to the Kasbah of Tiliouine, in ruins.
From the center of Agdz, a local road give you in 2 km to the Kasbah of the Kaid Ali in Aslim (30º 42,774’ N - 6º 26,697’ W), built in 1924 by the Kaid of Tamnougalt. It has some urban influence, including a large riad with galleries around a big courtyard that was full of orange and lemon trees.
Now this Kasbah is inside a camping and contains sketches and documents donated by a German association that assists in the restoration of the monument. Guided visit: 25 DH by person.
From Aslim, a bad track goes to Tizgui, Rbat and other villages of the high Drâa valley, quite picturesque: it's a little excursion very advisable if you have a ATV.