Many people think of the arid Sahara Desert, long sandy beaches, and the high Atlas Mountains when they think of Morocco’s landscapes. Souks and historic cities may also spring to mind when thinking about the North African nation. Morocco is certainly not lacking, however, when it comes to lush landscapes and flowing waters. Visit stunning national parks and be awed by the various waterfalls around the country.
The picturesque waterfall at the source of the Oum Rabia River is located in Morocco’s province of Khenifra. The area is home to one of Morocco’s splendid national parks.
The river gushes through the local settlement, passing wooden riverside homes and restaurants. Smaller falls along the river add to the beauty.
Situated in the Middle Atlas Mountains, the Oum Rabia Waterfall is one of Morocco’s most dramatic waterfalls, yet is probably one of the nation’s lesser-visited cascades.
Small springs and cascades flow over the reddish-brown rocks, with small green plants presenting a contrast to the colours of the rocks and water.
Located in the Blue City of Chefchaouen, the pretty waterfall at the source of Ras El Maa is a splendid place to relax and snap scenic photos. It’s just a short stroll away from the heart of the medina and the famous blue buildings.
Situated close to Agadir, the impressive Cascades of Immouzer des Ida Outanane can be reached by hiking through the stunning Paradise Valley. Several separate cascades flow over the tall brown rocks, with interesting formations caused over time by the movement of water.
Small streams of water tumble over the towering rocks of the aptly named Paradise Valley to meet with a dazzling natural pool filled with clear emerald waters.
While the myth-surrounded Hercules Cave in Tangier is mainly known for its awesome rock formations and terrific sea views, the small waterfall within the cave adds to the enchanting atmosphere.
Located close to Ifrane, the watery landscapes of Azrou are rather magical. Larger cascades flow over high rocks, but it’s the small springs that have burst through the rocky ground in the cedar forests that make the scenes so enchanting.
Setti Fatma Falls consist of several tiers of waterfalls. Surrounded by large boulders and sheer rock faces, the challenging climb through the levels provides many beautiful views. Some pools are suitable for paddling and bathing.
The Cascades of Akchour can be found in the Rif Mountains, close to the Blue Pearl of Chefchaouen. The area is popular for hiking, and there are different series of waterfalls, with some big and some small.
Reaching some sections of the falls can be physically demanding, but the scenic views are sure to make up for any aches and pains.
Don’t be disheartened by the sight of man-made concrete falls close to the main car-parking area; while people do swim in the large pool near these falls, walking to the main falls will reveal much prettier swimming spots!
Ouzoud Cascades are located in the Middle Atlas Mountains, close to the town of Azilal. It is one of the most popular waterfalls in Morocco in terms of tourism. It can be enjoyed on a day trip from Marrakech, or you can spend a couple of days in the village enjoying scenic hiking in the area.
Most visitors approach the falls from the top, allowing them to peer down into the picturesque valley below. Small boats bob on the river and simple homes and restaurants sit on the rocks at the bottom of the falls.
A walking trail leads down to the bottom of the falls, allowing you to admire the different sections from closer vantage points.
Wild macaques inhabit the area around the waterfalls. Used to human visitors, it’s not unusual for the cheeky monkeys to approach visitors in search of handouts of food and drinks.