The long road trip from Fez to Erfoud takes about half a day. Break it up with stops along the way.
The highlights of this journey include :
My first stop out of Fez was Ifrane, a ski resort up at 1650m above sea meal in the Middle Atlas mountains. Founded in 1929, this place looks like Switzerland than North Africa.
Continuing south, the landscape is surprisingly lush and green.
There wasn't much traffic on the road so I could enjoy photographing the gradual change in scenery.
As we went deeper into the interior and the Sahara, the greenery gave way to a more arid landscape.
Notice the barren yet colour mountains that line the Ziz Gorge, The river that runs through it feeds the various green oases you pass by en route.
At the southern end is the Barrage Hassan Addhakil, a dam built to provide irrigation and electricity to the area as well as flood prevention.
After the dam, the large town of Errachidia emerges.
Just before arriving in Erfoud, an interesting oasis emerged. The huge amount of greenery in this arid landscape is quite a contrast.
Welcome to Erfoud.