Sitting aloft in the Ouarzazate province of Morocco is the Ksar of Ait Ben-Haddou. A site used by filmmakers around the world and where tourists flock, the earthen buildings provide a striking example of pre-Saharan architecture in North Africa.


The sun in the Ounila Valley can only be described as unrelenting. The ground around the Ksar is cracked and devoid of moisture, with heat emanating from it creating mirage like waves in the air. You enter on a singular bridge, over an arid moat.

Ait Ben-Haddou itself is a maze, with cobble stone alleys snaking through the heart of the city. Tourists sit in shop fronts, which provide some respite from the unforgiving Saharan heat. Locals have the benefit donkeys which trot through the tight walkways with ease.

At the very top of Ait Ben-Haddou is a stunning panoramic view of the city and its beautiful surroundings; the blue sky and red mountain clay painting a stunning picture of Morocco’s desert landscape.

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Ryan Cheng is the founder of The 88, and is passionate about telling stories surrounding travel, culture and identity.

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