After Telouet, the tour takes a little used back road (weather permitting) to Aït Benhaddou, a ‘fortified city’, or ksar, located approximately 20km before Ouarzazate. It is situated on a hill along the Ounila River and is known for its kasbahs. Most of the town’s inhabitants now live in a more modern village at the other side of the river; however, ten families still live within the ksar. Aït Benhaddou has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 and several major films have been shot there, including Gladiator and The Mummy.
The final stop on the tour is Kasbah Taourirt and Kasbah Tiffoultoute, the ancient residences of Glaoui (Old Pacha of Marrakech), in Ouarzazate. Ouarzazate is the gateway to the Sahara and lies in a valley at the foot of the Atlas Mountains.