Ahansal Valley, Béni Mellal-Khénifra, Morocco
Hemmed in by the cracked and fissured mountains of the central High Atlas, the Ahansal Valley (1800m) is an awesome natural canvas. Granite cliffs, rock buttresses and skinny slot canyons loom above a jewel-green valley where rafts whip between 4-metre wide limestone walls. In late spring, a multi-day river run is possible from the Bin el-Ouidane dam . Days on the river blur.
Monkeys keep pace on the tree-lined banks, Berber children from local villages hitchhike the back of boats, and exhilarating eddies and rapids (grade 2/3 and 3/4) keep your heart pumping. At night the orange glow from campfires flickers off the canyon and the sound of the rushing river lulls you to sleep.
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