Todgha Gorge

Todgha Gorge

Todgha Gorge

Near the oasis town of Tinghir is Todgha Gorge, both pronounced the “gh” with a slight growl similar to “gr.” It is a narrow passageway made through solid rock over thousands of years. We made a day trip there a few weeks back to explore the area and to experience some naturally occurring water. Sometimes, it’s hard being in such a dry area. We come from a part of the world where water is everywhere. Back home in the US, it is not uncommon for it to rain more than half the days of a year, whereas our current location it usually rains less than ten the entire year.

Sitting with Mohammed

Sitting with Mohammed

Not only does the gorge have an active river flow, there are also various natural springs that feed into the river. It is a truly beautiful area. While walking around, we ended up sitting with a local vendor, Mohamed, behind his supply of scarves, drinking tea and contemplating life.



We had a lovely lunch of tagines at one of the restaurants nearby, then caught a ride with some locals back to Tinghir. Kamal and his friend invited us to his garage for tea. He is an established mechanic who works frequently with Europeans in Morocco for rally competitions.

After tea, he walked us through the Jewish quarter of town which is undergoing extensive renovation as part of an international effort to honor Jewish heritage in Morocco.

It was a great day spent meeting great people – just like every day in Morocco.

Below are some additional images of our trip.

  5 comments for “Todgha Gorge

  1. Chava Monastersky
    July 5, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    What language are you communicating in…

    • July 5, 2015 at 7:34 pm

      Darija is a hybrid of French and Arabic. That’s what we use most of the time.

  2. Griggs
    July 5, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Thanks Thomas – you are opening a window to a corner of the world which is such an extreme contrast to the Pacific Northwest. Settled by civilized people (Phonecians) over three THOUSAND years ago whilst the first “civilized” folks settled Seattle a mere one HUNDRED and sixty-four years ago.

    OK members of the human race inhabited the PNW for thousands of years prior but they were stone-aged tribes and remained so until the 1851 era.

    Unlike the Phoneicans, the inhabitants of the PNW had no written language, no high fired glass, no metal, no wheel, and no permanent structures. Given the abundance here they adaped quite well. But the contrast to what you see historically is dramatic.

  3. Paul Schiavo
    July 13, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Beautiful. Thanks.

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