These 360 ft high (110 m) falls, known as Ouzoud Falls or the Cascades d’Ouzoud, are the highest in Morocco, situated near the village of Tanaghmeilt about 93 miles (150 km) northeast of Marrakech. The Cascades are a major draw to the region, especially amongst travelers and Moroccan families alike. Surrounded by groves of olives trees — ‘ouzoud’ means ‘olive’ in the indigenous Berber tongue — the site is the ideal spot for a picnic or a boat ride down the El Abid River. At the foot of the falls are several small water mills that still use the energy provided from the rush of falling water, and beyond them in the surrounding olive groves wander tribes of macaque monkeys, known locally as Barbary Apes. These primates generally make their most common appearances at dusk.
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