Todra Gorge

Arriving at Todra Gorge was one of those rare instances in my life when I was so breathlessly in awe that I forgot to take photos.




Arriving at Todra Gorge was one of those rare instances in my life when I was so breathlessly in awe that I forgot to take photos (indeed, I shot these on the back wall of our hotel in Ouarzazate a few hours later, once I’d realised). As you drive down into the valley, the stone walls on either side of you gradually rise higher, the road is infinitely quieter, and the vehicles become increasingly reminiscent of Indiana Jones. As if I hadn’t been amazed enough, with half my body out the window admiring my first ever Oasis (they really are that green) – the dust settled, and the crowds parted and an operatic choir struck some glorious chord, and there was Morocco’s answer to the Grand Canyon.

But, after an hour swimming with the locals at the base of the sheerest cliffs I have ever seen, I had no desire whatsover to ever see the Grand Canyon. Compared to the everyday-cross-Golden-Hollywood appeal of Todra, my subsequent Googlings of the Grand Canyon made it look like a giant hole in the ground. Walking along the straight stretch, one would just as much expect a Spaghetti Western Clint Eastwood or Henry Fonda to burst out of a crevice on a frothing horse, as you would a Moroccon jewel merchant loving life and not really making too much effort to sell in the sunshine. Not even the widest lens I had with me could capture how sore my neck was getting trying to absorb 360 degrees on every axis, so the best I can give you is atmospheric photos an a hand-on-heart word that, if you can endure a relentless sun, a bit of dust, and hilarious local kids, Todra Gorge is worth both your’s and Quentin Tarantino’s time.

But for real, Tarantino – what the hell are you doing in America?

Get yourself to Morocco.

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  • Tours Mohamed Ouniri

    I have been in Morocco one week with my parents. We visited Marrakech, Tichka mountain, Todra valley, Ait ben Haddou, Ourrzazate, Merzouga, Sahara Desert and Draa valley.. All wonderfull places! We also slept in tents in the Desert one night and we reached the tents by camel with.

    I really recommend this experience to people of every age, families with children and groups of friends and I guarantee it is an absolutely SAFE county where people are very open-minded and very hospitable.. they always made us feel “at home”!

    The tour was well organized, not too tiring and never boring. The Riads were all comfortable (even if some of them were a bit difficult to arrive at) and the stuff was always super kind.. for example when I was in the hotel in Sahara Desert I asked for some strawberries and they brought me strawberries the next morning, I couldn’t believe it!

    Our car driver Mohammed was very kind with us and he showed us lots of breathtaking landscape. He gave us the opportunity to stop in different places, when we asked for him, even if some of them were out of program (for example we wanted to visit the rock cravings which were not included in the program).

    We have a fantastic exciting experience when he drove on the Desert dunes: you really can’t miss this adventure in your life!

  • what a great place , great photos


Margaret Zhang 章凝 is an Australian-born-Chinese director, photographer, consultant and writer based between New York and Shanghai. Since establishing her website in 2009, Margaret has gone on to work with global brands including CHANEL, UNIQLO, Swarovski, YEEZY, Bulgari, Gucci, MATCHES, Under Armour, and Louis Vuitton in a wide range of capacities both in front of and behind the camera, while completing her Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws at The University of Sydney. Margaret’s directing, photography, and styling has been employed by the likes of VOGUE, L’Officiel, Harper’s BAZAAR, NYLON, Marie Claire, GRAZIA and ELLE internationally. She has been listed in Forbes Asia’s 30Under30 and TimeOut’s 40Under40, and her work has been recognized as shaping the international fashion industry by the Business of Fashion BoF500 Index for the past four consecutive years. She went on to be the first Asian face to cover ELLE Australia. In 2016, she co-founded BACKGROUND, a global consultancy for which she specialises in Western-to-Chinese and Chinese-to-Western cultural bridging for a range of luxury, lifestyle, and brand initiatives. In 2017, she exhibited a series of 39 unseen photographic works as a solo show in Sydney, and premiered her first short film – a 15-minute exploration of her visceral relationship with classical music on both performance and abstract planes – to critical acclaim.

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