This date-palm oasis is home to a few unique villages that still maintain a different mix of cultural life unique in the region. Part African, part Berber.
About 130 km southwest of Gorges du Dadès lies the town of Ouarzazate, which can aptly be described as the “Door of the Desert”. Less than 20 km southwest of Ouarzazate is the lush palm garden village of “Oasis de Fint”. The rough unpaved road leading from Ouarzazate to Fint Oasis is barren and desolate, typical terrain of the Small Atlas Mountains. From a distance, the verdant date palm groves around the oasis are clearly visible.
If you have always wanted to visit an authentic oasis community, this is the place to be. Life here is very laid back. Pack donkeys still roam the streets and women wash the family’s clothes in the small stream. People are reserved which is likely due to language barriers. If you speak a little French, the conversations over a mint tea will be easier.
It is easy to do a day trip from Ouarzazate to Fint. However, stay overnight in one of the few guesthouses at Fint if you can and experience sunset and sunrise over the oasis. At night you may be entertained by the unique combination of Berber, Arab and African rhythms. Ask around as some local families offer homestay at a very modest fee, which includes dinner and breakfast. Morocco’s rural people have a reputation for hospitality which is legendary. You won’t be disappointed with the people at Fint Oasis.
A four-wheeler is not essential between Ouarzazate and Fint, unless the road is washed out by the rains.
This article appears in the July 2017 issue of Globerovers Magazine.