Tizgui Village, Todgha Gorge, Morocco
We welcome you to our beautiful home: a calm and intimate refuge for your stay in the Todgha Gorge. The spacious, south-facing rooms are flooded with natural light, and boast private balconies from which you can enjoy views of the river below and the high cliffs soaring above. Our large terrace overlooking the shaded gardens is the ideal place to relax in the evening (it's also the only place in the gorge where you can drink a post-climb beer!).
As a traditional guesthouse, we share our dinners around one table. We find that guests enjoy the communal atmosphere and the opportunity to meet and discuss with new people from around the world.
Built in 2017 from only natural materials like bricks, lime, earth, straw, and plaster, our house stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Water is heated by a solar panel and, thanks to the generous North African sun, hot water is always readily available. In our garden we grow kitchen herbs, a variety of vegetables, fruit trees like lemon, orange, apple, plum and fig, almond trees, olive trees, and Julio's impressive roses. We also keep chickens and bees.
From your base at A Secret Garden, you can enjoy world-class climbing in the Todgha Gorge, as well as ample opportunities for hiking, walking and mountaineering. We offer guided adventures with certified mountain sports instructors.
Your hosts: Nora
The Mermizi family is from the Todra Gorges, Berbers with nomadic families in these mountains. They know the Gorges, the Kashba, the gardens and its people because they are their people, their family. The men of the family have always been dedicated to tourism; waiters, cooks, guides,... learning different languages through contact with travellers. The women took care of the house, the children and the vegetable garden.
Now in A Secret Garden, the Mermizi family wants to show the Berber woman. Matriarchs with a great capacity for organisation and management.
Nora, the eldest sister, is in charge of initiating this project. She didn't go to school for a few years and doesn't know any languages, but she is the best manager we could have.
She will organise your breakfasts, lunches, dinners, cleaning of rooms, disinfection of climbing equipment,...
The boss, as we call her. She laughs.
Local business, sustainable development, empowerment of women. This is A SECRET GARDEN
When I booked Secret garden, I was expecting to simply stay there, but we got so much more. We had great conversations, fantastic food, a real home-like atmosphere and we also met other great people, we really did not want to leave once our time there was done.
We felt at home from the moment we were greeted by Julio who owns this fabulous multi-story home in the heart of the Todra Gorge. Julio is by far one of the most sensitive and caring people we've met on our many journeys. He's the real deal who turns environmental issues into action with home composting and other environmentally friendly initiatives that he employs at his home.
This was without a doubt the best place I stayed in Morocco. It was warm, comfortable and very welcoming. The food was incredible (they accommodated me being a celiac no problem). The showers were nice and hot not to mention everything was spotlessly clean. I highly recommend staying here.
Todgha Gorge, Morocco