About Imi n’Ifri Waterfalls
The Imi n’Ifri Waterfalls (or Imi nifri) were essentially my waterfalling excuse to talk about the impressive natural bridge of Imi n’Ifri.
In fact, when Julie and I planned for our trip to Morocco, we wanted to visit this natural bridge to essentially provide a little more diversity of sights in that we’d be doing something else besides medinas and waterfalls.
We didn’t expect to see any waterfalls on this excursion.
But when we made the visit, we were surprised to see at least four waterfalls that caught our attention.
Therefore, this compelled me to reconsider my position of treating this as a non-waterfall excursion.
And thus this page was born.
Our visit was essentially a guided loop walk that passed through the natural bridge, which was really more of a collapsed cave as it was said Imi n’Ifri was Berber for “Grotto’s Mouth”.
Technically, I suppose the walk itself didn’t really require a guide, but there were some spots where the sure-footed guide helped us carry our daughter where there was drop-off exposure.
The Loop Walk through Imi n’Ifri
We started from some buildings at the junction of the R307 and R302 roads (see directions below).
There was a lookout area right across the road looking down towards a stream and some pools.
It turned out that this lookout was right above the natural bridge itself so it couldn’t be seen from here.
From there, we followed the R307 road to the southeast as we headed away from Demnate and starting the loop walk in a counterclockwise manner.
There was a foot trail that descended along a wide ledge down towards the stream that would ultimately pass through the Imi n’Ifri Natural Bridge.
On the way down to the stream, we saw the first waterfall tumbling down the west-facing cliff.
Since it didn’t have high volume, I suspect that deeper into the Summer, this falls would cease to flow.
Next, after crossing the stream to get under the west-facing cliffs, we then walked in the downstream direction along a somewhat rough and muddy trail.
It led us to a dropoff-exposed ledge going right through the natural bridge’s opening.
This was probably the spot where it was most beneficial for us to have a guide though it seemed doable without one if you’re careful.
As we walked along this ledge, I noticed a hard-to-see waterfall that was on the stream flowing through this natural bridge so it could be considered reliable.
It wasn’t possible to improve the views from this ledge so I had to be content with partial views of the falls from here.
Once within the long tunnel-like span of the natural bridge, as we looked west, the opening was such that it resembled the map of Africa.
Walking a little further towards the “Africa-shaped” opening.
When we looked back in the other direction, the other opening loosely resembled the map of South America.
By now, we were near the level of the stream, and it was here that I asked the guide whether we could’ve scrambled upstream to attain a better view of the second waterfall.
Unfortunately, he said doing that would require getting wet and it wasn’t very safe.
So we passed on that.
As we emerged out of the opening on the “Africa” side (and hence the cool and shaded confines of the Imi n’Ifri Natural Bridge), we rock scrambled near the stream before the terrain started opening up again.
Out here, we saw the last two waterfalls in the area.
One was a double-barreled small falls that seemed to double as a tiny swimming hole for some of the kids that were here.
The other was a much taller but thinner cascade streaking between some green moss before eventually joining up with the plunge pool of the smaller falls.
Further downstream, the stream ment into man-made dams, which helped to create even more swimming holes to offset the intense desert heat.
We concluded our visit with a sun-exposed climb up a concrete path that ultimately led back up to our starting point at the R307/R302 junction.
Overall, this excursion took us two hours though we had spent quite a bit of time relaxing and going at a very deliberate pace.
So conceivably, you may require less time here to fully experience this place.
The Imi n’Ifri Waterfalls reside in the village of Demnate (or Demnat) of the Azilal Province in Morocco. I don’t think the waterfalls (nor the natural bridge) are administered by any formal authority. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you may get leads from the Morocco National Tourism website.
The Imi n’Ifri Natural Bridge was about 6km east of the town of Demnate (or Demnat).
It took our driver about a little over two hours to drive from Marrakech to the start of the loop hike for the Imi n’Ifri Natural Bridge (passing by a couple of police checks en route).
Our driver also took about 75 minutes to get from here to Cascades d’Ouzoud, which was our next excursion that day.
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