The image of Morocco is so closely related to cactus. We see cacti growing everywhere. In Marrakech, I discover a beautiful, seclusive place, a real cactus lovers paradise. Off the beaten track, in the outskirts of Marrakech, is located a gorgeous Cactus Thiemann farm. It’s Africa’s largest cacti nursery with more than 150 varieties of cacti plants located in the almost 7-hectare territory.
The farm was founded in the 1960s by the German engineer Hans Thiemann who wanted to pursue his passion for the cacti plans. After his death, the farm is run by his widow Fatima and daughters Roselinde and Magda. The latter gave us a guided tour of the farm.
Cactus Thiemann is a private farm and visits are only available by appointment. Price is 150 DH (around 12 EUR)/person for a guided tour in English or French. If you want to have a personal shooting or even wedding at Cactus Thiemann, it is also possible to arrange.
The farm is located around 10km from Marrakesh center, following the Route de Casablanca. We visited the nursery with our car, however, it was not easy and tricky to find. Don’t follow the directions provided by Google Maps. In the Cactus Thiemann website they have a map how to reach the nursery, so make sure you follow their directions. Madga also gave us the local taxi driver number and I highly recommend using his service.
In the near future, the Cactus Thiemann nursery will expand. As Magda explained, they are currently building a cafe so the farm could be open for daily visits without an appointment. Surrounded by these giant cacti, in the Cactus Thiemann I felt like an Alice in the Wonderland. I prefer this nursery, then the touristy Jardin Majorelle.