Morocco

12.08.2013-23.09.2013

Distance driven: 4417km

Days spent: 41

Distance driven/day: 107,7km

Diesel price: 0,78€/l

Money spent: 1900€

Costs/day: 46,50€

Costs/km: 0,43€

Visa:

None required for EU citizens. You are allowed to stay for up to 3 months.

 

Morocco made for a brilliant starting point into Africa. The landscapes showed extreme variety and no drive ever got monotonous. The people were friendly and the hassle limited, the cities full of history and craftsmanship and the countryside more sparsely populated and enjoyable.

Our highlights were the blue washed mountain village Chefchaouen, the High Atlas and the Anti-Atlas, Marrakesh, the relaxed Atlantic resort Essaouira and especially the drive from Todra Gorge to Dades Gorge.

A little bit disappointing were the extreme amounts of rubbish in many places coming with the according smell.

 

Fruits and vegetables are extremely cheap so stock up before heading into Mauritania. The olives and the olive oil are exceptionally good as well.

 

Mauritania Visa:

We got our Visa in Rabat on the same day with a lot of waiting in the queue.

It requires one copy of the passport and two passport photos.

Costs are 340Dirham/person (31€) for 1 month single entry valid from the desired date.

 

Recommended Campings (prices for 2 people and a 4×4):

 

Camping Diamant, Fez

Shady spot with good ablutions and free access to the water park, forget Camping International

110Dh/night (10€), electricity 30DH (2,75€)

 

Camping Bellevue, 15km north of Meknes

Beautiful little campsite between olive trees with friendly staff and a pool

70Dh/night (6,40€), electricity 20Dh (1,80€), pool 20Dh/p (1,80€)

 

Euro Camping, Azrou

Very modern campsite with loads of fruit trees, friendly staff and good ablutions

60Dh/night (5,50€), electricity 20Dh (1,80€)

 

Ksar Timnay, north of Midelt

Large shady pitches, good restaurant, very friendly staff

60Dh/night (5,50€), electricity 20Dh (1,80€)

 

Camping Tissirt, Ziz Palmery south of Er Rachidia

Small camping under date palms with adjoining fruit gardens and water channels, very clean with friendly owner manager

60Dh/night (5,50€)

 

Kasbah Mohayut, Erg Chebbi

Auberge built in Kasbah style with a backyard for camping, nice pool with free towels and friendly staff, right at the dunes

30Dh/night (2,75€), electricity 20Dh (1,80€)

 

Auberge Atlas, Todra Gorge

Shady little camping right in the gorge surrounded by palms

60Dh/night (5,50€), laundry 30Dh (2,75€)

 

Le Relais de Marrakech, Marrakesh – N31 42.405 W07 59.409

Large camping with big pool surrounded by garden with hammocks, free Wifi, clean ablutions

85Dh/night (7,80€), more expensive in high season, electricity 25Dh (2,30€)

 

Granite Rose, Tafraoute – N29 43.030 W08 59.066

Small camping with spotless ablutions, the owner Omar is very friendly, speaks English and German and prepares the best Tajine we have ever eaten!

50Dh/night (4,60€), electricity 25Dh (2,30€), hot shower 10Dh (0,90€)