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Morocco Driving Adventures

MOROCCO Adventure Safari 2017/2018


The entry fee payable to us will be £1525.00. The entry fee covers your guide, support vehicle, Ceuta ferry, all camping, parking and fees in Morocco. On the Desert trip, 2 nights half board at Nomad Palace, Erg Chebbi, and on the Coast trip one night at the Palis Salam Hotel in Taraoudant.

Single travellers discount £325.00

Extra Adult £325.00

Children 5 to 16 £175.00

Children under 5  Free

Morocco is certainly Europe’s nearest African neighbour with glimpses of settlements and traffic clearly visible across the Straits of Gibraltar. Yet Morocco is a very different world. In its 700,000 sq. km there are long sandy beaches for the fun loving watersport enthusiasts, towering snow capped mountains with ski resorts, expanses of barren desert for the intrepid traveller, ancient cave drawings and striking Roman ruins for the historian. Along with crowded weekly markets, ancient dwellings, primitive agriculture and quaint mud built houses (ksour). There is the pink Morocco of the spring almond blossom, the green Morocco of the olive tree plantations and fertile valleys, the creamy white dwellings and the deep black Morocco of a Saharan night. The senses record the mixed spices of the souq, the smell of mint tea and donkeys linger in the air, the taste of tagine and the sound of the mosques calling the faithful to prayer.

Morocco is not a place to look at; it is a country to be absorbed!

Our adventure starts in Estopona, which is on the coast road between Malaga and Algiciras from where we board the ferry for Ceuta to start our amazing adventure. Our first overnight stop will in Meknes, this will have been a long day so I am sure you will eat and go to bed!. Moving on down from Ifrane and Michliffen where the huge cedar forest begin, this is the ski capital of Morocco and the tracks and trails through the forests in the foothills of the Atlas are amazing. Down to Kinifra and Imichil before starting our journey through the Todra Gorge (if you have seen pictures of the Grand Canyon then this Gorge is similar)

And onto Nkob where incredible views and fantastic mountain roads await you!

Before we reach Zagora you see a noticeable change in the environment and terrain as palm trees start to emerge and the obvious sign of sand replaces the stone and dust of the mountain trails. Zagora as been a trading town for thousands of years, on the edge of the Sahara it is home to nomads, Berbers and travellers from many nations who use it as a staging post for the Sahara.

Into the desert for the first time you will be amazed by its bareness and lack of sand as the ground seems black from the sunburnt pebbles.

From Zagora we start crossing dry riverbeds, take mountain trails, follow in the path of the Paris-Dakar rally as we follow closely the Algerian border through dry salt lakes, small dunes along the route to Mazouga. And all of a sudden in the shimmering distance you can make out the blurred vision of mountains of sand. This is Erg Chebbi, which we approach from Zagora, Erg Chebbi are Morocco’s highest dunes where you will have a chance to follow in the footsteps of the Paris-Dakar rally that used this as a stage for many years. On the perimeter of the dunes are scattered many small desert oasis with small hotels and cafes where you can take a well deserved rest while sipping mint tea in the sun drenched courtyards. For the more adventurous of you, the camels await to make you feel sea sick as you go with these ships of the desert on a few hour camel train journey into the dunes.

With a day or two to explore this region before we head back across the desert towards Errachidia, Rich and Fez on the journey home, sadness already in your heart as you leave this wonderful country behind, winding down a few clicks from normal life and promising to come back again. Our last night is spent in Fes here you have half a day where you will be free to absorb the medinas and the culture of this magnificent city.

You have the choice of camping or using a mixture of budget hotels, it is possible to spend a few nights under the stars in the mountains and desert where we will cook food purchased on route or brought with us. This is a moment to enjoy where around a campfire tales are told and lifetime friendships forged.

The Fee payable for 5 to 8 vehicles minimum for the trip and a max of 8, we will also negotiate special discount deals for you with Brittany for the ferry from Portsmouth to Santander, I expect this again to be around £745 return based on one vehicle with a berth for 2 people.

All of our safaris are designed to be achieved with well-prepared and unmodified vehicles, we are there to assist and help you achieve this at a sensible cost. The LRO Adventure Club support vehicles and guides will be on hand to assist and recover should any situation require it. We will carry basic medical equipment, recovery equipment tools but only for 200 & 300Tdi Land Rovers, we require you to carry certain items, see equipment and parts list later.

Before leaving get all oils changed, a good service and have a good visual inspection of the vehicle done, make sure brakes are good enough for the whole trip, and the clutch is up to desert driving.

The terrain and driving conditions will vary as we get further south, from fast motorways to winding coast roads, once in Morocco tarmac and gravel prevail in the north, with shale and gravel tracks becoming more predominant as we get into the Atlas mountains. Once into the desert we get sand, volcanic rock, and the dreaded desert thorns, if you are unlucky!

Momentum is the key with most off-road driving and certainly is a technique that will need to be mastered once in the sand of Erg Chebbi. Most days our average speed across tracks and desert will be between 15 & 30 mph but once onto main roads we should sustain 45-60 mph depending on the type of road and traffic conditions.

All terrain or even road tyre patterns are suitable for the Moroccan safari, but please ensure your tyres are in good condition with at least 80% wear left, the desert and barren surrounds are infamous for causing damage and excessive wear to tyres.

You must be able to cover 250 miles in Morocco without refuelling so please if you think you require it bring along one Jerry can, and check the seals! We work on 22 mpg for petrol and 24 mpg for diesel engines in Morocco.

We will also negotiate special discount deals for you with Brittany Ferries for the ferry from Portsmouth to Bilboa.

LRO’s Adventures staff on these trips are all experienced off-road drivers with a good knowledge of vehicle mechanics and possible problems. But careful checking and sympathetic driving will minimise wear and tear on the vehicle and tyres.

Vehicle documentation is very important, as are passports, driving licences, MOT’s as well as a green card for Morocco. Please bring original paperwork along and 2 photo copies of all documents just in case, it is worth while bringing along 2-3 passport sized photo’s as well, again just in case.

If the vehicle is a company vehicle please make sure you have a letter giving you permission to use and drive the vehicle during the dates we are away. Insurance can be bought at the Moroccan border.

We also ask all entrants to take out travel insurance and vehicle breakdown cover, you will not get breakdown cover for Morocco but we will do our hardest to get any broken down vehicle back to Spain.

Camping equipment is down to personnel preference but make sure your tents and sleeping bag are up to cold or even freezing nights in the desert? Camp beds or insulation sleeping mats are good, but of utmost importance is to ensure you take some tent pegs that are extra long and of a type that can grip in soft sand as well as pegs for rocky stony ground!!, I have seen standard ones come out and the tents have blown away on a windy night! Cooking and eating utensils are a must and make sure you bring or stock up with food in Spain (Estopona supermarket) before we arrive in Morocco. A 20-25 litre water container is recommended as a minimum requirement.

A good first aid kit with aspirin if you are not allergic to it, diarrhoea tablets/powder, sun cream and a sterile emergency medical kit. Torch and flashing light, flares, high-energy survival food, and binoculars and bottled water available. Some of our staff have basic expedition medical training and we will carry a comprehensive first aid kit.

For maps, the best you can get locally to you is the Michelin map of Morocco but Stanfords in London do better and higher detail maps. CB radio considered essential for safety reasons but are illegal in Morocco so if fitted please make sure they can be taken out and hidden along with the aerials and cable when we cross the border into Morocco.

Vehicle equipment:

  • 1 Good spare wheel..extra tyre if running non standard tyre sizes
  • D or Bow shackles, 2 at least and 4 ½ tonnes tested
  • Kinetic or a good long recovery rope, at least 5- 10 metres long
  • A tree strop to act as a bridle for certain vehicles
  • Front (if possible) and rear recovery points
  • High lift jack (not a necessity)
  • Shovel suitable for sand digging!
  • Tyre inflation system, pressure gauge, inner tube, puncture repair kits, Small basic tool kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Boxes or similar to put your equipment in
  • Straps and tie downs to secure kit
  • Table and chairs, ground sheet

We recommend that if this type of adventure is new to you then you should join us on one of our 4x4 driving courses which Pro-Trax run weekly and which we will give you 20% discount. 


This safari is not and will not be allowed to turn into a drunken romp across the desert; anybody not sticking to the rules and regulations of the trip could endanger themselves and other travelling companions.


We reserve the right at anytime if necessary to eject anyone from the event who is causing a nuisance or intentionally upsetting the smooth running and happiness of the safari.

Please bring suitable outdoor clothing and boots for a varied climate and terrain!, you can never tell what the weather will do these days!

ADDITIONAL MOROCCO SAFARI ADVENTURE INFORMATION 

THOSE WHO JOIN US WILL RECIEVE COMPREHENSIVE INSTRUCTIONS AND A LIST OF ALL REQUIREMENTS.

  • The estimated return fare with Brittany ferries from Portsmouth-Santander for Land Rover 110 with roofrack carrying two passengers and a berth, both ways is approx. £700 (we can get you the tickets, at a discountes rates ,
  • To work fuel costs, expect to travel around 1600 miles in Spain & 1600 miles in Morocco…..remember fuel is 2/3rds Uk price in Morocco!
  • DOCUMENTS; Make sure you bring along all vehicle documents (duplicated) If a company vehicle is being used then you need a letter of permission for you to use the vehicle in Morocco. A valid green card can be difficult to obtain for Morocco but can be purchased on the dock at Ceuta for around £50.
  • Before leaving ensure your vehicle has a thorough service and check over, tyres should have at least 70% wear left as desert and mountain driving is hard on them.
  • Fuel is readily available but bring one Jerry can
  • CB radio considered essential for safety reasons, very useful but illegal in Morocco so we take a chance! GPS can be useful but not an essential
  • Recovery items: rope, shovel, shackles, tyre inflation systems, tyre pressure gauge, inner tubes and repair kits, fire extinguisher
  • Food & water: carry some from England but you can fill up with meat, cheese, bread etc. in Estopona or Malaga. Some food and drink can be purchased in Morocco and the freshly baked bread is a must! Bring one five-litre water carrier and a compact one.
  • Hotels in Spain are from £40 per person, while in Morocco they vary from £11 -£49 per person, camping works out around £4 per night pp
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01-Oct-2017 | MOROCCO 2017: October 1st to October 19th - Desert & Mountain Tour

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Sail Sunday 1st October, land back in UK Thursday 19th October - Morocco Mountain And Desert Tour... see website for more information 


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15-Oct-2017 | MOROCCO Coast to Coast 2017: October 15th to November 2nd

October 15th to November 2nd 2017....Morocco Coast to Coast


Entry                                                     £1525.00 based on vehicle and two people.
Single traveller discount                        £325.00
Extra Adult                                             £325.00
Children  5 – 16                                     £175.00
Children under 5                                    Free



25-Mar-2018 | MOROCCO 2018 : March 25th to April 12th - Desert & Mountain Tour

Sail Sunday 25th March, land back in UK Thursday 12th April - Morocco Mountain And Desert Tour... see website for more information 



14-Oct-2018 | MOROCCO 2018: October 14th to November 1st - Desert & Mountain Tour

Sail Sunday 14th October, land back in UK Thursday 1st November - Morocco Mountain And Desert Tour... see website for more information 



28-Oct-2018 | MOROCCO Coast to Coast 2018: October 28th to November 15th

October 28th to November 15th 2018....Morocco Coast to Coast


Entry                                                     £1525.00 based on vehicle and two people.
Single traveller discount                        £325.00
Extra Adult                                             £325.00
Children  5 – 16                                     £175.00
Children under 5                                    Free