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1. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

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Hi there,

Has anyone of you experience with driving trough Marocco. Does anyone has experience driving there and feels the need to give me some tips? The country south of Marocco is Western Sahara. As I understand this country has no government (or is in exile o.s). Somebody has experience travelling (wether or not by car) trough Westen sahara.

Any info or tips are very much welcome,

Wouter

2. Posted by aitor (Full Member 102 posts) 9y

Hello Wouter,

Western Sahara was occupied by Morocco about 30-31 years ago. Actually "is" part of the country.

There is no border, you just need Moroccan stamp.

There is an advantage: petrol is about half price comparing to Morocco (nearly European prices).

There are some controls, but they don't embarrass you.

Regards,

Aitor

3. Posted by jodib (Budding Member 32 posts) 9y

Hi, I drove from Rabat to Merrakech, on to Essouira, then to Agadir and Taroudant, then back through merrakech again and back to Rabat in December.

I have not driven in the Sahara regions so I cant tell you anything about that.

But I will say, driving in Morocco where I have driven is not for the faint of heart or those with slow reaction times!!! ALso be prepared to drive, and really comfortable with, a manual transmission.

You MUST drive defensively- you will have mopeds, buses, trucks, donkey carts, people, cars and livestock converging from all directions in some places, all at once, with little or no regard for traffic rules. If you are lucky at big intersections there may be a police officer directing traffic. But not always.

People tend to tailgate on the highways and then try to pass whether or not there is adequate space to do so. You MUST always "leave yourself an out" and be very aware of what is around you and where you can go to avoid other vehicles or pedestrians or animals in a hurry when necessary.

I found Merrakech particularly challenging, and I used to drive a bus, so I have some professional driving experience, which really came in handy.

All that being said, once you get used to it and know what to expect, a car really gives you the freedom to explore Morocco and see and experience things you otherwise would have no opportunity to experience.

I would do it again!

4. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Thanks Jodib for the advice. I have been in countries like Egypt and india and I know how the traffic is, though I never drove there. I think it will be very weird in the beginning (especially in the cities). The defensive driving is a good advice I guess. The difference with Europe is that we eventually could rely on other road users. I think you'd better not do that in Marrocco. Thanks again.

5. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

What places are you going to visit Wouter?

6. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting Utrecht

What places are you going to visit Wouter?

I am not in that phase yet. Guess I will be starting planning a (general)route in April or May. Its still too far away to start staring at a map at the moment. Next week I start by buying the LP of Marocco and of Western-Africa. So that's a start.

7. Posted by polhill (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

Hey Wouterr, last year we managed to drive from Morocco to Ghana following the Coastal Route to Senegal and then inland to Mali and down, If you have any more specfic quesitions give me a shout. The roads are pretty good, laborious but good, driving in Morocco is childs play compared to West Africa, but when you get into it it's pretty fun, especially if you have a battered Land Rover.

There are also a few bits on our travel site www.macclesfieldsfinest.co.uk. (I hope that isn't classed as an advert as it's not commercial in anyway)

8. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Quoting polhill

Hey Wouterr, last year we managed to drive from Morocco to Ghana following the Coastal Route to Senegal and then inland to Mali and down, If you have any more specfic quesitions give me a shout. The roads are pretty good, laborious but good, driving in Morocco is childs play compared to West Africa, but when you get into it it's pretty fun, especially if you have a battered Land Rover.

There are also a few bits on our travel site www.macclesfieldsfinest.co.uk. (I hope that isn't classed as an advert as it's not commercial in anyway)

That's a pretty cool trip Polhill!
I see the trip ended in DRC....or Nairobi? That's where the diary ends. You didn't manage to get south again? And how did you drive from DRC towards Kenya?