2012-13 Morocco (Expedition Truck) 4 Months
The trip to Morocco was undertaken as a test drive for Turtle (Expedition Truck), we spent about one month getting there, visited voltures in France and drove the northern part of Spain and Portugal before we took a ferry from Algeciras to Ceuta. We had a lot of rain in Spain and later in the northern part of Morocco. We both desperately needed some sun, warmth and basically a holiday after the building of Turtle which had exhausted us. We visited Chefchaouen which is still a very lovely town in the north then went back to the Mediterranean coast and back into the rain, from there on we went straight south and found a little bit of what we wanted near Zagora. We drove Erg Chebbi which was kind of touristy as local vendors visited us with motorbikes in the dunes … all a bit absurd! We also drove through Erg Chegaga which was more our understanding of desert travel so we had a good time there and enjoyed the days in the desert. Zagora is famous for its market, we visited this twice and never got bored. I especially liked the blue rocks near Tafraoute where we spent one week while exploring the surrounding area and other things. Plage Blanche a beach highly recommended by travellers turned out as very polluted, no wonder as all the rubbish from the towns in Morocco ends up in dry rivers and when the rain comes, which is very heavy in winter time, the rubbish gets washed into the sea and part of it ends up back on the shore. Essaouira the wind city of Morocco with a good alternative scene was to us also worth two stops. We headed for the high Atlas and for me I liked the remoteness and we found some stunning places to stay in the wild. A short visit to Marrakesh and Meknes with the souks and our allowed time in Morocco was over. We left Morocco the same way we came and the rest is history.