Our Morocco Travel Specialist Fiona took a road trip through Morocco and we asked her to share some tips and stories from her adventure:
I remember preparing for my first Morocco tour and really worrying about getting to all the places that I really wanted to see. Most of my family and friends thought I was nuts for even thinking about driving in Morocco but I’m so happy that we decided to go for it! My friend Marie and I did a 5 day Morocco road trip from Marrakech to Zagora. Apart from getting to take the trip at our own pace, stopping off as and when we needed, we felt free to sing along to Queen at the top of our lungs!
Navigating the roads
Navigating in Morocco is not always easy, but for the most part the roads are kept in good condition and all the important signs are in both English and Arabic. During our Morocco trip we did of course take a wrong turn here and there but luckily for me, Marie speaks French, so asking for directions out in the countryside was relatively easy. I would say that if you don’t speak Arabic or French it is a good idea to learn the odd phrase to get you by and always have the name, address and phone number of your next hotel on you just in case you find yourself in a pickle.
Changing speed limits
One of the most important points to keep in mind when you’re driving in Morocco is that the speed limit is constantly going up and dropping again almost immediately. Along the main roads there a lots of small towns and villages, so no matter how short the actual distance to drive might seem, you need to keep in mind that you’re not going to make it in just a couple of hours. It’s best to break up your journey into 4-5 hour days allowing you to take in the sights and sounds of the country around you.
Stock up for the ride
Preparing for a long drive is also very important. One of my key tips for driving in Morocco is to make sure you have plenty of water with you in the car. It’s also a good idea to keep hold of some of the bottles to refill and keep in the boot just in case you need to top up the water tank along your journey. It wasn’t something we needed to use during our own travels but it was definitely gave us peace of mind to know that water was there if we needed it. Take it easy to begin with, driving on the opposite side of the road isn’t always easy to get used to and don’t forget to stock up on snacks to enjoy along the way!
From cars to camels
Now of course, no Moroccan adventure is complete without heading out into the Sahara and, if you’re up for it, it’s definitely worth trying the camel drive out to one of the desert camps. It’s not for everyone and the hips and back were definitely feeling slightly strained the next day, but it is such a lot of fun. No need to worry about your vehicle as this will be locked up securely in a yard and guarded overnight. All you need to prepare beforehand is your overnight bag, have a couple of large water bottles each and of course, take along a good sense of adventure!
So, when you start planning your holiday and you’re thinking of travelling to Morocco, why not consider doing a self-drive trip for that added adventure? It feels a bit overwhelming to begin with, particularly when driving out of Marrakech or Fes, but once you get the hang of it you’ll find there is so much to discover and experience with that added freedom!