AN EXPLANATION OF THIS JOURNEY
Despite that Morocco is on the African continent, it is much closer to home than we think at first. The crossing from Spain to Morocco does not take longer than an hour, when we take the ferry at the narrowest point, the Strait of Gibraltar. After this hour we end up in a completely different world. Morocco is a country with elegant palaces and lush gardens, souks and medina’s with penetrating and mysterious scents of herbs, snake charmers and tooth pullers and above all a country of hospitality.
The intention and main goal of this journey is twofold, firstly we would like you to enjoy the nature and magnificent panorama’s and unique landscapes. Secondly we would like to introduce you to the wealth of the different culture, diverse population, unique meeting with local Berber people, sparkling and vivid towns and cities of Morocco. And above all, we are travellers. In the areas to the east and south of Morocco, where we travel through, is much less tourism than in the north, so here the local people will really spontaneously respond to our arrival as visitors.
You will drive this journey with your own vehicle at your own risk.
To make this journey not only to a beautiful adventure, but also organizational to a good result, we use during this journey the guidance of a good and knowledgeable team of highly experienced overland travellers. The guidance will be assisted by local guides and interpreters where necessary and they will possibly travel along with us for a part of the journey.
This journey is organised by Expedition Far East. The terms and conditions of Expedition Far East are valid.
OUR WAY OF TRAVELLING
This Individual Guided Adventurous Overland Journey© goes through a country with very different customs and habits then we are used to. The population of this mostly Islamic country is strongly interwoven with the traditions related to their religion. Therefore a journey like this demands a flexible altitude of the participants, a good physical and mental condition and health. Also the vehicles have to be in good condition.
INDIVIDUALLY AND ALSO GUIDED?
You drive at your own speed and pace. You will receive the Expedition Far East Road-book© with detailed information and the necessary information on attractions and sights and the GPS coordinates to be able to arrive at the next overnight location. We don’t drive convoy, unless absolutely necessary or when it is obliged by the local governments. You can leave in the morning, whenever it is the most convenient for you and stop as often as you like, to have as much individual freedom as possible. Plenty of time to fully enjoy and in the evening you don’t need extra time to search a safe overnight spot, very relaxing!
BENEFITS OF OUR GROUP JOURNEYS
An ‘Individual Guided Adventurous Overland Journey©’ of Expedition Far East has many advantages. One of the most important ones is that we only travel in small groups; maximum up to 12 vehicles. Further advantages are; always a back-up from fellow travellers and the journey guidance, the sense of security far away from home, supported by experienced guidance, difficult border crossings we always take as a group together and when necessary, with the help of local guides, a safe overnight place and from special value, cosy spontaneous evenings together, to share our experiences and adventures.
ROUTE AND DAYSCHEDULE
The route and itinerary are designed with the maximum possible interesting touristic highlights and sites are included on our route. Many are included in the program, others are optional. Of course, we also did take into account the overnight places and we have done our best effort to stay at the most beautiful places and locations. The daily distances range from 75 to 400km per day and are so divided that we have enough time to visit the sights and attractions, to take a break, to do some shopping and to relax. Obviously there are many non driving days, so you will be able to organise your own day. You will receive an Expedition Far East Road-book© with the day schedule and lots of tips and information, interesting sights and the overnight location related information and the required GPS coordinates.
For Europeans a valid passport which must be valid for at least 6 months when leaving Morocco. For Morocco is no visa required with a stay fpr maximum of 90 days.
This journey can be made with an average camper. Of course it is recommendable to leave home with a vehicle in a very good technical condition.
To fully enjoy the jounrey it is necessary to have a navigation device. Please contact us for more detailed information.
During this journey through Morocco we stay where it is safe in the wild outdoors at unique locations. In places where conditions do not allow it, or when we want to visit an attraction, we will stay at campsites. Campsites in Morocco are of a different quality than the campsites that we are used to in Western Europe.
The sanitary facilities, such as toilets and showers are of varying quality and do often not meet to our European standards or are even not present.
EMPTY GREY WATER AND TOILET
On this journey there are almost no facilities, where we can empty our grey water and toilet in a descent and environmentally friendly way. We are often designated to a place in the nature. It is important to do this at a discreet and appropriate manner, which causes no nuisance to the local residents and their live stock and crops. The use of chemical liquids is strongly discouraged. Instead of using chemicals for the toilet, there is a system on the market, called SOG; what is a good alternative to having to use no more chemicals.
The voltage is 220 volts, sometimes a little lower. Electricity is usually present on campsites, but sometimes to a limited extent.
Getting cash is possible at one f the many ATMs with debit or creditcard (maestro logo). Changing Euro is not a problem. De currency of Morocco is Dirham. 1 euro is approx. 11 Dirham. Maximum 1000 Dirham is allowed to import or export.
1 € = 11,14 DH 1 DH = 0, 09 €
1 CHF = 9,24 DH 1 DH = 0,11 CHF
1 GBP = 13,85 DH 1 DH = 0,07 GBP
The network for mobile telephony and the Internet is widespread and of good quality, especially near to the road and in big cities and in densely populated areas.
In Morocco the risk of getting ill is not much bigger then in northern Europa. There are no specific vaccination mandatory. Recommended are Hepatitis A and DTP. Inform at your doctor or health center for updated information, before you leave home.
Taking your pet on this journey is possible, but has to be notified to the travel organisation, before taking part on the journey.