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Morocco : The East to Figuig and The Legionnaires Trail

£2650 for a car with two people

Grade: 1 to 2

Thisadventure starts from the northern port of Tanger, only 35 minutes away by fast ferry from Tarifa in Southern Spain. As you watch Africa approaching from the deck of the ferry the excitement builds as the Moorish port hove's into view. On the way across the Sraights from Tarifa you may be lucky enough to see dolphins playing around the ship.

As our route gets closer to the  Sahara  golden sand appears, sending a tingle of excitement through you with the anticipation of the dunes to come. Crossing The Moroccan Desert is the off road highlight of this trip. You have to experience the thrill of only seeing sky for a second or two as your car crests a dune before that rush down the other side.

One important change for 2016 will be the introduction of camping or hotel options to this adventure so that it can fit into your budget. The  hotels that we will be offering are at Chefchaouen, Fez, Iche, Figuig,Midelt and at Meknes we use the Riad Yacout beside the old Medina. These hotels are traditionally Moroccan, some of them newly built, each one with a spirit of its own. The quality is equivalent to European four star hotels so you can expect comfortable beds and excellent food.

The wild campsites that we use are chosen to get you close to the spirit of both the Mountains and the Sahara Desert. The contrasts between the High Atlas Wild camp and the Sahara are spellbinding and you will enjoy each one, leaving a part of your spirit in the wilds, eager to return.

The climate in Morocco is so varied due to the variations in Altitude. All seasons can be expected during the winter months in the Mountains. Sunshine is a certainty south of the High Atlas with temperatures reaching 40 degrees centigrade or more in the desert itself. Because Morocco is close to the equator there are around twelve hours of daylight whatever the time of year.

The East to Figuig and The Legionnaires Trail Route.

Day 1: Tanger to Chefchaouen with Hotel

Day 2: Chefchaouen to Fes staying at Riad or Campsite

Day 3: Fez to Taza via Tazekka National Park Hotel with Bed and Breakfast

Day 4: Taza to Guercif and Debdou with Wild Campsite

Day 5: Plateau du Rekkam and Wild Camping

Day 6: Chott Tigri to Iche with Hotel or Campsite Option

Day 7: Iche to Figuig and Hotel or Campsite Option

Day 8: Figuig Rest Day with Hotel or Campsite Option

Day 9: Figuig to Boudenib and desert south with a Wild Camp

Day 10: Rissani and a Wild Camp on The Legionnaires Route to Fezzou

Day 11:  Fezzou via Legionnaires Route

Day 12: Fezzou Village to Kasbah Asmma in Midelt via Errachidia

Day 13: Kasbah Asmma in Midelt to Cedar Forest Wild Camp

Day 14: Cedar Forest Wild Camp to Riad Yacout in Meknes

Day 15: Riad Yacout in Meknes: Rest Day

Day 16: Riad Yacout in Meknes to Tanger and Spain

Conditions to Expect in Morocco

Sahara Desert

Temperatures will range from 45°C at the hottest part of the day to 15°C at 2am

Sunshine all day. Shade is important· Warm wind from a zephyr to force 8· High winds will mean that sand will be airborne·

Stones (small to large), flat rock, dry lakes, sand rivers, mountain passes and sand dunes 200 meters high

Camps are basic.

Hotels vary from good to excellent

High Atlas and The Anti-Atlas

Temperatures will range from 35°C during the hottest part of the day to 0°C at 2am

Weather is variable but generally warm and clear

High winds will mean that dust will be airborne

Rock or sand track abound. Flat rock, mountain passes and if it rains very slippery mud will be an interesting challenge

Camps are basic. Hotels vary from good to excellent

Driving and Rules for Morocco

1. Always Slow down early for Police Checkpoints and be polite and courteous. They will ask you where you are going and are often interested in talking about what it is like in England and in your car.

2. On the off road tracks it is often very slippery and you should always use four wheel drive with a locked center diff. Extreme Caution is often needed on bends and brows of hills. Always drive at a speed where you can stop easily in the distance that you can actually see ahead.

3. Punctures can be quite numerous and you will be able to get tyres repaired at all towns and most villages.