Discussion in 'Rally Planning Discussion and Chat' started by CherryPirate, May 18, 2014.
A few posts pulled from the last thread to start a new one - Jim
So when are you starting 2015 ????
Is it very hot in January?
Forget the itinerary and just go with the flow. Be more directed by weather and advise as you travel along.
First year for me I really wanted to go to Marrakech and Casablanca... Maybe just because you hear those places mentioned so often. In 2013 we soon got chatting to others and took Casablanca off the list, Marrakech was definatly worth the visit and that first walk into the main square will stay with me always.
On the 2014 trip it was pulling up at the sand dunes and just standing there, taking it all in and realising where we had driven from back in the UK to get there.
Your ferry ticket will be "open" so you can choose the length of your stay once there.
We had a plan
Can't remember where it went sure I had it on outbound ferry
On the 2013 trip I remember a group of them all in the McDonalds at Algerciras the night before the crossing.. Maps out, pens paper etc.. Making lists...
Next day, got to Morocco and it was raining.. Everything changed and the motto for the trip became..
"The plan can always change"....
As mentioned on other enquiry posts, keep your eyes open - someone is bound to start a new thread for 2015 in the not too distant future. _Probably after Malvern.
Whatever, we'll be going again and be happy to be part of a Fun group.
no its not too hot . but you can get sunburnt .
its a dry heat you dont feel all sweaty so be careful.
i say the best time is mid december till mid march .
late march and april can be very windy . the trade winds bring sand storms etc .
november is wet season so going earlier isnt a good idea .
but first time follow the coast from kenitra down to agadir . try to stay off the m,way but from larache to kenitra you just as well use it after then hug the coast . after sale you cross a bridge . then turn right follow the walls of rabat . then just follow the sea . again at casablanca follow the sea . after casa you have to go inland a bit butas soon as you can head towards the sea. at safi again follow the sea south dont follow the sign posts they send you inland . again keep following the sea . at essaouira head on the coast road still and follow the sea . after a while in agadir head inland taroudant , tizi-n-test to marrakech.from there your 6 weeks are up head home . next year go more into the vdesert side . you may never want to go to marrakech again . but have fun .
been going since 76 so believe me it takes many long trips to see it all.
Alan, thank you very much for your useful post.
As mentioned whatever your 'plans' they usually change, depending on who you are travelling with and naturally the weather. We preferred travelling with a smaller group of friends. Last year we were heading towards Tagazout Beach again however the weather was terrible (wet) so we decided to drive towards the desert to meet 'Humprey' (a camel) and many of his mates. It was a great move and I would suggest something similar again. Follow the coast heading to Marrakesh and the sun/ heat (a quick stop, having been there a few times) then onto Quarzazate, Zagora, Mhamid (or east if you have more time) then west via Forum Zguid (up via R111 towards, Tafarout (stop a few days), then follow the coast to Tagazout Beach ( good place to meet up with others ) then Essourria (town car park) a wonderful place.
I think staying in one place too long is a mistake (others will disagree lol) so 4/5 days is usually long enough as there is so much to see and enjoy. For us if you spend too much time in Morocco we use up our time to visit other places, maybe in Spain or Portugal heading home. When returning last year we spent the extra time in Southern Spain before the 'meet' last year at La Bella Vista then headed back up (via Benidorm) to meet up with some other Funsters before heading home to enjoy the wind and rain in spring at home. We then knew our next destination would be to go again the following year! lol
If we go again this year it will be my third visit in a motor home and I have also lived there for 5 months when I was younger, as it is a great country and you meet wonderful people while spending good times with great friends. But as 'vwalan' and others have mentioned you need to do this trip a few times, so take your time and have FUN.
Whatever you decide or end up doing, you are going to have a fabulous experience in Morocco!
Thought I would add my 10 pence worth!
another good source of info for morocco,,is horizons unlimited.. a motorcycle site...
Not wishing to start any unnecessary panic but it seems that the Ebola virus may have found its way to Morocco. See attached - http://allafrica.com/stories/201408041541.html
It has also been announced that the Fifa Africa Cup of Nations to be held in Morroco in 2015 may be cancelled - http://www.moroccoworldnews.com/201...-nations-may-be-postponed-due-to-ebola-virus/
We will be watching any developments very carefully
when BA and other carriers stop flying to these countries, then the risk is beginning to outweigh the rewards of travelling there. at the moment Morocco has only had one fatality and that wasnt contracted in the same country.
its a good idea to monitor the situation
Already starting to happen according to this
Stay away from Scotland then. There is a lady there currently under observation for the disease. She arrived from Africa - Sierra Leone I think.
I suspect that isolation strategies and general medical hygiene are 150% better in Scotland than some remote parts of Maroc. Casablanca Airport is a hub for a lot of the small African countries which are affected by the Ebola virus. We spoke to Germans last year who had driven down to the Gambia and back so there are two routes the virus could travel. Don't know about sea trade between the affected countries suffice to say the bulk of them are on the Atlantic Coast.
Hopefully, now it has been reconised as a problem bythe WHO,it will halt the spread and reduce the number of deaths.
it will be here soon im stock pilling food for our isolation in the highlands
actually i pickled some cucumber
Slight problem there ..... I live in Scotland.
be more worried if uk etc start backing shia in iraq.
most of africa is sunni muslims .
inc morocco. the isis army are sunni .
think going there this year is out of the question .
Would you care to contact me regarding your trip as it is virtually the same as we are hoping to do, also, is there a way on this forum of contacting a member directly instead of using the forum pages. Not that I have anything to hide but purely to give others a break from what may seem 'done to death' previously.