We meet on Thursday evening to catch the 10.15PM cruise ferry from Portsmouth to Santander. We need to be at the check in for at least 1hr before we sail, Russ will be waiting for you to check you in and to handout 2-way radios please fuel up before the ferry, saves time when getting off the ferry. We will have a get together when on the ferry for a full briefing
Sails; Sail 10.15PM from Portsmouth to Santander on the Brittany Ferries Cruise ship [not included approx. £700 depending on your vehicle and cabins]. We are on the ferry for 2 nights, plenty of time to relax and enjoy the crossing,
Saturday; Arrive in Santander 8AM, Spain regroup off the ferry and hit the road for our first night in Spain where we will arrange a hotel for the night. cost approx. £60 not included. the adventure can start off the ferry as snowstorms are common at this time of year through the Picos mountains. The Hotel will be in the Almendralejo area, 8hr approx. from the Port 400 miles on empty motorway, with plenty of stops along the way.
Sunday; It’s on the road after a good breakfast towards Seville and then on to Algeciras this is a short journey on mainly empty motorways, we don’t rush, there are speed camera,s be aware, fines come back to the UK. We should be in Algeciras for just after lunch, and in time to catch a ferry into Morocco, our first Campsite will be about 100 miles into Morocco on the Atlantic coast. [At Tangers Med we will buy vehicle insurance 3rd party approx. £70 for 10 days, for those who have not got a green card in the UK and change money for dirham]
Monday; We fuel up and hit the A1 Atlantic coast road to Marrakech it’s a toll road but the quickest way to get where we need to be, Le Relais du Marrakech is one of the epicentres of the Overlanding world! this is our first night camping, its 300 miles, but it must be done and is worth it
Monday evening is the time to head into town for that must have item in the souks or just chill in the Jemaa el-Fna square watch the sun go down as the square becomes alive. Some may just wish to hang out by the pool at the campsite, beer/wine and good food available
Tuesday; Into town for that last shop at the supermarket everything but alcohol available it is amazing. This is also the place to buy a data sim card for your phone £10 for 10G approx. Next stop Atlas Mountains, via Tiz-n-Test classed as one of the most dangerous roads in the world built by the French Foreign Legion, we head over the top and drop down towards Taliouine this is where you may even see goats climbing trees, we turn back into the Atlas Mountains to spend our first night wild camping at about 2500 m, it will be chilly with the back drop of the highest mountain in North Africa Mount Toubkal, in the morning there maybe a touch of frost about but the sun rise will be magical. [4 seasons sleeping bags a must!]
Wednesday; Breakfast watching the sun raise over the mountains and straight onto the track along the spine of the Atlas, passed deserted villages and through canyons over rich lush meadows for sheep/goats and horses, we drop down and head through the Tiz-n-Bachkoum pass and drop down even further towards Foum-Zguid where we will pick up fresh bread and supplies before heading into the desert towards Lac Iriki, here we will wild camp again after clearing the military check-point, sweets/cigarettes help us through the post it’s a game. Tonight, after setting up camp its time to sit back around the fire with a glass of wine and look at the stars.
Thursday; the real driving starts here through soft sand over dried out lakes, and stoney out crops it has it all. Here we will be passed by tourist Toyota’s flying along in convoy, café restaurants / auberges in the middle of nowhere. Its alive with everything your mind has imagined. Tonight, again maybe wild camping depending on how well we have travelled, through border villages not to far from Algeria, past old Foreign Legion Forts and into the Oued Draa.
Friday; Is a short day all thing permitting! We travel through sand dunes and river beds before re-joining the road to Zagora, here we have a choice of campsite or auberge, on arriving we check in the Garage Iriki and Aziz and his team will check our vehicles over grease the prop shafts, blow out the air filter and generally make sure you are safe!!!, next door to Garage Iriki is a brilliant Auberge Chez-Ali, which we can check into if you want a break from camping, approx. £25 for the night B&B not included, swimming pool fabulous gardens, and a beer or 2. Campsite just down the road as well it’s up to you after 3 nights wild camping. Garage Iriki is worth every penny [cost about £10 for the check over] He carries a large stock of Land Rover/Toyota parts as well. Preventive maintenance is especially important on this kind of trek. Zagora is the town with the famous sign for Timbuctoo
Saturday; On the road vehicles refreshed, and yourselves and back into the desert, today the scenery changes beyond belief becoming more mountainous with massive plateau’s in between, here we are heading towards the Erg Chebbi sand dunes, its along day and we will need another night wild camping before we get there. Today its mountains/plateau’s/sand dunes/dried out riverbeds, salt lakes everything in one day. Night-time under the stars
Sunday; On the road towards Erg Chebbi, calling in at my old friends at Porta Sahara for tea/coffee, we should arrive in Merzouge around lunch time, were we fuel up, and head off into the sands dunes for the best fun in a 4×4 you will ever have. We end the day at a great campsite near Erfoud, collecting supplies from the town first.
Monday; On the road towards the Algerian border through rivers beds and along cliff faces until we work our way up onto the escarpment, here you will see massive waterfalls but doubtfully any water when we get there. Today we are heading for Rekkam Boudnib camping, this French owned campsite is voted the best in Morocco by Overlanders, and is a fabulous place to eat and drink with Francois the owner
Tuesday; Breakfast in Boudnib is normally pancakes to set us on the road! Just for a change its tarmac all day, via Ar-Rachidia to Azrou this route takes us through the Ceder Forests, with monkeys at the side of the road with there handlers waiting for cash for pictures, this is another day on tarmac taking the town of Midelt, on route to an evening that on arriving looks like a version of Disney Moroccan style, its different to say the least.
Wednesday; On the road to Chefchaouen via Ifrane and Fes today we travel through the Riff Mountains, again on tarmac but as we travel up through the mountains the roads go from tarmac to track and back again , Its along road trek but it makes Thursday a short day with plenty of time to get to the port. Chefchaouen more commonly called the Blue & White City is a very special place to spend your last evening in Morocco, wander the streets and take in the atmosphere , we have a choice tonight of camping at the only campsite in town looking over the city or you may want to up-grade to the Atlas Hotel next door it’s up to you.
Thursday; Chefchaouen to Tangers Med to catch the ferry back to Algeciras and overnight at the Holiday Inn Express
Friday; Travel from Algeciras to Salamanca, a 400 miles drive to the jewel in the crown for our last evening of the holiday, it’s a very special place to end your ardventure
Saturday: We travel from Salamanca to Santander heading off on the last leg to catch the 3PM ferry to Portsmouth.
Sunday; Time to relax on the Brittany Ferries cruise ship back home, we should arrive UK time 8.45
mileage in Total Spain/Morocco 3500 approx.