Morocco (Camping) Atlas Mountains to Riff Mountains via Sahara 14th to 31st Mar 2025

£2,500.00

Availability: 8 places available (1 place = 1 vehicle with a maximum of 2 occupants. You must contact us before booking if you need to make provision for additional persons. Ferries are NOT included in the price.)

Important Information

If you have never been on one of our tours before and there is anything you are uncertain about, please contact us before booking.

Tour Requirements

What you will need


  • 1949 IDP (for Spain) & 1968 IDP (for France) international driving licenses.
  • European Assistance (breakdown cover) for your vehicle.
  • Holiday, vehicle and medical insurance to include repatriation. Make sure you obtain proof of insurance from your insurance company (third-party vehicle insurance can be purchased in north-africa at the port).
  • Original V5 & MOT Certificate.
  • If your vehicle is owned by your company, you must have written proof from the company that you are permitted to use it on your holiday.
  • European travel kit.
  • Spares for your vehicle. For example: Universal joints, fuel filter, air filter, drive belt, oils for transmission and differentials, and any known item that is known to be a problem with your vehicle model.
  • If on a camping holiday you must have a good quality roof or ground tent, all-season sleeping bag, all-weather clothing, cooking equipment, fridge or cool-box (please consider power consumption, cool boxes can be high consumption, so your vehicle electrics must be able to cope. Contact us for advice). We can hire tents, please inquire by using the form provided.
  • Even if on a hotel holiday, we often stop in the mountains for lunch, so table and chairs and warm clothing is recommended.

Warning


  • CB radios are illegal in some North African countries. If you try to enter a country with a CB radio where the use of a CB radio is illegal, it may be confiscated at customs.
  • Drones are illegal in some North African countries. If you try to enter a country with a drone where the use of a drone is illegal, it may be confiscated at customs.

What we carry


  • SPOT emergency tracker response rescue unit.
  • Defibrillator
  • Emergency first aid kit
  • Spare fuel and water.
  • Tools and diagnostics for Land Rovers and Jeeps.
  • Recovery equipment.
  • Puncture repair kit and air compressor.

SKU: 2025-03-14-001-19616

The tour to Western Sahara starts when we depart Portsmouth for Santander on a Brittany Ferries cruise ship (Ferry fees not included – approximately £750). We will arrive in Santander and continue our journey through Spain to Almendralejo, where we will find a hotel for the night (not included) before heading to Algeciras to catch another ferry to Tanger Med in Morocco.

Our first campsite in Morocco will be at Moulay Bousselham, a small coastal town situated on the Atlantic coast. From here, we head to Marrakesh, one of Morocco’s major tourist destinations and a cultural hub with a rich history that dates back centuries. We will stay at the La Relais du Marrakesh campsite, and you will have time to explore Marrakesh and Medina Jemaa el Fna. You will need to provision at the local supermarket before we leave Marrakesh. The supermarket sells just about everything other than alcohol, which you will need to bring with you. If you need a SIM card, this is the time to buy one.

As we travel further south on the Atlantic Highway, the Atlas Mountains come into view, as well as, of course, the Atlantic coast. We will pass through Sidi Ifni as we travel onwards to Plage Blanche, also known as White Beach. It is a stunning coastal area that is renowned for its pristine, untouched beauty, with stretches of sandy beaches and dramatic cliffs that create a picturesque landscape. It is here where we will get the opportunity to do some beach driving (tides permitting).

As we head further south along the Atlantic highway, we will witness the remnants of rusted ships as we travel to Tarfaya. Tarfaya holds historical significance as an important outpost during the colonial era and is known for its unique cultural heritage and natural beauty. We will be camping at Tarfaya, and provisioning for the next part of our journey to Laayoune, also spelt El-Aaiún, which is the largest city and capital of the Moroccan-administered region of Western Sahara. We will spend the night at Laayoune campsite.

After leaving Laayoune, our options are wide open. Ultimately, we will head north again alongside the Berm, a defensive structure known as the Moroccan Wall or the Berm. It is a 2,700-kilometer-long barrier that separates the Moroccan-controlled areas in Western Sahara from the territory administered by the Polisario Front, which seeks independence for Western Sahara.

We travel through the Sahara Occidental, known as Western Sahara, towards Smara. Smara is known for its traditional Sahrawi architecture and cultural heritage. The city features traditional adobe buildings, narrow alleyways, and a central market where locals gather to sell goods, including handicrafts, textiles, and food products. We will be wild camping on this leg of the journey.

The Oued Draa riverbed, also known as the Draa Valley or Wadi Draa, is a significant geographic feature. It is the longest river in Morocco, stretching approximately 1,100 kilometres from its source in the High Atlas Mountains to its end in the Atlantic Ocean. We will be wild camping again! We will travel along the Draa Valley towards Assa. Assa is known for its remote and arid desert environment, surrounded by vast expanses of dunes and rocky terrain. The town itself is relatively small and has a population primarily composed of Sahrawi people, the indigenous inhabitants of the region.

We travel on to Foum El Hisn, a small town located in the southern desert region. It is known for its remote desert surroundings and its role as a transportation hub. It offers visitors an opportunity to experience the beauty of the desert landscape and immerse themselves in the traditional Saharan culture. It’s onwards on the Sahara Highway to Tata, a town located in the Guelmim-Oued Noun region. One of the main attractions in Tata is the nearby Tagmout Oasis. The oasis features palm groves and lush vegetation, providing a refreshing contrast to the surrounding desert environment. Visitors can explore the oasis, stroll through the palm groves, and enjoy the serene ambience.

We are now travelling north towards Taroudant, a city located in the Sous Valley. Taroudant is often referred to as the “Grandmother of Marrakech” due to its similar red walls and its historic significance. It is here where we stay in an Auberge for the night and prepare for the long drive to Larache (about 450 miles). From Larache, we travel to Tanger Med to catch the ferry to Algeciras. Our time in Morocco is at an end! On our journey back through Spain, we will stop at Salamanca. From Salamanca, it’s a drive to Santander to catch the ferry back to Portsmouth.

By the time you arrive back in Portsmouth, you will have travelled approximately 3,500 miles, during which you will have captured some amazing memories to share with your family and friends.

Region


The map below indicates the region we will be travelling to. For more information, please contact us.

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