We meet on Thursday evening to catch the 10.15 PM cruise ferry from Portsmouth to Santander and 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 boarding the ferry, it saves time when we disembark in Santander. We will have a get together on the ferry for a full briefing. On the ferry for 2 nights as it calls in France for provisions. 30 hours.
Sail 10.15 PM from Portsmouth to Santander on the Brittany Ferries Cruise ship [not included approx. £750 depending on your vehicle and cabins]. We are on the ferry overnight, so there is plenty of time to relax and enjoy the crossing. New ferry Galicia includes breakfast and evening meal.
On the ferry all day
Arrive in Santander 8AM, and regroup when everybody has disembarked the ferry. We hit the road and we will arrange a hotel for the night (cost approximately £60 not included). The adventure can start off the ferry as snowstorms are common at this time of year through the Picos mountains. A long day on empty motorways [no tolls] 9 hrs approx 400 miles, it must be done to break the back of the journey. Overnight Almendralejo
It is on the road after a good breakfast towards Algeciras, we don’t rush as there are speed cameras so be aware; fines incurred will be waiting for you when you get back to the UK. On arriving in Algeciras, 4hours approx. 213 miles. We head straight to the port to catch the first possible ferry to Tangers Med, Morocco. On arriving in Tangers Med, we sort out vehicle insurance for those who have not got it and currency for the next few days, It’s a cash country. We fill up with cheap Morocco fuel and hit the road for our first night camping in Morocco, Moulay Bousselham. 3 hrs approx. 102 miles, Motorway and Tolls. Morocco ferry £145 approx. open return., 10 days 3rd party insurance at the port approx. £70
It is an early start to Marrakesh on the A1, motorway skirting Rabat and Casablanca, Is a fabulous journey in itself as you can see the Atlantic rollers on the beach, and then it all changes in the run into Marrakesh as the Atlas Mountains raise up in front of you. We stay at the world famous La Relais du Marrakesh campsite for the evening giving you time to explore Marrakesh and visit the Medina Jemaa el Fna, 7 hrs to Marrakesh 288 miles Motorway and Tolls.
Now the journey really begins as we head further south, skirting around Agadir and travelling on the Atlantic Highway which goes to South Africa! before leaving Marrakesh we call at the supermarket which sells everything but alcohol which you need to bring with you. This is also the place to buy your sim card if you want one. Camping could be wild beach camping or campsite from now on its flexible
It’s time to start exploring! As we hug the road along the Atlantic coast, passing through Sidi Ifni, on to the Plage Blanche for some beach driving [tide permitting] and wild beach camping.
We keep heading south along the wild coastline looking out for the many rusting hulks of ships. We will be heading for Tarfaya / Cap Judy via Tan-Tan gateway to the Western Sahara, and we will be here overnight spending time having a look around and buying food for the next leg to Laayoune, the last major town before the border. We will spend the night at Laayoune campsite.
Laayoune to how far do we go south? Before running back up alongside the berm, where we will head back up towards Smara through the Sahara Occidental. Wild camping
We head towards the Oued Draa riverbed, working along the border where possible. Wild camping is on the cards for the evening.
Working our way along the Draa valley towards Assa and maybe beyond to Foum El Hisn.
Foum El Hisn to Tata making ground on the Sahara Highway, the N12. We will arrive in Tata and have a look around this border town.
Tata to Taroudant via Igherm; we have now turned north and are headed back up country. Taroudant is well worth a visit and is known as the Grandmother of Marrakesh in the Sous Valley, it is enclosed by ramparts with an excellent souk and square; here we will stay in an Auberge for the night (cost included).
It’s time to do some serious mileage by motorway back up the coast to Larache (450 miles and 8 or 9 hours). Stops will depend on how well we are keeping with the schedule.
Larache to Tangers Med to catch the ferry back to Algeciras where we will spend the at the Holiday Inn Express £60 approx
Travel from Algeciras to Salamanca (a 400-mile drive) to the jewel in the crown for our last evening of the holiday, it’s a very special place to end your adventure.
We travel from Salamanca to Santander to catch the 3 PM ferry to Portsmouth.
It’s time to relax on the Brittany Ferries cruise ship as we sail back home. We should arrive in the UK at about 8.45 PM. In total, you will have travelled approximately 3500 miles.
Vehicles: Suitable for vehicles such as Discovery 3/4/5, Defender, Range Rover, Shogun, Land Cruiser, Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux, prepared for off-road & camping
Tyres: All-Terrain such as BFG KO2’s or better including a full-size wheel and tyre and if you have an odd size tyre a 6th spare tyre.
We provide, guide vehicle with support equipment, first aid, recovery equipment, diagnostic, and tools, air jack, 2-way radios for comms, an experienced guide / first aider/ mechanical knowledge.