Explore the real Morocco and be blown away by incredible peaks, desert plains, Saharan dunes and vast open vistas! With a mix of wild and site camping we are free to get deep into the heart of Morocco. Camping on the Plateau de Rekkam under the stars or by an oasis in the Sahara is a life-changing experience.
Our 4×4 Morocco Explorer camping adventure is one of the most colourful, stunning and friendly trips that we run. Highlights include the famous blue town of Chefchaouen, Marrakech and the vast emptiness of the desert where we'll pass Bedouin camps and herds of camels trekking across the open plains. You'll also get to experience some fantastic sand dunes in Erg Chebbi and the oasis, and the High Atlas. We run this trip several times a year – check out the different dates we have on offer.
If you are taking the ferry with us, we meet at Portsmouth for the evening crossing to Santander which is a great chance to spend the evening and the following day relaxing and getting to know each other and also avoids the long drive down through France.
The ferry docks in Santander in the evening. After disembarking we travel towards Palencia or Valladolid, where we spend our first night camping. The distance we manage to travel on this day will depend on the time the ferry arrives which in turn dictates where we camp.
For those travelling with us, our next overnight stop is Algeciras where we will meet those who are making their own way to the rendezvous point. We camp at the foot of the Rock of Gibraltar, which is located near the port making it easy to catch the ferry to Tangiers in the morning.
Today we spend the day travelling into Morocco! We head down to the overlanding centre of Morocco and camp at the famous Relais de Marrakech where you can relax after the journey and watch the overland trucks come in. We should arrive here mid-afternoon allowing you to explore the city.
An early start and we soon leave the hustle and bustle of civilisation behind as we climb up to our first mountain pass. After a stop for lunch we head high into the Atlas to end the day wild-camping at 8,500 ft.
A day of contrasts as we break camp and continue our journey through the Atlas mountains before descending towards Foum Zguid. Taking on provisions and fuel, from here we enter the northern Sahara where we wild camp for the night.
We break camp early and set off across wild landscapes of the Northern Sahara. The route takes in rock, sand, salt lakes and dry river beds as we wind our way towards Zagora. A chance to get your vehicle checked over and a night in an auberge.
The landscape changes again as we climb across rocky outcrops and ascend for breathtaking panoramic views across the landscape torwards the Algerian border. The emptiness and size of the landscape is unique and we end the day at an oasis of calm and great food, the Porte de Sahara!
Today we hit the dunes as we pass through the area around Erg Chebbi where the dunes rise up on the edge of the Sahara. A chance to test our your sand driving - and recovery! After the dunes we track parrallel to the Algerian border before camping at an Oasis.
We reluctantly leave the Oasis behind and out of the Sahara as we head towards Boudnib. En-route we have the chance to follow river beds once used in the Paris-Dakar rally and we end the day with the ultimate photo-opportunity! Our accomodation for the night is either camping or an auberge.
Today we head into the 'empty quarter' - passing over the Col de Belkassem we enter the Plateau de Rekkam where you'll see herds of camels, travel through dry river beds and frequently encounter bedouin camps. We wild camp on the plateau - emptiness in every direction!
Tracking out of the desert we work our way to Guercif where we fuel up and restock on provisions. From here the landscape changes again as we enter the Cedar Forest and camp near Taha Souk.
Today we head to Chefcaouen, the magnificent Blue City in the north of Morocco. We arrive here in the late afternoon which gives you a chance to explore this unique location and sample the excellent food. A choice tonight of camping or auberge.
The terrain of northern Morocco is different again - one of the joys of Morocco is the variety of landscape! Our journey today takes us back to Tangier Med where we have to say farewell to Morocco and take the ferry to Spain, arriving in Algeciras for the evening.
A day of travel across Spain, but with an excellent destination! Salamanca is the jewel of Norther Spain and we arrive with time for you to explore this magnificent city. We have our 'end of tour' meal in the piazza - swapping stories, photographs and addresses with the friends you've made on the holiday.
For those catching the ferry back to the UK, we leave Salamanca at lunchtime, reaching Santander in time for the evening ferry to Portsmouth. The ferry arrives back in the UK at around 8.30pm the following day. For those travelling at their own pace, the journey through Spain takes you towards the French border north of Biarritz and from there towards Calais.
“The routes were amazing, the group was awesome and we’ve camped in the best places! Russ is an excellent guide; he makes sure everyone is having a good time and takes great care, ensuring the safety of us and our vehicles. Can't wait to book the next trip!”
This trip lasts for 12 nights starting in Algeciras and ending in Salamanca. We offer an optional extra of adding the Portsmouth to Santander ferry to your holiday, in which case you should allow 16 days in total. If you decide to drive through France and Spain you'll need to allow for a lot longer!
Pack for varied conditions as the desert is hot in the day but cold at night.
A huge variety of terrain from tarmac to rough farm tracks and rock desert and dune driving. Intermediate difficulty but suitable for all driving abilities under our expert guidance.
Low-box, underbody protection and recovery points along with all terrain tyres plus an additional spare wheel or tyre and any spare parts which are specific to your 4x4.
We carry medical kits, our guides are all first-aid trained and we have emergency beacons to hasten location and evacuation in emergency situations. Lead vehicles have full recovery equipment which is tested before departure and we also carry a range of tools and spares.
A detailed requirements check-list will be sent to you six weeks before your departure date.
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