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Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Erfoud April 12th 2014

Once we were all set up we went to a local restaurant for an evening meal, which was brochettes, with mixed salad for starters. All of which was excellent. The next day we had a bit of a boring day. It started off nice with a small tour of the village and then a look at Benny, our guide’s, house. Inside was a real difference, to the outside which was just a simple mud hut look, but obviously made of concrete, but inside was a small garden of palm trees surrounded by a shaded walk way. Upstairs was a work in progress still as he is building some small rooms for tourists to stay. At the end of the tour we all sat down next to the garden and had tea with small cakes, dates and ... read more
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Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Midelt April 10th 2014

Fes was an amazing experience and a very long day, as our guide was ready for us at 10 and continued to show us around until 6. But it was worth it as there is no way we would have found all those things alone. The next day we took a short country route to Ifrane to see the town and also sort our internet out. After a long time in the phone shop we then headed to a campsite near Azrou. Last time we camped at Amazigh as the original campsite we headed for at euro camping, had a crowd of touts outside. This time round there wasn’t a single person, so we headed in and dumped Dads truck. We then headed back up the road to find the Barbary Apes that live in the ... read more
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Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Azrou April 8th 2014

Apologizes, this could be a long one as our internet decided to block us out till we could get to a shop, and a lot has happened in the mean time. Day started off fine with a slow easy morning and then a walk into Chefchauoen. The walk took us in to the top of the medina and not a single person batted an eyelid, as in not one “hello my friend, welcome to Morocco” which, a bit like the port, threw me. Last time we barely made it out of the campsite before we had a local who became our unwanted guide and every shop owner giving us the default tourist script as above (read 2012’s blog). Once we had walked around the main part of the medina, we went down into the newer part ... read more
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Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan » Chefchaouen April 5th 2014

Day 6 and we are at last in Morocco! Uncle Ray picked up the tickets yesterday so we only had to get on to the ferry, which is more of a job than you think. First the tom tom tries to send you down a service area which is locked, and then when you enter the port there’s no sign for Tangier-Med only Ceuta and Tangier. We followed the signs for Tangier and joined a queue, which turned out to be for the wrong ferry company, who were 3 hours behind. Once through the check in, there are absolutely no signs for which ferry is where are what lane you should be parked in! But with bit of trial and error, we parked up in front of our ferry, just in time to watch all the ... read more
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Africa » Morocco » Tangier-Tétouan March 28th 2014

End of Moroccan tour On the way back to Marrakesh we followed Malcolm and Linda through some traffic lights which changed to amber just as we reached them. The van in the lane next to ours braked hard and skidded to a halt, he had obviously seen the policeman on the central reservation who leapt across the road and signalled for us to pull over. This was Chris's second traffic offence of the journey, the first resulting in a 30 euro on the spot speeding fine. He decided not to take this one without putting up a fight and tried to explain that it would have been far more dangerous to stop than continue, pointing out that the man in the van could easily have caused an accident. The policeman proceeded to ask him to step ... read more
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Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz March 27th 2014

Week 4 After a very hot day and evening where we could sit outside drinking and chatting for a change, we woke up to a wet, grey morning! Our guided tour to Marrakesh took us to the Yves St Laurent gardens which had an amazing display of cacti, the Bahia Palace – lots of ornate ceilings and archways and the royal tombs. We then were taken through another maze of alleyways which were a lot wider than those in Fes. There are just so many goods for sale in these souks, it's hard to imagine how they can all make a living. The Jmm El Fnn – Square of the Dead – is the main attraction in Marrakesh, there were musicians, men in traditional costume, snake charmers, men with monkeys, women painting henna designs on hands, ... read more
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Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz March 22nd 2014

Week 3/ 4 Our final evening in the desert was spent in the hotel restaurant, enjoying a tasty meal and listening to an 'open mic' session of drumming. A good way to unwind after quite an eventful day. With Hammid as our leader, we headed to the Todra Gorge and the village of Tamtattouche. En route we stopped at a desert like plain and were shown an ancient irrigation system that the local villagers used to use to water their crops. A local nomad climbed down one well then reappeared in the top of another well before showing us the tunnel system below the ground. Everyone trod very carefully down the sloping steps into the dark tunnels! Eventually we arrived at the Todra Gorge having driven along the worst road so far. It climbed higher and ... read more
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Africa » Morocco » Anti-Atlas March 18th 2014

Week 3 continued It was difficult to know what to expect but we felt quite excited about the prospect of camping three nights in the desert. We approached the dunes on a very uneven track and pulled into a large level area which happened to be next to a camel station and even more surprisingly a very smart looking Auberge. Our tour leader had omitted to tell us about this hotel which had toilets, showers, a restaurant, live music and even a swimming pool which we were allowed to use! The sun shone on us and we were all delighted to be in such a special place with stunning views of the ever changing sand dunes – our favourite location so far. The second day we were there a group of us decided to picnic in ... read more
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Erg Chebbi

Africa » Morocco » Anti-Atlas March 17th 2014

Week 3 Having left quite a good campsite in Fes, we stopped at an unusual site in Azrou which had been built by a Saudi sheik and looked like something from Disneyland! Apparently the apartments alongside the site are to be used for holiday breaks for orphans but were not open yet. The next stage of our journey took us through a very barren landscape leaving the green and fertile land behind. Everywhere we go there are happy, smiling children waving at us - the adults are not quite as demonstrative but many are pleased to greet us, mainly in French. We eventually arrived at a campsite at the Source Bleu de Meski. It sounded like an exotic oasis resort which it may have been in the 1950's but now it is very rundown and the ... read more
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Africa » Morocco » Fès-Boulemane » Fes March 12th 2014

Week 2 (continued) Next stop – wild camping near Volubilis. We pulled into an area of woodland where we stayed the night. The local villagers passed through day and night with herds of cattle and sheep and two shepherds acted as our 'guardians' for the night. We cooked baked potatoes on an open fire and enjoyed a few drinks together. The following morning we visited Volubilis – it was strange to find the remains of a Roman town in the Moroccan countryside! From there we moved on to Meknes, our largest town so far, where we took a tour around the sights on a horse drawn carriage with some of our fellow campers. It was 32 degrees, the hottest day so far, but thankfully it was quite shaded in the souk. Our next destination was Fes ... read more
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