Morocco : Self Drive

Driving in Morocco

One of the best ways to travel in Morocco is by road. The main roads between the major cities are in good condition and there is a motorway (with paying tolls) system in certain areas. Generally roads in the north of the country are in good condition and well sign posted, however do look out for the odd pothole and reckless driver. The roads in the southern area tend to be narrower and more potholes, nevertheless a hire car is necessary to explore the fascinating areas of the south. Be prepared to share the road with a number of other traveller and types of traffic. It is worth driving at a slow steady speed and you will literally have no idea what is around the next corner.

We can arrange for your hire car to be dropped off and collected from your hotel or any other location that you choose. There are a range of vehicles available, from Nissan 3 doors to advanced 4 wheel drives, the latter being necessary should you wish to enter the desert or explore the mountains during the winter months. It is possible to be driven from place to place by a Moroccan driver, this will allow you to sit back and take in your surroundings and local knowledge is always helpful.

Tips for safe and stress free driving in Morocco

1. Avoid driving at night as many vehicles have faulty lights and those travelling under 20 kilometres per hours are not required by law to have any lights.

2. If you are intending to drive through the Tizi n'Test, Tizi n'Touahar and Tizi n'Tichka or any other steep mountain passes it is worth doing it in the morning. Occasionally mist can settle in the afternoon making the driving more dangerous and obscuring the view.

3. The presence of the police is obvious on the roads of Morocco and you will be pulled over at some stage. More often than not they will ask a few questions and then wave you on. Fines have been reported but these are rare, we found that most of the policemen wanted to chat about the latest football news when they discover that you are British.

4. It is worth filling up your car when you can as they can be few and far between. This is especially true in the south and if your vehicle takes unleaded petrol. Do not go to trouble to fill up your tank with fuel before returning it as fuel deposits are not refunded.

5. It is worth keeping a few bottles of water in the car especially during the summer months, not only for yourself, but it will come in handy clearing the windscreen of dirt and should you ever need to cool the engine. Bear in mind that most of the vehicles have cassette/radio players, rather than CD players and a decent radio reception can be difficult in some areas.

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