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Central and Southern Morocco

11 – 25 February 2008

Oulad Driss. Camping Kasbah. GPS N29 49.763’ W005 39.369’. Signed at the cross roads in the centre of the (small) village. At time of stay had green, clover-like green cover on ground (unusual and easy on the eye), shade from palm trees and quiet at night. Reasonable facilities; Khatmas for those without a tent, electricity hook up, restaurant and hot shower. Best of the 5 sites we visited in the Mhamid/Oulad Driss area.

Tagounite. If travelling west to Foum Zguid on the piste from Tagounite – it joins (Chris Scott’s) M7 – the start in Tagounite is at the junction and cafe at the centre of the town. The Cafe/Restaurant Essaada (it’s also a hotel, two Spanish bikers we met there said it was fine) is run by the most pleasant and helpful man, Aziz Faiz, with no aim other than to help and provide info for those travelling the piste. The coffees not bad either! See diary for piste saga; suffice to say that when you do your first piste, it’s a whole lot slower than you ever imagined. High winds and sand storms prevented us novices starting the full reverse of M7 from Mhamid. Initial stage from Tagounite easy despite multitude of tracks (GPS is so useful); we perhaps should have persevered with the route and not cut north through Jbel Bani to join M8. However slow progress and growing concern at southward travel led to the alteration; M8 is quicker and, as posted on the Hubb, has fully graded dirt track/road from about 8 miles west of Bou Riba all the way to R11/N12 junction. We were able to travel at 45/50 mph and so iron out the effects of any corrugation!

Foum Zguid. Khayma Park Camping. GPS N30 04.784’ W006 52.287’. On southern end of main road through town, it’s not signposted until you are at the right turn for the site. Reasonable restaurant, good facilities with electricity hook up and friendly staff. Khatmas available for those not camping. Noisy dogs at night! Town has fuel, plenty of food stores and no hasslers.

Tafraoute. Camping Les Trois Palmiers. GPS N29 43.326 ‘ W008 58.774’. Very small, overflow camping beside walled site, with security and full use of good facilities including electricity hook up. Or: free camping 200m away, full of camper vans/mobile homes at this time of year. Town lively, fuel, stores, etc.

Tiznit. Camping International. GPS N29 41.326’ W008 58.774’. Easy to find, can be seen from the roundabout where the main roads from Agadir and Tarfroute meet. Despite large size, very but VERY crowded. A bit of France in Morocco, with insensitive dress – shorts and singlets in the town for both sexes- to match. Campsite good, facilities excellent, incls hot shower and electricity hook up. Staff very helpful and arranged for a guide to a backstreet workshop for (cheap and efficient) 3000 mile service. Pockets of overflow parking in area close to the site. Good town for all essentials, supermarket with European goods close to campsite. If your UK insurance company doesn’t cover travel in Morocco and you need to extend the car insurance you bought on leaving Cueta, go to Assurances Azaghar, No 42, Block D, A.F Route Sidi Infi, in central Tiznit. Wifi available at the nearby Hotel IdouTiznit

Near Dawra. Camping Les Bedouins. GPS N27 27.701’ W013 03.102’. 2kms to west of main road (N1) and after radio masts on leaving Dawra. Great site/location. No electricity hook up, but all other facilities. Piste to site will deter the campervan/motorhomers. Only drawback, if no wind, biting insects in the evening; in which case: eat early! Khatmas for those not camping. The route from Tiznit is not that interesting and this site is a full day’s drive. But it’s done!

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