Morocco Overland: From the Atlas to the Sahara - 4wd, Motorcycle, Mountain Bike

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For the independently-mobile traveller the mountains and deserts of southern Morocco are a year-round destination offering a thrilling variety of experiences. Covering over 9000km from the High Atlas to the Mauritanian border, Morocco Overland features detailed GPS off-road routes for 4WDs, motorcycles and mountain bikes as well as scenic byways suitable for any vehicle.

 

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Overview

For the independently-mobile traveller the mountains and deserts of southern Morocco are a year-round destination offering a thrilling variety of experiences. Covering over 9000km from the High Atlas to the Mauritanian border, Morocco Overland features detailed GPS off-road routes for 4WDs, motorcycles and mountain bikes as well as scenic byways suitable for any vehicle.

 

The book also includes guidance on choosing and preparing vehicles, the best places and times to go, getting to Morocco as well as local fly-drive options and off-road driving and riding techniques.

 

  • Upfront colour section on Moroccan off-road highlights
  • Getting to Morocco: Cross country routes and Mediterranean ferries
  • Guidelines on  vehicle choice and preparation
  • Fly-drive: local 4WD and bike rentals
  • Over 40 GPS routes covering 9000km, including the Atlantic Route to Mauritania
  • Each route is reversible and graded for difficulty, scenery and best time of year
  • 50 pages of maps covering each route
  • Additional mapping and GPS downloads available at www.morocco-overland.com

 

With more than 40 easy-to-follow-routes ranging from High Atlas trails reaching 3000m to arid canyons winding past hidden Berber villages and from the Atlantic surf to former Dakar Rally pistes, this comprehensive route and planning guide will appeal to both the first timer looking to dip their toe in Africa and to the seasoned adventurer.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905864201
  • Publisher: Trailblazer Publications
  • Publication date: 10/14/2009
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Since 1981 Chris Scott’s been traveling in Morocco in the mountains and the desert with cars, 4WDs and motorbikes as well as both organizing and joining tours to the Sahara.

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Introduction

“…had to get away to see what we could find.” Marrakech Express

As a tourist destination Morocco is well established. Long before Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young sang their carefree Sixties hit, and half a century before Bergman turned away from Bogart on that foggy airstrip in Casablanca, European tourists had lifted the veil on the ‘African Orient’. They crossed the Straits of Gibraltar, intrigued by the mysterious medieval allure of cities like Tangier, Fes and Marrakech, a traditional Islamic culture that had fiercely resisted colonization, and the promise of the mountains and desert beyond.Today our fascination with Morocco, so close and yet so different, shows no sign in abating. ‘Sand, sea and souk’ coach tours continued to ply the well-worn tourist tramlines while cheap air fares have popularized weekend city breaks to upmarket Marrakech riads or villas.

Morocco Overland shows you another side of Morocco where the adventurous driver, rider or cyclist can safely explore the snow-bound passes of the High Atlas or the dusty pistes of the Sahara. In between visiting the well-known highlights, the sites, cities and beachside resorts, you can be trace a network of easily navigable routes far from the hassle-prone, trinket-clad tourist hotspots.

In doing so you have a chance to experience the wilderness of southern Morocco at your own pace and on your own terms. To explore the jebels, palmeries and ruined kasbahs of canyon-bound Berber villages lost in time, and so encounter a traditional and hospitable people light years from the populated, Europeanized north. Along the way you’ll also learn the capabilities of your own machine and acquire many other new skills, all while lunching on a grassy meadow by a mountain stream or overnighting at the base of a dune with little more than the wind, sand and stars between you and Timbuktu.

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Table of Contents

(1) INTRODUCTION  (2) PLANNING When to go (Box: People of the South), Where to go (Box: Geology), What can I do in:…. Documents and Costs, Recommended guidebooks and maps (3) VEHICLE CHOICE & PREPARATION Motorcycle choice and preparation, 2wd choice and preparation, 4wd choice and preparation, Mountain bike choice and preparation (4) GETTING THERE Cheap flights, Road distances and costs, Channel and Mediterranean ferries (5) AT THE BORDER (6) ON THE ROAD IN MOROCCO (Box: Renting vehicles locally), Dealing with hassle, Rental excursions from Agadir, Ouarzazate and Marrakech, Suggested day trips for motorcycles, Dealing with emergencies and breakdowns (7) OFF ROAD RIDING  (8) OFF ROAD DRIVING (Box: Is ‘piste-bashing’ ethical?) (9) MOROCCO OVERLAND ROUTES Introduction MOROCCO EAST ME1 Missour – Beni Tajite (163km) ME2 Bouanane – Erfoud (155km) ME3 Gourama – Beni Tajite (74km) ME4 Beni Tajite – Bouarfa (165km) ME5 Korima Pass – Bouanane (53km) ME6 Figuig – Bouarfa (110km) ME7 Beni Tajite – Aouflos (119km) ME8 The road to Bou Redine (80km)  MH HIGH ATLAS MH1 Midelt – Agoudal – Dades (317km) MH2 Tinerhir – Imichil – El Kebab (241km) MH3 Dades – Todra: ‘Gorge to Gorge’ (45km) MH4 Tinerhir – Iknioun – Nekob (112km) MH5 Alnif – Iknioun – Dades (116km) MH6 Aguim – Aoulouz (125km) MH7 Aoulouz – Askaoun – Tazenacht (166km) MH8 Taliouine – Askaoun – Aguim (133km) MH9 Tazenacht – Taliouine (94km) nMH10 Dades – Iknioun – Alnif (113km) MH11 Goulmima – Rich – Midelt (182km) MH12 Ouarzazate – Demnate (158km) MS SAHARA MS1 Agdz – Zagora (121km)   MS2 Zagora – Tazzerine (100km) MS3 Tazzerine – Oum Jrane – Rissani (266km) MS4 Tagounite – Oum Jrane – Alnif (237km) MS5 Zagora – Foum Zguid (130km) MS6 Tagounite – Erg Chebbi – Rissani (283km) MS7 Foum Zguid – Mhamid – Tagounite (163km) MS8 Tata – Tissint – Tagounite (315km) MS9 Ouarzazate – Tazenacht (77km) MS10 The Desert Highway (1500km) MA ANTI ATLAS MA1 Tafraoute – Tizerkine Gorge – Aït Herbil (106km) MA2 Aït Herbil – Igmir – Tafraoute (97km) MA3 Akka – Timkyet – Tafraoute (201km) MA4 Fask – Taghjijt – Timoulay (84km) MA5 Ousemlal – Amtoudi – Aït Herbil (119km) MA6 Tazenacht – Issil – Tata (186km) MA7 Foum Zguid – Issil – Taliouine (178km) MA8 Tafraoute – Tazalarhite – Igherm (135km) MA9 Tata – Akka Igherm – Foum Zguid (150km) MA10 Ousemlal – Foum el Hassan – Assa (195km) MA11 Taliouine – Tata – Igherm (276km) MW WEST MW1 Tan-Tan – Ouarkaziz – Assa (268km) MW2 Tan-Tan – Assa (238km) MW3 Assa – Tiglite – Tan-Tan (231km) MW4 Fask – Aweinat Torkoz – Assa (121km) MW5 Guelmim – El Borj – Assa (196km) MW6 Assa – Smara (391km) MO ATLANTIC MO1 Sidi Ifni – Plage Blanche – Tan-Tan (194km) MO2 Atlantic Route to Mauritania (1147km) (10) APPENDIX (11) INDEX

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