Morocco - Mauritania itinerary advice
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Jun 24, 2012 8:18 AM Last Post By: Kira
Jun 24, 2012 6:27 AM
On July 5th me and a friend are arriving to Marrakech via plane and will be leaving from the same airport on August 7th (approx. 4 1/2 weeks altogether; yes I know there will be Ramadan but we didn't have much to choose). I've done quite a lot research in the past few days on Morocco and Mauritania and concluded we'll have to "cut out" some parts of Marocco and leave them for the next trip, since our main goal&wish of our trip is to see the Adrar region in Mauritania. I realise that because of this we'll lose a lot of time, since we'll be travelling by bus (and do some hitchhiking if possible). Besides this long ride to the south, we don't want to rush and stay at places for longer and move slowly forward. Before I decide on the whole thing I'd like to hear your opinion.
As you may know, for Mauritania we need to acquire a visa at the ambassy in Rabat. I thought it was best to leave Marrakech after 2-3 nights and take the train to Rabat. After getting the visa, we would head south, stopping in Casablanca, Essaouira and other places we would find interesting, to the Western Sahara and Nouadhibou (again breaking this long route with overnight stops in certain places). With the train to the Adrar and altogether spending ~ 1 week to 10 days in Mauritania. Then back the way we came. After we come back to Morocco, we could see the Ouarzazate- region. Although we'd very much like to visit Fes, Meknes, Chefchouen, I doubt we'll have the time. The alternative was to make a loop from Marrakech towards (directly, by bus) Fes (seeing Cascades and Azrou on the way) and then going to Rabat, leaving out Ouarzazate in the end of our trip. I think the first choice is better because we wouldn't have to hurry so much in the south, knowing we'd have a lot of time before our flight back home.
Also, I'd like to ask what's the hitchhiking like on the Agadir - Nouadhibou coastal road. Is it safe? Lots of traffic in this time of year? In short, is it worth? I know it's doable, but I don't want to wait 5 hours to get a lift.
Jun 24, 2012 6:39 AM
1Trying to do far too much, I would head south as soon as you have the visa & take it easy on the way back ... & see what you can of Morocco
Hitching south might be possible, not the best time of year to find Europeans heading south as it's a) hot & b) during Ramadan. The road is good but can be dangerous as it's so long & straight without much in the way of scenery .. so don't travel at night. You could do Casablanca - Tan Tan & see if you can find someone on Tan Tan Plage heading south (lots of campers stop there) then continue on
Adrar region is stunning but during Ramadan & with the heat I'm not sure what it'll be like
Jun 24, 2012 7:31 AM
2Thank you both for the quick reply! I knew summer and Ramadan would present problems, but didn't realise they'd be that big. From older threads I learned both of you are well travelled in this part and I trust you judgement. I feel we were very optimistic about Mauritania and it would be a good idea to reconsider all and stick to Morocco perhaps, since it would take a lot of time getting there.
Jun 24, 2012 8:18 AM
3Mauri is far more conservative than Morocco & I think during Ramadan you could find it hard going ... & I'll say it again - due to the heat of Ramadan this year!!!
Might be worth sticking to Morocco where you should still respect Islam but they are more used to tourists particularly in the big towns.
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