Hiring a car with driver for 8 day Marrakech to Fes loop
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Apr 11, 2013 2:45 AM Last Post By: to_mngai
Apr 8, 2013 11:54 AM
Hiring a car with driver for 8 day Marrakech to Fes loopI've read many posts about hiring one's own car for this loop and appreciate the details for stop offs. Can anyone suggest someone or an agency that will provide a car and knowledgeable driver to take us? We are going with 4 family members including my 84 year old mother. Many thanks.
Apr 8, 2013 12:21 PM
Apr 8, 2013 12:45 PM
2A tour organised by one of the many reputable companies that operate in Morocco will provide a vehicle, a knowledgeable driver who speaks your language, will organise your accommodation, suggest lunch stops, and provide at least a passing knowledge of places that you visit. Including accommodation and meals I would think you would be looking at prices approaching 24,000dh for four people (as the end point of the tour is different from the start).
The cheaper way to do this is to contact a car hire company and ask for an English speaking driver, but then you'll need to organise your own accommodation and meals, and work out your own route.
Apr 9, 2013 3:21 AM
3The problem with driving yourself is, of course, that the driver is not in a position to enjoy the scenery: the quality of driving in Morocco (10x average Western European accident rates) means that you will need to concentrate at all times.
I will pm you a recommendation for a driver who has a vehicle large enough for your family and your luggage; he can tailor make the trip to your requirements.
Apr 9, 2013 3:24 AM
Apr 9, 2013 3:43 AM
Apr 9, 2013 4:26 PM
6Hi yes Im also one of those that drives a lot in Morocco as I find that the best way to see the scenery and the people - and especially when Im the driver I see a good spot to take a photo I can stop.....
Im always surprised by such as 10x worse than Europe as most of the accidents I see are when Im driving around Europe and not in Morocco -
generally personalised tour drivers and driver guides will be experienced drivers and if you are not happy simply say something but if you drive defensively it can be safer to drive yourself.
Heres a link for a recommended rental car company that say they do car with driver rentals ....though would have to check can do English speaking and knowledgeable for that route - http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/20158b/
Apr 10, 2013 12:56 AM
7....... Trueman is closer to the truth on the dangers of Moroccan Roads, just one set of figures from Keith Lanes article proves it..... Fatality Rate, (deaths / 10,000 motor vehicles)... for Morocco 17 compared to the UK 1.
To read more shocking statics ..... http://www.keithlane.com/page23.htm
To remind readers 4,200 people were killed in Moroccan Road Accidents in 2012.
Edited by: moroccotraveler
Apr 10, 2013 2:04 AM
8With the respect to all tour drivers and driver guides - they drive as mad and I trust more on my self than at them.
Not only now I saw many of them - was driving on the road from Rich to Imilchil. The road was very small, the edges much destroyed. Guess who has been knocked sideways when meeting such a car with the drivers? It was I who had to give way, they just drove straight on. They had 4x4, they could easy go sideways, but no. Ruthless, they are men on the roads. Should I trust them? Never.
They drive so fast so you have not possibility to enjoy of the scenery either.
Apr 11, 2013 2:44 AM
9I just returned from a trip with Your Morocco Tour. I would say the pro with a driver is that I am able to enjoy the scenery on the way without thinking about traffic and finding the route. We went on some offroad sections and some roads that are paved for only 1 car. It would be tiring to drive in these sections for several hours then do hiking and walking at the destinations. I also appreciate having someone who speaks arabic and berber during the trip. The con is that sometimes they do go quite fast and we missed the chance to stop for photos.
You can always get an itinerary from some tour companies to consider.
Edited by: to_mngai
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