Comfortable good walking shoes, sleeping bag, comfortable sweaters and windbreakers: the temperature differences between day and night can be significant, especially in winter (November, December, January).
Head protection: The scarf (turban), is made to protect your head, your neck and shoulders from the hot sun. For the sandstorms a hat or scarf is a necessity.
Flashlight (or headlamp), wet wipes, sunglasses, Swiss army knife, Matches, and personal pharmacy.
The best time to travel to Morocco is from September to April. In summer, the temperature is very hot and dry. From November to February, you have to take warm winter clothes, a good jacket, and a good sleeping bag, because the nights can be very cold even though the days are warm.
Water can be a problem, because the Bacteria you have at home are not the same, so we recommend to buy your bottles of mineral water, or bring your pellet micropur.
The amount of mineral water is controlled by the team of Caravan Grand ERG in Zagora at the start of our trips.
Generally, it takes 1.5 to 3 liters of water per person/day from November to February, and from 3 to 5 liters per day the rest of the year.
Tea nomad: It is the best way to fight against the headeachs and thirst in the desert, it will be offered by our team through your trip in the desert. Its beneficial effect is greater than the one of water. Feel free to drink when it is available.
Morocco has 12 international airports: Agadir, Al Hoceima, Casablanca, Dakhla, Fes, Laayoune, Marrakech, Ouarzazate, Oujda, Rabat-Salé, Tangier and Tetouan.
By car, train and boat:
To drive to Morocco through Algeciras in Spain. Car, motorcycle, bus or train are available for you there. Then cross the way of Gibraltar by car to Tangier (2h30) or Ceuta (1:30). Also, starting from Sete (France) to Tangier (the trip takes 36 hours) and Almeria to Nador or Melilla.
The currency of Morocco is “the Dirham” (MAD) which is divided into 100 cents. As a precaution, do that in the banks or approved finacial institutions and will issue you a voucher necessary to convert, at the end of your stay, your DH will be converted into your own currency. Most Moroccan cities are provided with banks and cash machines, you can get Cash with your credit card whenever you like.
Euro / Dirham Dirham 1DH = 0.0885 / 1Eueo = 11.20 Moroccan Dirhams (MAD)
There are two used schedules: the Gregorian calendar of 365 days and the Muslim moon calendar of 354 days. Depending on their nature, public holidays are set on one or the other. The holy month of Ramadan follows the Islamic moon calendar. Here are some official non-religious fests whose dates are fixed:
• 1 January: New Year’s Day
• May 1: Labor Day
• July 9: Youth Day
• July 30: Throne Day (Coronation of King Mohammed VI)
• Aug. 14: Reunification Oued Ed-Dahab
• August 20: Anniversary of the Revolution of King and People
• Nov. 6: Day of the Green March
• November 18: Independence Day
There are a lot of companies in most Moroccan cities for car rental. The minimum age for renting a car is 21 years old. The most convenient method of payment is the credit card, so you do not advance a substantial bond. Some companies accept to delever the car in different cities.
It is forbidden to take pictures in the military areas, ports events, airports and some museums. Before taking a picture of a person, do not forget to ask their permission first. You will find the photographic film in some specific shops if you use the film camera, but stocks may be affected because of the heat and light.
In the terms of safety, Morocco is perhaps the safest country in Africa. Moroccan authorities have made a lot of efforts to secure the tourism in the country with a noticed attempt to get the quality higher. A special police to protect tourism has been created.
Police: dial 19 from a land-line, 112 from your mobile
Mounted Police (outside cities): 177
Post and telecommunications
Coin telephones and card are available in the train and bus stations, cafes and other public places. You can also call from your hotel. Mobile phone networks work well in large cities and touristic spots.
For your letters, you will find stamps in post offices and kiosks. To accelerate the delivery of your mail, you can use the post office boxes at post offices. Hours of post offices: Monday to Saturday from 08:30 to 14:00.
To call Morocco
• Land-line: Dial 212 + 5 track 8 digits
• Mobile phone: Dial 212 + 6 track 8 digits
To call from Morocco
• Landline: Dial 0 5 8 digit tracking
• Mobile phone: Dial 0 6 8 digit tracking
• More Information on the site of Morocco Telecom
Morocco follows the GMT time, and an hour ahead in summer.
If you can, choose the toilet of a luxury hotels. There are public toilets at the airports, railway stations, restaurants and cafes. Smart travelers take with them their toilet paper, because most Moroccans use water to clean.
The 220 V is standard, in some places, and in hotels. Some cities, however, are still supplied with 110 V.
TRANSPORTATION AND TRAFFIC
Most big Moroccan cities are supplied by the train services. The busiest network of trains Rapid shuttles is between Casablanca and Rabat. The main lines of the country leave from Casablanca.
The most comfortable companies are CTM, and SUPERTOURS Subsidiary to ONCF (Office National des Chemins de Fer) provide connections between most cities and towns of the country. In the bus stations, there are also private buses provide regular trips between most Moroccan cities.
Big cities have their conventional taxis. There are other types of taxis in Morocco. The “Grand-taxi” is for transport from one city to another. The”Petite Taxi”, with roof rack, take one to three passengers for urban journeys. For longer distances or trips, the Grand-taxi is a great solution, it is generally comfortable, but remember to negotiate the price in advance.
The main airport in Morocco is in Casablanca, Mohammed V airport. The second in importance is Agadir airport, it also provides direct links to several European capitals, the same as well as with Rabat, Marrakech, Ouarzazate and Tangier. Domestic flights Royal Air Morocco cover most Moroccan towns till the far south, including Zagora.
Distances between cities
Find out the distance in kilometers between major cities of Morocco: Agadir, Casablanca, Essaouira, Fez, Marrakech, Meknes, Ouarzazate, Oujda, Rabat, Tangier, ect.