After two nights in Marrakesh, we headed into the desert and then on to Western Sahara. Whilst travelling south, we drove through some truly spectacular scenery, starting with mountainous terrain, which would abruptly stop and lead us into the flat, desolate desert. The entire route is paved with at least a two lane tar road, which is in remarkably good condition, with the sand being shoveled off by permanent road workers based in the remote desert when the dunes decide to move on top of it. The road mostly hugs the coast the entire route which results in driving for hours, only seeing scrubby sand, and then rounding a corner to discover the cliffs dropping off into the violent Atlantic Ocean.
Prior to leaving Agadir, we stopped at the Carrefour and stocked up with supplies, knowing we’d be in the desert for the best part of a week. Lots of water, vegetables, dried sausages, cheese and eggs were squirreled away and we bought some beer too, descending into the ‘cave’ below the store in order to find it.
Liz Jarman & James Nunan
Our trip from Essex to Cape Town & back again
Km travelled : 50818km
Countries visited: 30