Currently we’re in Agadir, Morocco, some 2000km north of St. Louis.
2 arrive there we had to overcome 2 borders, cross Mauritania and to travel through the whole Sahara. No longer as adventurous as it was some 50 years ago. The nowadays open north-south passages limited to the 1 in Sudan we crossed in 2012 and then the marvelous one thru Mauritania – by now all the way paved (well, some 4km of sand and rocks in no-mans-land between Mauretania and Morocco); only sand in the potholes reminds us of previous difficulties.
In St. Louis we had 2 have our last beer before dry Mauritania, …
… say good bye to Senegal and cross the bridge in direction of the famous border post of Rosso.
And then – Rosso. A place famous 4 all what is considered negative by anybody crossing a border.
On the Senegalese side procedures were quick. No hassle, no demand 4 anything, just unfriendly guys. Nevertheless no complains.
On the Mauritanian side the visa within half an hour – that’s ok. Customs – big problem; boss not here, but will come later. And we’re sitting in front of the closed doors. The whole background information and the incredible story about this adventure will be in our newsletter.
4 hours later, after all kind of rumours and demands from the customs vagabonds, the boss arrived and few minutes later we’re permitted 2 cross Mauritania in 3 days. Woww – 3 days, approx. 1000km and not a single beer.
By night we finally arrived in Nouakchott. Incredible town, especially concerning their driving patterns. More about this in our newsletter.
The next day nearly 500km 2 Nouadhibou.
Desert, in front the road, left some sand’n’rocks, right some rocks’n’sand …
Shortly before Nouadhibou and near the border 2 Morocco some rather dangerous places …
… here the most boring trailer ever made …
… and then we are in Nouadhibou. We stayed in 1 of Mauritanias world renowned lodges (Baies des Léviers) …
… and in the morning we needed the help of all other guests to get our car started without our flat battery. Well, we decided not 2 replace it, u can easily cross the Sahara without a battery (just don’t stop the engine).
So back on the road – 2 Dakhla in Morocco.
We had 2 cross an interesting no-mans-land between the 2 countries: road ahead, mines right, mines left; do not miss ur path – seems 2 b a preferred place to have ur illegal car discharged.
The border was easy and fast; we left Mauriania within the 3 days they allowed us and got a 6 month permit for Morocco – probably the latter more dependent on tourists than Mauritania.
The road: pretty good, the landscape same as the day before, except the sea and some beautiful beaches.
In the evening we arrived in Dakhla. What a cultural shock after Mauritania – not only 2 b back 2 urban life, but also 2 b in a place where the glass is so much bigger than the beer bottle – and all at the prize of a honourable 6-pack.
Further north thru Morocco’s huge south 2 Laayoûne. Landscape c the day before, but fascinating coastline…
… and some really foggy areas.
Laayoûne – a modern town with many admin buildings;
… it’s beautifully placed near an oasis with a huge open water reservoir.
We stayed at the marvellous Camp Bédouin a little outside Laayoûn – a campsite in the middle of the desert …
… beautiful landscape, great food …
… and even some fog the next morning.
The next day on thru the desert 2 Tan Tan – landscape c day before
We stayed at the pretty nice campsite Ksar de Tafnidilt…
… enjoying a fantastic sunset, followed by an even more awesome sundowner …
… and then we drove 2 Agadir, the ultimate mass tourism center in Morocco.
We found a nice campsite outside the tourist masses, the Ocean View just North of Agadir – unfortunately there was such a lot of wind – it kept us busy the whole night. Next morning feeling like after a rotten grape party combined with whisky drinking competition we slightly had 2 change our plans in order 2 recover – we booked on internet into one of these 1 million guests a year factories – just 4 a night and 4 experience.
And finally the 6-pack of this post:
Many People spend the hell a lot of money 2 get their houses painted. In West Africa no need 4 this absolutely unnecessary expenditure. U simply choose ur beloved colour, check which product is represented by this colour – and if ur house is along a busy roadside or if u ask nicely the guys from the company they will do the painting – even with some additional decorations. Below a few examples.
Hello Mr Mayer,
I’m very happy to have news about you through your website.
It is my first time to visit your website. I am very surprised and amased. Cross the sahara without battery in the car!!!But the pictures show that it’s a pleasante trip. God protects you during your trip.