I keep a track of all of our spending as we’re going along and here I’ve broken it down by country, so you can see what we’ve spent to give you an idea of how cheap/expensive a place can be. Morocco
|Insurance (bought at port – 1 month)||92.00 €|
|Daytime parking||0.64 €|
|Train/bus/tram (lifts to Marrakech)||14.68 €|
|Wild Camping||0||0.00 €|
|Guarded Parking (no services)||1||2.29 €|
|Car parks (restaurants/auberges)||5||21.10 €|
|ACSI Sites – do not cover Morocco||0||0.00 €|
|Camping Cheque Sites||0||0.00 €|
|Other Campsites||24||210.23 €|
|Food (ie Supermarket)||160.10 €|
|Food (ie eating and drinking out)||298.90 €|
|LPG – not available in Morocco||0.00 €|
|Contact with home (phones, post)||23.31 €|
|Tours/Entrance fees||124.40 €|
|Supplies (Tom Tom Map, Paper Map, ad-hoc items for Dave non-motoring)||49.17 €|
|Total cost||1,498.74 €|
|Cost per day||49.96 €|
|Cost per day not including ferry & insurance||40.89 €|
|Total Mileage (@ approx 29mpg)||1830|
|Average miles per day||61.0|
I’ve included a cost per day without the ferry and insurance and these were quite a considerable cost for the trip. Also the insurance was only for a month, if we had stayed longer the cheaper fuel, food etc would have brought the cost per day down even further. The moral of the story is – make sure your insurance company will provide you with a green card for Morocco.
We mainly used the tolls to make our way back up the west coast. We also used them between Meknes and Fez when we discovered after four hours of driving that the campsite in Meknes had closed, and once on our way to Chefchouen when we took a wrong turning and ended up on one! But they are really cheap and you can eat up the miles on smooth wide roads. It’s worth watching your speed though as we saw quite a lot of police speed traps (mainly in the cities), also our MPG drastically reduced as J got carried away with the speed – from around 32 to 26!
Fuel is around 60p per litre (it gets cheaper the further south you go), so be sure to arrive with little in your tank and leave with it full. We stuck to using Afriqua or Shell garages and they were all over the place. But do note you can’t get LPG in Morocco, so make sure your tanks/bottles are full, especially if you’re heading into the mountains as it gets really cold at night.
Wild camping isn’t allowed in Morocco, so it’s campsites or guarded parking. Most of the campsite sanitary facilities are no where near what you’ll be used to in Europe. Most showers were taken in Dave.
We stocked up on food, wine and beer before we left (around €100) and again when we got back (about €70) which isn’t included in the above. This is because while there are supermarkets, they are mainly in big cities or on the west coast – we went about two weeks without seeing one. There are small shops in every village but choice is limited. There is a limit on the amount of wine and beer you can import, but we weren’t checked (and didn’t see any other vans being looked in at the port), and a 55c brick of wine from Lidl is worth around 40 – 50dh (€4 to 5) in bartering terms, so worthwhile to have plenty in stock.
To keep in touch we spent €18.95 on a 3G dongle from Maroc Telecom, which gave us unlimited internet for a month because our vodaphone data traveller would have been an extra £5 a day to use.