First time in Morocco? First time on a raid? Don’t worry, we know about all the questions you will have.
Here you can find answers to the questions people most frequently ask before they take part in the Maroc Challenge. If your question isn’t here then contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will answer it for you.
4×2 and 4×4 cars, SUV and 4×4 offroaders can participate. Pilots and copilots must be over eighteen to participate.
Yes, and for safety reasons a maximum of 4 persons is allowed per vehicle.
This is very important: all vehicles must submit the registration certificate and green card insurance to the Moroccan border controls, and VERY IMPORTANT, if the vehicle doesn’t pertain to any member present then you must have written permission from the owner of the vehicle with a notary’s validation.
No visa is required to visit Morocco as a European citizen, just bring your passport.
Every day there will be a campsite or hotel, or both, recommended by the Maroc Challenge.
You are very unlikely to suffer a terrorist attack in Morocco. It is a very safe country, very tourist oriented and with constant police controls. The locals are also very friendly and hospitable. More so even than in Spain. This sometimes may make us wary, but we recommend you relax and take advantage of opportunities to meet people.
The terrain can often change even during the same stage. Before each stage there will be a briefing with detailed information about terrain and recommendations for each stage.
During the Winter edition the average temperature is around 18º during the day with a night time low of 0º and 21º peak temperature. It is important to wear warm clothes in the Rekam and mountain regions.
During the spring edition, (Easter), the average temperature is around 21º during the day, with a nighttime minimum of 11º and 23º peak temperature.
This is up to you but you should aim to increase the strength and resistance of your vehicle while complying with obligatory safety regulations. Tires should be in good shape with a decent tread, the underside should be protected with a sump guard and the speedometer and odometer should be in good working order. Vehicles should have all necessary permits and paperwork for use on public roads along with a valid insurance and MOT.
As a rough guide we indicate some problems that you may expect:
- Air filter
- Alternator belt
- General Fasteners & bolts
- Relays and fuses
- Engine oil
- Housing Sealant and duct repair tape
- Duct tape
- Sand plates or such like
No, you must have a GPS or a Tablet with GPS into which you can program coordinates, tracks and waypoints. If you haven’t got one we can recommend an online shop where you can find them from 80€.
Yes, but we recommend filling up whenever possible. The next station may be closed or have run out of gas. It happens…
The track is what we give you to be able to follow the route determined by the organization, this route will indicate all relevant information, such as waypoints, goals, gas stations, and places where you can eat or buy food, bivouacs, hotels, etc.
Before starting the event we will also give you a dossier with information on certain rules of behaviour, road conditions, potential difficulties and issues and local emergency numbers.
Te recomendamos llevar un botiquín médico con:
- Aspirin, paracetamol or similar.
- Anti-inflamatory drugs.
- Mosquito Spray.
- High factor sunscreen.
- Eye drops.
- Anti-diarrhoea pills.
- Lip balm.
- Dressings, plasters, bandages.
- Any other medicine you may need
We recommend drinking only bottled water. Diarrhoeas are not uncommon.
Some people may consider avoiding some fresh products such as salads.
On the other hand it would be a sin to not try out Moroccan cuisine. It is true that during the event there are not always too many places or time to do so, we recommend, therefore that you take advantage of the breakfasts and dinners.
Breakfasts tend to consist of coffee, crepes with date or fig jam, Arabic bread with scrambled eggs, sometimes tarts, biscuits or sweets which vary from one region to another.
Take into account that we cover a country as large as Spain from end to end and the gastronomy is varied, don’t miss a good cous-cous, tagine or soup (harira, bissara, etc.), fish (on the coast) and all varieties of beef, chicken and especially lamb dishes (on kebabs, meatballs, in Arabic bread sandwiches, etc.).
The best solution is prevention. You can use the STELLA III to contact organization to ask a rescue team. Though we cross deserted and practically uninhabited areas the tracks are still used by locals. We also recommend having a mobile phone handy, there is good coverage in most places, don’t forget to engage the roaming service before you leave your country. ?
Once again the best cure is prevention. This is not a speed race but rather an adventure to enjoy and learn from. It is very important to follow recommendations and be careful, for your own welfare, that of other participants and the safety of the local population.
The Maroc Challenge have its own medical assistance. In an emergency the back-up vehicle or closest organization vehicle will come to assist.
It is very important to stick to the track, if you are lost or have left the track, help may take from a few minutes to even some hours to find your vehicle. So, once again; safety first.
There is plenty of detailed information in the Solidarity section.
Our recommendation is simple:
Solidarity is not giving away our leftovers, it is offering that which may be of need in a respectful way which will not offend those who receive it.
In the solidarity project section there is a list of acceptable gifts and material that will be well received.
How aid is distributed is very important. Drugs and medicines can be taken to a health clinic but should not be given to persons without the necessary training to administer them.
To make a donation takes time and establishing contact with people.
It is totally prohibited to throw objects, sweets or anything else from a moving vehicle. For safety reasons and for respect towards the local population.
If you are interested in helping the Maroc Challenge solidarity project or if you have a concrete idea, please contact us and we will try to find the best way to carry it out.
No, teams residing far from the starting point are not required to start from the official starting point. There will be an alternative starting point for them. This alternative point will also be the regrouping point for all participants before embarking for Morocco.
The event takes you through places where the tracks are in really bad shape or are even non-existent, this could be complicated for your vehicle, but you must remember that locals take these roads on a daily basis with all kinds of vans, cars and bikes, generally in much worse condition than yours.
Yes, if you wish to be in the classification you must pass through the stipulated waypoints, plus there is a back-up vehicle to help participants if necessary.
The ferry is organized by the Maroc in aid of getting a better price. Tickets will be paid by all teams before embarking.
The Michelin 742 is a good option and should be enough, as you have the GPS.
You can keep it to participate in subsequent editions of the Maroc Challenge! Or if you prefer to sell it after the competition we have a special section on the web site for you to put it on sale, there may be future participants who are interested in your car.