This Is Real Adventure!
Travel through Morocco is by no means a stroll in the park. You will be driving in some remote places where you will have nobody to help you apart from your teammates and possibly other teams passing by. It’s a tough endurance challenge a country you have probably never been to before. You will experience problems you haven’t planned in advance.
The risks and dangers to you, your team and your vehicle are very real.
This is a minimum assistance rally. Real adventure. You will be relying on your own determination, resourcefulness and adaptability to get to the end of each stage. There are no back-up vehicles, no mechanics on stand by nor rescue teams sitting by the phone. You will be on your own, sometimes in very remote areas of the region, and completely responsible for your own safety and well-being.
Whilst we cannot guarantee any particular danger will arise for our participants we are very aware that some regions are off the beaten tourist trail and therefore contain some hazards that other trips will not include. Alongside the usual troubles that can beset any foreign travel (theft, pick-pockets, etc.) entrants in the Grand Moroccan Escapade also face dangers that may include:
Risk Of Vehicle Damage Or Theft – This adventure through Morocco will test your car’s mechanical operation to an extreme and the chances it will not pass that test unscathed is high. Most vehicles will need some few running repairs, but should your vehicle give up the ghost entirely do be aware you may well be stranded miles from anywhere. This will apply as much if your vehicle is stolen, as it does if it simply ceases to function as a mode of transport.
Risk Of Health Issues – Traveling through Morocco is no picnic, so be aware that you may well suffer from a range of maladies to which you are unaccustomed. These may include: Sunstroke, dehydration, and food poisoning – but those are, after all, nothing that some common sense couldn’t help avoiding. But given the remote nature of the areas through which the rally travels, you must be aware you could well be sick or injured a long way from the nearest medical facilities and that those facilities may not be of a “western” standard.
Risk Of Culturally Based Conflicts – Typically participants are sensible enough to be aware of, and sensitive to the local cultural norms of the localities the Grand Moroccan Escapade visits, and acknowledge their being different from those of their own nations, thus avoiding any conflicts that could arise.
Risk Of Significant Injury Or Death – Not all the roads we travel are properly maintained, if they are roads maintained at all. Couple this with poor weather conditions and/or erratic local vehicle operators and this is clearly driving at its extreme, so the risk of collisions, at either high or low speeds, is significant and they could occur in very remote areas where assistance is non-existent. Be assured though, that we have not yet had a serious injury or a death on the Grand Moroccan Escapade.
THEREFORE in order to avoid any serious mishaps and for our participants to minimize the risks to themselves and their fellow Rally entrants we urge all those taking part to:
- Strictly observe all local laws regarding motor vehicles, particularly the speed limits.
- Obey all local laws regarding social conduct, especially those pertaining to drink & drugs.
- Ensure you have all necessary travel documents and vehicle papers.
- Always behave in a manner that does not conflict with local regulations, social norms or laws.
- Take responsibility for their own health & well-being and be prepared for all eventualities.