Thanks a lot to everyone for your comments and quick help on the earlier post. We still plan to take a bus from Marrakech to Ouarzazate and drive onwards. I am hoping to get your inputs on just 2 pending things:
1. Car rental at Ouarzazate: Can someone recommend a good and cheap car rental place in the downtown area? I have checked out Hertz/Avis/Budget/EuroCar and was wondering if there was another reliable place. Also, will a sub-compact or compact car (like Ford Ka) be okay for a drive into Merzouga?
2. CTM bus schedule: Does anyone know if there are any evening buses from Ouarzazate to Marrakech? We start in the morning from Merzouga and need to be in Casablanca by next morning. If we don't fly from OZZ, wondering if we can still get there.
We spent our summer vacation for one month in Maroc, out of which 2 weeks we stayed in Ouarzazate and we found accommodation from a site . Everyhting was perfect and our host was very special, he was our guide for all the period we stayed there. Now we want to go again in july and to take part of an desert expedition. If someone knows information about this expedition...cause they said there will participate groups from many countries, please leave a message on this forum.
I am going to Morocco for seven full days at the end of the month and am looking for some good trips from Marrakesh to see the desert / sea.
I came across Ouarzazate, which looks like it is very near to some great scenery. However, I will be dependent on public transportation (buses, taxis, etc.) and am wondering if it is feasible to visit for example the valley of Draa, and other near-by areas without renting a car.
Thank you for your help!
I would like to go to ouarzazate in January by a rent car but I heard it is quite dangerous because of snow and a lot of trucks on the (narrow?) road.
Has anybody gone in January to this mountains?
Thank you for your replies.
I'd like to travel from Marrakesh to Ourzazate by bus (CTM) during the last week of November. Would that be difficult? I'm not sure what happens with those mountains in November - does it snow?! Also, would I be able to get a ticket when I arrive in Marrakesh (couple of days before travelling by bus). I can't see any way to book in advance on their website.
Thank you very much.
Does anyone know a good guide to use for seeing the really cool kasbahs, including the abandones ones in the Dades Valley. I really like hiking and exploring and wonder if it's acceptable for an american to be hiking around in the mountains around the kasbahs? I'm really interested in taking pictures as much as I can and love the Moroccan architecture. I was thinking of staying at Chez Pierre.
In early November, my wife and I will travel from Marrakech to Ouarzazate. I don't want to fly, and would love to jump on the bus. My wife wouldn't. Am I correct to think there's no trouble finding a private car and driver to bring us to Ouarzazate? Where's the best place to get info in Marrakech? What price should I expect to pay for a decent private car and english-speaking driver?
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Hi, I'm booked for an 8 day tour starting at Ouarzazate on 3rd September (Exodus - Marrakesh and Sahara tour). I'm making my own way there- arriving Marrakesh 31st August, then planning to catch bus from Marrakesh on either 1st or 2nd Sept to Ouarzazate.
I would welcome personal recommendations of a place to stay, places to eat etc. in Ouarzazate.
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