Day 29: Friday 3 December 2010. Camping Les
Jardins, Zagora, Morocco. N30 19.755 W005 49.950 Distance driven 132
We had a very peaceful night out in the desert all on
our own but I suspect our presence was well known. One vehicle came past
our campsite in the dark, just before we went to bed but didn't stop.
When we set off this morning we passed an auberge 5 km away and the owner,
Hassan, seemed to know we had been camping nearby. You can't hide in the
Last night I spent an hour under the Land Rover greasing
the four universal joints in the prop shaft and the two shaft sliding
joints. I guess I should have done them before as they were quite dry. I
think tomorrow I'll have to spend some more time on routine maintenance,
checking oil levels in the gearbox and differentials and cleaning the air
cleaner filter after all this dust. Jenny gave the inside of the vehicle a
thorough clean last night but it is full of dust again today.
Just after setting off we saw a desert fox streaking
across our track but that has been the extent of the wildlife in the
desert. Yesterday we did see a newly born camel, only an hour or
so old and barely able to get on its feet.
We drove about 125 km of "piste" of varying degrees of
roughness but no soft sand today and we averaged a slightly faster speed than
yesterday. At times we were even in 4th gear and doing 80
kph! We were passed by two locals in a very smart Land Cruiser
travelling very fast and never saw them again. We saw one or two trucks on
other tracks and we had just stopped for lunch when a truck appeared
carrying a JCB digger. It was a regular truck, not a low-loader, and it
staggered over the very rough track in low gear, swinging wildly from side to
side with its high centre of gravity. We figured if he could get through,
We eventually emerged on the tarmac just south of
Zagora, after travelling about 230 km off-road, and found our way to Camping les
Jardins, an attractive camp site on the outskirts of the town in a large walled
compound surrounded by gardens. It has hot showers, Wi-Fi and a restaurant
so we have just had a delightful meal and sent our laundry away with the owner
to do it at his house!