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Nov 22 2012

Budget update – Morocco

Zagora, Morocco

Time for another budget update.  Can you believe we have been on the road for 6 weeks already?  It doesn’t feel like we left the UK more than a handful of days ago.  Aaaah … time flies when you are having fun!

Fortunately, the budget has been steadily improving since we hit Morocco.

The fuel price is a real blessing!  Viking Explorer filled up almost 100l of fuel – for the princely sum of £60.  Back in the corporate days, that was what African GirlChild paid every fortnight to fill her little hatchback.  (As a slight aside, we have tried as best we can to fill up at fuel stations that accept good ‘ol plastic.  TOTAL seems to be the most reliable accepting cards, but others do also.  It is usually noted on the board outside the fuel station.)

Camping prices have varied greatly with different amenities included or excluded.  The cheapest so far has been 40 dirhams (about 4 EUR) which included free wifi, indoor seating and a warm shower (for those in the party at the front of the queue!)  The other end of the scale has been 80 dirhams plus 10 each for a warm shower, free wifi.  Mostly, it is around 65 dirhams.  At these prices, we haven’t done a lot of wild camping.  We may do more once we hit the desert.

Food prices have been mixed.  Fresh fruit and vegetables in the markets we find quite cheap.  A big plastic bag of vegetables cost about 40 dirhams (4 EUR) which is enough to last us a few days.  Turkey was about 60 dirhams per kilo (6 EUR) and beef was about 70 dirhams per kilo (7 EUR).  Both reasonable by UK price levels, but feels high here in Morocco.

Eggs are available everywhere!  Standard price seems to be 1 dirham per egg (about 10 EUR cents).  Tinned tuna is pricy (I eat a lot of tinned tuna – or used to) and not very easy to come by.  The only place we have seen it, it was 17 dirham per tin (about 1.70 EUR, significantly higher than 50-60p in UK).  I have switched to sardines (again, not easily come by) which is significantly cheaper at 4.50 dirhams (45 EUR cents).

So far, our daily budget in Morocco has been about £25 for both of us.  This excludes the ferry crossing, the car insurance and the visas we still need to obtain.  Including these other “once offs” our daily budget is currently under our target of £50 per day!  Hooray!

For those planning their own trip – we hope you find this information useful!  We’ll continue to add comments as we proceed.

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  1. tuggy

    dosen,t your bank account feel better. enjoy.

    1. African GirlChild

      Much improved ;)

  2. Arno & Elize van der Merwe

    Hallo there,

    Thank you so much for the budget info. We are doing the overland trip next year and information like this is priceless:-)

    Enjoy!

    Arno & Elize van der Merwe

    1. African GirlChild

      Arno & Eliza – glad it is useful. It was the one bit of info we struggled to find. I have set up a new category for all the budget information, so it should be easy for you to find the information in the future too!

  3. patrick gilligan

    Keep the info coming

    1. African GirlChild

      Will do! Just keep reading ‘em!

  4. Vic

    We also find this excellent info… You pathfinders are doing a great job…
    The Dorset Crew

  5. Anne (TrundlingJenny)

    Your budget is great news, we planning on around £60 – £70 a day so at least I’m planning in the right direction.

    Travel Safe
    Anne

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