Traktorbek Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
Hard Auto & TSS

There are two workshops here that belong together. The owner is the same. "Hard Auto" is for quick, small things. "TSS" is for slightly bigger repairs. They did the oil change and filter change in 20 minutes. A second time I had the rubber seals of the windows changed there, which took two days. I saw two Defender.

Camping Mehdyia

The site is state owned and is probably run by a private tenant. The campsite has the charm of a car park. It was definitely not designed by a camper. For me it was the worst campsite in Morocco. The toilets and showers were clean. The reception is on the premises of the hotel/apartment complex. The restaurant and pool were closed.

Wild Camping, view protected, above cliff

You will not be seen, if you stay behind the bushes. The location is only reachable with a 4*4. You have to drive through soft sand.

Grain Market - Marché aux grains

At the market you can find all kinds of grains, nuts, cereals, pulses, spices, herbs, etc. Basically everything that is stored in a dry place and is edible. Around the market halls are grain mills. Many merchants, bakers and restaurants buy here, but also many private people. Except for the week after Ramadan and during the "Festival of the Sheep", the market is open every weekday except Fridays.

Camping Bahia de la Plata

We stayed for one night. The campsite has two sections. The second one will only be opened, if the first one is full. We were lucky and the second section was open. Compared to the first section it was very empty. However, the toilets are further away, if you are on the second section.
The campsite is next to the ocean. Water and electricity available.
We paid 22 EUR for two people and one car.

Pizzeria La Cabaña

The food here is exceptionally good! The salad, the pizza, the gnocchi and the dessert were all great!

Camping International, Moulay Bousselham

In contrast to what we heard the day before, we were told that they are currently looking for a new manager/buyer of the campsite. This means that it could take some time until they reopen.

Camping International, Moulay Bousselham

The camping is still closed. But not permanently. At "Vila Bea" they told us that the camping is being renovated to be prepared for the summer season of 2022.

Camping International, Moulay Bousselham

I was there (see comments) and talked to the locals. The place is closed. It is a campsite owned by the Moroccan state and they rent it out to someone to operate it. It will take time until a new manager will be found. According to the locals, at the moment, it is even unclear that they will ever find one again. Therefore I suggest to mark it as permanently closed.

Atraxion 4x4

I am not someone who gives his car to just any garage. I live in Rabat and I spent half a year looking for a garage good enough to repaint my car. After seeing the results of friends who had their car painted at Atraxion, I was convinced and had my HZJ76 painted silver there. Today I picked up my car and I am thrilled. The team did a very good job. The communication with Aziz, the boss of the studio, was very pleasant. I also had the windscreen replaced, which also went very well. They did lose my holder for my mobile phone, but that's not such a big deal.

Daktec - Autohaus Krüger

I had my Landcruiser HZJ76 modified at by Daktec. The quality of the work was very good. Also, the communication was very friendly. I would go there again. They are specialized in 4*4 vehicles and participate in ralleys in North Africa.

Klostermühle - Restaurant/Hotel

Restaurant with a good selection of meat and non-meat dishes and even vegan ones. There are many dishes with game meat. The unique selling point, however, are the vegetarian and vegan dishes. These are hard to come by in this region.

Veterinarian Dr. Sayem

We regularly brought our three cats to Dr. Sayem. He is recommendable. Speaks English, French and Darija. You can call him if there is an emergency and he will certainly find time for you.

Market (Souk) of Akkari

I find the Souk of Akkari to be the most pleasant souk (=market) in Rabat. It is relatively easy to find a parking space there. The quality of the products is good, the selection is sufficient and the prices are ok. Freshly caught fish is available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Offical Toyota dealer with repair/workshop

I had the brake discs and shoes oft my Landcruiser replaced there. The delivery oft the parts took a while (I had to pay upfront). However, I had enough time to wait. The organization worked very well. I called beforehand and made an appointment. Everything went as discussed. Very good communication, very reliable.

Bishkek center, quiet side road on small parking

If you really want to sleep in the centre of Bishkek, this location is ok. There is a small parking next to a construction site and an agglomeration of smaller houses. This area of the center of Bishkek is still one of the few where you can find smaller houses and not only high rise apartment buildings. Even though this is a quiet side road there is the occasional bypasser. If you don't like this place, you can also try the side road next to Togolok Moldo Park.

4*4 Garage Marciano Toyota

This place is permanently closed.

Camping Le Relais de Marrakech

Clean campsite with a pool, bar, a restaurant and all facilities a campsite can have. It's definitely a campsite with a high standard - almost luxurious. Even during the COVID lockdown and closed borders we met a few other campers. There is not much to discover interesting in the surrounding neighborhood.

Camping Atlas View

Campsite with a nice view on the Atlas Mountains. Located near a small stream that has water almost all year round.
The owners are a very welcoming Berber family. They prepared a Tajine for us in the evening and some eggs in the morning. The shower was old but clean. Warm water worked. One downside is that it is located right next to the road. However, it didn't really bother us during the night.

Khayma Park Camping

Cosy campsite. They brought us firewood and candles. Perfect campsite for new year's eve. One shower was quite old, you got electric shocks when you touched it, but did its job. The other shower was newer and better. The campsite is in the "center" of Foum Zguid, but it is still very quiet. Shops nearby. Owner is nice. The horse wanted to cuddle, the cats didn't. I would go there again.

market, every Wednesday

fruits, vegetables, second hand clothing, flea market

Camping Palmerie Amezrou

Very clean campsite with warm water in the middle of palm trees. Very cosy. Nice owner. Internet was very fast and worked around the restaurant area. 70 MAD/night for two people and one car. Phone number is on openstreetmap.

4*4 Garage Marciano Toyota

This place is permanently closed.

wild camping with great ocean view

The place is right next to the road. However there are not many cars passing by. You can park your vehicle on a large, leveled surface. The view is stunning. The place is around 200m above the sea level.
You can also drive along a small track, if you don't want to stay right next to the road.
3G reception.

Lalla Fatna

We didn't stay exactly at the spot that indicated. In fact there are several possibilities in this area to park your vehicle. We parked the car about 1km before the parking around 20m away from the road just above the cliff. Fantastic view. Quiet. Few cars passing by.

Parking Mehdia

Large parking just outside of Mehdia. The view is nice. Very close to the surf school. We didn't stay for the night. But we spoke with the guard who said that it wouldn't be a problem, if we wanted to sleep there. We should pay "a little bit" and it would be fine. I didn't ask but I guess "a little bit" would be around 20-30 DH. During the day the price is 5 DH for an entire day.

wild camping on the beach near Tafedna

At this location you can camp directly on the beach. If you don't go to far and stay on the gravel road, you don't need a 4*4. There are other people on the beach. When we stayed there, there were two tents not too far away. In the morning a few stray dogs inspected our car.
The beach is very beautiful: Tafedna is further up north, there are proper sand dunes (!!!) a few hundred metres south of the location. The surrounding valley is also very nice. In the area around Tafedna the first Argan-oil cooperative was founded.
In Tafedna there are a few very small shops, restaurants, bakery where you can get cookies and bread. In Tafedna is also the coolest surf school in Morocco: "Surf Jamal" :-)

Amal Women's Training Center and Moroccan Restaurant

I was there on a Friday and I had the best Couscous I ever tasted in Morocco. Two colleagues of mine took me there. It is not overly expensive. The restaurant is run by a non-profit organisation.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amal_Women's_Training_Center_and_Moroccan_Restaurant

Electrician for simple repairs

Only speaks Darija. But you can communicate with hand and feet :-)
Found the reason the central lock of my Landcruiser 76 wasn't working but didn't have the relay to fix it.

Doha

I have to correct my previous judgement a little: A colleague of mine had diarrhoea after eating at Doha. However, this can always happen in Morocco... The next day we went to "Dima Cinq Cinq" instead.


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