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Which car to choose to visit Morocco?

How to travel Morocco by rental car.

Casablanca, Morocco

Morocco, with its diverse landscape, the range from cities to serene desert and rug mountain range is country that offers an exhilarating drive experience. If you’re planning to explore the historic medina of Marrakech, traverse the High Atlas Mountain. Or journey into the vast Sahara Desert, select the right car is important for a smooth and enjoyable trip. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you select the best vehicle for your Moroccan adventure, such as if you choose Hertz.

1. Consider Your Itinerary

Urban Exploration

If your trip is mainly confine to city like Casablanca, Marrakech, Fes, and Rabat, a compact or midsize car is ideal. These car are easier to maneuver through narrow street and are more fuel-efficient. Opt for model like the Toyota Yaris, Volkswagen Polo. Renault Clio, which are popular choice for city drive.

Mountain and Rural Roads

Those who venture into the High Atlas Mountain. Explore the rural area. A vehicle with good ground clearance and stability is necessary. A compact SUV or a crossover like the Dacia Duster, Nissan Qashqai, or the Renault Kadjar would be suitable. It provides comfort and better handle on wind road and uneven surface.

Desert Expeditions

If your itinerary includes a trip to the Sahara Desert, particularly to destinations like Merzouga or Zagora, a 4×4 vehicle is indispensable. These areas often have sandy and rough terrains that require a sturdy and reliable vehicle. Consider renting a Toyota Land Cruiser, Mitsubishi Pajero, or a Jeep Wrangler to ensure you can navigate the desert safely and comfortably.

2. Assess the Road Conditions

Morocco’s road condition is vary widely. While the highway and major road are generally well-maintain. Rural and mountain road can be narrow with wind and in poorer condition. Desert track of course also require robust 4×4. Always check the specific route you plan to take and choose a car that can handle the expected condition.

3. Evaluate Your Group Size and Luggage

The size of your travel group and the amount of luggage you carry will influence your car choice. For solo travelers or couple with minimal luggage. a compact car will suffice. However, for families or group with considerable luggage, a mid-size SUV or a van like the Renault Trafic or Ford Tourneo Custom will provide the necessary space and comfort.

4. Fuel Efficiency and Availability

Fuel availability in Morocco is generally good with petrol stations commonly found in city and along highway. However in remote area petrol station can be scarce. Diesel engine are more fuel-efficient and diesel fuel is widely available, make them a practical choice for long-distance travel. Ensure your chosen vehicle has a decent fuel range to avoid being stranded in remote area.

5. Rental Considerations

When rent car in Morocco consider the following:

• Insurance: Ensure your rental include comprehensive insurance which cover damage, theft and third-party liability.

• Rental Company Reputation: Opt for well-known international rental company or reputable local one with good review.

• Rental Terms: Understand the term and condition which may include mileage limit fuel policy and drop-off location.

• Navigation: GPS can be very helpful. but also consider have physical map as a backup especially in area with poor network coverage.

6. Local Driving Customs

Drive in Morocco require adaptability to local drive custom. Which can be different from what you’re used to. Traffic in city can be chaotic and it’s not uncommon to see unexpected road behavior. Stay vigilant, respect traffic law and drive defensively.


Choose the right car for your Moroccan adventure depend on your specific travel plan group size and the terrain you intend to navigate. The nimble city cars to rug 4x4s, theirs is a vehicle to suit every journey. Plan carefully, rent wisely and get ready to embark on an unforgettable Moroccan road trip. Safe travels!


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