Entries by Benedicte Clarkson

Write Up of the First edition of the Rally

The first edition of the Rally Marrakech Sahara on behalf of the British Moroccan Society which took place the 1st week of May 2016 is now over. Six teams were taking part, found through a combination of Twitter, LinkedIn, friends, family and word of mouth. Created by someone who had competed 3 times in the […]

M’Hamid El Ghizlane ou la Plaine des Gazelles

M’Hamid El Ghizlan is a small village in the Zagora region of Morocco, 98 km after Zagora, one of the two places in Morocco where the Sahara begins (another is Merzouga where the Rally begins). It is about 7-8 hours by car from Marrakech and 5 hours from Ouarzazate. It is “The end of the road” (the last […]

Stargazing in Morocco

As a competitor in the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles Morocco and sleeping in a tent, I got to see one of the clearest skies ever, along with over 300 women and 400 journalists/mechanics/organisers, every night and every morning for 8 days. You’d think I’d get bored with it but I don’t. This is why, this […]

How to prepare for the rally

You will not need a huge amount of preparation for this rally. Knowing how to drive a 4×4 will be an advantage but you will quickly learn while driving. The organisers will be there on the terrain to explain how to use the long and short gears which are mostly necessary when driving in sand. […]