48km to Tata

A slightly short day for us, thanks to our efforts the day before. We had a peaceful sleep near the nomad tents, waking up only when a couple goats wandered by during the night and brushed up against the tent. Maybe they were hoping for more vegetable scraps like we gave them the night before!

As we made our way back to the road we watched the nomads herd two large troops of goats out to graze, the women standing out from a distance with their colourful and sparkly clothing. The nomad life is fascinating for us and we feel lucky to have experienced it up close, both in the desert and now in the large stretches of nothingness between Foum Zguid and Tata.

Our bikes got us to Tata just before lunchtime and we debated where to camp – in the more austere but cheap municipal campsite or in a private site outside of town which was recommended to us by many people. Eventually we decided to stay in town, only so we could set up the tent and then get some shopping and other errands done before heading out into the wilderness for another week or so.

We enjoyed a lunchtime treat of chicken and chips, fed scraps to the local cats and then settled in for a relaxing afternoon in the sunshine.


  1. andrew
    24th February 2007 at 4:48 pm #

    N12 to Tata – Much the same as the day before, very quiet (almost all the traffic, what there is of it, is campervans) and a pretty good road, with only a few patches where the surface is in poor condition. There is one village about 30km outside of Tata which probably has a shop if you care to hunt for it. For camping in Tata you have a choice between the Municipal Camping at 20dh a night plus 10dh for a shower or the more expensive but modern and by all accounts lovely Camping Tata Titi, which is about 8km outside the town, on the road towards Tagmoute and Igherm.

  2. hotshot bald cop
    26th April 2022 at 1:42 am #

    That’s a great point

  3. hotshot bald cop
    7th May 2022 at 5:13 pm #

    I didn’t know that.

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