Jerry cans & Water
We will be driving a diesel toyota landcruiser from Morrocco down to SA. Initially, from Morrocco to Senegal, I was wondering if anyone could let me know where we will have to carry diesel and water and how much.
Ps. is it easy to buy jerry cans in Morrocco?
Very easy to buy basic plastic jerries in Morocco, a few euros in the markets - not sure about the metal variety though.
Unless you are taking diversions, you're not likely to need extra fuel capacity. Although, having said that, a spare can doesn't hurt, plus you might want to take advantage of the subsidised fuel in the Western Sahara.
A reserve of water is wise - it may be 99% tarmac to Senegal, but you are still crossing the Sahara!
Id say that nowdays , there are all petro stations all the way from Morocco to SouthAfrica never more than 100 miles appart . Take jerries if you with , but they are as pointless as a GPS nowdays
Unless you plan to do something really radical (freepisting in Niger , or crossing the big-sand-sea , as long as you follow roads , there will be petrol stations.
Regarding buying subsidized fuel in Western Sahara.. , well ,Its indeed cheaper (50% than in MAuri or Morocco ) but does it really matter ? I mean the cost of a jerry (15 Euros) is more that you will ever ever save by buying petrol in the cheapest country. Do you really want to carry 100 kg extra in your roof-rack just to save 40 Euros ? (excluding the cost of the jerries themselvers)
Also , don't buy those Moroccan plastic yerries (40 DH , 4EUR) They are intended for waTER , or for camel-shit (really ) , but never put diesel on them . The caps doesnt close at all ,they leak everywhere , and one of these ruined one of my trips when It pop and poured 30 litres of diesel over my , my car , my luggage , my clothes, food , etc.. The car smelled like a fishing boat for at least 1 month .
Same about waTER. I ussually carry heaps of bottled water (ussually from Spain ) just 'cos they are hell cheaper than in Africa. But honestly , I think that you can get water (even bottled water) everywhere in your route. Carry a lot if you wish , just to feel safer , but there's no need at all.
:-) Been there, done that! I love the smell of diesel in the morning (and the afternoon, evening...), smells like disaster...
Yep, those Maroc jerries are rubbish, but they're OK for water and cheap enough to give away at the end of your trip.
It's wise to carry a little water, even if you are sticking to the tar. If you have to stop roadside and work on your vehicle for a day in the WS you'll be glad of it. Especially in the Summer.
I wouldn't buy jerries purely to fill up in WS, but if you have the capacity anyway... it all adds up.
Thanks for your replies, good news and much appreciated.
Sounds like you guys have trevelled down west africa. Are there any countries that you would definately avoid?
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