- Fly from London to Marrakech.
- Accommodation: Marrakech, 2-nights on full board basis.
- Drive into the High Atlas Mountains with the prospect of Seebohm’s wheatear and crimson-winged finch.
- We head east across the Tizi n’tichka pass to Boumalne du Dades, the Tagdilt track and Gorges du Todra
- Descending to the oasis town of Ouarzazate, Bourmaine gives us our first real taste of desert birding. Larks abound on the stony Hamada at Tagdilt and we may find sandgrouse and cream-coloured courser, too.
- Accommodation: Boumalne du Dades, 2-nights on full board basis.
- We head east, and further into the desert via Erfoud to Derkaoua, Errachidia. An exciting excursion by Landrover will carry us out to Merzouga, where we will search for the African desert warbler, brown-necked raven and the declining desert sparrow.
- Accommodation: Derkaoua, Errachidia, 2-nights on full board basis.
- Retracing our steps to Ouarzazate, we leave the weathered hills and wadis of the interior behind and drop down towards the Moroccan coast.
- Accommodation: Ouarzazate, 1-night on full board basis.
- We’ll watch for black-winged kite on our way to the ancient walled city of Taroudant, where our hotel for the night began life as a sultan’s palace and garden birds include: little swift, spotless starling and African blue tit.
- Accommodation: Taroudant, 1-night on full board basis.
- Our birding concludes at Agadir, beside Morocco’s blue Atlantic shore. Here the bird-rich estuaries of the rivers Souss and Massa offer a remarkable contrast. Waders, wildfowl and other wetland species are abundant. We have chances of Barbary partridge, Audouin’s gull, red-necked nightjar, rufous scrub robin and black-crowned tchagra, as we go in search one of the world’s rarest and weirdest-looking birds, the critically endangered bald ibis.
- Accommodation: Agadir, 2-nights on full board basis.
- We leave Agadir for a three hour drive to Marrakech for our flight to London.
All prices are per person and include:
- Services of the naturalist leader
- All meals
- Guided activities
Accommodation ranges from a former Sultan’s palace in the walled city of Taroudannt, to an excellent four-star hotel in the Sahara desert at Merzouga. Hotel standards do vary across Morocco, but overall are good. All rooms have private facilities.
All main meals are included in the price. Dinner and breakfast will be taken at the hotels. Most lunches, and the occasional breakfast, will be picnics with some taken at local restaurants.
Timed to coincide with the northward migration, our tour gives us the best birding in North Africa. Amongst the many, many species, we look for bald ibis, cream-coloured courser, Black-crowned tchagra, Moussier’s redstart and the fast disappearing desert sparrow.
- Levaillant’s woodpecker
- Pharaoh eagle owl
- Egyptian nightjar
- Blue-cheeked bee-eater
A constantly changing back accompanies our birdwatching trip as we explore deserts, snow capped mountains, weather hills and wadis and forests.
Expect mostly warm and sunny weather with temperatures between 10°-30° Celsius. However, it can be cold at night and first thing in the morning. Rainfall is not usual at this season, but it is possible, especially at higher altitudes where it can be cold with some snow on the ground.
Maximum elevation is 2,600-3,000 metres at Oukaimeden, for a few hours on one day only.
Easy, short walks – approximately 1-3 kilometres – over easy-moderate terrain. Walking shoes or lightweight boots, with sturdy, corrugated soles, are recommended for this tour.
To avoid the heat of the day in the desert, we will make some early starts.
Price includes return scheduled flights London – Marrakech – London.
Ground transportation will be by coach or minibus, with driver, switching to 4 wheel drive excursions in the desert at Merzouga.
Please be aware that Morocco is a big country and our tour does involve a fair amount of travelling, but the ever changing scenery and frequent stops for birds make this worthwhile.