Southern Morocco - easy birding tour
A birding exploration of the varied habitats of southern Morocco.
March is a very pleasant time to visit Morocco, with good weather, large numbers of migrating birds heading northwards to Europe and plenty of plants in flower, both on the coast and in the mountains.
We will start our tour on the Atlantic Coast, seeking out local specialties, including Moussier’s Redstart, Blackcrowned Tchagra and, with luck, the critically endangered Northern Bald Ibis. We will visit the Sous Massa National Park where we will look for several species of antelope that have been reintroduced here, including Addax, Dorcas Gazelle and the graceful Scimitar-horned Oryx.
Heading inland we will pass through the argan forest of the Sous Valley to the arid rocky steppe of the Tagdildt Track, home to larks and wheatears. We will explore rock gorges in search of Pharoah Eagle Owl, Maghreb Wheatear and the endearing Gundi, before reaching the stony desert of the Tafilalt and the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, home to desert specialities including Desert Sparrows, Egyptian Nightjar, Cream-coloured Courser and various sandgrouse
Heading back westwards, we will travel through the spectacular Anti-Atlas mountains, before finally climbing the High Atlas to the snow line, where we hope to find African Crimson-winged Finches, Seebohm’s Wheatear and Levaillant’s Woodpecker.
As well as Morocco’s birdlife, we will find reptiles, butterflies, spring flowers and some amazing scenery. This holiday will be our 18th visit to southern Morocco, and our second to explore further into the eastern desert.