Full tour. Deserts, Mountains and Coasts 11 days

Tour entering and leaving for Marrakech (Menara).

 This tour is intended to be one of the most complete that can be offered to observe almost all birds of special interest that we can see in Morocco. It is a route very similar to our tour of 13 days with the difference that in this case we enter and we leave the country by plane. After enjoying the experience of the great Sahara we continue again going the High Atlas mountain range by the port of Oukaimeden, and from there we go to the coast, to finally take the Atlantic route.

 

Day 1 MARRAKECH

Depending on the free time our flight arrival time allows us, we can have our first taste of  Marrakech, where we will enjoy the first interesting birds of the trip, Common Bulbul, Little Swift and House Bunting will compete for our attention with the non-ornithological wonders that this city full of monuments has to offer. Declared a World Heritage site, it has the traditional largest market in the country and one of the busiest squares in Africa and in the world, the Jema El Fna square, where we will have a special dinner. Our accommodation is located in the old area of the city, a few minutes from the square.


Day 2 MARRAKECH – OUKAIMEDEN – OURIKA VALLEY

Oukaïmeden, 2,650 meters above sea level. We will pass all day enjoying this magical place, in the most impressive mountain massif of North African summits and we will focus on the typical birds of high mountain we can see there, Temminck’s Horned Lark, , Crimson-winged Finch , Choug and alpine Chough, Alpine accentor, Rock sparrow, Barbary  Partridge… With a bit of luck we could even see Lammergeier Gypaetus barbatus. Accommodation in the Ourika valley.

Day 3 OURIKA – OUARZAZATE

We will head to Ouarzazate, a territory chosen by one of the birds most  wanted speciesd, the Maghreb Wheatear (Oenanthe halophila), formerly known as Mourning wheatear. If everything goes well we will also  see several specimens,  males and females, as well as some interesting birds such as Desert Lark, Hoopoe Lark and Thick-Billed lark. We will overnight in Ouarzazate.


Day 4 OUARZAZATE – BOULMANE DU DADÉS 

At dawn we head to the Gorges of the Todra, undoubtedly one of the most spectacular landscapes of all Morocco, where we will also see the Tristram’s Warbler and some rock-dwelling species of interest such as the always pleasing Bonelli’s Eagle. Overnight at Xaluca Dadés.

 

Day 5 BOULMANE DU DADÉS – TINEJDAD – ERFOUD

We will spend the early hours of the morning to the Tagdilt Track, considered this place by many as the ornithological golden mile in the country. Interesting larks, sandgrouse and birds of prey occur in this unusual plateau. At noon we will take direction to Rissani not without before taking a small detour into Tinejdad to see another small very desired by all, the elusive Scrub Warbler. Overnight at Xaluca Erfoud.


Day 6 ERFOUD – MERZOUGA

In the morning we will tour the surroundings of the lagoon of Merzouga where we will see ducks, waders, sandgrouses, flamingos and other birds typical of the area… That morning we will look for in the area of Rissani to the desert eagle owl. The afternoon will be spent to three of the jewels in the sand desert, the Tristram’s Warbler, the Desert Warbler and the star of the day, the SALIDUN, name with which is known by the inhabitants the rare Desert Sparrow. Night in Kasbah in front of the dunes.


Day 7 MERZOUGA – TAZENAKHT

We wake up in the desert, a breakfast in front of the dunes will launch us for our new destination on the Atlantic coast. We will overnight halfway on a tour where the desert species frequently occur. Night at Tazenakht

 

Day 8 TAZENAKHT – SOUS MASSA

We continue the route in the direction of the Atlantic where we can enjoy the wonderful landscapes of the southern slope of Jbel Siroua, just before we get into the most extensive thorny argania meadow of the country, habitat that has been the site of the latest observations of Dark Chanting Goshawk in Morocco. This day we expect to arrive at Souss Massa by evening. Accommodation in the park by the seashore, where we can watch hundreds of  Bald Ibis returning from feeding on the crops of the interior.


Day 9 SOUS MASSA – TAMRI

This morning will be  dedicated to the Souss Massa National Park, and the afternoon in Tamri where we will be able to see as well as the breeding colony of Bald Ibis and other rock species like Bonelli’s Eagle, Tristram’s Warbler, and always interesting marine species among which a highlight is the Audouin Gull groups.  Overnight in Tamri.

 

Day 10 TAMRI – ESSAOUIRA

Early in the morning we will head to the pearl of the Atlantic, Essaouira seaport, with a medina that has been declared patrimony of  humanity. Although the city  is in  itself a marvelous tourist attraction, we will dedicate our solar hours to bird watching. Here we  can enjoy  of the several hundred pairs of  Eleonora´s falcon which have established a breeding colony on the island of Mogador, opposite the town and  less than 1 km away. We will also enjoy waders, gulls and  herons including Reef egret and passerines such  Egret as the White Wagtail ssp subpersonata, Brown-throated martin and even the Black-Crowned Tchagra. The overnight will be  in a riad in the medina.

 

Day 11 ESSAOUIRA – MARRAKECH

We’ll go to Marrakech depending on the time of departure of the different flights leaving from Menara airport.

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