After lunch we can either relax at our hotel or enjoy the city! Of course the options are yours.
The souk in Marrakech is rightly famous and is a feature in the older part of the city. This market and its unique atmosphere is a must for anyone wanting a true ‘Moroccan’ experience! The hotel has a grand swimming pool and terrace, with of course a bar. Within the grounds, there are many birds such as Common Bulbul and House Bunting.
Climate: Pleasantly warm days and normally enjoys comfortable and balmy evenings. Provided there are no strong winds, we will be able to enjoy our meals outdoors.
We will eventually arrive at our Hotel Des Cascades for 2 nights in the Anti Atlas Mountain village of Imouzzer.
The hotel has magnificent gardens leading to paths into the countryside. Breakfast is served on the large terrace. On a clear evening you can watch the sun setting over the Atlantic. The main dining room has a central log fireplace for the cooler months. Hotel Des Cascades is an idyllic place found clinging to the mountainside amongst a profusion of trees, shrubs and flowers of all colours with the constant sound of gurgling springs interspersed with pathways leading down to a knee in the hills.
Climate: At the time of our tour the days are normally warm. The evenings can be cool so some warm clothes should be close to hand.
We will drive into the mountain area behind the hotel during the afternoon and go a hunting Tristram’s Warbler and other exotics, although this route is a bit of a mystery tour as we have not had time to previously explore this particular area, so an adventure! Our intention is to arrive back at the hotel late afternoon to enjoy the terrace and surrounding scenery, of course keeping an eye to the skies for raptors! Time in the evening to tot-up our bird list and enjoy the superb food and drinks served by our hotel.
The hotel Bou Jerif, where we will stay again 2 nights, is some 9 kms away from the nearest road and reached by a good track. An old French Foreign Legion fort is but a short walk away and the whole complex is completely surrounded by open desert. Birds are attracted to the gardens of the complex and by water overflows, sometimes heavy falls of warblers have been observed. Electricity is supplied by generator, so beware of no power supply at least between 10pm and 7am!
Climate: Warm by day, but can cool at night.
Peter is offering a free drink to the first person who sees and points out Moustached Warbler, hearing their song and call does not qualify for the drink!
We will meet our local guide here and discuss our tactics for the next day. If people want to take themselves off for an evening stroll and view magnificent sunsets, then they are most welcome to do so.
Climate: Normally warm by day and can become cool in the evenings/night. Being immediately next to the Atlantic Ocean breezes/winds are common.