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Our guests about Morocco

We both had a great time with you Peter and Pieter, a really great time, and we'd love to return to Morocco soon. L&G Spain

Many thanks to both you Peter and to Pieter for your splendid and tireless efforts to make a splendid and memorable holiday for both of us. P&S UK

My final count for "lifers" on the Moroccan trip was 6: Courser, Crowned & Spotted s.g. (I'd had unsatisfactory views before),Desert Sparrow, Tristrams Warbler and Baillons Crake - an absolute bonus and total surprise. This was a very profitable trip for birds. M UK

I had one of the best holidays ever thanks to you Peter and Pieter. J Spain

Impressions of Morocco

Cream-colored-courserTruly an exotic location and fabulous part of Africa. Rich in scenery and birds with time to relax and enjoy both!
The tours will start from Marrakech and take-in the Atlas Mountains, Draa Valley and southern deserts. Both the routes and sites have been carefully selected to give maximum opportunities for observing the ‘special’ birds of this region of Morocco.

The birding in the Sahara is wonderful and full of species not seen in the more fertile parts of the north. Here there is an array of Lark and Wheatear species unparalleled outside of Africa, we will also see birds such as Desert Sparrow, a highly prized species, along with a real favourite among visiting birders the Cream-coloured Courser.Red-rumped-Wheatear
Special CommentIt goes without saying that all our accommodation is of the usual very high standard as all Worldwide Birding Tours. This tour is relaxed and recommended if comfort and easy pace is required. Following the Draa Valley with its famous palmeries, whose green hues glow in stark contrast to the surrounding deserts and mountains, we will arrive at the end of the road in the small desert village of M'hamid, where we will stay for two nights. The tour winds its way onward and eastwards to the famous Erg Chebbi dunes, perhaps the finest dune complex in the Sahara. We stay for 3 nights in one of our favourite Kasbahs the Auberge Derkaoua, it is a wonderful and isolated oasis, a perfect retreat to explore for birds or just simply relax. Sandgrouse species, Desert Warbler and a host of real quality birds can be seen here and with the prospect of water filling a nearby lagoon, birds such as Greater Flamingo can provide a bizarre experience in the middle of the desert! There is so much more to this tour, that I recommend reading our full tour listing on our website.

So, if you feel like escaping the winter and prepare for spring, why not join our March safari tour and give yourself a taste of summer and the exotic?

All our guests always have regular options, either join-in with the tour group birding and wildlife viewing or opt-out and enjoy your own company. You, the client, have choices unlike with so many other group tours!
Reserving your place is both easy and inexpensive. A deposit of € 250 is all we require! Book online...

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Tour Map of Morocco

Detailed Tour Description

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Morocco Main Tour Info

  • Tour dates
    18th - 28th of March 2014
  • Price
    € 1.795  p.p.
    € 300  Single supplement.
  • Deposit
    € 250  p.p.
  • Includes
    All accommodation, all meals and transport, full-time guiding, and airport transfers
  • Excludes
    Flights, insurance and personal costs.
  • Tour-party
    Minimum 4, maximum 8 fellow travellers
  • Option
    Extra nights in Marrakech based on HB:
    € 70  p.p.p.n.
    € 35  Single Supplement

Morocco Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1 - 4**** Hotel - Arrival day Marrakech, transfer to the hotel*
  • Day 2 - Hotel Riad Salam - High Atlas – Tizi-n-Tichka Pass - Ouarzazate
  • Day 3 - Kasbah Chez du Pacha - Ouarzazate – Anti Atlas – Draa Valley - Zagora
  • Day 4 - Kasbah Chez du Pacha - Zagora to M’Hamid – Sahara Desert
  • Day 5 - Kasbah Sirocco - Desert tour / M’Hamid to Zagora
  • Day 6 - Auberge Kasbah Derkaoua - Zagora – Tazzarine - Merzouga
  • Day 7 - Auberge Kasbah Derkaoua - Desert tour – Erg Chebbi – Dayet Srji
  • Day 8 - Auberge Kasbah Derkaoua - Dayet Srji – Desert tour
  • Day 9 - Hotel Xaluca des Dades - Merzouga – Todra Gorge – Boumalne de Dades
  • Day 10 - Hotel Riad Salam - Boumalne de Dades – Tagdilt - Ouarzazate
  • Day 11 - Ouarzazate – High Atlas – Marrakech - Departure
*optional guided tour to the famous Old City and Souk

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Wheatears (Genus Oenanthe)

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Latest Trip Report of Morocco

groupThe eleven days produced a total of 146 species that included almost all of the desert specialities that we were hoping for: sandgrouse were conspicuous by their almost total absence, and we never connected with Thick-billed Lark, Scrub Warbler or Pharaoh Eagle Owl. And our afternoon searching for Houbaras proved fruitless, but as this species is now released and hunted just like pheasants and partridges in England it is somewhat devalued as a target species. We heard that fifty had been killed by visiting hunters in the previous month.
The two pre-tour extensions, four days on the coast around Agadir and the drive down from Tangier to Marrakech, added another fifty species and so raised the total to 196 - not quite as high as the same trip in the last couple of years but still a fine indication of what Morocco in early spring can offer

Tour Leader : Pieter Verheij
Tour Guides : Peter Jones and Steve Lister
Tour report : Steve Lister

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Meet your Tour Guides for Morocco

peter3Peter Jones writes: I have been to and written about Morocco so many times and yet it never fails to leave me with impressions of wonder, not least of vast empty tranquil spaces where it is possible to be completely immersed in nature, like a grain of sand is to a desert so but am I in life! Such a grand landscape is presented with perspectives beyond words, from the towering High Atlas Mountains to endless rolling dunes of the Sahara, from Palm lined valleys to multi-coloured striated flat topped mountains; it is a place of unimaginable beauty. The country also has an added attraction and great bonus for me acting as it does as a bridge between the more southerly regions of Africa and Europe for migratory birds. Little wonder I am constantly drawn by the calling of this exotic place and also its people.

Peter Jones, author, naturalist, co-founder of Spanish Nature and founder of the Andalucia Bird Society. Peter has been involved in a great many environmental projects and has had several works published over many years. Peter has a passion for birds, having also been involved in scientific research into birds for over 36 years, but his many interests also extend to flora and fauna. Peter is well known and liked by the great many who have already been guided by him in many different countries. There can be no finer testimony to Peter's popularity than the fact that many friends of various tour operators will sign-on tours in the knowledge he is their guide.
Tour leader: Each tour will have a representative of Worldwide Birding Tours to accompany it, ensuring attention to detail, and fullfilling our pledge not to send you on holiday, but to take you.