We will stay in a 4* hotel located in the residential district Hivernage, few minutes walk from Jemaa el Fna square.
Climate: Normally warm and balmy. Can be cool at night.
Our hotel is Hotel Dar Chamaa in Ouarzazate. We will stay 2 nights (days 2 & 10) in this hotel. Hotel Dar Chamaa is situated in the Ouarzazate Palm Grove with views of the Atlas Mountains. It has an outdoor swimming pool with a terrace area, that is surrounded by sun loungers and palm trees.
Climate: Temperatures here range from hot to cool and is largely dependant upon the wind direction. Winds coming from the north and crossing the High Atlas can produce cool temperatures, but normally we have found the days warm and the evenings cool.
The temperature here is quite a few more degrees higher than our previous day and a walk along the river should prove worthwhile and provide for a stretch of the old limbs! Continuing along the Draa Valley, we will go off road into the wadis hoping to find such species as Laughing Dove and an array of spring migrants. For most of our journey we will follow the wadis through the Draa Valley and stop to seek various species typical of the area i.e. Laughing Dove, Common Bulbul, House Bunting, Blue-cheeked Bee eater and others. The hill areas before M'Hamid are worth stopping in for possible Desert Lark and Desert Warbler.
We end our day in M'hamid where we will stay in Hotel Chez le Pacha for 2 nights. Chez le Pacha is on a 3-hectares parkland, located in Palm Grove in M'hamid El Ghizlane, close access from Zagora. It offers an outdoor pool with a furnished terrace.
Again we will start our day with a leisurely breakfast, and for those wanting an early stroll, your guide will be more than happy to come with you, notice the evening before please! Time permitting, we will again explore the Draa River near M'Hamid. We may see large flocks of Trumpeter Finch and the desert sub-species of Crested Lark, so much paler and almost sand coloured on its mantle. Slowly we will wind our way towards the main road for Zagora and soon after joining this surfaced road we will take a late lunch stop. We will take our time returning to our hotel in Zagora. Certainly we will stop at the crossing of the Oued Draa and here we will search the riverside vegetation for migrating warblers and normally we manage good views here of Blue-cheeked Bee eaters. We hope to arrive at Zagora by around 1600hrs having plenty of time for folk to relax or even take a swim before our evening meal.
The restaurant serves great food in a really beautiful traditional surrounding. From the grounds of the Kasbah we can walk around the palmery and hopefully find such notable species as Laughing Dove and Barbary Partridge.
Zagora is set around the midway point of the Draa Valley and is perfectly located for us to explore the sandy deserts of the Sahara which are some 50kms further south. Here you will be able to experience some of the famous Berber culture.
Climate: Much warmer than our previous two days and normally enjoys comfortable and balmy evenings. Provided there are no strong winds, we will be able to enjoy our meals outdoors. The pool water is normally cold!!
Today we will be accompanied by our local guide for the morning. Our target bird for the day will be Houbara Bustard and with the aid of our guide we hope to be succesfull. In the desert surrounding of our hotel we will also search for Fulvous Babbler, a notoriously difficult bird some years. Other birds we might find here are Desert Warbler and Spectacled Warbler and if we are lucky we might find a Tristram's Warbler among many migrant species. The approach road to the hotel can be a good place to find various Sandgrouse and in particular Pin-tailed and Spotted Sandgrouse.
Later and after lunch at our hotel we can relax for awhile before those willing take another look at the Dayet Srji. Who knows what we will find?
In the evening, sat near to the pool (with a glass of something in your hand) we will sit back and hope an Egyptian Nightjar comes cruising into the gardens searching for night flying insects. Whether early in the morning before breakfast or last thing in the day, the hotel grounds are always worth exploring. Because the gardens are matured and the trees well grown, the area is an oasis in its own right and attracts many passing migrant birds.
Each air-conditioned room at La Porte du Dades has a view of the patio and includes a private bathroom with traditional tadelakt walls and a shower. A bathrobe and free toiletries are provided. The Tagdilt Track is not far from the accommodation.
Climate: Highly variable and dependent on local conditions.Can be very cold in the day and night (2008) to warm in the day and cool in the night (2007).