Tour Introduction : Morocco - Short-Breaks

Tour Description

Day 1 - 2

Day One
andouins-gullWe meet at the Tarifa ferry terminal for boarding the 0900 ferry for Tanger. Here you will be met by your driver and guide for the next 3 days. After clearing customs in Tanger we will take a slow drive on the old coastal road to Asilah and hope to be able to view the birds of this Atlantic haven. We aim to book into our Hotel and take lunch in Asilah or Larache. Our afternoon will see us visit the magnificent marshlands north of Larache. The lagoons, estuary and marshes should produce some memorable sightings such as Red-knobbed Coot, Long-legged Buzzard, Purple Gallinule, Glossy Ibis and if we get lucky Moustached Warbler. Hopefully we will have time to also visit the beach area and look for Audouin’s and Slender-billed Gulls. Returning to our hotel in Tanger we will have time to relax before going for dinner in our hotel restaurant.

Day Two
guide-in-moroccoToday it is necessary to take an early breakfast in order to arrive at Merja Zerga by 0900. We say an early breakfast but not too early at 0730. We meet our *MGS guide at Moulay Bousselham where we will set-off to explore the lagoon and surrounding wetlands. The area, declared a biological reserve in 1978 and a Ramsar site in 1980, is one of the largest lagoons in Morocco. The area is famous for providing a site for rare breeding birds, migrating birds and very large numbers of wintering birds. Our target bird here is the very elusive Marsh Owl. After touring the perimeter of the lagoon, we will arrive back at the small port of Moulay Bousselham to connect with our scheduled boat trip around the lagoon and the mouth of the estuary, an excursion lasting approximately 1 hour. After lunch in the village we will spend the afternoon searching the smaller northern lagoons which form the Merjas of the Rharb. Arriving back at our hotel late afternoon, we will have time to relax before having dinner at our hotel. If time permits we can visit the old fishing port of Asilah. * MGS (see below)

Day 3

Day Three
marsh-owl1At last a leisurely breakfast, a normal event for Spanish Nature tours! When we are ready for our departure from the hotel, we will head north on the old coastal road to the Oued Tahadart. Here there will be opportunities to view Gull, Tern and Wader species. After watching the birds of the estuary we will double-back on ourselves and take the quiet inland road to the Tanger Peninsula. The area here is probably the best in Morocco for such notable species as Great Bustard, wintering Common Cranes and other elusive specialty birds of this wonderful country. We hope to be able to take our time here as often birds like Great Bustard can be hard to spot, also with small lagoons and marginal vegetation there are ample opportunities to turn-up something unusual! We will take lunch in one of the small villages on the plains and after wind our way slowly back to the ferry terminal at Tanger. We will aim to depart Tanger by 1630. We are confident that the sights and sounds of the past 3 days will have been a thrill and memorable occasion for all those involved on this fantastic short tour.

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Morocco Main Tour Info

  • Tour dates
    To be agreed between you and us
  • Price 2018
    With 4 persons: € 840 p.p.
    With 3 persons: € 965 p.p.
    With 2 persons: € 1190 p.p.
    € 40 Single supplement.
  • Deposit
    € 250
  • Includes
    All accommodation, all meals and transport (car and ferry) and fulltime guiding.
  • Excludes
    Insurance and personal costs.
  • Tour party
    Minimum 2, maximum 4 fellow travellers

3 Days Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1 - Hotel at Asilah - Meet at Tarifa. Ferry to Tanger, Larache Marshes and Tanger
  • Day 2 - Hotel at Asilah - Tanger to Merja Zerga. Visit the lagoons of Merjas of the Rharb
  • Day 3 - Tanger to Oued Tahadart and Tanger Peninsula. Ferry to Tarifa

Moroccan Education Project

Can you help our ‘For the Birds’ education project for schools in southern Morocco?
for-the-birds_moroccoA very important aspect of our education programme is the provision of new or used binoculars. If you are buying a new pair, please consider donating your old ones to our project. We are also assisting some local wildlife guides who are desperate for used telescopes, so again if you are buying a new scope, please do consider donating your old one.
Any quantity of good quality children’s clothing, notebooks, drawing and or colouring books, pen sets, crayons and pencils (plus sharpeners) are all very welcome. If you would like to donate any of the afore mentioned items or wish to make a monetary donation, please do contact us for further details.

Latest Trip Report of Morocco

common-bulbul_webBird watching in Morocco. A winter’s birding tour in Morocco with the Andalucia Bird Society, the society’s first overseas tour! With 15 members, we toured the marshland habitats of the northwestern Atlantic coast of Morocco and sampled not only the varied birdlife of Morocco, but also to some extent gave ourselves a taste of this wonderful country. We were based in Asilah and made excursions to the Oued Tahadart flood plains, the lower Loukos marshes near Larache and ventured south to Moulay Bousselham and the large marsh and lagoon of Merja Zerga. The society were also on a mission to spread the word for the necessity of locals to keep a watch for Slender-billed Curlew and to this end the society donated a telescope to the local guide and guardian at the marshland of Merja Zerga. In all around 111 species were seen during the trip. It was an enormously successful and enjoyable tour.

Tour Leader : Peter Jones
Trip Report : Peter Jones

Day One - 2nd of December
Our group met-up in Tarifa for departure to Tanger. The sea crossing was an easy affair and the only drawback was queuing on the ferry to have our entry stamps inserted in our passports. On the sea crossing some of the group saw Cory’s Shearwater and Northern Gannet with the more usual gull species plus a few Sandwich Tern near to the port of Tanger. We met our transport at the port and were soon bouncing our way through the maze of streets

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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.