Why Choose us for Birdwatching holidays in Morocco?
The place is teeming with wildlife and many bird watching enthusiasts have the trip of a lifetime when they choose birdwatching holidays in Morocco in the spring or autumn.
Around 460 species of birds either make their home in Morocco or pass through on their migratory routes.
When to go
The best time to visit is between October and May.
Autumn: November is particularly good for coastal wetland sites, as the winter migrants have just arrived. Spring: March to May is the best time to see the greatest range of migrants and residents.
The South West offers a great deal of interest in a small area. We recommend Taroudant as a base:
- Our guide, Said, based at La Maison Anglaise in Taroudant, has a wealth of knowledge, a very keen eye, a great love of ornithology, a biology degree and long experience of assisting birdwatchers since 1996
- There are 3 Protected Areas in the region: The Argan forest Biosphere reserve, the Tamri National Park, where the critically endangered Bald Ibis is often seen, & the Souss Massa National Park, renowned for its wetland and cactoid euphorbia habitats
- We have a specialist library and a range of displays of interest at our guest house in Taroudant
“Staying at Taroudant with our groups each year has been a wonderful experience. The hospitality and the food is first class and Said is a great companion in the field. Being close to the Atlas and right in the bird-rich Souss Valley makes it a superb base for a wildlife tour and Said’s local knowledge has helped us no end” Ian Green, Greentours
The Souss Massa National Park
Euphorbia steppe (unique to this part of Morocco) and 2 estuaries that are a magnet for migrant birds. Its northern boundary at the Souss estuary, some 8 miles south of Agadir, offers considerable interest including flamingoes, many waders and the Red-necked Nightjar.
Towards its southern edge is the Massa estuary/lagoon, some 40 Miles south of Agadir, famous for its birdlife, migrants, especially waders and gulls. Species of particular interest in the Park include: breeding Marbled Ducks and Northern Bald Ibis. Also of interest are Glossy Ibis. European Spoonbill, Audouin’s Gull, Thick-billed Lark, Tristram’s Warbler, Moussier’s Redstart, Eurasian Coots, Little Grebes, Herons, Redstarts, Sardinian warblers, Blackcaps, Western Marsh Harrier, Ospreys and much more.
The Tamri National Park
Tamri lies on the Atlantic coast north of Agadir and south of Essaouira, roughly midway between the 2 towns. It is undoubtedly the best place to find the critically endangered northern Bald Ibis; since it is not a shy bird, it is easy to observe. En route near promontory of Cap Rhir you will see many sea birds.
We run day trips from Taroudant for those wishing to have a brief introduction to birdwatching, and can arrange longer itineraries such as the 6 day programme listed below. This may be offered as a “birdwatchers only” tour or as part of a more general wildlife tour, or, if you are happy to be in the company of non birders to reduce costs, Said will spot or advise on birds of interest in passing.
Day 1: The Souss Valley: the Argan forest, Tioute Palmery and the Anti Atlas Mountains. A patchwork of dryland, oases and irrigated land
Day 2: The Souss Massa National Park south of Agadir: resident and migrant birds of the Souss and Massa estuaries
Day 3: The Atlantic Coast North of Agadir: Coastal habitats. The Northern Bald Ibis and the Tamri National Park
Day 4: The Atlas East of Taroudant : Tiz n Test Pass and the Aoulouz Gorge
Day 5: The Western High Atlas North of Taroudant – terraced irrigated valleys, ancient olive groves, mountain slopes and mountain streams.
Day 6: Taroudant town: Relaxation and birds in and around the town