Day 1: Marrakech
Arrival into Marrakech airport and transfer to our hotel, where we’ll have dinner and get ready for tomorrow
Day 2: Birding Across the Atlas
Today we’ll enjoy birding on route as we head to Ouarzazate, crossing the Atlas mountains through the Tizi-n-Tichka pass. We’ll make several stops, in which we will look for Levaillant’s Green Woodpecker, Tristram’s Warbler, Moussier’s Redstart, African Blue Tit and African Common Chaffinch. In Ouarzazate we’ll have dinner and accommodation.
Day 3: The Caravans Birds
A journey that will take us to the gate of the desert. We’ll scan creeks and every green valley to look for birds on migration. The local dry masses of water (wadis) will help us add new birds to our list.
Day 4: Sahara Desert Birds
A day to be spent in the Sahara desert looking for the local specialities. We’ll try to get Desert Warbler, Desert Sparrow, Brown-necked Raven, Hoopoe and Dunn’s Lark, Egyptian Nightjar, Lanner Falcon, Cream-coloured Courser and Pharaoh Eagle Owl. Dinner and accommodation in Merzouga
Day 5: Wild Valleys
Time to head to the plateau near Boumalne Dades, where we’ll visit one of the top birding spots in south Morocco, the Tagdilt track. This track will hopefully allow us look for Cream-coloured Courser, Mahgreb’s, Red-rumped and Desert Wheatears, Temminck’s, Hoopoe and Thick-billed Lark and Trumpeter Finch.
Day 6: Dades Valley and Central Atlas
There will be several spots to go birding today, from Boumalne de Dades area toward Ouarzazate. Once near Ouarzazate we will scan the shores of the Al Mansour reservoir which will hopefully provide much more than birds! Dinner and accomodation in Ouarzazate.
Day 7: The High Atlas
The journey will start with a visit to the picturesque old town of Aït-Ben-Haddou. Another further stop at the Atlas mountains will allow to see Moussier’s Redstart and Tristram’s Warbler. In the afternoon we will head to Marrakech, where we will stay for two nights.
Day 8: Oukaïmeden, Birding in High Atlas Mountain
Today we will make a day-trip to the ski resort of Oukaïmeden, in the High Atlas. In this site we will be looking for mountain species such as Crimson-winged Finch, Horned Lark, Alpine and Red-billed Choughs, Moussier’s Redstart, Seebohm’s Wheatear and Rock Sparrow. In the afternoon we will head back to Marrakech and visit its bustling main square for dinner.
Day 9: Marrakech
After enjoying our last breakfast, we will pack and head to the airport, where the tour ends. We hope the Morocco birding tour has very much pleased you!