Our Moroccan birding tour begins in fabulous Marrakech, from where we will soon find ourselves winding up the snow-capped High Atlas Mountains away from the hustle and bustle of human activity. Woodland-cloaked slopes and alpine areas support North African endemics that include Moussier’s Redstart, African Crimson-winged Finch and Levaillant’s Woodpecker. After dropping down incredible mountain passes we then reach the coast at Agadir, where we will search the nearby lagoons and estuaries teeming with waterfowl, waders and gulls. However, our main target is one of the world’s most critically endangered birds, the Northern Bald Ibis or Waldrapp, now restricted to two colonies in Morocco and a recently introduced breeding colony in Spain. Moving inland, the countryside gradually becomes drier until we reach the spectacular red sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, near the Algerian border. Along the way we will search for specials including the rare Houbara Bustard, dainty Cream-coloured Courser, Desert Sparrow, African Desert Warbler and larks including Temminck’s, Thick-billed and Dupont’s.
2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.
Northern Bald Ibis, chances for Houbara Bustard, Balearic Shearwater, Barbary Falcon, Marbled Duck, Barbary Partridge, Audouin’s Gull, Crowned, Spotted & Black-bellied Sandgrouse, Cream-colored Courser, Pharoah Eagle-Owl, Red-necked & chances for Egyptian Nightjar, Levaillant’s Woodpecker, Fulvous Babbler, Greater Hoopoe-Lark, Temminck’s, Thick-billed, Desert & Dupont’s Lark, Moussier’s Redstart, African Blue Tit, African Crimson-winged Finch, Tristram’s & Spectacled Warbler, Streaked Scrub Warbler, African Desert Warbler, Red-rumped Wheatear, Desert Sparrow
Gundi, chances for Barbary Sheep
mountains, woodlands, coastal lagoons, open ocean, wadis, stony & sandy deserts, wetlands
temperate and pleasant, cold in high mountains
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper Leader / 9 -12 with 2 Rockjumper Leaders
Tour Pace & Walking
relaxed pace, some long drives, undemanding walking
Ease of Birding
easy open country birding
Number of Species Expected
170 – 200
Atlas Mountains, medieval cities, Erg Chebbi dunes, shopping, great food