BIRDING TOURS IN MOROCCO 2018 / 2019
     
           21 - 28 June 2018 / 2019                              Spaces Available Hurry !!!

           01 - 08 July 2018 / 2019                              Spaces Available Hurry !!!
           10 - 17 July 2018 / 2019                              Spaces Available Hurry !!!

            19 - 26 July 2018 / 2019                              Spaces Available Hurry !!!

NOTE: If you have your specific date please let us know your arrival and departure date!
    
Tour Cost:
                    The price is depends on number of people, for the price please contact us!

Tour Leader: Brahim Mezane

Group Size: Max 7 people

Tour starting/ending:  Marrakech airport OR Casablanca airport,  Morocco (depends your flights).

Price includes: 

* Comfortable transport.

* 7 Nights accommodation in single or double rooms. You have the option to have single rooms each at no extra charge. Please let me know what you prefer.

* Guiding services and general assistance where and when required.


Price exludes:
                                    
* International airfare
                                
* Lunches & drinks
                                
* Travel insurance
                                 
* Items of a personal nature and tips

Target Birds: Small Buttonquail, African Marsh Owl, Double-spurred Francolin, Atlas Flycatcher, Dupont's Lark, Levaillant's Green Woodpecker, Black crowned Tchagra, Seebohm's Wheatear, Little Swift, Calandra Lark, Red-knobbed Coot, Marbled Duck, Greater Flamingos, Thekla Lark, Red rumped Wheatear, Black Wheatear, Desert Wheatear, Lesser Kestrel, Black-Bellied Sandgrouse, Moussier's Redstart, Spectacled Warbler, Black-shouldered Kite, ...etc!


INTRODUCTION

  Superb 8 days birdwatching tour to Morocco. From the north of country to the middle atlas mountains, but this tour goes further than a simple birdwatching tour, the culture and history of the region will amaze you, and the landscape will take your breath away. We will be covering most of the northern part of the country, including all the most amazing and incredible birdwatching places: the Atlas Mountains, the Atlantic ocean, the lagoons and the forests. All these places are of great importance to millions of birds during the spectacle of spring migration from Africa to Europe.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Marrakech Airport OR Casablanca Airport (depends your flights) - El jadida
Meet and welcome you at Marrakech airport or Casablanca airport (depends your flights), we will drive north-west to El jadida, where we will spend the night. En route we will keep a look out for White Stork, Cattle Egret, Calandra Lark, Little and Pallid Swifts, Crested Lark, Common Bulbul and Spotless Starling.
Dinner and accommodation in El jadida.

Day 2: El jadida - Atlantic coast - Casablanca - Rabat
Following an early start, the whole day will be devoted to our search for the elusive Small Buttonquail along the Atlantic coast. There is, of course, no guarantee of this bird but we will be visiting sites where we have seen them recently and at the best time of year. Further new species for the tour should include African Reed Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Sardinian Warbler. Late in the afternoon we drive to Casablanca then to Rabat.
Dinner and accommodation in Rabat.
Day 3: The Zaers - Sidi Bourhaba
An early start today is essential for a trip southeast of Rabat into the King’s hunting forest, the Zaers, to see and hear Double-spurred Francolin, a secretive game bird that calls from the tops of tree stumps. Other woodland species possible include Black Crowned Tchagra, Black-shouldered Kite, Woodpigeon, Greenfinch, Serin, Pied Flycatcher, Redstart and Barbary Partridge. We’ll spend the afternoon along the Atlantic coast, visiting lagoons and saltpans including an excellent freshwater lake, Lac de Sidi Bourhaba. Good numbers of Red-knobbed Coots should be on the lake as well as Marbled Duck and White-headed Duck, while Western Marsh Harriers quarter the reed beds.
Dinner and accommodation in Rabat.

Day 4: Merdja Zerga
After breakfast we head north to Merdja Zerga, which means “Blue Lagoon”. This large coastal lagoon teem with thousands of waders including godwits, Greenshank and Redshank, lingering ducks and flamingoes. The marshes are one of the few places to find the African Marsh Owl, an endemic subspecies. We will also scan the beach and Atlantic Ocean for terns, gulls, any skuas on passage and Balearic Shearwater.
Dinner and accommodation in Rabat.

Day 5: Rabat - Meknes - Cedar Forest in Azrou - Middle Atlas Mountains - Zaida
Driving south-east to Midelt, we will stop firstly to search for Lesser Kesterl in Azrou town and then at excellent sites in the Middle Atlas for Levaillant's Green Woodpecker and Ruddy Shelduck. In the Cedar forests we may also see Wood Lark, Firecrest and the local races of Great Spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tit, Barbary Apes and very good chances also exist to see Atlas Flycatcher.
Dinner and accommodation in Zaida.

Day 6: Full day birding in Zaida Plain
We will leave early to search for Dupont's Lark in Zeida Plain. This very difficult high-plains species disappearing amongst the tussocks. Excellent chances exist for seeing Seebohm's Wheatear, Desert Wheatear, Red rumped Wheatear, Black-Bellied Sandgrouse, Spectacled Warbler, Thekla Lark and Short toed Lark. If the heat allows, we will dedicate most of our day to exploring this area.
Dinner and accommodation in Zaida.

Day 7: Zaida - Middle Atlas Mountains - Beni Mellal - Marrakech or Casablanca
Transfer day from Zaida to Marrakech or Casablanca, drive through the Middle Atlas Mountians. We will do some birding stops in the road. Late in the afternoon we arrive to Marrakech or Casablanca. Free evening to visit the old quarter of Marrakech and the impressive Jema-el-fna square which is an unbelievable experience for any visitor - snake charmers, water sellers and spice stalls plus the charm of bargaining in the Souk (OPTIONAL).
Dinner and accommodation in Marrakech or Casablanca.

Day 8: Marrakech or Casablanca - Airport
If time allows some more birding in the Marrakech or Casablanca area, then transfer to the airport where the trip ends.


NOTE: This is a flexible itinerary which may be adjusted to allow for changes in arrival and departure times, weather conditions and other related factors.

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MORE INFORMATION

Accommodation: We stay in a selection of comfortable hotel, all rooms are en-suite.
Food: All hotels provide a simple breakfast typical of Morocco, consisting of fresh bread, butter, honey and jam. Fruit juice and tea or coffee is also available. For lunch we will have picnic lunches when out in the field. Evening meals will be a mixture of local and international dishes.
Walking: The tour is not strenuous. Leisurely walking, very occasionally over moderately rough terrain, is the only physical requirement on most days. Most birding is done close to our vehicle, though we will need to walk to see high mountain species, and some exertion will be required in mountain environments. There will be the option to stay close to the vehicle, should anyone wish to go back.
Weather: Typical temperatures. Changeable and sometimes cold, windy or wet weather is very possible on the Atlantic and the Atlas Mountains, so bring a warm jacket, gloves, warm layers and adequate rainwear.
Insects: There are biting insects, precautions are advised.
Group size: is restricted to 7 clients maximum.

Tour 6: The Northern of Morocco
                 8 days / 7 nights
YOUR LOCAL EXPERT BIRD GUIDE:

Brahim Mezane was born in the sahara desert of Morocco in 1986, having a Berber father and mother. He has been an enthusiastic birder since he was 15 years old and has been bird watching all over Morocco. He has been working a several years of guiding for other companies and has led many very successful tours to all over Morocco. In 2013 Brahim created a bird guide company in Morocco called Gayuin Birding Tours to be able to offer his own tours and activities. He speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Berber.
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