Wildlife Holidays in Morocco

Sitting on the edge of the great Sahara, with both an Atlantic and a Mediterranean seaboard, and the highest mountains in northern Africa, Morocco has a variety of scenery and climate unrivalled by other Mediterranean countries.

Imagine birdwatching in an oasis of date palms, surrounded by a warming desert, beneath a clear blue sky and a spectacular snowclad mountain range that is as high as the Alps. The temperature is perfect; at home it is chilly and grey! This is Morocco’s dramatic kasbah country, impressive pictures of which decorate so many brochures and tourist board offices, but which remains a little too inaccessible for the majority of the country’s visitors. It is this region, in particular the desert, oasis and mountain habitats that border the beautiful Dades and Draa Valleys — two rivers to the south of the High Atlas mountains that never reach the sea — on which we focus in our quest for southern Morocco’s birds.

Naturetrek Tours to Morocco

Naturetrek offers two birdwatching and wildlife holidays in Morocco:

We also offer a specialist herping trip to Morocco:

Whats special about Morocco's wildlife?

It is Morocco’s combination of varied habitats and climate which give rise to its exciting birdlife. A few highlights include:

  • Birds – desert specialists include Desert Warbler, Desert Sparrow and Cream-coloured Courser
  • Rarities such as the Bald Ibis and Houbara Bustard
  • A paradise for wheatears and larks

Our Specialist Recommends

"I recommend our 10-day ‘Birding in Southern Morocco’ tour in early spring where, under cloudless skies and cherry blossom, we enjoy the best of North Africa’s birding. Some stand-out species include Egyptian Nightjar, Spotted Sandgrouse and Tristram’s Warbler plus many other specialities."

Operations Manager - Andy Tucker

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