Trip report: Morocco: North Africa in a Nutshell (March 2017) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Lisle Gwynn. This was a set-departure tour.

Morocco is a fascinating destination, and one that many world birders have neglected for too long. It is increasingly becoming a go-to country for European birders in Spring, and offers some of the most exciting birding in the Western Palearctic biogeographic region. Not only does it offer a chance to see Afro-European migration at its peak, but it also offers a plethora of exciting and special endemic and near-endemic species at its core. Add to this the fact that throughout the tour we have excellent accommodation and some of the best food available anywhere in the world (in my opinion), it all goes toward making Morocco a must-visit location for any birder branching out into the world. It is also currently by far the safest North African country to visit, with little crime and none of the problems that plague the rest of the region, and therefore presents a comfortable and safe opportunity to experience North Africa.

This year’s tour followed our tried and tested route, starting in the manic city of Marrakesh at a serene hotel amongst the craziness, a quick departure to the idyllic Ourika Valley and the high snow-capped peaks of Oukameiden and the high Atlas Mountains, before descending to the stony desert around Boumalne Dades and the ochre-cast dunes of the Sahara at Erg Chebbi. From our perfect desert oasis we travelled to the modern town of Ouazazate before hitting the coast around Agadir for a few important last birds before returning to Marrakech and indulging in an exploration of the souks and night markets of this colourful and vibrant city… (read on by clicking the link below)

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