BIRDING TOUR IN MOROCCO – THE SOUTH: Marrakech, High Atlas and the Sahara Desert

  • Recommended Dates

    November until May

  • Duration

    8 days

  • Lodging

    Mid-range hotels

  • Difficulty

    Easy

  • Group size

    Max. 12 people

  • Price

    Upon request

On this 8-day tour we will explore the southern half of Morocco, from Marrakech to the High Atlas and the Sahara. We will look for most of the birding specialties of the region while enjoying the most varied and spectacular landscapes in the country. The Pharaoh Eagle-Owl, the Egyptian Nightjar, the Crowned Sandgrouse, the Blue-checked Bee-eater and the African Crimson-winged Finch will be some of the species that will guide our steps in one of our favourite and most frequented birding destinations.  

This trip includes a 4×4 excursion through the dunes of Erg Chebbi. Moreover, we will have the chance to visit different UNESCO World Heritage Sits, such as the Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou and the mythical Jemaa el-Fnaa square in the Medina of Marrakesh.

The places we will visit are very welcoming and relaxed. Winter and Spring are the most suitable time to visit this region, both for the pleasant weather and for the variety and combination of species, including multiple endemics of the Maghreb region.

  • The Greater Hoopoe-Lark is one of the most charismatic bird species in the deserts of Morocco and North Africa. Photograph by Yeray Seminario, Birding The Strait.

    The Greater Hoopoe-Lark is one of the most charismatic bird species in the deserts of Morocco and North Africa. Photograph by Yeray Seminario, Birding The Strait.

  • FLOCK OF CROWNED SANDGROUSE DRINKING IN A POND IN MERZOUGA, MOROCCO. PHOTOGRAPH BY JAVI ELORRIAGA, BIRDING THE STRAIT.

    FLOCK OF CROWNED SANDGROUSE DRINKING IN A POND IN MERZOUGA, MOROCCO. PHOTOGRAPH BY JAVI ELORRIAGA, BIRDING THE STRAIT.

  • DURING THIS BIRDING TRIP TO MOROCCO WE WILL LOOK FOR THE PHARAOH EAGLE-OWL, ONE OF THE MOST WANTED BIRDS IN THE COUNTRY. PHOTOGRAPH BY YERAY SEMINARIO, BIRDING THE STRAIT.

    DURING THIS BIRDING TRIP TO MOROCCO WE WILL LOOK FOR THE PHARAOH EAGLE-OWL, ONE OF THE MOST WANTED BIRDS IN THE COUNTRY. PHOTOGRAPH BY YERAY SEMINARIO, BIRDING THE STRAIT.

  • THE KASBAH OF AIT BEN HADDOU IS ONE OF THE BEST KNOWN FORTIFIED CITIES OF MOROCCO. PHOTOGRAPH BY JAVI ELORRIAGA, BIRDING THE STRAIT.

    THE KASBAH OF AIT BEN HADDOU IS ONE OF THE BEST KNOWN FORTIFIED CITIES OF MOROCCO. PHOTOGRAPH BY JAVI ELORRIAGA, BIRDING THE STRAIT.

  • Female of Spotted Sandgrouse in Merzouga, Morocco. Photograph by Javi Elorriaga, Birding The Strait.

    Female of Spotted Sandgrouse in Merzouga, Morocco. Photograph by Javi Elorriaga, Birding The Strait.

  • STARTING IN FEBRUARY WE CAN FIND THE EGYPTIAN NIGHTJAR IN THE DESERT ENVIRONMENTS OF SOUTH MOROCCO. PHOTOGRAPH BY JAVI ELORRIAGA, BIRDING THE STRAIT.

    STARTING IN FEBRUARY WE CAN FIND THE EGYPTIAN NIGHTJAR IN THE DESERT ENVIRONMENTS OF SOUTH MOROCCO. PHOTOGRAPH BY JAVI ELORRIAGA, BIRDING THE STRAIT.

  • ANOTHER BIRD OF THE DESERT OF MOROCCO IS THE CREAM-COLORED COURSER, WHICH IS RELATIVELY ABUNDANT BUT SOMETIMES HARD TO FIND BECAUSE ITS CRYPTIC PLUMAGE. PHOTOGRAPH BY YERAY SEMINARIO, BIRDING THE STRAIT.

    ANOTHER BIRD OF THE DESERT OF MOROCCO IS THE CREAM-COLORED COURSER, WHICH IS RELATIVELY ABUNDANT BUT SOMETIMES HARD TO FIND BECAUSE ITS CRYPTIC PLUMAGE. PHOTOGRAPH BY YERAY SEMINARIO, BIRDING THE STRAIT.

  • THE LONG-LEGGED BUZZARD IS THE MOST ABUNDANT RAPTOR IN MOROCCO, EVEN THOUGH IT IS NEVER SEEN IN LARGE NUMBERS. THIS IS A JUVENILE AT THE TAGDILT TRACK. PHOTOGRAPH BY YERAY SEMINARIO, BIRDING THE STRAIT.

    THE LONG-LEGGED BUZZARD IS THE MOST ABUNDANT RAPTOR IN MOROCCO, EVEN THOUGH IT IS NEVER SEEN IN LARGE NUMBERS. THIS IS A JUVENILE AT THE TAGDILT TRACK. PHOTOGRAPH BY YERAY SEMINARIO, BIRDING THE STRAIT.

  • THIS BIRDING TRIP TO MOROCCO IS A FESTIVAL OF LARKS! AMONG THEM WE CAN FIND THE DESERT LARK. PHOTOGRAPH BY YERAY SEMINARIO, BIRDING THE STRAIT.

    THIS BIRDING TRIP TO MOROCCO IS A FESTIVAL OF LARKS! AMONG THEM WE CAN FIND THE DESERT LARK. PHOTOGRAPH BY YERAY SEMINARIO, BIRDING THE STRAIT.

  • IN ADDITION TO LARKS, MOROCCO IS WHEATEAR COUNTRY! UP TO EIGHT SPECIES OF WHEATEARS CAN BE FOUND IN MOROCCO. PHOTOGRAPH OF WHITE-CROWNED WHEATEAR BY YERAY SEMINARIO, BIRDING THE STRAIT.

    IN ADDITION TO LARKS, MOROCCO IS WHEATEAR COUNTRY! UP TO EIGHT SPECIES OF WHEATEARS CAN BE FOUND IN MOROCCO. PHOTOGRAPH OF WHITE-CROWNED WHEATEAR BY YERAY SEMINARIO, BIRDING THE STRAIT.

    Tour Basics
  • Guides: Javi ElorriagaYeray Seminario.
  • Length: 8 days.
  • Maximum number of participants: this tour is designed for a small group, maximum of 12 participants, in order to maximize the experience in the field.
  • Lodging:From modern to traditional, charming hotels, comfortable with private bath.
  • Food: very good, traditional Moroccan cuisine and picnic lunches in the field.
  • Weather: moderate temperatures throughout most of the journey. Warm clothes are recommended for evenings and during our stay in the mountains, where snow is to be expected.
  • Difficulty: easy, short walks and gentle pace. Due to distances to cover, there are some long drives.
Birding in southern Morocco 2019 Trip Report