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Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday 9am-2pm
Bank Holidays 10am-4pm

Wildlife Watching

An addax in the Souss Massa  (c) Martin Harvey (http://wildimagesonline.co.uk)Morocco offers a tremendous diversity of habitats and climates which support a wide range of interesting species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, plants and, most notably, birds - there are 460 bird species, 90 reptiles (50% more than in the whole of Europe) and 3,600 recognised plants, of which 17% are endemic.

Ecosystems and species of particular interest include: the Barbary Macaque inhabiting the cedar forests of the Middle Atlas Mountains,the coastal Euphorbia heaths of the Atlantic Coast, the Argan Forest of the south west, the Atlantic coastal lagoons supporting a massive bird population, the coastal steppes, famous for the rare Bald Ibis, the alpine species on the High Atlas plateaus and the Mouflon in the High Atlas Mountains.

There are several National Parks and 2 Biosphere Reserves dedicated to protecting these endangered ecosystems. 

Our Expertise

Lizard eating a LocustSaid has been employed full time as a guide for our clients since 1997. Said holds a degree in biology and geology and is extremely knowledgeable about local wildlife and related issues.

Said has a particular passion for botany and ornithology and considerable experience in leading specialist groups. He is based at our guest house in Taroudant where we have a wide range of maps, displays and a well stocked specialist library; it is an ideal location due to easy access to areas of high biodiversity (including many endemic species) in the varied habitats of the Souss Valley, High Atlas and Anti Atlas Mountains (including a National Park and a Biosphere Reserve).

"Staying at Taroudant with our groups each year has been a wonderful experience. The hospitality and the food is first class and Said is a great companion in the field. Being close to the Atlas and right in the bird-rich Souss Valley makes it a superb base for a wildlife tour and Said's local knowledge has helped us no end. And you can pop down to the souk at the end of a long day enjoying the birds, flowers and butterflies before Fatima's superb tagines... what could be better?" Ian Green of Greentours:

Biodiversity

Storks (c) Martin Harvey (http://www.wildimagesonline.co.uk)The internationally important reserves in the vicinity are the Argan Forest Biosphere Reserve and the Souss Massa National Park, the latter is well known for its estuarine birdlife, but most particularly for the last remaining wild breeding colonies in the world of the Bald Ibis. Day visits to the Souss Massa National Park are offered weekly as part of the "Real Morocco" experience.

For those with an interest in reptiles, tortoises, lizards, including geckoes and the spectacular Uramastix and chameleons are often spotted, especially in the south of Morocco; it is warm enough near Taroudant for tortoises to be out basking at Christmas (everywhere else this species hibernates). One hotel in Taroudant even has a collection of very large terrapins in its fountain.

Our Trips

Naturally Morocco runs day trips from Taroudant for those wishing to have days out with Said investigating entire ecosystems or any particular species that interests you. Please contact us on 01239 710814 to discuss availability and your interests/ needs. For more information see our Natural History Download.