Birdwatching in Morocco

birds in MoroccoIf you’re an avid birdwatcher, you might want to consider a trek to Morocco. The country’s mix of varied landscapes, including mountains, wetlands and deserts, offer travelers opportunities to see an eclectic mix of rare and endangered bird species. The country has developed a reputation as one of the major birdwatching centers of North Africa.

Morocco’s friendly attitude to tourism draws bird-lovers from around the globe seeking to catch a glimpse or snap a photo of one of the more than 480 species that make the country their home at least part of the year. Visitors should plan their trips during the prime birdwatching seasons, which will vary some with the different species and the regions across the country. The weather in Morocco is normally mild, so you can be assured of plenty of sunlight.

Travelers to Morocco can also hit a number of hotspots for birdwatching. The country’s numerous preserves, parks and other dedicated sites help to showcase the populations of species like wheatears, larks, raptors, warblers and large numbers of resident birds and migratory species. (more…)

Ifrane National Park 101

monkey morocco africaIfrane National Park is a superb place in Morocco to enjoy the great outdoors and one of only a few spots where you can meet the Barbary Macaque, the endangered primate. This park is probably the opposite of what a lot of people have in mind when traveling to Morocco.

Located in the Middle Atlas Mountains, Ifrane National Park covers 51,800 hectometers of the largest cedar forests in Morocco and the world as well as rivers, lakes and volcanic plateaus. Visitors to the park will find more than 200 species of birds (including storks, flamingo, ducks and woodpeckers), 30 species of reptiles, Barbary apes, sheep and much more. It was created in 2004 to control hunting and to protect cedar trees and the diminished number of animals in the park. It is located between the towns of Ifrane and Azrou in the West Central Middle Atlas, about 60 kilometers south of the imperial city of Fez.

Ifrane National Park is open with no entrance fee and accessible year-round, seven days a week. You can visit the park during any season of the year with the guarantee to have a great experience. Trails take you into cedar forests, near volcanic plateaus, across green pastures and atop mountains where you can enjoy true peace and quiet. (more…)