Souss-Massa National Park

Northern Bald Ibis MoroccoIf you’re looking for an easy day trip from Agadir during your holiday to Morocco with Journey Beyond Travel, travel a few kilometers south to the Souss-Massa National Park, which attracts bird watchers and offers a serene escape from the country’s bustling cities.

Morocco established the coastal park in 1991 to preserve the endangered northern bald ibis, which breeds on the site’s rocky cliffs. Once widespread in Africa, Asia and Europe, this declining breed now exists in few locations and has a conservation status of critically endangered. Visitors can recognize the migratory bird by its featherless red face, long bill and black-feathered body. (more…)

8 National Parks in Morocco

national parks moroccoWhether you are an eco-tourist or just looking for a break from the crowds of the imperial cities, Morocco’s national parks offer sights and hiking trails for everyone. The country’s parks are home to more than 200 bird species, more than 100 mammal species and plentiful flora. And much like the nation’s cities, each national park offers a unique experience.

1. Toubkal National Park
A visit to this national park is a convenient day trip or overnight escape from Marrakesh. Hiking trails into the High Atlas Mountains vary greatly, with routes suitable for the casual wanderer or the serious trekker. Be sure to take breaks to admire your surroundings as well as the spectacular view of the city. If you’re interested in a challenge, consider a trek that includes climbing Mount Toubkal, North Africa’s highest mountain. (more…)