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…)

A Day Trip to Jbel Tazzeka National Park

If you’re in a tourist-spinning tizzy, and inclined to get away from Fez, take a day trip southwest of Taza to Jbel Tazzeka National Park where unwonted natural solitude abounds. Here, you can pose next to the Cascades de Ras el-Oued waterfall, visit the Daia Chiker lake bed, explore the Gouffre du Friouato caverns and revere at the Oued Zireg gorges. This atypical wonderment centered in the Middle Atlas Mountains near Mgoun offers sightseers, campers, hikers and outdoor-lovers alike a chance to slip away into Morocco’s own Mother Earth. (more…)