High Atlas to Sahara Birding Tour, 9 days

Blessed with the richest birdlife and large diversity of habitats in northwest Africa, Morocco is deservedly one of the Western Palaearctic’s great destinations to go for a memorable birdwatching holiday. From the Atlas Mountains to the edge of the great Sahara desert, travelling to Morocco is magnificent at any season. Accompanied by an experienced Berber guide, passionate about birds this wonderful tour visits all of the major habitats of Southern Morocco and will give you an excellent chance to find endemic, rare and specialty birds from the High Atlas Mountains to the remote corners of the Sahara desert.

During 10-full days, you will travel on scenic routes and off-road trails from the dramatic Atlas Mountains to Southern Morocco, to the remote corners of the Sahara desert in search of some of the most sought-after birds of the Western Palaearctic region. An exciting ten-day delight bird-watching tour covering the birdlife of mountain, Sahara desert, coastline and wetlands. This wonderful holiday is complemented by breathtaking landscapes which makes this birding tour a picturesque sequence of endless pleasure. Birdwatchers will get to see not only the wonderfully diverse birdlife Morocco has to offer, but also get an insight into Morocco’s history, exciting and varied culture, and local Berber traditions, offering the visiting birders a Moroccan ultimate vacation, authentic experiences and forever memorable holidays.

Highlights of this Bird-watching Tour

  • Thoughtfully designed birding itinerary through Southern Morocco’s major habitats
  • Carefully Selected accommodations to make your holiday as special as it can be
  • Explore the remote and stunningly beautiful corners Morocco has to offer
  • Birdwatching tour combining birdlife and deep glimpses into history and local culture of Morocco
  • An unforgettable camel ride to discover Morocco’s beautiful sand dunes
  • Breathtaking Sunset and sunrise over the endless sand dunes of Erg Chebbi
  • The warmth and hospitality of the friendly Moroccan people
  • Enjoy the Moroccan cuisine and savour tasty locally sourced food
  • Exciting add-ons to make the most of your time in Morocco unforgettable

Is this Birding Tour for You ?

This bird-watching tour is suitable for most people in good health and all age groups. This 12-day journey focuses on bird-watching and combines cultural guided visits, scenic drives and daily walks that offer an easy and relaxed walking pace with ample time for birding, encounter the locals, admire the landscapes and take pictures. Generally previous experience is not necessary and anyone who is in good health and fit enough can undertake this journey. Though we have outlined the average level of fitness for this holiday, please bear in mind that this tour is not ideal for the faint-hearted and travellers with reduced mobility.

Accommodation in Major Cities

An important feature of all Morocco Private Tours is the wide range of accommodation used. We offer a great choice of carefully selected accommodations in comfortable boutique hotels and stylish authentic riads, which have been chosen for their comfort and cleanliness as well as their charm, welcoming quality, tranquillity and security. Our selected accommodations are nestled in the heart of the city, with close proximity to the main business areas and attractive highlights. The accommodations we propose are rated 3-5-star locally and they offer a brasserie restaurant, bar, internet access, fully-equipped fitness centre and laundry service. Guest rooms have private bathrooms and air-conditioning.

Accommodation in a Mobile Tented Camp

When travelling to Morocco’s remote areas, the overnight stay will be tented camp style. Mobile tented camping is the most practical option to discover some of Morocco’s most breathtaking scenery and wilderness areas. With us you will camp in very comfortable and spacious tents. Shower tents providing bathroom facilities with flushing toilet and hot water available 24 hours. On chilly nights a hot water bottle are provided. Camping in mobile tented camps allows you to enjoy brightly star-lit nights out in the open air, experiencing moments of real pleasure discovering the spectacular night skies.

At the end of each day, there is nothing quite like arriving to your camp in the afternoon after an exhilarating birding day. You will find that your ever-friendly Berber crew have everything in hand. Tents set up, afternoon tea or coffee and food ready to go. With the sights and sounds of nature close at hand, our private camp provides the ideal accommodation for lovers of the great outdoors. Personal attention and care is of high importance here in our camps, the friendly Berber staff will go to their extremes to ensure that you have a wonderful, satisfying and memorable stay and everything is done at your leisure.

Tour Detailed Itinerary

The detailed day to day itinerary of this 12-day birdwatching Holiday will be sent to you on simple request. Please send your request to morocco@safe-tours.com and one of our travel consultants will send you – within 48 hours – the day to day trip programme and all detailed information you need to know about your selected tour. Please don’t hesitate to contact Morocco Private Tours if you have any questions, we remain at your entire service for any further information you may need.

Why the Tour Itinerary is not Showed ?

At Morocco Private Tours we work quite hard and spend much time to create private and innovative itineraries off the beaten track and away from the well-trodden routes. We specialise in designing carefully crafted tour programmes that give keen travellers the opportunity to see and discover some of the most fascinating and exotic places Morocco has to offer. In order to protect our hand-crafted tour programmes and trek itineraries we have designed, the detailed programmes of our tours and treks are not showed on our Website because there are many non-professional local companies and lazy tour guides who copy the itineraries we have designed.

Unfortunately, these people don’t want to make any effort and rack their brain to create and plan their own programmes. They just want to earn money quickly and easily, thinking only of their own benefits more than those of the clients and they pay almost no attention to show the beautiful Morocco the way it should be seen. Most of the time, when they lead a group of tourists these people think about taking them to shops and bazaars where they will get commissions from the store owners on purchases of the tourists. So there is no enough time left for them to introduce the must-see attractions Morocco has to offer and show the real Morocco the way it should be seen.

Tour Leader and Berber Team

All Morocco Private Tours groups are is entrusted to skilled Berber tour guides and competent staff who will take care of all services from beginning to end of tour. You will be accompanied by a professional team who represents the real image of our company and consists mainly of Berber native people. The success of your trip, your safety and your welfare are our main objectives. The friendly Berbers who accompanying you will work hard to ensure you discover Morocco in a way it should be seen, offering you rewarding and remarkable experiences and above all unforgettable memories you will treasure for a long time. We help you discover not only the landscape and must-see attractions but also the local lifestyle, traditions and customs and give you a real glimpse of current everyday local life.

Detailed Trip Notes

We supply detailed trip notes with useful information to assist you with planning for your birding holiday and advise you of what to expect during your time in Morocco. Our pre-tour information has been prepared to provide you with as much information as possible about your forthcoming adventure. Once you have booked your selected tour, the detailed trip notes will be sent to you to help you prepare for your trip, with important logistical information and answers to questions regarding accommodations, tour arrangements, currency, local customs, immigration and documents, health precautions, and a packing list of right clothing and all necessary equipment that you will need for the planned activity.

Pre- and Post-Tour Extensions

If you would like to extend your stay in Morocco for a couple of days before or after your guided tour to enjoy the ultimate flexibility and freedom to see a little more of Morocco at your own pace or to have plenty of time visiting Marrakech, Morocco Private Tours can make all the arrangements you need to extend your holiday with lots of ideas for what to do and where to stay. Our optional pre- and post-tour extensions offer you also the perfect opportunity if you would like to explore some attractions and must-see places that are not included on this tour itinerary.

Morocco Private Tours’ knowledgeable travel consultants will be pleased to provide you with further information and to suggest ideas to complement your own and make your holiday extension in Morocco a memorable experience. All our optional extension packages can include stays in charming boutique hotels or authentic stylish riads, private airport transfers, car rental, quad-biking tours, horse-riding, day trips into the High Atlas Mountains, Essaouira etc.

Tour Pricing

The cost of this trip is subject to change – increase or decrease – depending on the number of persons in the group, the accommodation category, the currency fluctuation and the period of departure. The exact cost of your selected holiday will be confirmed to you at the time of booking. The suggested itineraries shown on our website are prepared few months before the start of your holiday and the prices quoted in them are for your guidance when planning your trip.

What is Included in the Tour Price

  • Welcoming and greeting at the airport by our tour guides
  • Arrival transfer from the airport to your overnight hotel
  • Departure transfer from your hotel to airport at end of trip
  • All land transportation throughout by private vehicles
  • 9 nights’ in comfortable boutique hotels or authentic riads
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in a fully serviced mobile camp
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis with private facilities
  • Professional English speaking guide during the tour days
  • Delicious Moroccan food as indicated in the tour itinerary
  • Luggage handling, and all hotel taxes and service charges
  • 24-hour emergency assistance service during your trip
  • Emergency first-aid kit with standard equipment
  • Mineral bottled water provided daily during the tour
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • The necessary logistics for the tour

What is Not Included in the Tour Price

  • Intentional flights
  • Personal travel and medical insurance
  • Miscellaneous items of a personal nature
  • Soft drinks during lunch in restaurants
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • All items not mentioned as being included
  • Gratuities for tour guide and local staff

Tour Cost

$ 1125

Depends on number of Travellers

Tour Duration

12 days / 11 nights

Best Time to go

From October to May

Physical Grading

Tour suitable for fit birders

Transportation on trip

Private air-conditioned vehicles

Tour Escorting

Trip led by a highly experienced tour guides

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