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Bird Watching at The Souss Massa National Park

Home to a number of bird species.

Forming part of the Souss-Massa National Park, the Oued Massa is home to a number of bird species, and a stopover point for migratory birds, including the critically endangered Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita). With a fossil record going back an estimated 1.8 million years, the Northern Bald Ibis was once quite common across northern Africa, the Middle East, and southern and central Europe, but disappeared from Europe more than three hundred years ago.

With the water between 17.c- 19.c and the day time sun rising the air temperature well into the 30's you have an ideal world...

Add to this the lack of population and you will understand why this is an area that any fisherman should visit for a few days.

If you’re looking for an easy day trip from Agadir during your holiday to Morocco with Outback morocco, 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.

Attentive observers may also catch a glimpse of another threatened bird—the marbled duck. These medium-sized ducks have light brown and off-white splotches and tend to feed in shallow water. If you encounter one, move cautiously—they startle easily.

The park’s diverse mix of dense forests and wetlands, sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs and enormous sand dunes provides habitats for more than 100 species of birds, making this area Morocco’s premier bird watching site. Gulls and warblers make up a large proportion of the area’s feathered residents, and observers are most likely to spot Audouin’s gulls, Sardinian warblers and Tristram’s warblers. Other commonly sighted birds include spoonbills, thick-billed larks, red-necked nightjars, Barbary partridges and spotless starlings.

Bird watchers flock to the national park October through May, though you’re likely to see the greatest range of species in March and April due to migratory patterns. While you’re there, keep your eyes peeled for the many predators that hover over the habitats, such as Bonelli’s eagles and peregrine and Barbary falcons.

Even visitors without a particular interest in birds enjoy the park for its scenic estuaries, Oued Souss and Oued Massa, which indicate the northern and southern limits of the park, respectively. The nature trail in the northern part of the park offers clear views around Oued Souss and is suitable for hikers as well visitors who prefer a casual stroll. Those who opt to explore the park thoroughly reap the rewards of panoramas of coastal cliffs and towering sand dunes.

Naturally, birds aren’t the only residents here; commonly sighted mammals include hedgehogs, rabbits, squirrels, foxes and weasels. Watch for movement in the flora and fauna and you might stumble upon toads, frogs, geckos, lizards and other reptiles and amphibians

Plan your next birdwatching trip using a local professional Birdingpal guide... 

  • If you are you an independent birdwatcher, who does not care for large group tours, then Birdingpaltours is for you
  • Our tours are flexible, safe and the use of a local guide lets you participate in the planning
  • A local guide knows all the hotspots and you get the most out of your trip
  • You select the date and length for a trip to suit youself
  • If your time is limited, we’ll design a tour to fit your needs
  • A professional Birdingpal guide can customize your tour, and you will see the birds you want.
  • Your guide is also your travel companion, who will make sure you experience the native people, scenery, culture, history and food, first hand.
  • You will enjoy the advantage of all the attention you get in a small group, for the same price or perhaps even less, than you will pay if you travel with the large tour groups from other countries
  • Remember, the next time you travel, you do not have to miss the birdwatching if your partner or travel companions are non birders; a local guide is flexible, and will easily accommodate other needs too
  • Hiring a Birdingpal guide will boost the local economy and help protect birds other wildlife and their habitat

Fitness:
We sometimes have to walk for long distance, along the river(wadis), inside the parks and on the sea cliffs.

OTHER WILD LIFE:
wild boar,barbary ground squirrel,mongoose,red fox,wild cat,algerian hedgehog, oryx, addax and dorcas gazelle

AMPHIBIAN & REPTILES:
berber skink,montepellier snake,oliver's small lizard,green toad,moorish gecko,common chameleon,desert monitor,grass snakeand spur thighed totoise.

DRAGONFLIES:
blue veined darter,common darter,blue empror,iberian bluetail,epaulet skimmer,violet dropping,orange winged dropping

Booking

Estimated Price : 80€

95€

Important information

Price
49€ ADULT
Pick up Adress
Reception of your Hotel
Departing Times
According to your choice
Duration
All Day
Included
- Hotel Pick up and Drop off
- Air-Conditioned Transportation
- Local Guide
- Lunch
Not Included
Drink
Highlights
Visiting Souss Massa National Park
Breakfast Style Tea Break
Around 460 species of birds

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