BIRDS OF THE AZZADEN VALLEY
Half day birdwatching with expert guide.
Expert Birder Guide
Get Close to Nature
Azzaden Valley Scenery
Atlas Mountain Views
We start our half day activity from Kasbah Africa following a footpath by the Azzaden river bank towards Tassa Ouirgane village. On our way we pass by many breathtaking green fields under the shadow of walnut, green olives, and pomegranate trees where we will enjoy the singing of birds and some rhyming drumbeats of woodpeckers. We stop under walnut trees for some time to see and watch some species like Levaillaint’s and Great-spotted woodpeckers, Haw-finch and European Green finch, Coal-tit, and many more.
Rachid, our English-speaking resident guide, is a specialist in birdwatching and bird photography. He is one of Morocco's foremost birders and will be on hand to answer all your questions and assist with specialist requests. Near Tassa Ouirgane village we pause at beautiful rocky hills where Blue-rock Thrush spends most of its time singing and hopping around.
Afterwards we descend down the valley back to Kasbah Africa by an apple farm and follow a new irrigation canal. This is the main water source for Berber people who water their plants and fruits in the villages down the valley. Finally, we stop for a short break under the shadow of almond trees where we can watch Moussier's redstart birds (the National Bird of Morocco). We will then cross the river to arrive back at Kasbah Africa.
0900 Meet your mule in Kasbah Africa's parking area.
0910 After briefing, start the trek, head west down the valley.
1045 Reach the shores of Ouirgane reservoir; tea-break.
1115 Begin return journey, east up the valley.
1300 Arrive back at Kasbah Africa.
This activity can be enjoyed in the morning or afternoon. Timings are approximate and may vary due to interests of the group, bird sightings, weather or seasons.
To bring binoculars, field guide to Birds and camera with zoom lens. Try and wear green or khaki-coloured clothing to blend in with nature. Wear comfortable walking shoes or boots.
PRICES PER PERSON
English-speaking specialist birdwatching guide. Back-up service provided by Kasbah Africa who can arrange transport at certain points en route if necessary.
Beverages and meals not specified; tips and items of a personal nature.
Price for children to 11 years old is FREE OF CHARGE (must be min. 2 adults accompanying). Children 12 and older pay adult price.