Morocco is home to 460 spicies and has the greatest diversity of bird north of the sahara the untrained eye will spot bright coloured Bee-eaters and Blue Rollers, Storks nesting on ramparts and minarets Pink Flamingos and the Striped Hoopoes. Swifts Soar and dip ove FÈS before settling to roost in the ramparts , while many a riad garden has a resident pair of Dowdy Bulbuls, ‘Oasise Nighitingales’. the trill of a Moknine (Goldfinch) can be herd coming out of shops in soukscan be heard comming out of shops in the souk . of the raptors, lesser kestrels are Owls Arepften taken for use in obscure magic preparations
Morocco’s woodlands are both natural and man made raninng the mountain Ceader forests of the Rif in the north to the great palm forest of the Zize canyon south of Errachidia . on the plain north of Rabat lies the Mamora Cork Oak forest , much overgarzed by cattle but just about surviving nearby are monotonous expanses of industrially farmed Eucalyptus. natural forst is densest in the RIF – where it compries holm Oaks, Juniper and great stands of Cedar on the northern , better watered slopes of the hight Atlas , thick trunked Junipers and Bushy Thyua are the main trees , surviving best where too far from human habitation to be cut for fire wood . Walnurs and Poplar are the trees of the valleys , while aleppo pine survives in protected areas . in februray in the valleys south of the Atlas the wild Almund, which ought to be natural trees , produces its own breathtaking version ‘snaw’.
Morocco’S CEDAR forest has much receded under human pressure. 130,000 HA OF Cedar forst survive , of which 74,000 HA is in the middle Atlas. a Cedar trees may grow over 50 m in height , and live for several and hunder years . the Cedar forest is a unique natural environement – where leopards are said to survive
central atlantic Morocco,from Essaouira dawn to Sidi Ifni, is home to the rare Argan groves ,
until recentley the most threatened of Morocco’s trees .a survivor of a remote time when the region had a tropical climate ,the arganiers require a unique climatic coktail ok aridity tempered by ocean mists to survive. looking for all the world like a wild and woolly version of the Olive the aganiers grows over some 650,000 HA, some of which is humain -planted in groves
goats clim into the trees to graze most importantly the oil produced from the soft white heart of the Argan ‘almond’, now international recoginized for its theraeutic value ,is one of the costliest nut oils on the market . and in the and in the prodution process ,no part of the fruit is wasted : the flesh can be fed to pack animals while the hard shel can be used to fuel a brasero.
recongnizing the arganier’s imprtance ,UNESCO has declared the Essaouira -Agadir region a specially protected biosphere . in the same zone grow the Caroubier, the red Juniper and the BarbaryA Thya, whose large underground roots are much used in the Essaouira craft and carpetrey industrey .
the Date palm is the miracle trees of the arid desert expanses of southern Morocco . wherever there is a good supply of watter, oases have sprung up although the Oasis was originally a wholly natural environment ,given the pressure on the scarce resources of the desert ,it has benn ‘Domestcated ’for centuries naw . black H artine population and Berbers kept cultuvation going under the protection of nomad tribes .
the tip plan
Length 13 Days
level of difficulty :Eazy
price from : € 1480 pp
our prices changes depending to the zise of group
Day 1 arrive in Mrrakech transfer in the bus to agadir viste the region of Tamari
Day 2 viste a ntional parc of SOUSS MASSA
DAYS 3 transfer from Agadir to Boualen via Ouazazate
Day4 day to explore in the region of Boumalen
DAYS 5 transfer to desert of Merzga via Arfoud
Day6 Merzoga -Taousse
DAY 8 tranfer from Merzoga to Azrou via Midle atla
DAYS 9 explore the midle Atlas forests
DAY 11 back to Marrakech via Bani Malal.
DAY 12up to hight Atlas Oukaimden
Day 13 transfer bach home
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