|Morocco - wild flowers and natural history|
|2 - 9 Mar 2013 (1 week)|
Mostly Wild Flowers
ONE SPACE LEFT
in partnership with Cambridge University Botanic Garden
An introduction to Moroccan natural history and culture
Based for the week at the wonderful Atlas Kasbah in southern Morocco, our holiday is an excellent introduction to the flora, fauna and culture of this fascinating country. The short flight to Agadir, 20 minute transfer to the hotel and relaxed pace of the week make this trip ideal for anyone wanting a taste of Morocco in the company of expert leaders whilst enjoying a high standard of accommodation and easy, comfortable travel.
March is the best time for enjoying many of the flowers, both on the coast and in the mountains. With Mediterranean, Macaronesian and African influences, this area has a fascinating mix of plants including palms, succulent euphorbias, chrysanthemums, toadflaxes, mulleins, irises, ornithogalums and interesting shrubs. The birdlife is very interesting and we should see some of the local specialties such as the rare northern bald ibis, Moussier’s redstart and black-crowned tchagra. We will look out for elephant shrews, ground squirrels and tortoises as well as many butterflies.
Our traditionally and sustainably-built and run hotel, the Atlas Kasbah, has spacious rooms with lovely views of the surrounding countryside, attractive patios and herb gardens and also a swimming pool. It is situated within the protected argan forest and we will have time to enjoy this area and grounds of the hotel as well as excursions to the coast, mountains, oases, small villages and the attractive town of Taroudant, a ‘mini Marakesh’, to experience the local Berber culture. We will also visit the very important national park of the Sous Massa.
Price: £1395 per person, Single Room Supplement: £140
Leaders: Dr Tim Upson with local guides