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National Park of Souss Massa
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Souss Massa National Park Day Trip from Agadir
Reviewed June 16, 2013

Exciting reserve for wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and hikers.

For those unfamiliar with this area the following may be helpful: -

Permits seem not to be required but access does seem to be restricted in some areas.

We hired a local guide, plus a 4WD and driver, (4WD not essential), from our hotel. Our guide knew the layout of the reserve but was not able to identify the wildlife. Sign posting is rudimentary, the trip may be difficult if undertaken by non-Arabic speakers, unfamiliar with the area.

There is a car park at Sidi Benzarne, access to the estuary is by foot only, along a level, un-metalled track.

Information Boards on the main track to the coast, in French, give basic information on the environment and wildlife.

A website gives some information. http://visitnationalparksoussmassa.jimdo.com

There is a list of Moroccan Birds at
We have been unable to find a website for Souss Massa specifically. We visited in June, (i.e. not the key migration season), and saw Flamingo, Spoonbill, Bald ibis, to name a few, within the first hour of our visit.

Viewing wildlife:-
The reserve covers some 34,000 hectares but the key area seems to be the Souss Massa River, for about two kilometres upstream from the car park, to the estuary/coast. Own binoculars/telescope and identification guides are essential.

There is a concrete building on the main track overlooking the estuary, which can be used as a hide.

We visited at mid-day, as our hotel was a few hours drive away. There were many birds on the estuary and in surrounding agricultural land. Visiting early morning would have been even better.

There are café’s at Sidi Wassay but seemingly no facilities on the estuary. Water, sun cream, food and a hat are essential. The insects did not trouble us but we used insect repellent. There are no obvious toilet facilities. We were the only visitors to the estuary on the day we visited.

In summary, absolutely worth the effort. The river has been dammed upstream, and locals are worried the low water levels may affect the number of birds. Go now!

5  Thank nicfa
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Reviewed May 31, 2013

This is my 2nd visit to the park. Both times I was guided round by Lahcen, a very capable birdwatcher who has much better eyesight than Gilly or myself. He found us the key birds we wanted to see & managed to lure out a mongoose with some sardines. Will be visiting here again on our next trip & will be in touch with Lahcen to guide us.

5  Thank DaveArboleas_Spain
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

We wanted to escape Agadir and saw the Souss-Massa national park write-up in the Lonely Planet Guide. We had a rental car which is probably essential, although I think there are some 4X4 "tours" or public bus - which takes hours and still not close to the park.. The place is very tricky to find. On the N1 to Tiznit about 40Km south of Agadir - not signposted from the main road, but head for the town of massa on the north bank of the river Oued Massa. The entrance looked disconcerting however it is a gem that simply hasn't been developed, the promised vistor centre not yet been built and a museum waiting to be opened. A guide ( Hassan) flagged us down, and offered his services for 220 dirham which turned out to be well worth it. We drove part of the way, then left the car. It wasn't quite clear what was going to happen but it was a good 2-3 hour walk - so take hats, suntan cream water etc - we didn't! The walk takes you along paths through fields with explanations about wildlife etc. We then walked along the river bank towards the estuary and although we are no "twitchers" the birds were wonderful. Osprey, Grey heron, Ibis, Flamingoes and Spoonbills as well as many other waders. He offered to show us more of the park, including fishing village etc. The coast is spectacular and deserted. Well worth the effort - if you can find it.

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