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The edge of the Sahara, first sandy desert when you come from the direcion of Tafraout. Interesting desert birds, mammals and reptiles.

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The camping Borj Biramane is a good base of operations. The camping terrain itself has some scattered trees and bushes which attract migrant Warblers. White-crowned Wheatear and Desert Lark can be seen from your cottage. Right next to the camping is a dry riverbed where we saw Trumpeter Finch and Blue Rock-Thrush . The area also has other interesting desert creatures: Bosc’s Fringe-toed Lizard, Stenodactylus geckos, Sahara ants, Desert Jerboas, desert-type Red Foxes, Mauritanian Toad and African Green Toad were all found by us on a one-night stay.

The road that leads to the north from Icht (RR102) has good sandy desert habitat with Greater Hoopoe-Lark .



You can walk from the camping. (the terrain is walled, but there is a wooden door on the north side that you can go through to reach the river canyon.) If you don't stay at the camping you can walk around the terrain to reach the canyon.

The straight road RR102 isn't very busy and can be birded well.

Terrain and Habitat

Desert, City/village, Scattered trees and bushes, Mountain


Flat, Sandy, No shadow, Dry, Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

Winter, Spring, Autumn

Best time to visit

Winter, Spring migration, Autumn migration


Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Car, Foot

Birdwatching hide / platform


Birdingplaces Near

The road from Icht to Tachjigt has the potential for all kinds of desert birds, especially in the dry riverbeds, including Fulvous Chatterer , Trumpeter Finch, Thick-billed Lark , Cream-coloured Courser and  Western Mourning Wheatear (Maghreb) . You can also see the giant Moroccan Spiny Tailed Lizards and free-ranging herds of Dromedary Camel here.

View birdingplaces in the area that are published on Birdingplaces.eu


Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here


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