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 HabitatDesert, City/village, Scattered trees and bushes, Mountain
ConditionsFlat, Sandy, No shadow, Dry, Open landscape
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonWinter, Spring, Autumn
Best time to visitWinter, Spring migration, Autumn migration
Difficulty walking trailEasy
Accessible byCar, Foot
Birdwatching hide / platformNo
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.