This site is situated at the mouth of the Oued Massa, which acts as a magnet for all the regions wildlife, since it is the most important river in this, otherwise desolate, desert area. The main highlight is that the area holds the biggest of only two remaining breeding colonies of Northern Bald Ibis in the entire world. This remains the main reason to visit the area, but the site is also great for many other waders, Greater Flamingo, Great Cormorant and raptors.
You can park your car at the Southern edge of the village of Sidi R'bat and then take the track down into the river valley. You can walk as far as you like, but bear in mind that you will have to walk the same way back.
Terrain and HabitatWetland, Desert, Steppe, Mud flats, Beach, Scattered trees and bushes, River, Sea, Dunes
ConditionsFlat, Sandy, Swampy, Hilly, Dry, Open landscape, Dusty, High water possible
Is a telescope useful?Can be useful
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitSpring migration, Autumn migration
Difficulty walking trailAverage walk
Birdwatching hide / platformYes
When trying your luck with the Northern Bald Ibis, keep in mind that they tend to be here at the hottest part of the day, needless to see that you are in fact in the Sahara desert and the heat can be almost unbearable here. The birds usually favor the beach, at the very mouth of the river, but they may be seen in flight more upstream as well.
The National Park of Souss Massa is one of North Africa' s prime birding and wildlife areas. Many emblematic species, like the already mentioned Northern Bald Ibis are present, but also North African Ostrich (the world's largest bird), Cream-coloured Courser, four species of sandgrouse and also Oryx antilope all occur in the general area. To see the species of dry steppes, I suggest trying the fields between Sidi R'bat and the N1 motorway.