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Morocco is a kingdom of wonders that has so much to offer you – four different mountain ranges march across the land, while long golden beaches line a coast that borders both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. In the south of the kingdom you’ll find Morocco’s most famous feature – the spectacular, mesmerizing, beguiling Sahara Desert. Traveling throughout the country you’ll find lush oases, cascading rivers, and rich vineyards: it’s truly a kingdom that rewards the curious. Trek has designed a privately hosted 9-day/8-night journey involving driven partridge/wild boar hunting, general touring and while it is impossible to truly see all of Morocco in one trip, we are sure you will find enough here to pique your interest.
In many ways Morocco is a country apart as it is nestled on the northwestern tip of Africa, separated from the rest of the continent by the towering Atlas Mountains and by the Sahara itself. Its climate, geography, and history are all more closely related to the Mediterranean than to the rest of Africa, and for this reason visitors are often struck by the odd sensation of having not quite reached “Africa” in Morocco. Yet, this is also why 10 million visitors pass its borders every year. We begin our adventure with an arrival into Casablanca where we are only in-transit for our flight to the city of Agadir and our hunting headquarters Courier Sud in the city of Taraoudant. After our four nights and three days of hunting and general touring our group meanders our way up to the “red” city of Marrakesh for two days/nights of fun followed by a night in a deluxe property the Ourika Valley and then make our way back to Marrakesh and our flight home.
Upon arrival in Agadir, we will clear Customs and Immigrations and met by our outfitter Frederique Hebrard and Ahmed Bouknana. Frederique will also clear any guns that group members wish to take. After exiting the airport we will be transferred 1h 20m by private coach to our accommodations at Courier Sud Taroudant.
Our hosts at Courier Sud Taroudant, Jean-Victor and Nathalie Dugas de la Boissonny, will assign your rooms and ready the staff for a nice welcome dinner. You will also be introduced to Behrouz Bagheri who will be your local host throughout your trip. Behrouz is a native Iranian, educated in the U.S., and a citizen of both Canada and France. Behrouz has been involved with several businesses in Morocco and has extensive knowledge of its culture and traditions.
After breakfast each day at Courier Sud we will depart 45 minutes to the Domain Chafarni for our driven partridge hunts. Our outfitter will make available in 4-5 different drives, 400 Gambra Partidge presented to our line of 8 guns (roughly 50 partridge per hunter/per day). A typical Moroccan lunch will be served each day inside a huge tent on the shooting grounds.
Mr. A. Laraïchi, with over 35 years of experience organizing wild bird shooting in Morocco for international sportsmen, together with a Spanish expert in driven partridge shooting, have joined to create the first Moroccan partridge shoot organization known as HAJAL ATLAS.
Our shooting area “Domain Chafarni” is our fauna & flora reserve, located at 65 Km from Taroudant, in the base of the Atlas Mountains, offering breathtaking views. It has an extension of 3.000 hectares of undulated landscape, with some fabulous valleys, combining arganiers, palmiers, mountain pines and arbustive vegetation, providing an ideal biotope for the gambra partridge. Some wild boars and the protected gazelles are also found in this area.
Parties may be formed by number of 6 up to 8 guns. Our anticipated daily bag is based on a package of 400 partridges per group, or prorated to 50 partridge per hunter per day for less than 8 guns. There will be with 3-4 drives per day depending on harvester partridge. Partridges shot and wounded are counted by the “secretarios” by loud voice and agreed after every drive with the shooter, so that total bag account is calculated by their declaration. It’s recommended to use a pair of guns / each hunter.
Non shooting guests are welcome to join the shooters daily in the field but we must know in advance so that the outfitter can be prepared. A hostess/translator can be pre-organized to accompany the nonshooters for any days of sightseeing and shopping in Agadir or Taroudant and will be quoted as needed. Courier Sud offers a variety of actvities including Hammam black soap scrub. steam room, massages, horseback riding, and specially prepared lunches in the gardens.
After our final day of shooting, we will journey up into the Atlas Mountains for an overnight stay at the Kasbah Tamadot. This will be a very exhilarating and scenic drive up the Atlas Mountain (weather dependent) with a stop at various sights for photos and acknowledgments.
Our adventure continues on to Marrakech, known as the red city of Morocco, where nature and civilization blend, with Berber, Andalusian, Arab and European cultural influences. The first impression of this vibrant and lively city is usually unforgettable: snake enchanters, a colorful market and a city full of surprises. We can visit some points of interest outside the Medina here, such as: Majorelle Garden, the only botanical garden in Marrakesh. Jacques Majorelle projected it and it belongs to Yves Saint-Laurent and Bergé Pierre since 1980. Enjoy a walk surrounded by exotic plants from all over he world. You can also explore the wonderful souk, the largest Berber market in the country, and stroll through La Menara, a garden located 2 km from the Jemaa el-Fna square and the locals’ favorite spot for an afternoon walk. These gardens were built in the 12th century, but the present construction dates back to the 16th century. The day can end at the fantastic Jemaa el Fna Square, a market under open sky, where the mixture of scents, songs and shows are inebriating and where the tourists and locals often merge and dine side by side.
Courier Sud is a small boutique hotel on the outskirts of the city of Taroudant in southwestern Morocco. In an exceptional natural setting, Courrier Sud is ideally located in the bled (Moroccan countryside) 9 km from Taroudant, precisely Freija, nestled in the heart of the Berber country, still authentic, between Atlas and Anti-Atlas, overlooking the Oued Souss. The panorama is superb and is truly an oasis of peace and comfort with discreet charm.
Courrier Sud is owned and operated by Jean-Victor et Nathalie Dugas de la Boissonny who deliver just what the guests wish, a restful stay and attentive staff. The main house is centrally located on the 15 acres of enclosed property surrounded by a lush garden. Each of the four bedrooms and two suites are spacious and individually decorated, and equipped with TV, safe, air conditioning and / or central heating. The living room, the winter dining room, the suites and two of the bedrooms have fireplaces. The 4 hectares of vines, old olive trees and young orange trees, also shelter a quarry and a large stable where sweet mares wait to go for a walk.
The cuisine, through the seasons, is tasty, refined and varied. Meals can be served where you want; harvested game of partridge, dove and wild boar can of course be cooked. All in all, the guests forget that they are customers and take possession of this magical place, with a timeless atmosphere.
Some activities include horseback riding, massage, hammam (Turkish bath), visit to Taroudant or the beautiful city of Agadir.
Situated in the spectacular Atlas Mountains in Morocco, the award-winning Kasbah Tamadot was bought by Sir Richard Branson during one of his famous ballooning expeditions. To the north extends a steep river valley with sheer rocky limestone and forested mountains, contrasting with the view of the breathtaking snow-capped peaks of the Atlas Mountains on the southern side. To the east, across the river, you can see a traditional Berber village built into the side of the mountain in keeping with the landscape. Within the grounds is a beautiful garden of specimen fruit trees, a collection of cacti and a rambling rose garden.
Kasbah Tamadot employs local Berber staff from the surrounding villages, giving guests a sense of staying in a Moroccan home rather than a hotel.
La Sultana Marrakech
Situated in the heart of Medina, La Sultana Marrakech is within walking distance of attractions such as the Jemaa El Fna square, the Saadian Tombs, the Royal Palaces and the Bahia Palace. The elegant Moroccan style bedrooms and suites include air-conditioning, satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, and non-alcoholic minibars. An on-site restaurant is available for lunch and dinner, and guests can dine on the cosy patio in winter or the rooftop overlooking the Atlas mountains in summer. The hotel also features a swimming pool and a Sultana spa.
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