Morocco Driven Partridge
Morocco is a kingdom of wonders that has so much to offer: 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 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. The country’s climate, geography, and history are all more closely related to the Mediterranean than to the rest of Africa. For this reason, visitors are often struck by the odd sensation of having not quite reached “Africa” while staying in Morocco.
Trek has designed a privately hosted nine-day, eight-night journey beginning with your arrival into the coastal city of Agadir followed by a 50-mile journey to Taroudant in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Here we will experience four nights and three days of driven wild partridge and hosted by Taroudant’s most hospitable couple, the de Dugas Boissonny’s at Courrier Sud. Finally we will skirt the Atlas on our way up to Marrakech where we have three days to enjoy sights and sounds the “red” city and the surrounding Ourika Valley. And while it is impossible to truly see all of Morocco in one trip, we are sure you will find this finely curated version delivers a lifetime of memories.
Our outfitter Malik 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 best Moroccan partridge shoot. Malik’s heritage, passion and ability to arrange this most amazing hunt sets him apart from his peers. “Domain Chafarni” is a fauna & flora reserve, located at 65 Km from Taroudant, in the base of the Atlas Mountains, offering breathtaking views. It has an extension of over 7000 acres of undulated landscape, with fabulous valleys, combining Argania’s, mountain pines and arbustive vegetation, providing an ideal biotope for the Gambra partridge wild boars and the protected gazelles found in this area. Our hunts will consist of 400 driven wild partridge presented to a line of eight guns (or less) each of the three days.
Marrakech is an intoxicating city of about a million people and mostly known for its souks, spices, snake charmers and hidden palaces. However, today it more likely features trendy art galleries, hip hotels and elegant hammams (Turkish bath). Marrakech offers a tantalizing taste of Africa but is mostly visited by Europeans that is close to its borders. While there are many things to do and see, visitors will gravitate to the Medina where sprawling markets, palatial riads and traditional shrines are all on display. Our tour will also includes visits to the Jemaa el-Fnaa market, Jardin Majorelle, the Koutoubia Mosque and the Ali Ben Youssef Medersa Islamic School.
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