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Golden Nightjar, Dunn's Lark, Fennec Fox & Sand Cat

Western Sahara Birding Tours: our Western Sahara bird watching and mammal watching holiday explores an area that is still little known to bird watchers, but which holds some major specialities, including Golden Nightjar, African Dunn’s Lark, Cricket Warbler and Desert Sparrow, not to mention such marvellous mammals as Fennec and Rüppell’s Foxes, Saharan Striped Polecat and Sand Cat!

Thursday 18th April — Thursday 25th April 2019
(8 days)

Leader: Mark Beaman

Group Size Limit: 8

Tour Category: Mostly easy walking and comfortable accommodations


In recent years the remote Dakhla region in southernmost Morocco, at the southern edge of the 'Western Palearctic' faunal region and part of the territory of Western Sahara that was annexed by Morocco after the Spanish left their former colony, has become famous as a place for seeing some very special birds and mammals. Western Sahara birding tours are most definitely frontier birding!

Prime amongst the avian specialities are Golden Nightjar (recently found calling on territories here), Dunn's Lark, Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark, the splendid Cricket Warbler, Desert Sparrow and the lovely Sudan Golden Sparrow. Golden Nightjar has only once been recorded on a Birdquest tour and the African form of Dunn's Lark, a potential split, has never been recorded on one.

An interesting supporting cast includes Cream-coloured Courser, Audouin's Gull, Royal Tern, Spotted and Crowned Sandgrouse, Pharaoh (or Desert) Eagle-Owl, Thick-billed, Greater Hoopoe, Temminck's and Bar-tailed Larks, White-crowned, Red-rumped and Desert Wheatears, African Desert Warbler, Fulvous Babbler, Brown-necked Raven and Trumpeter Finch. There are also chances for Kelp Gull and Lesser Crested Tern.

Even more remarkably, this is an extraordinary place for seeing deep desert mammals. The gorgeous little Fennec Fox is relatively easy to see here and there is even a good chance of encountering Sand Cat! Other mammals regularly seen here include Rüppell's Fox, Wild Cat, African Savanna Hare, Lesser Egyptian Jerboa, Pygmy and Lesser Egyptian Gerbils, Desert Hedgehog and Atlantic Humpback Dolphin (the latter seems regular inshore near Dakhla).

Join us for a very special week in the desert!

Birdquest has operated Western Sahara birding tours since 2017.


Accommodation & Road Transport: Hotel accommodation in Dakhla is of good quality and comfortable. Road transport will be by cars and roads are mostly good.

Walking: The walking effort during our Western Sahara birding tour is mostly easy, but there may be some moderate grade walks.

Climate: In Western Sahara it is typically warm or hot and sunny. Rain is very unlikely.

Bird Photography: Opportunities during our Western Sahara tour are good.

Can be taken together with: MOROCCO


Prices are provisional

Tour Price: £1890, €2080, $2450 Dakhla/Dakhla. Single Room Supplement: £266, €293, $346. Deposit: £300, €330, $390.

Includes surface transportation, accommodations, meals, water, entrance fees and tips/gratuities.

Base prices for this tour are in Euros. The exchange rates applied at the time of costing were: £1 = €1.100 and €1 = $1.180.

Air Travel To & From The Tour: Our in-house IATA ticket agency will be pleased to arrange your air travel on request, or you may arrange this yourself if you prefer.

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Birdquest Ltd is Registered in England, Company No. 01568270. The address of our registered office is Two Jays, Kemple End, Stonyhurst, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 9QY

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