Note: The information presented here is an abbreviated version of our formal General Information for Tours to Morocco in Spring. Its purpose is solely to give readers a sense of what might be involved if they take this tour. Although we do our best to make sure that what follows here is completely accurate, it should not be used as a replacement for the formal document which will be sent to all tour registrants, and whose contents supersedes any information contained here.
TRAVEL TO LONDON: This tour is organized by our British company, Sunbird, and starts and ends in London. The cost of the group flights between London and Morocco is included in the tour cost. You can choose, however, to make your own travel arrangements to Morocco. You would receive a corresponding discount in the tour cost should you decide to do this. Please read the Important Travel Information for Participants on Sunbird Tours here.
ENTERING MOROCCO: US citizens traveling to Morocco must bear a valid passport. Visas are not required for American tourists traveling in Morocco for less than 90 days. If you have Israeli stamps on your passport, you may be refused entry. Citizens of other nations should contact their nearest Moroccan Embassy or Consulate for entry requirements.
MAP AND COUNTRY INFORMATION: You can view maps of Morocco in the University of Texas series here. You can review the U.S. Department of State Country Specific Travel Information here, and the CIA World Factbook background notes on Morocco here.
HEALTH: It is essential that you consult your own doctor to obtain the latest information on health for international travelers. Visitors are not required to have any international certificates of vaccination unless coming from areas affected by cholera or yellow fever. It is recommended that everyone have up-to-date typhoid and tetanus protection. We are not likely to encounter biting insects except at the Souss estuary or at some of the desert oases and lakes. For fuller information about health in Morocco, please consult your physician and review the latest CDC advisories here.
CLIMATE: It is generally warm to hot and dry throughout the year, but in spring it can be cooler in the north and very cold in the mountains and desert areas. Temperatures range from 10-15°C (50-60°F) at night to daytime highs of 15-30°C (60-90°F) in lowland areas. In the mountains temperatures are 5-10°C (10-20°F) lower, but even in March it can stay below freezing for most of the day at the ski resort. Rainfall is low in the desert (a shower every four years or so) but moderate in the Atlas (where at this time of year it may still fall as snow) and along the coast. We may experience some windy days, particularly in the mountains and deserts, making an otherwise warm day seem very cold.
ALTITUDE: The ski resort is 8,500 feet, and some people may feel the effects of the altitude. Staying well hydrated, and descending if you start to experience headaches or other unease, should prevent discomfort.
PACE OF TOUR AND DAILY ROUTINE: Usually we drive to various locations and take fairly short and slow walks from the vehicle. There are several longer strolls (two hours or so). To enable us to see so much of the country, there are a few longer drives; on a couple of days, we’ll spend much of the day traveling, but the scenery is always changing and there will be birding stops when we see anything of interest. Breakfasts are usually between 6:00 and 7:00 am, and are often very simple with coffee, juice, bread, and jam. There will be a couple of early starts where we return to our hotel for a late breakfast. On several days lunch will be a picnic at a birding site.
FOOD: Breakfasts, usually between 6:00 and 7:00 am, are often very simple, with coffee, juice, bread, and jam. After a couple of early starts we’ll return to our hotel for a late breakfast. On most days lunch will be a picnic at a birding site. Finding a wide variety of foods for our picnics can be difficult, and participants may want to bring their own cereal bars or other snacks; please bring your own plate and cup for use at picnics. Dinner will be at 7:30 or 8:00 pm, and we try always to be back at the hotel with an hour to shower and rest before we eat.
ACCOMMODATION: Our hotels range from comfortable, modern hotels to local inns or youth hostels; all have private bathroom facilities.
DRESS: Informal throughout the tour.
TRANSPORT: The transport for the tour will be by minibus or small coach.
SMOKING: We request that you not smoke in the vehicle or when the group is gathered for meals, checklists, etc. If you are sharing a room with a nonsmoker, please do not smoke in the room. If any location where the group is gathered has a stricter policy than the WINGS policy, that stricter policy will prevail.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF WINGS AND SUNBIRD TOURS: Please take a moment to read the About WINGS Tours portion of our website. This section contains important information about how we conduct tours, e.g., what is included in the tour price, refund and cancellation policies, pace of the tours and other information that will help you prepare for the tour.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A more complete General Information for Tours to Morocco in Spring will be sent to each registrant on receipt of booking. Final information with instructions for meeting the group, hotel addresses, etc., will be mailed about three weeks before trip departure. Other news will be communicated as necessary. If you have any questions, please let us know.
Updated: February 2014