Souss Massa National Park
In southwestern Morocco, about an hour’s drive from Agadir, lies Souss Massa National Park. This ten-kilometre-wide strip of coastline stretches for about 30 kilometres along the Atlantic Ocean, between the mouth of the Oued Souss and the Oued Massa. The national park is home particularly to antelope and gazelles, that visitors can observe amidst eucalyptus and savanna trees. The argan tree, from which precious argan oil is extracted, also grows here. Day trips to the national park begin in Agadir and include not only safaris on wheels, but often also visits to fishing villages and hikes across the dunes to the sandy Sidi Rbat beach.
Dunes in the Sahara
If you’d like to combine Moroccan local culture with a bit of exercise, you can book tours to go sandboarding in the Sahara with a number of tour operators. These excursions generally begin at midday, and even the drive to the dunes, past popular surfing beaches and banana plantations, makes it worthwhile. Depending on the tour operator, you’ll generally make a stop shortly after departure to have lunch with a local Berber family where you’ll be served Tajine, a Moroccan stew, and fresh mint tea. Hot drinks cool the body from the inside, which is a good idea considering that shortly afterwards you’ll be riding across the desert on a board. But don’t worry, you’ll get a crash course in sandboarding before you get started.
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