Since 1991, the Souss Massa National Park has been a natural reserve, protecting vital flora and fauna. The park, which is located between the coastline and the steppes, is especially famous for the diversity of its geographical components. The park is known around the world for the presence of rare and endemic species. A natural treasure as beautiful as it is fragile, to be explored while following the guidelines that regulate it.
Lovers of nature, travel with your family to experience the Park’s biological and ecological variety and appreciate its attractive landscapes.
The Park extends over more than 30,000 hectares in the Province of Chtouka Ait Baha, south of Agadir, between the mouths of the Souss and Massa rivers. Thanks to its geographical location, it offers wonderful and diverse landscapes: steppes, coastal cliffs, wild beaches, dunes, marshes… There are two areas: the Rokein reserve to the north and the Ourais reserve further south.
The Park features over 300 plant species, 13 of which are indigenous, and fauna of over 30 species, including the Oryx antelope and the Dorcas gazelle, as well as foxes and wild cats. The Park is also a wetland that serves as a stopover for migratory birds and is meant to be an ideal shelter for more than 250 bird species.
As a result, it is an essential site for the conservation and protection of rare or endangered species, allowing for the rehabilitation of various Saharan species. The Park also helps to battle desertification throughout the territory and protects Souss Massa from the spread of Sahara sand.
The Souss Massa Natural Park is a haven for environment enthusiasts and bird watchers. Accompanied by approved eco-guides, you will have the chance to witness the rich wildlife in its natural environment, as well as enjoy breathtaking landscapes.
The visit lasts a day or half a day and is booked through the Park’s management or authorized private operators. On-site, an information center is available (30.28956739629019, -9.56149655794061).
Following the organized tour, you will experience an exotic safari full of emotions, where each stop leaves an impression with its uniqueness and the secrets it reveals. Photography enthusiasts take out your cameras and head out to capture rare unseen sights.
The Souss Massa Natural Park is home to the world’s largest colony of Bald Ibis. With 400 birds, this is the last population of this species, which is on the IUCN’s (The International Union for Conservation of Nature) list of the world’s 100 most endangered species.
The bald ibis, sometimes known as the hermit ibis, is unique because it lives in colonies on walls and coastal cliffs, as opposed to other ibises, which nest in trees or on the ground in wetlands.