Morocco: situated between Erfoud and Merzouga, and right by the largest dune in the Moroccan Sahara, Erg Chebbi and next to an interesting seasonally flooded lake that has breeding Ruddy Shelduck along with other species. The café is famous for being an occasional breeding site of the enigmatic Desert Sparrow. You can see other tricky desert specialities […] like Brown-necked Raven, Tristram’s Warbler, and a whole host of migrating passerines that use the sparse scrub around the hotel to take a break on passage. In this locale the Catalan Institute of Ornithology (ICO) sets up a ringing station every year.
This is but one of the many accommodation options in this increasingly popular tourist destination. Most of the major hotels are situated further away in Erfoud or nearer the dunes. The location of Hotel Yasmina and its ornithological past are both draws for visiting birders. There is a visitors’ book with recent bird sightings in the area. It’s worth even a short visit to have some refreshing tea and look for Desert Sparrows among the camels.
Bedrooms are simple and neat. Airconditioning is a more expensive option, but this still comes to 35€ per person in half pension and double room. A room without aircon will come to 27.50€ / person in half pension and double room.
For the more tourist-minded there is the oprtion of camel trips to the dunes and overnight stays there.