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Tazekka National Park, Taza

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National Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The Tazekka National Park of Morocco was created in 1950 with an initial area of 6.8 km². It was created to protect the natural resources at the top from Jbel Tazekka, particularly the grove of cedars (Cedrus atlantica), which are isolated on this peak in the Middle Atlas range. The park includes the mountain Jbel Tazekka (elev. 1,980 m) which dominates the surrounding area.In 1989, the park was extended to include nearly 120 km² of ecological importance (forests of cork oak, holm oak, as well as canyons and caves, cascades, and rural landscapes).AccessTazekka National Park is located in the Middle Atlas, near the city of Taza.ClimateAtmospheric moisture condenses as it is orographically lifted over the mountain. As a result, the mountain frequently shows a cap cloud and annually receives approximately 180 cm of precipitation, particular in the form of snow.FaunaMammals are represented by North African boars (Sus scrofa algira), porcupines (Hystrix cristata), otters (Lutra lutra), Small-spotted genets (Genetta genetta), hares (Lepus capensis), Algerian wolves (Canis anthus algirensis), and red foxes (Vulpes vulpes).Barbary leopards (Panthera pardus panthera), striped hyenas (Hyaena hyaena) and caracals (Caracal caracal), which were found once in the area, are extinct. The Barbary stag (Cervus elaphus barbarus) was extinct as well, but has been reintroduced recently.
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  • This national park is not known in Morocco.I have roamed the place by car.A place where you can end up in serene,clear,fresh environment.A Land that offers peace of mind,and contemplation...  more »
  • We've visited the NP in January and it was a wonderful experience. Even just driving through it was wonderful, with the scenery changing at every bend: waterfalls, cedar forests, pines, blossoming...  more »
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  • We've visited the NP in January and it was a wonderful experience. Even just driving through it was wonderful, with the scenery changing at every bend: waterfalls, cedar forests, pines, blossoming almond trees and a few small villages. The park is well kept and clean (to Moroccan standards) with a couple of secure sites for camping. We will definitely come back to cycle and hike more here. There are no gas stations in the park and off-season no restaurants/cafes either. Make sure to bring food and that your tank is filled up.
  • Nice park. Friouto Cave unfortunately closed for a long time.

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