Partridge and Wild Boar shooting in Morocco
About Dar Ndorobo
Home to the wild Gambra partridge, Morocco has long been a popular destination for travelling sportsmen seeking adventure.
As well as being an increasingly popular tourist destination, the remote, rock strewn foothills of the High Atlas mountains are an unspoilt landscape of subsistence farming and sheep grazing. In the valleys, apple orchards flourish. The hill sides are peppered with Spanish juniper, evergreen oak and cactus; wild thyme carpets the ground – a perfect habitat for game.
Built and developed as a luxurious home and sporting retreat for the discerning French owner, Dar Ndorobo is named after the village where his loyal Maasai game-trackers live in Northern Tanzania. Spending over a decade as a Professional Hunter in East Africa, he has decided to spend more time in Morocco where he was brought up and where his family have extensive business interests.
Location & Accommodation
Conveniently situated only 25 minutes from Marrakech airport, the 12 bedroomed lodge is very well appointed with large and airy reception rooms. Cool in summer and warm in winter with log fires in the main rooms and bedrooms, the lodge also has a sauna, hamman and massage suite, together with a well stocked bar, swimming pool and tennis court. The view from the Lodge to the snow capped peaks of the High Atlas is framed by palm trees and sculptures. Turtle doves coo their mellifluous call and tortoises scan the gardens for tasty treats.
The shooting area
The 10,000 hectare shoot lies in one contiguous block of land close to Tahanaoute and to the South East of Asni.
Gun stands are fashioned from the rocky ground and birds are driven by enthusiastic beaters in the traditional way taking advantage of the steep contours and gulleys in the rocky landscape. Local refreshments are available mid morning and after the shoot guests enjoy a Moroccan feast in a brightly coloured Berber tent, pitched on the hill side with far reaching views across the valley. The day ends with a late lunch, so that guests can relax and enjoy the hospitality at their leisure, returning to Dar Ndorobo when ready.
Driven boar shooting takes place as a separate shoot and usually consists of two or three drives where everybody can expect some action, Boar are shot with solid slugs from shotguns; rifles are forbidden in Morocco. Most of the shots are within 30 yards and sometimes a lot closer.
The season opens on the 1st of October and closes on the 31st March although in our opinion mid October to mid March should avoid extremes of heat. In the winter, snow in the mountains at low levels is not uncommon.