Sand cat, where to look and with who?
Anyone know any guide, operator or someone else who can help me finding and if possible photograph Sand cat?
Looking for a shorter trip in end of December and northern Africa, middle east would fit in perfectly.
I know Assouerd road in Western Sahara is a hot spot but is there any guide/spotlighter/operator to contact in this area who can organize a trip for me here?
Or is selfdriving with own spotlight the only option here? (which is no option for me alone really)
Any other places to look for them with guided help?
Hi Andreas, A small group of us found a Sand Cat in Jbil national park, Southern Tunisia in early 2013. At the time of our visit Sand Cat hadn’t officially been recorded from the country but we had heard from rangers there that the cats were present in the park. if he’s still doing trips then the guy to contact is Tarek at http://www.becasse-ecologie.com .
Steve Morgan also went some months after us and he saw several Sand cats as well.
I’m not sure how the situation is now in Tunisia and you may do better going to Western Sahara if you could get one or two others to go along.
In addition to the other useful contacts given above, you could also consider a tour with Wise Birding Holidays: http://www.wisebirding.co.uk in March 2018. We ran a tour this year and we were successful with seeing Sand Cat in Western Sahara as well as Ruppell’s Fox, Fennec Fox etc. Trip report soon to be posted on here. Good luck whatever you decide!
You could try Rio Escapade at email@example.com. This seems to be the tourist branch of the group called ANI. We travelled with them in March this year and whilst we did not see Sand Cat they know about them and would be able to help. We had a full moon when we were there which was said to be no good for them. We are going with them again in March with Sand Cat as a main target.
They will meet you at Dakhla airport and provide everything for camping at what we thought was a very reasonable rate.
I have a couple of people interested in a private Sand Cat focused trip in January. If you and Andreas were interested in joining then, please email me through Wise Birding Holidays website. Alternatively, happy to chat at the Bird Fair.
Steve – If you are still interested in the possible WS Sand Cat and mammal focused trip – Email me and I can send you the final details.
I will be in the area from around the 18th till the 27th of february 2018 with my two kids. Anyone in the area as well at that time? lets team up!
Mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org of look me up at facebook: Leo JR Boon
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L’Association Nature Initiative in Dakhla (https://www.facebook.com/Association.Nature.Initiative/) would be worth contacting – they run tours involving camping out on Aousserd road, although I’m not sure if they have any reliable spots for Sand Cat.