Cèdre Gouraud Forest
Cèdre Gouraud Forest
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Frances B
Yorkshire, UK2,027 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We had a positive experience when we visited the Gourand Forest. I believe the main reason for this was the lack of other visitors and the time of year.
The forest provides beautiful nature and scenery and a nice feeling of fresh air. It is also home to a large troop of Barbary macaques.
Being an animal lover I am always happy to see animals living in their own habitat but equally I have concerns regarding any human interaction.
Our experience was a positive one. There were signs instructing visitors not to feed the macaques food other than approved food types. The approved food types were small apples and monkey nuts.
These items were being sold for a nominal fee by locals. I think for local entrepreneurs this opportunity for them has been too hard to resist. At least they are selling suitable food to the monkeys and doing their best to educate visitors how to safely feed them and not frighten them.
The macaques took the food gently, only occasionally squabbling between themselves.
When we visited the forest area was clean and tidy and the macaques looked healthy.
They were encouraged to interact with us in their own time, which they did. There was a broad range in their ages and we also got to see young babies and the head male of the troop.
I thoroughly enjoyed our time here but I am left in no doubt that at different times of the year and with different numbers of visitors present, the experience both for the visitor and the Barbary macaque will differ dramatically.
Written 22 January 2024
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TravelJackie2
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Solo
Such a great place to stop and take a break from your drive! If you don’t bring your own peanuts for the monkeys, they’re available for sale on site. Other people are walking around selling fruit to give them as well.
The monkeys came right up knowing we would feed them, but never got aggressive. One did tug on my pants like a toddler, like “hey I’m here” it was too cute!!
It was so much fun feeding wild monkeys. Never experienced anything like it! With the snow, not as many came out, but still plenty to make the experience worth it!
I would recommend this stop to everybody driving through!
Written 23 March 2022
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain20,456 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
Cedre Gouraud Forest is a cedars forest located in the surroundings of Azrou, which is located about 80km to the South of Meknes and Fez. Here you can walk or drive around the forest and see good views. Here there are a lot of local monkeys (Macaca Sylvanus) and really you cab see 20-30 monkeys in 5 minutes. It is a very good experience for children die to you can give food (especially tomatoes and peanuts) and touch them. I came here with my daughter and she enjoy giving food them, but sometimes she was afraid, because monkeys stole her the food or screamed.
On the other hand, the picnic zone in the forest is full of garbage and the monkeys may had disease rage, so it is a bit dangerous. I hope that the place will improve in future.
(see also Azrou Cedar Forest, Cedre Gourand and Cedre Gourand Forest)
Written 7 February 2020
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