El Koudia – A Shoot like no other
Will Southall heads to Morocco to experience premier Partridge Shooting near Marrakech
Nestled just half an hour away from the bustling city centre of Marrakech, lies a partridge shooting destination that captures the essence of Moroccan tradition and natural beauty. El Koudia, renowned for its extraordinary hunting opportunities, combines the thrill of partridge shooting in foreign climates with the convenience of being close to one of Morocco’s most vibrant cities. In this article, we delve into the unique features of El Koudia, its exceptional shooting ratios, and its role in preserving the heritage of Moroccan partridge shooting.
El Koudia stands as the premier Partridge Shooting Estate in Morocco, which has recently opened its doors to the UK market. Set against a backdrop of picturesque yet uniquely barren landscapes, the natural habitat provides the ideal conditions for the Barbary partridge to thrive, ensuring an unforgettable shooting experience. This shooting destination offers the perfect blend of exhilarating “hunting” escapades and the convenience of exploring the cultural wonders of the “Red City.” Guests can easily venture into Marrakech to immerse themselves in its bustling souks, visit historic sites, and indulge in the region’s renowned cuisine, making their visit a truly multifaceted experience, which is also delightful for non shooting guests. Alternatively, for those looking for a more relaxing environment in which to enjoy their evenings, private five-star accommodation at Azaren, an exclusive and secluded retreat 30km South of Marrakech is available to guests of the Shoot.
Unlike a lot of overseas Shoots, El Koudia boasts impressive shooting ratios, with an average of 5:1 regularly being achieved throughout the season, resulting in adrenaline-filled shooting against the backdrop of the stunning Moroccan landscape. Being a traditional Estate, El Koudia holds a strong commitment to responsible hunting practices and wildlife conservation. The Estate operates under strict hunting regulations to ensure the sustainable management of partridge populations with hunting quotas being carefully implemented, protecting breeding grounds and maintaining the natural balance of the ecosystem. These conservation efforts safeguard the longevity of partridge shooting at El Koudia and contribute to the overall preservation of Morocco’s natural heritage.
A visit to El Koudia offers much, much more than just an exhilarating shooting experience. It provides an opportunity to immerse oneself in the rich tapestry of Moroccan culture. Accompanied by experienced local guides, guests can explore the surrounding villages, interact with the friendly Berber communities, and gain insights into their traditional way of life. Sharing stories, partaking in local customs, and relishing the warm Moroccan hospitality adds a captivating dimension to the overall adventure.
In summary, El Koudia presents a partridge shooting experience which is a world away from the hillsides and valleys of the UK. However, the sheer quality of the shooting and the Estate’s commitment to responsible hunting and conservation, ensures that El Koudia embodies the timeless tradition of exceptional Moroccan partridge shooting, and is a definite must go to experience for the UK sports person looking to experience something quite unique.
Article written by: Will Southall