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Memorable Horse Riding Holiday Morocco

An eight-day trek, including six days on horseback, along the Atlantic coast from Essaouira to the south or vice versa.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 198 pounds / 90 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: About 150 centimeters / 14.7 hands
  • Tack Type: English style
  • Horse Breed: Berber-Arabian breed

Highlights

  • 6 days of horse riding
  • Approximate daily riding time: 5 - 6 hours
  • Tour around Souiri coast and the city of Essaouira
  • Free use of horse tack, helmet, and equipment
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily Moroccan meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Arabic, French
Group size: 3-10 participants
Airport transfer included: Marrakesh Menara Airport
Airport transfer included: Essaouira-Mogador Airport
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Accommodation

Your accommodations throughout your trail ride will be in collective tents for six to seven people, or if you wish, in a two-person igloo tent. On the first and last nights, the accommodation will be in a hotel at Essaouira in a double room. For individual travelers, if Ranch de Diabat cannot find a second person for a double room, there will be a supplement for a single room.

Program

Daily itinerary

Day 1

Arrival at Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK) or Essaouira-Mogador Airport (ESU). Welcome and transfer to Essaouira where you will have a briefing with the head of the equestrian trek. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Days 2 - 6

The Atlantic Ocean trek takes you through the eucalyptus and mimosa forests, to the beautiful deserted beaches along the southern coast. Narrow paths, small Berber villages, sand dunes, and waterfalls are linked together. After climbing the cliffs and passing through fishing villages, you ascend inland to meet isolated villages and plateaus with scattered Argan trees.

The Atlantic coast program is a succession of deserted beaches, cliffs, and paths that cross the barren and rocky land inland. Every evening, you will live the life of the Berber nomads with the bivouac to discover the Moroccan meal prepared by a chef, before enjoying a good night's rest in the Berber tent.

Day 7

The excursion ends with a half day on horseback along the coast, crossing a valley of palm trees and a river that irrigates all the vegetation in the area. Here, the Atlantic Ocean opens up before your eyes. Arrival is relatively early so that you have time to drive back to Essaouira, do the last few purchases, and shop before leaving. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Essaouira. This route can be taken from the south to the north or vice versa, without changing the direction of the itinerary. The organization will decide before departure where to start.

About the program

During this week, you will have the opportunity to meet fishing villages, small wild private beaches, and freshwater springs gushing from the beach at low tide. The wonderful view from the top of the cliffs towards the ocean will leave you speechless. Every day, a different landscape and a different terrain, where you can experience the three gaits: step, trot, and gallop together with your faithful travel companion who, during this crossing and day after day, will trust you more and more and with whom you will have the opportunity to establish a special connection relationship.

You can take care of your horse during the lunch break. In the evening upon arrival at the bivouac, you will give it water and a ration of food. It will be a special part of this unique experience. You will have the opportunity to make beautiful encounters along your path, shepherds grazing with their animals, beekeepers struggling with the hives, and farmers working in the fields, some with agricultural vehicles and others helped by mules, donkeys, or dromedaries for the plowing of the land. You will meet fishermen who from the cliffs, or from the rocks, will offer you the fresh catch of the day.

Or ladies washing clothes by the river, who will offer you a cup of tea at their home and fresh homemade bread. The culinary and food aspect is of great interest, the cook will be able to give you delights and make you taste the typical cuisine of Morocco, offering you a different dish every day, freshly prepared and attentive to your possible food allergies or preferences, which you have communicated to you previously. Tastes, flavors, and smells will accompany you throughout the week and will be part of your travel memories.

This horse trekking on the Atlantic Ocean is not only a unique equestrian and culinary experience, but a way of traveling slowly to rediscover the contact with nature, the ancient and current crafts and repopulate the rural areas of authentic Morocco with responsible tourism. All with the logistical support of the Ranch de Diabat, which with all the years of experience behind it, will be able to ensure you a unique stay with attentive people, and with the best Arab Berber horses at your disposal. Ranch de Diabat reserves the right not to admit to the trek who does not declare the real weight if this exceeds the limit, and no refund will be allowed. The health of the horses takes priority.

Equestrian level

In order to participate in treks, you must be comfortable in the three gaits and have the habit of being outdoors. It would be better if you had already done a full day on horseback. If you wish, it is possible to come to Ranch de Diabat a few days before the trek to benefit from lessons and to know your level. The different equestrian levels will be managed with more guides in order to guarantee fun for every rider both beginner and with a good equestrian level.

Location

The holiday will take place in Morocco. You will explore the Atlantic coast with its chain of deserted beaches, cliffs, and paths that run through the arid and rocky land in the hinterland.

Distances

  • Essaouira-Mogador Airport (ESU), 10 kilometers
  • Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK), 200 kilometers

Food

You will be served daily meals included in the price. Your meals will be prepared by the chef, who will make you discover the richness of Moroccan cuisine. The menu takes into account your special diets or food allergies, which will all be communicated in the registration form.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Hammam
  • Massage

What's included

  • 6 days of horse riding and activities
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • Transfers to and from the airport and Essaouira city
  • Rental of horses
  • Equestrian guides
  • Cap

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Hammam
  • Massage
  • Sleeping bag

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at one of these airports: Essaouira-Mogador Airport (ESU) or Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Ranch de Diabat will pick you up from the airport. If the plane arrives after 2:00 p.m., there will be a supplement of 40 EUR per person. If the plane arrives after 5:00 p.m., there will be a supplement of 90 EUR.

Airport: Marrakesh Menara Airport Airport transfer included: Marrakesh Menara Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Essaouira-Mogador Airport Airport transfer included: Essaouira-Mogador Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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8 days / 7 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 3 participants

Saturday September 28, 2024
(8 days / 7 nights)

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