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Horse Riding Tour Morocco

On horse back among the largest extension of Argan trees. During these eight days in Essaouira, of which you are on horseback, you will delve into the hinterland of the Essaouira region.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 198 pounds / 90 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 14 to 15 hands
  • Tack Type: Western tack
  • Horse Breed: Barb-Arabian

Highlights

  • 6 days of horse riding
  • Approximate daily riding time: 5 hours
  • Free use of horse tack, helmet, and equipment
  • Ride through rivers, beaches, agricultural lands, fields of Argan trees
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate

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

You will spend the first and last nights at a hotel in Essaouira and six nights in the Berber camp under a Berber tent. Your accommodation will be in collective tents for six to seven people or, if you wish, in igloo tents for two people. The camp is equipped with a shower in a shower tent, however, depending on the availability of fresh water, showering may not be possible every day. 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

Reception at Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK) or Essaouira-Mogador Airport (ESU). Ttransfer to Essaouira. Briefing on the progress of the trek. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Days 2 to 6

Horse trekking to discover the Essaouira region with five hours a day on horseback, during which you will walk, trot, and gallop. After leaving the city of the trade winds towards the beaches and the dunes, you will cross the wadis (rivers), agricultural lands, and fields of Argan trees to meet unspoiled and wild landscapes. This ride is a succession of hills and gorges carved by the river, where the water allows the presence of olive trees and oleanders.

During the horse trekking, you will have the opportunity to visit the ruins dating back to the Portuguese era, an Argan oil cooperative held by Berber women, and ancient villages built in stone. At the end of each day, you will find yourself privileged in the heart of a nomadic bivouac. The bivouac is established and sheltered from the wind, where you can enjoy a typical Moroccan meal before spending the night under the Berber tent. Dinner and overnight in the bivouac.

Day 7

Last day dedicated to the discovery of the coast: the dunes, fishing villages, and some cliffs and headlands to go around. Lunch at the ranch and a free afternoon dedicated to shopping in the Medina of Essaouira or to a relaxing massage in a hammam (Turkish bath, massages, and other treatments are at your expense). Dinner and overnight at the hotel in the city of Essaouira.

Day 8

Transfer to Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK) or Essaouira-Mogador Airport (ESU).

About the program

You will cross the largest area of ​​Argan and cedar forest. Trees have created the area's reputation for craftsmanship, thanks to inlays and oil with multiple properties. You will have the opportunity to visit a cooperative of women who produce Argan oil, observe the processing that is still carried out by hand, and taste the edible oil which has excellent health properties. You will visit the local souk (market) and the old sugar factories, you will pass by the largest Argan tree in the region.

Do not forget the wonderful canyons that you will cross along the Ksob River, which with its branches provides nourishment to local crops and the many wild palm trees. You will have the opportunity to meet many camels in semi-freedom along the way, grazing cows, goats, and sheep with shepherds, donkeys, and mules working the fields. The friendliness of the locals is a strong point of this horse trekking, stopping for a cup of tea at the home of someone you meet and eating homemade, improvised bread.

These are activities on the agenda, which are part of the wonderful unexpected events that this route offers. You will cross the great dunes of Cap Sim, the very long beach that connects Sidi Kaouky to the city of Essaouira, where you can gallop in serenity and finally experience the feeling of freedom, running with faithful Arab Berber steeds. The circuit starts and finishes at the Ranch de Diabat equestrian center in Essaouira.

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.

Maximum weight allowed: 90 kilograms

Ranch de Diabat reserves the right not to admit to the trek who do not declare the real weight if this exceeds the limit. The health of the horses takes priority. Each horse is equipped with a trekking saddle and bags that will allow you to carry your lunch and the personal effects necessary for your day on horseback.

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.

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)

During your free time on the fifth day, you may shop around the medina of Essaouira or have a massage and hammam.

What's included

  • Horse riding for 6 days
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • Transfers to and from the airport and Essaouira city
  • Rental of horses
  • Equestrian guides
  • Cap

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal expenses during the trek
  • Sleeping bag (available on request)
  • Optional hammam and massage

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. Please book a flight that arrives at Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK) by 2:00 p.m. on the day of arrival so that other participants do not have to wait too long. If your flight arrives after 2:00 p.m., you will be charged a small fee for extra transportation to Essaouira, carried out by bus instead of a taxi.

If the bus times are not compatible, you can take advantage of a private taxi for 80 EUR to be shared with those arriving late. For departure, please book a flight from Marrakech that leaves from 10:00 a.m. onwards, for those who must fly earlier, they can take advantage of a private taxi for 80 EUR to share with those who leave early. From the flight departure time, count six hours in advance, of which three for the road from Essaouira to Marrakech and three to be at the airport on time.

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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This trip requires a minimum of 3 participants

Saturday October 26, 2024
(8 days / 7 nights)

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