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Horse Riding Holiday Morocco

Eight-day trekking, including six on horseback, which winds its way through four days in the mountains and two between wonderful beaches and cliffs.

Key information

  • Rider Weight limit: 198 pounds / 90 kilograms
  • Horse Height: 15 hands
  • Tack Type: English
  • Horse Breed: Berber-Arabian breed

Highlights

  • 6 days of horse riding
  • Approximate daily riding time: 5 - 6 hours
  • Free use of horse tack, helmet, and equipment
  • Ride through hills, beaches, and villages
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • 3 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

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. Briefing with the trekking guide. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Days 2 to 6

Departure by car early in the morning to reach the starting point of the trek located near Agadir. Upon arrival, you will find the horses waiting for you for the departure, which starts from a dirt road that winds through the hills covered with Argan trees and cactus plants. In a very mineral and colorful landscape, you will cross the valleys of the traditional and lively souks, before reaching the Argan forests. You approach the territory of the Ida ou Tanane tribes at a faster pace and exit the foothills of the High Atlas across long agricultural plains.

You will ride along numerous beaches, go around the cliffs on foot, and cross the fields of Argan trees to arrive at sunset on the great cliffs overlooking the sea. At the end of the day, you will find the atmosphere of the nomadic bivouac, installed away from the wind. You will enjoy a Moroccan meal around the fire and spend the night under the Berber tent. Dinners and overnight stays in the bivouac.

Day 7

Sequences of deserted beaches, small fishing villages, cliffs, and headlands to reach the large beach before Essaouira. Arrival in the early afternoon and lunch at Ranch Diabat. Visit the city of Essaouira, you can make your last purchases and enjoy a relaxing steam bath and a massage (hammam, massages, and other treatments are at your expense). Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Essaouira.

Day 8

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

About the program

The route is located between Agadir and Essaouira, within a total radius of 180 kilometers, to be traveled with your faithful steeds. Departure from the Agadir region, passing through the hills of the High Atlas to arrive in Essaouira. You will have the opportunity to see several Berber villages along the way and observe the local population in their rhythms of life of other times.

Going to the well for water with donkeys and jars, seeing a farmer working the land with a plow pulled by a pair made up of a dromedary and a mule together, a lady will make bread and cook it in an oven built by hand with earth and straw and perceive the smells that taste of nature. Children who walk for miles on foot all together to go to the village school, or faithful to the exit of the mosque after having prayed. Gestures of everyday life, so far away and yet so close to you.

In the evening, you will gather in front of the bonfire at the bivouac to talk about all the experiences you have had during the day, and the cook will delight you with delicacies of Moroccan cuisine, all freshly prepared. Every day, a different menu in accordance with your possible food allergies and your tastes, which you can write to them in the registration form. They will be magical moments of group sharing and personal reflection, moments of contact with your horse who will be able to listen to you and perceive what you want to communicate to him.

At the end of this wonderful experience, arriving on the beach, you will have the opportunity to do some fantastic and intense gallop. The arrival in Essaouira will be an unforgettable sight. 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.

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

  • 6 riding days
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • Airport transfers
  • Rental of horses
  • Equestrian guides
  • Helmets
  • Transport to and from Essaouira city

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. 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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This trip requires a minimum of 3 participants

Saturday October 12, 2024
(8 days / 7 nights)

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