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Morocco Horse Riding Holiday

This horseback riding tour combines different levels of difficulty and varied landscapes. It starts from the ranch and comes back to the ranch. This trip is designed for experienced riders who are comfortable and able to keep control in all paces (speed and direction) and have good horse riding skills on various types of landscapes. It is recommended to have a good level of physical fitness.

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 176 pounds / 80 kilograms
  • Horse breed: Barb-Arabic horses, not high horses but strong and very endurant.
  • tack type: Recent, high-quality trail equipment

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Agadir
  • 6 days with horseback riding activity
  • Ride through beach, desert, palm grove, and mountain
  • An average of 6 hours of riding per day
  • Daily full-board meals will be provided
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction
Group size: 2-8 participants
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Accommodation

During this trip, the accommodation will be in guest houses and hotels.

Program

Some tracks and paths may require riders to dismount to assist their horses in difficult passages with significant elevation changes. The itinerary includes beach crossings, but the duration and gaits used will depend on the tide level. You will ride well-trained and physically fit horses, equipped with top-quality and recently renewed gear.

While offering comfort through a carefully selected range of hotels and guesthouses, this trek is fully immersed in deep and authentic Morocco, far from the typical tourist routes. What surprises riders the most? The opportunity to traverse different landscapes every day! Deserts of rock, sand, and dunes, you will cross many oases to end on the beach for a grand final.

The management of the ranch and the horseback riding tours is handled by qualified professionals with many years of experience in equestrian activities. For the trek, it is advisable to bring sunscreen, lip balm with high SPF, a blouse with a collar and long sleeves, a lightweight scarf to protect your neck and décolleté, comfortable riding pants, chaps, and shoes that allow for comfortable walking. Water is provided, and helmets are available for your use.

Day 1: Agadir

You will be welcomed at Agadir Airport (AGA) and transferred by taxi to the ranch. Upon arrival, you will discover the ranch, a green oasis where you will spend the evening and the night. You can enjoy the gardens and terraces with views of the sea and mountains. You will have the opportunity to meet the team and the horses while enjoying a delicious cup of Moroccan tea.

Day 2: Ranch - Laouina

After a good breakfast, prepare your mounts and leave the ranch for this first day of hiking. Head to the mountains overlooking the ranch and the ocean. Cross Berber villages and come across shepherds and their flocks. You will enjoy a picnic under the argan trees. In the afternoon, leave the mountains with a superb view of the Tiznit plain. Between farming and wadi, take a ground way that allows good gaits. For the evening and the night, you are welcomed into a local’s home to discover the Berber culture and way of life.

Day 3: Laouina - Ouijane

Shortly after leaving Laouina, cross an oasis, which brings you shade and freshness, following the canals, an ancestral irrigation technique. After crossing the village and a break in the spring to quench the horses' thirst, enter an arid stone desert, with the mountain as a backdrop. For lunch, stop in a village where you can admire the old constructions of typical adobe houses. Then let’s set off again to attack this rock desert!

Pass a few palm trees and cross wadis before seeing the village of Ouijane and its century-old olive trees forest. After a maze of alleys and shaded paths, arrive at Valérie and Michel’s place. You will enjoy the swimming pool before spending the night in traditional chaima tents (there's a possibility of reserving a Kaïdal tent with private toilets, at an additional cost).

Day 4: Ouijane - Assounfou

From Ouijane, take a pretty track overlooking the wadi. They propose 2 options for this morning: a passage through the mountains which requires a good walk on steep paths but the breathtaking view is worth it or you can walk along the mountain for a morning more accessible to everyone.

After the picnic with a view of the argan plantations and the rocky cliffs, go for an afternoon which crosses the villages on the foot of the mountains. Evening and night in a comfortable hotel lost at the gates of the “little Sahara”.

Day 5: Assounfou - Palmeraie de Massa

To begin the day, cross the sand dunes. You'll then follow the Massa wadi, the largest in the Souss region. Lunch near the large farms, then reach Massa crossing ancestral cultures along the donkey paths, which have shaped the landscape of their work for centuries. Water gives rise to luxuriant life in this delta which contrasts with the arid landscapes crossed previously. Reach your hotel, where you can enjoy the swimming pool for a moment of relaxation before dinner with a view of the palm grove.

Day 6: Palmeraie de Massa - Les Grottes

Leave Massa to reach the coast via the tracks that cross desert landscapes. Lunch with a sea view, at the top of the cliffs. Magnificent galloping tracks allow you to cross a new sandy desert to the lodge run by a Berber family. You spend the evening in troglodyte caves hidden in the cliff overlooking the ocean.

Day 7: Grottes - Ranch

For this last day of hiking, finish crossing the desert on the heights of the cliffs to the fishing port of Aglou, where you'll stop for lunch. Return towards the ranch via the beach with 15 kilometers of fine sand! On arrival at the ranch, you participate in the horse's care and can enjoy a well-deserved massage (extra with an appointment). The copious Friday couscous will end this week with a grand final!

Day 8: Agadir day of departure

Depending on the flight time, you have the option to take a trip to Mirleft to bring back souvenirs or to enjoy the services of the masseuse/beautician who will be pleased to relieve any muscle soreness. Transfer to Agadir Airport (AGA) and return flight.

Skill levels

The "soft" formula is for experienced riders but the rhythm is classical.

Reminders

  • The program and layout can be adapted according to the level of the riders, the weather conditions, and the constant improvements made to
  • these courses.
  • No hard suitcase but small light bags.
  • No children under the age of 15, unless confirmed with Ranch Les 2 Gazelles in advance.

Location

The ranch Les 2 Gazelles is composed of an equestrian part, with 20 boxes and saddlery, and a guest house part with 8 rooms of 25 square meters.

For a total immersion in the equestrian world, we propose to the riders to be lodged and fed at the ranch. The guest house welcomes riders but also non-riders who accompany them, family, friends and guests who wish to live for a few days at the rhythm of the ranch.

We offer a refined table d'hôtes, with local colours. Guests can enjoy hearty breakfasts. They can also have lunch and dinner together in a friendly atmosphere.

A small fishing port is located 1 km from the ranch and offers fresh fish of very good quality. Our cook also offers tagines, grills, couscous and other local specialities, as well as various desserts with mint tea.

The ranch has 8 spacious rooms of 25 m2 with all the comforts of home, decorated with care and typical of the region. They are composed of two single beds or a large double bed with pillows, sheets, duvets and a small plaid (it is possible to add an extra bed).

Each room has a wardrobe, bedside tables, coffee table and a large storage unit. Each bedroom also has its own shower room (5 square meters), shower, washbasin, WC and storage. There is of course hot water.

The guest house has common areas, a very large dining room for group dinners, a lounge for tea, reading or relaxing, a garden and several outdoor terraces.

A garden with trees (carob trees, hibiscus, olive trees, etc.) facing west allows you to enjoy the sunsets over the sea and to relax in the shade or the sun.

During the day you can enjoy a solarium or our massage room.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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)

  • Cooking workshop: 40 EUR per person - 30 EUR per person for three or more people
  • Yoga class: 25 EUR per person
  • Massage: starting from 24 EUR
  • Beach dinner: 25 EUR per person or 7 EUR as a supplement to a dinner already included in a package
  • Pool access: 5 EUR per person
  • Paragliding: 50 EUR per person
  • Surfing: 20 EUR per person for 1.5 hours with equipment + 30 EUR for taxi
  • Quad biking: starting from 40 EUR + 20 EUR for taxi

Please note that these prices are subject to change and may vary depending on conditions and availability.

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily full board meals
  • 6 days with horseback riding activity
  • Small group supplement
  • Water

What's not included

  • Other drinks (except water)
  • Transfers to and from the ranch (to be paid in EUR or MAD)
  • Single supplements (140 EUR per week)
  • Possibility of massages on site (payable in EUR or MAD)
  • Airfare

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Agadir–Al Massira Airport (AGA). Transfers have to be paid in MAD or EUR directly to the taxi driver (change at the airport):

  • Agadir/ranch: 550 MAD per car
  • Casablanca/ranch: 3000 MAD per car
  • Mirleft/ranch: 100 MAD per car
  • Tiznit/ranch: 100 MAD per car
  • Marrakech/ranch: 1500 MAD per car

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% 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.
8 days / 7 nights
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Availability

This vacation is available until April 2025, with arrival on Saturday. Riders may ask to arrive or depart the day before/after subject to availability, but the fixed arrival day is Saturday. For more information, please send an inquiry.

Pricing information

Single supplements are due if there’s only one person per room, even if the rider is willing to share. Ranch Les 2 Gazelles will do their best to avoid the single supplement if the person is willing to share.

Please note that the prices below are applicable if there are only 2 to 3 riders joining the trip. If there are more than 3 riders, the price per person will only be 1190 EUR. For an accurate rate, please send an inquiry.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

Saturday October 5, 2024
(8 days / 7 nights)

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