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Morocco Horse Riding Tour

If you are looking for a horse riding break with guaranteed sunshine combining the discovery of the countryside and a cavalcade along the Atlantic coast, this horse trail is for you! Three nights will be spent in a camp under a Moroccan tent, one in the countryside, and two at the seaside, far from the city so that you will feel like you are in a different world!

Key information

  • Riders Weight Limit: 85 kilograms / 188 pounds
  • Horse Height Range: 1.55 meters
  • Tack type: English saddles
  • Horse Breed: Barb-Arabic Stallions

Highlights

  • 4 days of horse riding
  • Approximate daily riding time: 5 to 6 hours
  • Discover the countryside and ride along the Atlantic coast
  • Visit a women's cooperative of argan oil
  • Enjoy canters on the beach
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


4 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Arabic, French
Group size: 2-10 participants
Airport transfer available:
Agadir–Al Massira Airport (US$23 per person)
Airport transfer included: Marrakesh Menara Airport
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Accommodation

Your first and last nights will be spent in a charming riad at the old medina of Essaouira. You will have some free time before and after the trail to discover the charm of Essaouira, its shops, and its fortifications. Nights two, three, and four will be at camps in the countryside and on the seaside, in the surroundings of Essaouira, three different spots with hot water or shower and toilets at your disposal.

The camp during the trail is on a high-standard level (pleasant dining tent, shower tent with hot water, chemical loo in a separate tent). There is a possibility to sleep in groups under the big Moroccan tent or isolated in igloo tents. Foam mattresses are supplied but you will need to bring a sleeping bag and camping pillow. The departure and end of the horse trail will be from the stables, located in Diabat, a small Berber village located three kilometers from Essaouira.

Program

What you will like

  • Horse riding holiday to do with family and friends
  • A horse trek suitable for intermediate and experienced riders
  • A horse trail running all year long from two participants
  • The tough and gentle Arab-barb horses
  • A trek mixing two days in the countryside and two days on the Atlantic coast and its beaches to show you different landscapes
  • The nights in camp in Argana, Ifrane, and Sidi Kaouki
  • Swimming with the horses between May and September
  • Canter on the beach

You will take part in a highly diversified trek combining the discovery of the hinterland and small traditional Berber villages and a ride along the Atlantic coast with cliffs, dunes, cascades, and long beaches. You will spend the nights in camp, especially seeing the sunset in Ifrane. You will have a stop during the trail to visit a women's cooperative of argan oil and taste the local products. One of the highlights of the trail will be the long gallops on the beaches, the dream of each rider. To relax before and after the trail, sleep for two nights in a charming riad in Essaouira.

Horse treks are usually recommended for intermediate and experienced riders. Beginners are welcome on Zouina Cheval's short treks but the longer riding holidays should be avoided due to the related physical fatigue. If you are a beginner and would like to experience horse trekking, you are recommended to start gently with a two-day and one-night trek. To take full advantage of your trek, you must be reasonably fit and in good health.

To avoid irritations such as chafing, blisters, and bruising, you are recommended to get in the saddle regularly in the weeks leading up to your trek and that you wear good quality riding jodhpurs. Children are welcome but they must be accompanied and supervised at all times by a parent or guardian. They must be over 14 years of age and good riders and also must be capable of spending long hours in the saddle.

Zouina Cheval reminds you that helmets are obligatory for those under 18. If you have a riding helmet, please bring it along. Saddlebags will be provided to keep personal equipment (camera, sun cream, etc.) during the rides. Transportation of materials and equipment with a support vehicle. You will have access to your luggage each day for lunch (except on the last day).

Daily itinerary

Day 1

Arrive at the airport, either in Marrakesh (Marrakech) or Agadir, and you will be transferred to your riad in Essaouira for your overnight stay (two hours and 45 minutes or three and a half hours, respectively). Enjoy dinner (not included) with your fellow riders and discuss the trail ahead, afterward, spend the night in the riad.

Day 2

Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the riad and transfer to the stables (15 minutes). Have your first contact with the staff and horses in Diabat then depart. You will first ride along a river or out to reach the village of El Ghazoua that you will cross, then, you will travel through the Moroccan countryside passing on small paths and crossing argan tree forests on your way. Lunch is prepared by the cook and served in a field.

After some rest, you will go back in the saddle and take the direction to Argana where the first camp is located. You will cross several traditional Berber villages; visit a women's cooperative of argan oil and have a tasting of local products (oil, honey, and amlou). You will spend the night under the oldest and largest argan tree in the area; spend the night in a tent.

Day 3

In the morning, you will cross a small Berber village then a plateau located between small hills, along the coast. After being gone down in the middle of a small valley, you will join the source where you will lunch with the team. After lunch, you will ride on small paths surrounded by fields and cultivations. In the late afternoon, you will appreciate an extraordinary panorama with an unspoilable view of the sea. You will arrive at the small fishing village of Ifrane. After a gallop on the beach (small deserted creek), you will go up on the cliff dominating the sea where your camp is based.

Day 4

In the morning, you will cross fields and small villages located all along the sea or ride along cliffs dominating the sea if the day is not too windy. You will take the direction of the cascades of Sidi Embark where you will lunch. The cascades flow directly into the sea. After lunch (two-hour break and time for swimming), you will take the direction of Sidi Kaouki by the beaches and cliffs and enjoy some gallops. Arrival at the camp based in Sidi Kaouki in mid-afternoon. You will have some time to swim before dinner. Night in tent.

Day 5

After a generous breakfast taken in front of the ocean, you will go back in the saddle and ride along the beach towards Essaouira. In the second part of Sidi Kaouki, you will see the Marabout. You will then cross huge sand dunes that are unique to the region, enjoying at the same time some gallops. You will cross a small fishing village and then take the direction of a small Berber village on a cliff facing the Atlantic. After a picnic in a small creek where you can swim, you will go towards the lighthouse of Cap Sim.

Then, you will take a small sandy path and go down the dunes. You will have the feeling to be in the desert but the sea is just behind them. You will see some very small fishing villages on the beachside. After some gallops on the beach, you will enter the forest of eucalyptus and mimosas located between the beach and Diabat and see the ruins of the former palace of the Sultan. Arrive at the stables in the late afternoon. Transfer to Essaouira and night in the riad. Dinner is not included.

Day 6

Meet at the riad and transfer to the airport in Marrakesh (two hours and 45 minutes) or Agadir (three hours and 30 minutes).

The horses

All of Zouina Cheval's horses are Arab-Barbs perfectly adapted for the Moroccan paths. They are surefooted and at ease on both the beaches of the Atlantic coast or the narrow, steep paths of the Atlas. The Arab-Barbs are gentle by nature and wish to be neither beaten nor threatened, they prefer to be ridden with care and respect. The horses are not castrated in accordance with Islam's religion.

The stallions all have their own character but are nevertheless gentle and adapt their behavior according to each rider and are very docile with children and beginners; it’s a pleasure to ride them! The stables, located in Diabat, three kilometers from Essaouira, are a pleasant and welcome environment for your comfort and that of the horses. All the horses are in individual spacious stalls, well-sheltered from the sun and wind, allowing them to relax between two rides.

1. Hidalgo

Barb-Arab stallion born in 2008, he grew up in the stables and Zouina Cheval trained him perfectly. Hidalgo is a lovely and gentle horse that perfectly answers to the voice, legs, and hands and never does anything stupid. Still quite young, he is very dynamic and lively; even if he is thin, he will surprise you with his speed. With him, you will not get bored! A horse for all riders but more enjoyable for good riders.

2. Dahab (Golden in Arabic)

Barb-Arab stallion born in 2010, gentle, sociable, calm, and a balanced horse. He is very sweet and always looking for a caress. He is very responsive at three speeds (walk, trot, and canter) and knows how to make riders confident. This horse is suitable for all riding experiences.

3. Ayour (Moon in Berber)

Barb-Arab stallion born in 2008. An adorable stallion looking and acting like a foal that is never afraid and does not care what surrounds it when he goes outdoors. He is very sociable and he is very friendly with other horses and very cuddly with riders. A horse for all riders and perfect for beginners.

4. Chocolat

Barb-Arab stallion born in 2002. He was the first to arrive in the stalls to the delight of the whole team. A lovely horse with a heart of gold that adapts to the level of his rider. He has a good temper and is very friendly with other horses. He responds exceptionally well to the voice and is attentive to his rider. He loves hugs and bathing. A perfect horse for all riders, even for the kids.

5. Saphir

Barb-Arab stallion born in 2010. Saphir, since his arrival, is an excellent horse for guiding, never tired, and always happy to lead a trek. DéFull of energy, he likes to play; he is very gentle, a good responder, and afraid of nothing. He is perfectly adapted to experienced riders who will appreciate his energy and will know how to channel it.

6. Calimero

Arab-Barb stallion born in 2009. He is very nice, both with riders and other horses, this horse is dynamic, determined, tireless, and a bit rascal. However, he may sometimes have some energy to channel but it is only to express his joy. He is comfortable and you will feel confident with him; a horse suitable for intermediate and advanced riders.

7. Smimou

Arab-Barb stallion born in 2002. Gentle, calm, easy, and balanced, this horse will please beginners and low-to-intermediate riders. He will help you feel comfortable in the saddle and enjoy the ride. He is very responsive at the three speeds. Due to his calm nature, he is very friendly with other horses. His small size also makes him a perfect companion for children.

8. Mimoune

Arab-Barb stallion born in 2009. Full of energy and with good size, this horse is perfect for intermediate and experienced riders. He is calm and gentle while being dynamic, a trustable horse well in his head.

9. Simba

Arab-Barb stallion born in 2005. He is friendly with both riders and other horses. He is very pleasant to ride because he is always determined, dynamic, and full of positive energy. His good temper makes him a trusted partner; a horse suitable for experienced riders.

Horse riding center in Essaouira

Zouina Cheval welcomes you all year long in its facilities and offers to make you discover horse riding and camel riding with its instructors and guides who know the horses and camels perfectly. For both horse and camel rides, horse riding holidays, quad biking, or hiking, Zouina Cheval will welcome you in a pleasant setting where men, horses, camels, and dogs live in complete harmony. If you do not want to ride and prefer to wait for your family or friends at the stables, you will enjoy the shady patio.

The riding center has a pleasant setting and quality facilities. For horse riding, you will pass through the saddlery upon arrival and Zouina Cheval will provide you with helmets and mini-chaps for your safety and comfort. The center provides helmets of any size (for children and adults). You are recommended to ride in closed shoes like trainers (avoid smooth soles) and trousers (flip flops and shorts should be avoided).

Included excursions

  • Visit and tasting of an argan oil cooperative on day two

Location

The tour will take place in Morocco.

Distances

  • Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK) - 2 hours and 45 minutes
  • Agadir–Al Massira Airport (AGA) - 3 hours 30 minutes

Food

All meals except for lunches on days one and six and dinners on days one, five, and six are included in the price and will be prepared by a Moroccan cook. He will make you discover the tasty local dishes including tagines, couscous, Moroccan salads, etc. At lunch, the meals will be served by the cook (except on the last two days where there is a picnic) in the shade. The break is long enough to recover. Bottles of water are provided daily by the staff.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Hallal
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)

Quad biking tour in Essaouira

Quad biking with departure from Diabat, a small Berber village three kilometers from Essaouira. Notice to the thrill-seekers: Zouina Cheval also offers quad biking tours to discover the surroundings of Essaouira. From the introduction or training essential for the beginners to the confirmed practice, there is something for everyone. For this purpose, Zouina Cheval created another company, Quad Attitude, which specialized in quad biking in Essaouira. You can book directly via Zouina Cheval to avail of this activity.

You will be coached by an instructor who will teach you the basics of the quad so you can enjoy your activity. The instructors will adjust to your level and they will accompany you on all your rides. You will drive your quad in the forests, on the beaches, and in the heart of the beautiful dunes along the coast between Essaouira and Sidi Kaouki through Diabat and the Cap Sim.

For the most passionate of you, you can also enjoy treks with nights in a camp that will give you the opportunity to discover the charms of the countryside as well as the traditional Berber villages. Zouina Cheval can organize personalized programs on demand. If you fancy a sporting adventure, feel free to book for training, a ride, or a trek on a quad. You have the choice to be one or two persons in the same quad. For one or two persons per quad, here are the rates:

  • One-hour quad biking: 30 EUR/330 DHR per person | 45 EUR/ 500 DHR for two
  • Two-hour quad biking: 45 EUR/500 DHR per person | 65 EUR/ 715 DHR for two
  • Three-hour quad biking: 55 EUR/600 DHR per person | 80 EUR/ 880 DHR for two
  • Four-hour quad biking: 70 EUR/770 DHR per person | 90 EUR/ 990 DHR for two
  • Four-hour quad biking with picnic: 80 EUR/880 DHR per person | 105 EUR/ 1150 DHR for two
  • Day in Sidi Kaouki quad biking with lunch: 95 EUR/1050 DHR per person | 135 EUR/1485 DHR for two
  • Day in Sidi Kaouki and falls quad biking with lunch: 125 EUR/1375 DHR per person | 150 EUR/1650 DHR for two
  • Selected quad bike with Moroccan dinner, night and breakfast in a camp under the Moroccan tent: Price of the bike + 65 EUR/700 DHR per adult

Please consult Zouina Cheval for the children's prices that will be based on their age. Quad biking holidays in Morocco and quad trails are organized all year long.

Two days quad biking with one night in camp

  • Highlights: Diabat - Cap Sim - Sidi Kaouki - Sidi Embark Falls - Ifthane beach
  • Prices: 300 EUR per participant per quad or 450 EUR for two participants on the quad

Three days quad biking with two nights in camp

  • Highlights: Diabat - El Ghazoua - Argana - The Source - Ifthane beach - Sidi Embark falls - Sidi Kaouki - Cap Sim
  • Prices: 480 EUR per participant per quad or 700 EUR for two participants on the quad

Prices of the treks with departure from Diabat: Zouina Cheval can organize your return transfers from the airports of Marrakesh (Marrakech) or Agadir/Essaouira and book for you the first and last nights in a riad in Essaouira for 110 EUR additional per person. Have lunch in small local restaurants. Dinners, nights, and breakfast in a Moroccan tent (tent and mattresses furnished but not the sleeping bag). For longer treks, prices for groups or companies, please do not hesitate to contact Zouina Cheval.

Moroccan night

Would you like to escape from the town with your family or your friends and spend some time in nature? You will certainly enjoy a night in the tent, under the stars as a city break. Nothing easier: you can book a Moroccan tent (20 persons maximum capacity) for a great evening and spend the night. Zouina Cheval proposes a Moroccan dinner in the tent, made of a succulent tagine or couscous that will be prepared for you with a good mint tea.

If you want some musical ambiance, you can rent traditional Moroccan musicians for the evening and sing and dance with them. You will spend the night near Diabat, in the dunes, very close to the beach. You will enjoy the stars during the evening and take your breakfast in front of the ocean. If you want to have something different during your holidays, please do not hesitate to contact Zouina Cheval.

  • Rental of the tent, mattresses, and sleeping bags included with Moroccan dinner and breakfast: 65 EUR per person
  • For children under five: Free
  • For children between six and 10 years old: 45 EUR
  • Group prices: Contact Zouina Cheval

Hiking trails in Morocco

You will be accompanied by a Moroccan guide, who knows the area perfectly and will be able to make you discover the authentic charms of Morocco throughout your excursion. A vehicle of assistance or a camel will ensure the transportation of your personal effects as well as tents and will wait for you each evening in the camp.

The evening meals will be prepared by the cook and will consist of Moroccan dishes such as tagines or grills. The meals of midday consist of copious picnics with grills of meats or fishes, salads, etc. For 110 EUR additional per person (price given on a basis of two people), Zouina Cheval ensures your transfer from the airport of Marrakech to Essaouira and you will be placed the nights before and after the trek in a riad of charm, in full heart of the medina, in Essaouira.

What's included

  • 4 horse riding days
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 5 breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Helmets (may be provided)

What's not included

  • Lunch and dinner (day 1 and day 6)
  • Dinner (day 5)
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for the staff

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK). From this airport, you will be picked up and transported to Essaouira according to your flight schedule, transfers are already included in the package. Please provide your flight number and exact arrival and departure time.

Airport: Agadir–Al Massira Airport Airport transfer available: Agadir–Al Massira Airport (US$23 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Marrakesh Menara Airport Airport transfer included: Marrakesh Menara Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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