From the little white villages in the mountains, to the cliffs sculpted by the waves of the ocean, this horse trail ride will bring you to Berber country, on the coast and in the hinterlands of Essaouira. An authentic journey in Morocco with an enthusiastic guide who will be able to make sure you share, at a local’s home, the culture, traditions and the true faces of Morocco. On beautiful Arab-Barb horses, you will ride between olive trees and flowering laurel trees, from the lush gardens of the oases up to the ocean. Immense deserted beaches await for gallops, where the water laps at the horses’ hooves – it’s the stuff of dreams!
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Departures all year round, for groups of 4 people or more
Option of following this itinerary on foot with a guide, meeting up with the riders at lunch and in the evening: €915/person
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Day 1. Arrival in Morocco – Night at guesthouse
Arrival at Agadir airport. Transfer (around 1 hour journey time) to the Berber village of Tamegroute, with its houses made of ochre-coloured earth. Meet the team and the guide for the horse ride, which will start tomorrow. This pretty village is at an altitude of 1900m, at the heart of the Anti-Atlas Mountains, at the foot of the famous Immouzzer waterfalls. Dinner and night at guesthouse.
Day 2. Trail riding - 5 hours horse riding – Camping at bivouac or night in host-stay
We will meet our horses and begin our trail ride in Morocco on the little roads winding through terrace plantations of barley. Their bright green contrasts with the grey of the olive trees and the bright white of the flowering almond trees. As we climb higher, the vegetation changes and at the pass, which is at more than 2000m altitude, fragrant thyme will fill the air. Bees produce an exceptional and rare honey from this thyme, with multiple medicinal properties, that is sold for the price of gold in the souks! We will have the opportunity to taste this honey in our tea throughout our horse ride.
We will go back down the mountain on the other side, with its sides of red, green or yellow, as if they were cut by a knife. On the way we will see several little Berber villages and will arrive at the end of the day at our bivouac camp in a lush oasis stretching along a wadi. The tents are pitched in the shade of the date trees, olive trees, pink laurel trees and eucalyptus trees. We can take this opportunity to visit the wadi and the cave, which looks like a cathedral with its numerous stalactites illuminated here and there by wells of light.
Day 3. Trail riding - 5 hours horse riding – Camping at bivouac or night in host-stay
Our trail ride will take us through several villages where we will attract the attention of locals who will invite us to drink tea with them. Short break at Timekti, under the date trees on the edge of the wadi, and then we will continue our ride along the wide dirt path that gently ascends along the pastoral landscape planted with argan trees. We will cut across the mountain to get back to the wadi which circles round the valley. On the way, we will pass colourful donkeys and mules, either being ridden or being used as packhorses. There are souks (weekly markets) every day in the mountains, which require significant journeys for the rural populations that come sell their wares and buy their weekly provisions here. The route then takes us back down to the wadi where we will arrive at our bivouac camp for the night, in the little village and souk of Timekti, surrounded by argan trees, at 1000m altitude. Dinner and night at the camp.
Day 4. Trail riding - 5 hours horse riding – Camping at a bivouac or night in a host-stay
Today we cross the valley for the steep ascent overlooking a stunning waterfall. At the top, we will ride in the middle of the hilly countryside up to the Moulay-Abdallah dam. This construction provides water to Agadir and gives this landscape a lake with wild banks surrounded by multi-coloured cliffs. We will then join a more frequently trod path, bringing us to an important souk, overlooked by an elegant minaret. We will not go unnoticed in these places where there are very few tourists. This is a great opportunity to visit a real Berber souk off the beaten track. A Berber restaurant will provide us with cool shade and a lively atmosphere for our lunch: grilled meat bought at the souk, or tagine, depending on your choice. We will then set off with our horses in the direction of Tamanar, to reach our bivouac camp located near to a beautiful house that looks like a fortress. Dinner and camping at a bivouac.
Day 5. Trail riding - 5 hours horse riding – Camping at a bivouac or night in a host-stay
There is a complete change of scenery for this new day on horseback: we will set off over a vast sandy plain and then arrive at a wadi bordered with argan trees. We will cross a ford near to a spring famous for the soothing properties of its water. People come here from far and wide, often with their family, on foot or with mules carrying jerry cans that they will fill up with this healing water. We will then follow the wadi, which joins the ocean in a few kilometres, crossing another ford to ride along the bank on the other side. Then, all of a sudden, in the indentation of the valley, the ocean appears before us with its beautiful waves. At this point, we will be above the village of Iftane on the sandy estuary of the wadi, with its gardens surrounded by reeds. We will be able to see the fishermen’s houses on the beach and dozens of blue wooden boats. The work of a fisherman in Iftane is impressive – when they cast or bring in their nets they have to put their boats in the water and face very dangerous breaking waves. A good gallop over the beach brings us to our bivouac camp at the top of the cliffs that overlook the beach and the beautiful creek.
Day 6.Trail riding - 5 hours horse riding – Night at bivouac camp or host-stay
This morning we will head inland to the fields of argan trees. A couple of white villages pepper the route bordered with little dry stone walls. This path will take us to the magical place of Sidi M’Bark where, at the top of the cliffs that overlook the wadi estuary, we will see the white dome of Sidi M’Bark perched up high on the rocks. This is in fact a mausoleum housing the tomb of a saint. At its feet, the wadi snakes along a little green valley and reaches the top of the cliff where the water crashes down in a multitude of waterfalls. We will give our horses some water at the top of the cliff and then we will go up the vast dune to then arrive for a gallop along the beach. We will continue our ride along the beach to arrive at our Berber tent that awaits us, pitched on a dune.
Day 7. Trail riding - 5 hours horse riding – Night in B&B
We will stay near the ocean for our last day of horse riding. Vast, deserted beaches, gallops over the shore where the sea laps over the horses’ hooves - it’s the stuff of dreams! To the north we will be able to see the windmills of Sidi-Ouassine. Then, overlooking the beach, we will see the quirky form of the Sidi-Kaouki shrine, and on the right, the little white village where we will arrive after a last gallop. At the end of the day we will visit the Essaouria medina, classed as a UNESCO world heritage site, with its immeasurable charm and atmosphere within its white walls. We will take this opportunity to go to the hammam, a welcome treat after the ride. We will then go back to the B&B overlooking the beach for a hearty meal together.
Day 8. Departure from Morocco – Return flight
Departure for Agadir airport according to the time of your return flight.
This itinerary is subject to slight change. There are several different possible routes for this trail ride.
The horses are Arab-Barb stallions and crossbred Arabs. Agile, willing, gentle-natured and sure-footed, they will give you confidence for the parts of the journey riding through quarries and will delight you with gallops over the beach.
Maximum weight of rider: 90 kg.
RIDING ABILITY & PACE
You should be comfortable riding at all paces. The days on horseback will last for 5 hours on average.
Classic French saddle and tack
HORSE RIDING GUIDE & SUPERVISION
The supervision team is French-speaking Moroccan with several years of trail riding experience. Your guide knows each part of every region you will go through by heart, and so will be able to take you through them in the greatest of safety and flexibility, adapting the route according to the weather and the riders’ level of ability.
8 days, 7 nights, 6 days horse riding
Passport valid for 3 months after the return date
You should be up to date with your vaccines (DTP)
4 - 8 people
French / English / Arabic / Berber
MEALS & ACCOMMODATION
Throughout the trail ride, you will spend evenings and nights camping at a bivouac, in large Berber tents or individual tents. If you wish, host-stay evenings can also be organised in Berber homes. Foam mattresses are provided for your comfort. Meals are prepared for you, featuring tasty and traditional local specialities. Breakfasts are hearty and lunches provide great breaks in the middle of the day. Dinners are served in the large Berber tent, where you will be comfortably seated on mattresses and on some nights, accompanied by music.
Due to its close proximity to the sea, this region benefits from a sunny and pleasant climate all year round. The few days of rain are spread between November and March. There are more than 340 days of sunshine a year, but fog and morning mist in summer are not unheard of. Temperatures are strongly affected by the trade winds that are present all year round, and remain relatively constant between winter and summer. The average temperatures are between 14°C – 16°C in January and 19°C – 22°C in July. The region does however experience desert winds from the Sahara (the “chergui”) which can exceptionally, for a duration of a couple of days (2-5) raise the temperature above 40°C.
The team is made up of experienced, French-speaking Moroccan members.
Bring equipment and clothes according to the season without forgetting the essentials:
Option of participating in this holiday by walking/hiking with a guide (around 5 hours waking a day), meeting up with the riders at lunch and in the evening: €915/person
Before, during or after you stay, you have the option of discovering even more of the wonderful country of Morocco:
We can create a personalised itinerary for you. Contact us!