Ride Overview - Moroccan Coastal Ride
An exotic horseback riding vacation in Morroco! The Kingdom of Morocco lies on the border of Europe just 8 miles from the Spanish southern coast. This equestrian vacation offers a fascinating insight into Arab, Berber and Islamic cultures. It is a short flight from the UK and relatively easy to travel around by rail. The Atlantic coast has a great climate at any time of year. Your trails lead you through picturesque fishing villages and forest of pungent eucalyptus and argan trees; and across windswept dunes to impressive cliffs perched over the emerald Atlantic Ocean. This is a progressive ride where you will stay at two different hotels and one Berger tent site. In addition, you will be treated to the mouth watering Moroccan food served in unique venues including a picnic near a sparkling waterfall. A non-riding tour of the seaside city of Essaouira is also planned. You can top off your Moroccan adventure with a camel or quad rides in the desert.
“Full canters on the beach, Berber tent, Great hosts!” PB
Ride Itinerary - Moroccan Coastal Ride
You will be transferred from the Marrakech or Essaouira Airport to the ranch. You will meet your guide and fellow riders during dinner. You will then lodge in Essaouira at the Wind Palace (3km far from the Ranch).
After a 7:00 AM breakfast in the hotel, your group will depart by car to the point of the trail where you will mount up. You will start at Tildi located near the Falaise mountain, and the sea. As you ride, you will have a stunning way of the ocean. At mid-day, you will stop for a picnic lunch. After a siesta, you will depart to Timzguida Ouftas, where you will find the Berber tents prepared with carpets, mattress, pillow, blankets. A Moroccan welcome tea with biscuits will be offered. In the camp, there is a camp shower with a chemical toilet. You will pass the night in the Berber camp.
A 9:00 AM departure for another lovely day along the Atlantic coast. You will ride through traditional Berber villages. After a stop for the lunch and a small siesta, you will ride along a nice cliff until you arrive at Tafedna for checkin at the Tasgua-Yan Hotel. The hotel offers a swimming pool and a service of massage.
Your trails lead along the inside of the cliff to Aghbalou River. The path then ascends into the hinterland. After lunch, you will ride through small isolated Berber villages and Argan tree orchards. Next, your group will ride arrive near the Iftane Beach. There you will leave the horses with the staff and the driver will transport you to Rebali Riad Hotel in Sidi Kaouky. A swimming pool, hammam and massage room are available.
After a 7:00 AM breakfast, you will mount up to ride across the countryside, cross rivers and through villages. A picnic lunch will be served next to the Sidi Mbarek Waterfall. Your trail then leads to a good beach gallop. Your day ends with a return to the Rebali Riad Hotel.
Today, you will ride across the biggest dunes of the region found near the Cap Sim Lighthouse. You will then ride through mimosa and eucalyptus forests to a river crossing. Your trail ends at the ranch with a good lunch. The rest of the day is free to shop and visit the city in Essaouira. You will then checkin to the Riad Zahra Hotel. In the evening, a farewell party will be enjoyed at the ranch.
You will be transferred by minibus to Marrakech. After you check in to the Red Hotel, you will receive a 1/2 day guided tour of the city. Your driver will be at your disposition until midnight should you decide to walk further in Marrakech. Lunch and dinner will be on your own.
At 12:30, you will be transferred to the airport. Before that time, you can continue your visit to the center of Marrakech.
*The guide reserves the right to change the itinerary based on unforeseen circumstances.
Ride Details - Moroccan Coastal Ride
Dates: Saturday to Saturday, March – September
Meeting Place: Marrakech
Riding days: 5
Daily Riding Hours: 6
Group size: 3 – 10
Weight Restriction: Maximum 198 lbs.
Riding Ability: INTERMEDIATE: Confident and in control at all paces including posting trots and canters in open country. Beach gallops, river crossings. Able to tack your own horse.
Saddles: English trekking
Horses: Arab Berber
Hotel/s: 4**** hotels, one night in Berber camp
Non-riding activities: quad bike, dromedaries, hiking, swimming pool
Prices:$1,365.00 per person, double occupancy
*Price is based on the EURO/USD exchange rate and will be fixed at final payment.
Includes: lodging, some meals, horse, tack, guide, transfer to and from airport
Not included: airfare, non-riding lunch and dinner
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