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The Riders of Essaouira

8 days / 5 riding from 785€

Riding levels

Each of our trips is assigned a minimum level of riding ability required. This reflects whether there is technical riding required; the terrain to be covered; the liveliness of the horses; the length of the riding days and the riding fitness required.




For novice riders, these riding holidays will give beginners the chance to get used to being in the saddle. In general, a beginner/ novice hasn't learned how to canter and has not yet mastered rising trot. They are able to mount safely and to control a horse at a walk. 



For intermediate riders who are at ease at 2 paces (walk and rising trot and are starting to canter in a forward seat) out in open countryside. The intermediate rider is able to mount and dismount their horse unassisted, use basic riding aids, ride at a rising trot for at least 10 minutes, to change and control the pace from a walk to a trot and comfortably canter over short distances.



For experienced riders who have mastered all 3 paces (walk, rising trot, canter in a forward seat) over uneven terrain. The experienced rider rides regularly, has a good seat and is confident of their own ability. They are able to control the horse at speed and change direction of their horse at any pace and in any circumstance as needed.



For advanced riders who have mastered all 4paces (walk, rising trot, canter gallop in a forward seat) over uneven terrain on all types of horses including those that are very spirited. The advanced rider rides regularly has good physical fitness, has good soft hands and has the ability to gallop for long stretches without getting tired.



For all riders, whether they are novices, intermediate level, experienced or advanced. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance training, natural horsemanship, trail riding orcentre based safaris.



For beginners and intermediate level riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capability of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For beginners, intermediate level  and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level, experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtrainingendurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.

Comfort

Each of our rides has been assigned an expected level of comfort

Nights in tents, outdoor dining

 

EQUUS JOURNEYS Fingerpost Cottage
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Shropshire, DY140NA. UK
Phone : +44 (0) 1905 388977
INFO@EQUUS-JOURNEYS.COM

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MOROCCO-The Riders of Essaouira

8 days / 5 riding from 785€


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This horseback trail ride crosses several landscapes: Argan forests, sand dunes, wild beaches and ocean cliffs offering panoramic views across the ocean. After exhilarating beach rides the trail ends at the little fishing village of Essaouira, famed for it's white alleyways. Morocco as you have never seen it!

Strengths

- Ride traditional Moroccan Barb and Arabian stallions which are well schooled and well balanced.
- Temperate climate, particularly pleasant during the summer months.
- Gallops on long deserted beaches. The coastline is known for being windy so is not popular with sunbathers, meaning that the beaches are perfect for riders.
- One night in a riad in the medina of Essaouira with free time to explore the city.
- Two nights in Marrakech to discover the city and its medina
- High level of service whilst camping during the ride

Itinerary

Day 1 : LONDON - MARRAKECH -

Accommodation : HÔTEL FINT

International flight to Marrakech from the UK (not included).

You will be met on arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel where you meet the rest of the group over dinner.
Welcome in the airport and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 : MARRAKECH - IMSSOUANE - TISSILA - 2 hours riding

Accommodation : Moroccan Camp

You wil be met in the hotel reception at c. 8am for the road transfer bus to Imssouane (c. 4h30 drive). There you will meet the equestrian team and have lunch. You will then have your first short ride to ensure everyone is happy with their horses. This ride crosses an Argan forest - a typical Moroccan tree famous for its Argan oil - before reaching your campsite at Tissila.

Please note that this trail may also run in reverse.

Day 3 : TISSILA - TIMZGUIDA - TAFADNA - 6 hours riding

Accommodation : Moroccan Camp

Today is a long days ride as you meander between the forest and the beach. You continue riding through the Argan forest, passing typical Moroccan villages along the coastline. Ride along the river channel of oueds which is sacred to local Berbers before arriving at Tafadna beach. Camp near to a fishing village.

Day 4 : TAFADNA - IFTANE - 5-6 hours riding

Accommodation : Moroccan Camp

Start the day by riding along the cliff with only the sea on the horizon. Descend to the beach for lunch and then in the afternoon ride to the tomb of a marabou. Camp is set up on the cliffs of Iftane high above the ocean.

Day 5 : IFTANE - SIDI KAOUKI - 5 hours riding

Accommodation : Moroccan Camp

Todays ride follows narrow paths and pleasant tracks with a succession of beaches and forests before riding through sand dunes. Continue riding inland through more Argan forests until, at the end of the afternoon, arriving on Sidi Kaouki beach for a final fast gallop. Camp on the beach.

Day 6 : SIDI KAOUKI - GHASSOUAL - ESSAOUIRA - 2 hours riding

You leave the ocean behind and ride through thuyas woodland to the little city of Ghassoual. After this morning ride there is time for lunch and to say goodbye to your horses nefore being transferred to Essaouira (c. 30 min drive). After settling into your hotel there is free time to explore this city. Dinner is either a the hotel or in a restaurant within the medina with your guide.

Day 7 : ESSAOUIRA - MARRAKECH -

The morning is again free to explore Essaouira, its harbour and medina. After lunch in Essaouira you transfer back to Marrakech (c. 2h30 drive) for a final night in a hotel and dinner in town.

Day 8 : MARRAKECH - LONDON -

Transfer to Marrakech airport for your flight back to the UK.


Price details

- Groups are composed of a minimum of 3 riders and a maximum of 10 riders

- There is a small group payable if there are less than three riders in the group. If there are 2 riders then the supplement is c. £225 per person (c. £290 in 2020). Once additional riders have confirmed we will refund the small group supplement to you.

- There is no single supplement if you are willing to share, but to request your own tent throughout is c. £240.
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

PRICE INCLUDES

Support Team

1 English-speaking horse guide
1 groom

Logistic

1 cook
1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle per rider
1 vehicle and driver

Inland transports

Transfers from the airport if your arrival date/ times match the rest of the group. Otherwise count appr. £15/transfer.
Private bus or Landrover

Accommodation

2 person tents and foam mattress
Double/triple room in hotel standard 3/4* in Marrakech

Meals

Mineral water and softs served reasonable quantity during the meals
Full board from dinner on day 1 to last breakfast on day 8 (excluding dinner on day 7)

Additional equipment

First aid kit

OPTION

Accommodation

Single room/tent supplement (see price details)

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

Meals

Lunches are not included on day 1 and day 8 depending on your departure time
Beverages (except during the trek) and personal extras

Transports

International flights

Extra

Small group supplement. See the price details above

Extra

Tips to local team

Insurance

Cancellation and travel insurances are not included. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend to take out an insurance policy as soon as your travel is booked in case of cancellation.

TIPS

It is customary to tip the local team as a gesture of thanks and we would recommend c. £30 for the week, but you should give what you feel is right.

HORSES

The horses are all Barb Arabs or Arabian stallions. They are tough and keen but sensible and sure-footed across the varied terrain. As they are stallions, they do need be handled with softness and you do have to maintain distance from the other riders, but they are well schooled. Their average height is 15 hands.

MINIMUM RIDING ABILITY

You need to be a competent rider, capable and in control in all paces. You must be able to rise to the trot and canter in a forward seat. It is also important to be a confident rider as you will be riding stallions.

Please note that the horses are only c. 15hh so if you weigh over 90kg or are taller than 6ft 5inches then please contact us before booking so that we can check there is a suitable mount for you.

PACE

There is a lot of walking on this trail, however there are opportunities to trot and canter each day where the terrain allows. The long beaches with hard sand are perfect for gallops.
Please note that canters are always in single file due to the fact you are riding stallions.

TACKING ABILITY AND PARTICIPATION

You will be expected to assist with grooming, tacking up and untacking your horse each day whilst out on the trail. It would also be appreciated if you could help with camp tasks such as putting up tents or watering and feeding the horses.

TRIP CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED EXPERIENCE

You need to be physically fit for long hours in the saddle (c. 6 hours) in the African sun and at high altitudes. The climate is pleasant, particularly from June to October. Temperatures are cooler along the coast than inland due to ocean winds but it can still be hot and very sunny in summer. Some short storms)can occur.
Having previous experience of riding a trail of several days would be an advantage but it is not compulsory. Guests who do not ride regularly are requested to get fit prior to the ride. It is of particular importance to ensure you are comfortable and balanced when riding at speed across rough terrain and open spaces.

Visiting a new country offers the opportunity to meet other cultures with different mentalities, therefore it is important to accept these differences and respect the local way of life.

EQUESTRIAN EQUIPMENT

There are saddle bags on some of the horses so that you can carry suncream etc with you during the day.
We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit.

COMFORT

Essaouira : riad/villa with twin or triple rooms, each with private bathroom.

Marrakech : 3 or 4 star hotel with twin or triple rooms.

Whilst camping, you stay in two person tents with mattresses (you must bring your own sleeping bag). There is a communal tent for dining, a shower tent with hot water (morning/evening) and a toilet tent.

CLIMATE

Being a coastal city, Essaouira enjoys a mild climate throughout the year. There are often coastal breezes along the Atlantic coast to cool things down too.
Temperatures are c. 30c during the day in summer and c. 22c in spring and autumn. In winter the wind can make it feel colder,
The sea temperature is usually 20-22c between June and October.

Marrakech has a Mediterranean climate which is usually hot summers and a clear blue sky, with cold winters. The best season to visit this city is Spring/Autumn when the temperatures are pleasant all day (22-30c).

Meals

A cook travels with you and prepares all of the meals. You will usually have a cold lunch and a hot evening meal when camping. Meals are typical Moroccan cuisine.
One bottle of water is provided per person each day but you may wish to take some micropur or similar purification tablets with you in case you require more than this.

Support Team

Guide and local team

You will be guided by local Moroccan's who are familiar with the horses and the landscape. They will be accompanied by grooms. At least one of the guides will speak English but the grooms may only speak French and Arabic.

HORSE GUIDE

  • Abdou

    Abdou


    Région d'origine : Beni Mellal

Packing list

Head
-Equus Journeys strongly recommend that you wear a riding helmet and that you take your own to ensure a correct fit.
-Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana

Upper body
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun and dust
- T-shirts
- Fleece, jumper or jacket - the evenings can be cold
- Waterproof jacket - the rains can be difficult to foresee and it's better to be prepared. Layering is key to cope with the fluctuations in temperature between day and night
- Casual clothes for the evening

Legs
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Shorts for lazy lunchtimes
- Casual clothes for the evening

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps as long chaps/long boots can get very hot.
- Sandals, flip-flops or trainers for moving around the camp
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun whilst riding

Nightwear
- Thermals are a good option for sleeping in, or a t-shirt and shorts for warmer nights
- A woolly hat when camping (desert nights can be cold)
- Sleeping bag - we recommend a comfort factor of 2-5c (Oct-Nov and Feb-April) and minus 5 - minus 8 for Dec/Jan. We also recommend taking a silk or fleece liner for an extra layer

Our Recommendations
- Please don't take a hard sided suitcase. Your luggage should be soft sided and you should pack it into two bags if it weighs more than 15kg so it's easier for the team to transport between camps
- Take a second, smaller bag to pack things you may need during the day such as a book or suncream then you can easily access it during the long lunch break
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!

Other useful items
- Swimsuit
- Towel. Camping towels will pack lighter and dry more easily
- Sarong (for going to/from the shower tent)
- Water bottle (1.5 litre or two x 1 litre)
- Hand sanitiser
- Wet wipes for when showers aren't possible
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around camp at night
- Toilet paper and small plastic bags for taking rubbish away

In your luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant unless they are less than 100ml and all bottles can fit in a small, clear, plastic ziplock bag.
- Small penknife

In your hand luggage
- Any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Your riding hat

Medical kit
- Sunscreen and lip balm - must be high factor
- Insect repellent
- Any medication you regularly take
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Rehydration sachets (dioralyte or similar)
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Ear plugs, particularly if you are a light sleeper
- Micropur or similar water purification tablets

ENTRY FORMALITIES

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the valid visa requirements for entry.
We will endeavour to keep this section up to date, but please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/morocco.html (US citizens) or https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/morocco/entry-requirements (UK citizens) for further information.

To enter Morocco, a passport valid for the duration of your stay is required by all British, American, Canadian and EU nationals. However, the Moroccan Consulate General in London advise that your passport should be valid for at least 3 months on your date of entry to Morocco. If your passport does not meet this requirement you may face difficulties and you should check with the Moroccan authorities and your travel provider before travelling.

Passport note:
You should ensure that your passport is stamped when you enter the country. Some tourists have experienced difficulties leaving the country because their passport bears no entry stamp. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in Morocco. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.

Visas
Visas are not required by British, American, Canadian and EU nationals for stays in Morocco of up to three months.

Addresses of consulates

  • Paris | Ambassade du Maroc
    5, rue Le Tasse
    75116 Paris
    Tél. : 01.45.20.69.35
    Fax :
    info@amb-maroc.fr
  • Ambassade de France au Maroc
    1 rue Aguelmane Sidi Ali Agdal BP 602
    Rabat - Chellah

    Tél. : +212 5 37 27 66 00
    Fax : +212 5 37 27 67 11
    webmestre@ambafrance-ma.org
  • Moroccan Consulate
    Diamond House
    97-99 Praed Street, Paddington
    W2 1NT London
    Tél. : +44 020 7724 0624
    Fax :

HEALTH

There are no legal requirements regarding vaccinations. Still, it's a good thing to get your vaccinations in order before travelling to Morocco. The general vaccination against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) is recommended. Also both hepatitis A as well as typhoid would be recommended.
Malaria is very rare and present only in a few remote areas. Don't underestimate this tropical disease and take precautions. Buy repellent (preferably with 50% DEET), and sleep under a net.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.

TELEPHONE AND JET LAG

The telephone dialling code is +212.
Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good in towns and cities, and across the west of Morocco, but a little more erratic east and further south.

Time zone: GMT

BUDGET AND MONEY

The official currency is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD). One dirham is equivalent with 100 santimat (singular: santim).
• Banknotes 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 dirham
• Coins 1, 5, 10, 20 santimat; ½, 1, 2, 5, and 10 dirham

VOLTAGE

127/220 volts AC, 50Hz, depending on age and location of building. Plugs usually have two round pins or the standard three pin UK.

ACTIVITY :Trail Riding

LEVEL :Help

COMFORT :Help

This horseback trail ride crosses several landscapes: Argan forests, sand dunes, wild beaches and ocean cliffs offering panoramic views across the ocean. After exhilarating beach rides the trail ends at the little fishing village of Essaouira, famed for it's white alleyways. Morocco as you have never seen it!

  • Ride into the Atlantic with your horses
    Horse riding holiday on the beaches of Essaouira
  • Explore the stunning sand dunes of Essaouira along the beach
    On horseback on the moroccan beaches
  • Long sandy beaches, ideal for fast canters
    Horse riding on the beaches of Morocco
  • Following a coastal path
    Morocco wild coast and horses
  • Explore the beautiful city of Essaouira
    Beach riding holiday on horseback in Morocco
  • Essaouira beach on horseback
    Horse riding on the beaches of Morocco
  • View across the harbour of Essaouira
    Horse riding vacation across the beaches of Morocco

STRENGTHS

- Ride traditional Moroccan Barb and Arabian stallions which are well schooled and well balanced.
- Temperate climate, particularly pleasant during the summer months.
- Gallops on long deserted beaches. The coastline is known for being windy so is not popular with sunbathers, meaning that the beaches are perfect for riders.
- One night in a riad in the medina of Essaouira with free time to explore the city.
- Two nights in Marrakech to discover the city and its medina
- High level of service whilst camping during the ride

ITINERARY

Day 1 : LONDON - MARRAKECH -

Accommodation : HÔTEL FINT

International flight to Marrakech from the UK (not included).

You will be met on arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel where you meet the rest of the group over dinner.
Welcome in the airport and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 : MARRAKECH - IMSSOUANE - TISSILA - 2 hours riding

Accommodation : Moroccan Camp

You wil be met in the hotel reception at c. 8am for the road transfer bus to Imssouane (c. 4h30 drive). There you will meet the equestrian team and have lunch. You will then have your first short ride to ensure everyone is happy with their horses. This ride crosses an Argan forest - a typical Moroccan tree famous for its Argan oil - before reaching your campsite at Tissila.

Please note that this trail may also run in reverse.

Day 3 : TISSILA - TIMZGUIDA - TAFADNA - 6 hours riding

Accommodation : Moroccan Camp

Today is a long days ride as you meander between the forest and the beach. You continue riding through the Argan forest, passing typical Moroccan villages along the coastline. Ride along the river channel of oueds which is sacred to local Berbers before arriving at Tafadna beach. Camp near to a fishing village.

Day 4 : TAFADNA - IFTANE - 5-6 hours riding

Accommodation : Moroccan Camp

Start the day by riding along the cliff with only the sea on the horizon. Descend to the beach for lunch and then in the afternoon ride to the tomb of a marabou. Camp is set up on the cliffs of Iftane high above the ocean.

Day 5 : IFTANE - SIDI KAOUKI - 5 hours riding

Accommodation : Moroccan Camp

Todays ride follows narrow paths and pleasant tracks with a succession of beaches and forests before riding through sand dunes. Continue riding inland through more Argan forests until, at the end of the afternoon, arriving on Sidi Kaouki beach for a final fast gallop. Camp on the beach.

Day 6 : SIDI KAOUKI - GHASSOUAL - ESSAOUIRA - 2 hours riding

You leave the ocean behind and ride through thuyas woodland to the little city of Ghassoual. After this morning ride there is time for lunch and to say goodbye to your horses nefore being transferred to Essaouira (c. 30 min drive). After settling into your hotel there is free time to explore this city. Dinner is either a the hotel or in a restaurant within the medina with your guide.

Day 7 : ESSAOUIRA - MARRAKECH -

The morning is again free to explore Essaouira, its harbour and medina. After lunch in Essaouira you transfer back to Marrakech (c. 2h30 drive) for a final night in a hotel and dinner in town.

Day 8 : MARRAKECH - LONDON -

Transfer to Marrakech airport for your flight back to the UK.

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YOUR ADVISOR

Did you know?

During this horseback trail in Essaouira, Morocco you will ride through forests of Argan trees.

The Argan tree is endemic to the semi-desert valleys of Morocco and Algeria and grows up to 8-10metres and can live for 150-200 years. They are thorny with gnarled trunks and small oval leaves. The fruits contain a very hard nut which protects one (and occasionally two or three) small, oil-rich seeds and takes over a year to mature, ripening in the June/July of the following year.

The fruits are harvested once they've fallen and the hard nuts are cracked by hand between two stones to released the seeds. After roasting the seeds they are ground to a paste and then squeezed by hand to extract the oil. This labour-intensive production of Argan oil makes it a luxury item in Morocco.

Argan trees are in decline and their area has decreased by half over the last 100 years. Goats are often seen climbing in the trees, eating their leaves and fruit, which also stunts their growth. The wealth generated by the Argan oil industry has meant that locals can afford to buy more goats, which further destroys the trees. The hard nuts are so resilient that the kernals are collected even after they have passed through the goats, so that they can be cracked open to release the seeds!

You will see many of these trees (and climbing goats!) on your trail ride. Of course, you will also have the opportunity to ride along the beach, which is a memorable experience! 

Early bird discounts
Get 3% off all trips booked before 31/12/2019 for a departure in 2020.
Terms and conditions:
  • This 3% early bird discount applies to the cost of the trip, and excludes transfers & supplements, international or domestic flights, and any additional services.
  • This offer cannot be combined with any other current discount.