From the horse’s mouth
Horses, Dunes and Nomads
Horses, Dunes and Nomads
Horses, Dunes and Nomads
Horses, Dunes and Nomads
- Plenty of opportunities for fast canters and gallops across wide open spaces
- The comfort of nights spent in desert inns or guesthouses with showers possible every night
- Discover Morocco in all its splendour including Dades Valley and impressive views of the Atlas mountains
Day 1 1: LONDON - OUARZAZATE - No ridingFINT HOTELFly in to Ouarzazate or Marrakech.
There are currently no direct flights from the UK to Ouarzazate and so it may be easier to fly to Marrakech and transfer by road to Ouarzazate. If flying to Marrakech then you need to arrive by 14:00 to allow time for the transfer (4 hrs) which is an extra 130 Euro for the vehicle, payable locally and split between all who are sharing the transfer.
You will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 2 2: OUARZAZATE - IMI N'CHAABTE - TAFRAOUT - 2-3 hours ridingKem Kem InnMeet in your hotel reception at 07:00 and transfer in the direction of Zagora through the Draa valley, until reaching Tansikht. Continue along the Djebel Sagho, passing through Nkob and Tazzarine and stop for a picnic along the way. After about 6 hours drive you turn off the tar road and follow a track for 60kms to Mcissi.
Here you will meet the team and horses. After a short riding assessment you will set out into the desert for your first ride amongst the dunes.
Overnight in a comfortable inn.
Day 3 3: TAFRAOUT - FOUM MHARECH - 4-6 hours ridingRIAD NOMADRide through the village of Tafraout and reach the plateau of Ahbouche Ntkouyte (Lake Tafraout). The terrain is perfect for some decent canters. Ride along the base of Tattihate, between Djbel Mohre and Djbel Zireg. The scenic splendour of the Sahara desert is laid out before you - endless dunes alternating with distant cliffs.
At the end of the day you reach a beautiful inn in the desert valley of Mharech where you spend the night. The inn is located over a hill with stunning views over the valley.
Day 4 4: FOUM MHARECH - REMLIA DUNES - OUZINA DUNES - 4-6 hours ridingInn OUZINA RIMALSet off riding south, through the Tamarisk trees and sand dunes. Your journey takes you across the Chouiref plateau to Tizi n Guidou pass and on to the abandoned village of N'Oubahllou. The orange dunes of Remlia provide a spectacular background for pictures before you ride down to another vast plateau where horses and riders alike will enjoy a gallop. Keeping the mountains and "Mount Tajine" to your left, the ride alternates between long stretches of walk, trots and controlled canters before you reach your inn for the night.
Day 5 5: OUZINA DUNES - JDAID - 4-5 hours ridingAuberge ITRANE SAHARADepart on horseback through the superb dunes at Ouzina. Your trail will take you from the dunes and onto plateaus - from sand to rocky mountain. Your day in the Sahara ends at the village of Taghaoucht-n-Jdaid - a place of water.
Day 6 6: JDAID - MERZOUGA - 5 hours ridingIn the morning, you will ride through various environments until reaching the highest sand dunes in Morocco: Erg Chebbi. Enjoy stunning views while your horses carry you safely through the large seas of dunes. Night in the desert.
Day 7 7: MERZOUGA - OUARZAZATE - 3 hours ridingFINT HOTELYour final morning on horseback takes you from Chebbi Erg to Taouz where you say goodbye to the team and horses. You are then transferred in the direction of Erfoud, Boumlane and Dades along the "road of a thousand kasbahs" until reaching Ouarzazate.
Dinner in town and overnight in a hotel.
Day 8 8: OUARZAZATE - LONDONAfter breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to London. If you are flying from Marrakech then your flight must depart later than 16:00 to allow time for the road transfer (payable locally).
Dates & prices
- Groups are comprised of 2 - 10 riders
- There is a small group supplement if the group has fewer than 3 riders. Rides are confirmed from just two riders with the payment of an additional supplementary charge of c. €300/£260 in 2020
- There is no single room supplementary charge if you are willing to share a room in the hotel in Ouarzazate. It is possible to guarantee a single room for €120/£105 (Ouarzazate only) or €200/£170 for the whole trip.
- There are no direct flights from the UK to Ouarzazate; a transfer from Marrakech airport on payment of an additional transfer charge is possible. This is currently €140 (£130) for the vehicle each way and is payable locally and split between the number of people sharing the transfer. If flying into Marrakech your flight must arrive before 14:00 on day 1 and leave after 15:00 on Day 8.
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.
1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle per rider
1 vehicle and driver
Double/triple room in hotel standard 3/4*
Full board from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8
Price doesn't include
Beverage (except during the trek) and personal extra
Dinner on day 7 is not included in the price
January - February 2020
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March - April 2020
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Minimum riding ability
Minimum riding ability
There is a rider weight limit of 90kg. Please also advice us if you are tall so that we can ensure a suitable horse is available.
Please note that the canters will be single file in places, particularly at the start of the ride, but it may be possible to spread out on some canters later in the week, depending on the abilities of the group.
Tacking ability and participation
Trip conditions and Requested experience
Experience of riding a trail of several days would be an advantage but is not required. Riders who do not ride regularly should ensure they are back in the saddle and riding fit before departure. 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.
English saddles and bridles.
We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit.
In Ouarzazate you stay in a 4 star hotel.
Water is provided on the trail - please bring your own bottle to fill in the mornings.
In the Spring and Autumn months the temperatures are pleasantly warm. In October and April the temperatures can be 35c during the day, dropping to 20c at night whilst in November, February and March it is a little cooler (25c daytime and 12c night).
In the heart of the winter (December/January) the mornings and evenings can be cold, as low as minus 5c. At midday the temperatures will be 18-20c can drop rapidly once the sun sets.
In summer it is too hot to ride (45c) and so no desert trails run in the summer.
Guide and local team
-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
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun and dust
- 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
- 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
- Thermals are a good option for sleeping in, or a t-shirt and shorts for warmer nights
- You can also take a silk or fleece sleeping bag liner for extra comfort
Other useful items
- Water bottle (1.5 litre or two x 1 litre)
- Hand sanitiser
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- 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
- 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
- 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!
Visa & Health
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.
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 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
Tél. : 01.45.20.69.35
- 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
- Moroccan Consulate
97-99 Praed Street, Paddington
W2 1NT London
Tél. : +44 020 7724 0624
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.
Budget and money
• Banknotes 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 dirham
• Coins 1, 5, 10, 20 santimat; ½, 1, 2, 5, and 10 dirham
Telephone and jetlag
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
Did you know?
Did you know?
On this horseback trail in Morocco you stay in riads and desert inns.
Riads are traditional Moroccan houses which are inwardly focussed with an interior courtyard or garden. The main reason for this was the Islamic requirement for privacy for women but they also provided privacy for the whole family and protection from the weather. There are usually no large windows on the exterior walls and all rooms open onto the interior atrium space which often has orange and lemon trees and a fountain.
The walls of riads are adorned with tadelakt plaster and zellige tiles which often depict quotes from the Q'uran in Arabic. Many are very ornate and have been beautifully restored, particularly those in Marrakech and Essaouira.
The riads and inns are very remote and do not provide alcohol, although the fare is delicious and traditional: couscous, tajines, kefta, etc. Water and electricity are precious resources and you will be asked to preserve them as much as possible.