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1 Day Horse Ride with overnight in Berber Tent

5.0 (4)
3 days 2 nights
Morocco
Difficulty
Easy
Comfort
Basic
Weight limit
90 kg / 198 lb

Join this scenic ride along the river, which takes you to Diabat beach and then through the enchanting eucalyptus and mimosa forest. As you continue, the route leads you to the Omar dunes and a stop at a fishing village where you can arrange for a picnic lunch.

Riding towards the southern destination of Cap Sim, renowned for its expansive sand dunes and have a brief pause to explore this breathtaking site before crossing the forest to reach the authentic bivouac. 

Enjoy the dinner prepared by our cook, who will delight you with typical Moroccan dishes.
 

US$ 154
per tourist for 3 days
Departing from
Essaouira
Tour starts
Available dates
Number of individuals
up to 10 tourists over 14 years old
Only in the Horse Tours Club
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Photo Erika P.
Erika P. is the provider of this trip
The provider speaks: English
In 2006, an enthusiastic horse-riding tourist from Italy came to Morocco to book a horse ride on the (then still small) Ranch de Diabat: Erika. Omar, one of the two brothers who ran the ranch, was her riding guide... This encounter led to a serious relationship and Erika soon left Italy to live and work as a partner on the Ranch in order to realise a shared dream: to propagate trail riding in Morocco throughout the world. Erika had previously worked in tourism and riding is her great hobby. At the Ranch, she is the organiser who takes care of the rides. She is very concerned about the welfare of the horses and contributes with many new ideas to ensure that there is always something new at the Ranch.

Tour highlights

Authentic Experience
Under the Berber tent a 100% Moroccan dinner awaits you with local music
Suitable for All Levels
The route is adapted to the riding level of the group
Enjoy the Breathtaking Views
Diabar beaches, dunes and forests are awaiting you on the way

Route details

Day 1
A day full of adventures

On arrival, you will be greeted by our staff, who will show you the equestrian safety instructions, and you will be able to fill out the rental contract and meet your instructor who will help you choose your size cap.

The start time for this excursion can either be at 10 am with arrival at the bivouac at 4:30 pm or commence later in the morning, concluding at the bivouac at sunset. This scheduling can vary based on the season and the available daylight hours.

You can carry your picnic in your saddlebags, consisting of a variety of salads, chicken kebabs to be cooked at lunchtime, seasonal fruit, bread, water and soft drinks, and tea freshly prepared over a wood fire.
The vegetarian menu consists of: a varied salad, zaalouk (a Moroccan aubergine starter), courgette meatballs, bread, water and soft drinks and tea prepared freshly over a wood fire.
We will take into account any food allergies you may have, which you will indicate when you make your booking.

Beginner riders route
The "beginners" option of horse riding with overnight accommodation begins with a walk along the river, on Diabat beach, and then into the eucalyptus and mimosa forest. It continues to the Omar dunes, and then to the fishing village to arrange a picnic lunch.
The tour resumes towards the south to arrive at Cap Sim and its large sand dunes. After a short break to visit this place, the route crosses the forest to get to the Ranch and then be transported by car to the camp.

Experienced riders route
The "expert riders" option of horse riding with overnight stay starts from the hill and, following the course of the river, towards the village of Ghazoua, before descending the dunes and taking a picnic break in an enchanting forest.
After lunch, the walk resumes towards Cap Sim, on the dunes. You will pass through several fishing villages, until you reach a freshwater spring where animals come to drink freely. You then climb up the wild beaches of Diabat to get to the Ranch and then be transported by car to the camp.

Upon your arrival at the Berber bivouac for the night, you'll discover that the camp is all set for your stay. Your traditional tent is ready to receive you, along with your belongings, which you would have left at the Ranch's reception in the morning. You can enjoy a lukewarm shower and take some time to unwind, perhaps strolling along the seaside beneath the cliff where the bivouac is perched.

For dinner, our skilled chef will prepare delicious Moroccan dishes, thoughtfully accommodating any dietary restrictions or allergies you've previously informed us about.

Following the meal, an evening of merriment awaits you around a cheerful bonfire, complete with musical entertainment featuring bongos and improvising dancing.

Day 2
Returning to the Ranch
Difficulty
Easy
Tour provider's comments

The overnight horse ride is an excursion option accessible to all types of riders. The route is adapted to the riding level of the group. We offer two versions: for beginners and for experts. In addition, the programmes can be modified according to tide times.

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Accommodation

Comfort
Basic
Tent
1 night
1 night
Berber Tent

Don't forget your sleeping bag!

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place
Essaouira
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Tour conditions

Included

  • equipped horses rental; 
  • equestrian guides;
  • helmets;
  • meals;
  • accommodation in collective Berber tents and several igloo tents;
  • transport to and from Essaouira city.

Extras

  • international flights;
  • insurance;
  • alcoholic drinks;
  • hammam and massages;
  • privatisation of the activity possible with additional fee. 


    Tip: It is customary at the end of the trip to leave a tip to the staff who took care of you during the experience, which can vary from 7 to 10% of the value of the trip.

Group size

up to 10 tourists

Duration

3 days
2 nights

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  • Riding clothes: To participate in this horseback riding excursion, please wear long trousers and closed-toe shoes.
  • A long-sleeved shirt to protect from the sun may be recommended, as well as a fleece against the wind for the evening.
  • Also don't forget a hatsunglassessunscreen.
  • Each horse is equipped with a trekking saddle and bags which will allow you to carry your lunch and your personal effects necessary for your day on horseback.
  • Regarding the recharging of your mobile phones and cameras, we recommend that you have a good Power Bank with a lot of battery, because electric recharging via the truck will not always be available.
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Tour reviews

5.0
Based on 4 reviews
  • K
    Kaori
    21 Feb, 2024
    about provider
    What an amazing experience! The staff was friendly, and it was evident that the horses were well taken care of. Ayoub and Khassim were fantastic; they ensured my safety and paired me with a lovely horse named Rohan. Rohan seemed a bit reserved, often gazing at the barn wall—I wondered if he was shy or simply disliked the sun/heat. Nonetheless, he was incredibly patient with me, sensing my nerves as a beginner, and walked at a gentle pace. My husband, who has more experience, rode Etoille, another beautiful horse! The route to the beach was stunning, passing through lush foliage and past an old, ruined palace. Although the quad bikes trailing behind were a bit bothersome, they remained respectful of the horse riders. Overall, a very pleasant ranch experience.
    21 Feb, 2024
  • I
    Irene
    6 Feb, 2024
    about provider
    This ranch has been like family to me for many years, and I trust them with my life. I've known them since childhood but began horse riding treks with them in 2018. Since then, I've made it a point to do at least one trek per year, if not more, and spend most of my summers with them. You can rely on them completely: the treatment of horses and camels is impeccable, with thorough daily checks and care for the quad bikes. The entire ranch team is exceptionally trained for their roles. As for the treks, every option they offer is exceptional, but I recently had the chance to embark on the Sahara trek last week, in early February 2024. Words fail to capture the magnificence of the Moroccan Sahara. When you go with the team, you're assured of well-trained horses for this challenging trek (though prior riding experience is necessary), unforgettable Moroccan cuisine, ample comfort during bivouac nights (spacious tents, excellent showers with new amenities), and perhaps most importantly, a week filled with laughter and camaraderie. I still can't quite believe the incredible experiences I had during that week—the atmosphere was perfect, the horses and people were exceptional, and the Moroccan Sahara was simply breathtaking.
    6 Feb, 2024
  • D
    Dianora
    3 Jan, 2024
    about provider
    I embarked on a 4-day trekking adventure (The Pearl of Essaouira), and it was truly incredible. The ranch was warm, tidy, and impeccably maintained. The team was attentive and skilled, readily addressing our needs. Their dedication to their horses was evident—they were all stunning, robust, and well-mannered. We explored stunning locations and rested in breathtaking spots. I'm already looking forward to another tour with them.
    3 Jan, 2024
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Dates and Prices

  • US$ 154
    5 – 7 Jan, 2025 3 days 2 nights
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