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Berber Villages Ride

5.0 (4)
8 days 7 nights
Morocco
Difficulty
Moderate
Comfort
Basic
Weight limit
90 kg / 198 lb

Join us on an eight-day trek covering a total radius of 180 km, with six days on horseback winding through mountains and stunning beaches between Agadir and Essaouira. 

Explore Berber villages, witness traditional lifestyles, and observe daily activities like fetching water with donkeys and plowing fields with a unique pair of dromedary and mule. Experience the simplicity of life, from children walking for miles on foot all together to go to the village school to the aroma of freshly baked bread in handmade ovens. 

Each evening, gather around the bonfire at the bivouac to share experiences and savor freshly prepared Moroccan cuisine. 

Enjoy magical moments connecting with your horse and, upon reaching Essaouira's beach, experience an exhilarating gallop for a memorable ending of the trip.

US$ 998
per tourist for 8 days
Departing from
Essaouira
Tour starts
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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

Try the Authentic Cuisine
Our cook will be able to give you delights and make you taste the typical cuisine of Morocco
Feel the Atlantic Ocean
Beautiful deserted beaches along the southern coast
See Berber Villages
Observe the local population in their rhythms of life of other times

Route details

Day 1
Arrival

Arrival at Marrakech or Essaouira airport, welcome and transfer to Essaouira. Briefing with the trekking guide. 

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 2
Exploring Morocco
Day 3
Exploring Morocco
Day 4
Exploring Morocco
Day 5
Exploring Morocco
Day 6
Exploring Morocco
Day 7
Exploring Morocco
Day 8
Departure
Difficulty
Moderate
Tour provider's comments

In order to participate in our treks, you must be comfortable in the three gaits and have the habit of being outdoors. It would be better if you had already done a full day on horseback, if you wish, it is possible to come to us a few days before the trek to benefit from lessons and to know your level. The different equestrian levels will be managed with more guides in order to guarantee the fun for every rider both beginner and with a good equestrian level.

horse

Accommodation

Comfort
Basic
Tent
5 nights
Hotel
2 nights
5 nights
Berber Tent
  • The accommodation during the trek will be in collective tents for 6 people, or if you wish, in a 2-person igloo tent.
  • Your bivouac is equipped with a warm water shower
  • Meals : your meals are prepared by our chef, who will make you discover the richness of Moroccan cuisine. The menu takes into account participants' special diets or food allergies, which will all be communicated in the registration form.
2 nights
Hotel

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place
Essaouira
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Tour conditions

Included

  • equipped horses rental; 
  • equestrian guides;
  • meals;
  • accommodation in collective Berber tents and several igloo tents;
  • transfer from and to the airport of Marrakech or Essaouira to the starting point of the trek.

Extras

  • international flights;
  • insurance;
  • alcoholic drinks.


    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

8 days
7 nights

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

The perfect suitcase

  • Soft and non-rigid suitcase
  • Take t-shirts, cotton clothes, long sleeve shirt against the sun, fleece against the wind, two / three riding pants, waterproof poncho
  • Hiking boots or shoes, gaiters or leggings, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • Don't forget your sleeping bagnight light, tissues, underwear and medication to prevent intestinal infections. 
  • Each horse is equipped with a trekking saddle and bags that will allow you to carry your lunch and the personal effects necessary for your day on horseback. Sensitive people are advised to wear sheepskin as protection over the saddle, which is readily available in horse riding shops in Morocco and abroad.
  • Don't forget the water bottle.
  • Regarding the charging of your mobile phones and cameras, we recommend that you have a good Power Bank with a lot of battery, because electric charging via the truck will not be available every day.
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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$ 998
    5 – 12 Oct 8 days 7 nights
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  • US$ 998
    7 – 14 Dec 8 days 7 nights
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