Desert Trail

8 Daysย  |ย  From ยฃ829pp

Morocco ( Best airport: Ouarzazate)

Ride through the stunning Moroccan desert on sure-footed Berber-Arabians, crossing varied and interesting terrain and spending your nights at a comfortable bivouac camp. During the trail you will visit villages, ride through palm groves and cross the Oued Draa river which provides a lifeline for the watermelons and date palms growing nearby.

The Riding

The trail is at all paces throughout the week, with plenty of opportunities to canter.

The terrain is a mix of wide-open space, some mountainous paths as you climb Jebel Bani, and cultivated land.

Level of Riding and Fitness

This trail is suitable for intermediate and experienced riders. The riders should be comfortable and confident in all three paces and have previous experience in riding out in the open. Good riding fitness is required as youโ€™ll be spending 5 hours in the saddle each day, and a love of the outdoors is beneficial! The weight limit is 90kg.

Guides and Group Size

You will be accompanied by two local guides while out on trail. Omar and his team are knowledgeable, friendly & calm, with a lifetime experience of riding, training horses and looking after guests.

The group size is 3-10 riders, but will confirm for 2 riders with a small group supplement.

The Horses

The horses used on this trail are local Berber-Arabians. The breed was created as the perfect warhorse nearly a 1000 years ago by crossing refined Arabians and Barb (Berber) bloodlines. It is the ideal breed for the hot desert environment, being tough and robust with the speed of an Arab. The horses stand at approx. 15hh.

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Accommodation and Dining

The first and last night of the trail is spent in a hotel in Ouarzazate. While out on trail the accommodation will be in bivouac camps, sleeping in collective tents of 6 to 7 people (please bring your own sleeping bag). There is also the option of having your own small dome tent, which is perfect if you are travelling as an individual and want your own space. Your bivouac is equipped with a warm water shower. You will be riding and staying in very rural areas where water can be scarce, and although drinking water is readily available, it may not always be possible to have showers every day.

You will spend evenings sitting around a campfire and enjoying traditional Moroccan meals prepared by a chef.

Allergies and special dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice.

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Itinerary

Desert Trail

8 days / 7 nights/ 6 days riding
ยฃ829pp

ยฃ829 pp sharing
ยฃ59 single supplement (payable if no sharer available)
ยฃ259 small group supplement

Flights & Transfers

Do NOT book flights until you have received the ‘Booking Confirmation Email’ from saddletravel.com

Please arrive at Ouarzazate airport before 2pm on arrival day. Flights departing from Ouarzazate are usually in the morning and stop at Casablanca airport. It is also possible to fly to and from Marrakech airport and get a bus to Ouarzazate Soupratours Bus Station, and then take a taxi to your hotel, which takes about 10 minutes.

Price Includes
  • 6 full days trail riding
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation
  • 5 nights camping
  • Trail riding horse, tack and saddlebags
  • All breakfasts
  • All lunches on trail
  • All evening meals
  • Airport transfers from Ouarzazate
  • All arrangements for duration of holiday
Price Excludes
  • Flights
  • Transfers from Marrakech
  • Tips

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