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The day time desert temperatures are usually ideal and the terrain is great for some fast, exciting riding.
Ride to a different riad each night with plenty of cantering in-between. The landscape is ever changing as you ride through dry and austere mountains, sand dunes and occasional small oasis.
The horses are mainly stallions. They are Barb and crossbred Barb/Arabian.
They are well trained, fit, forward going and they behave well on the trail. As on all trails but of even more importance when riding stallions, you must keep a distance from other horses at all times.
The tack is good quality English-style saddles. Guests normally assist with grooming and tacking up their horse. Assistance is on hand at all times.
The riding is a mix of paces to suit the terrain. In some places it will be slow, either because it is very rocky or the ground is very soft. Where possible there are plenty of fast canters and gallops which may be along hard tracks.
You need to be confident riding in open spaces and in control at a fast pace. You must also be physically fit as well as riding fit since there is some walking on foot on steeper descents. These holidays are not suitable for nervous riders.
Each night you stay at a comfortable riad or lodge in small communities in the desert. Because of the small number of rooms at some of the riads there is a limit to the number of guaranteed single rooms.
The food in Morocco will be a highlight of the holiday. A meal typically begins with hot and cold salads, followed by a tagine which may be served with couscous.
Alcohol is not provided and not easily purchased during the trail, nor is it always sold at the smaller riads or guesthouses. There are some shops where you can buy alcohol in Marrakesh and Ouarzazate, but the choice is very limited and can be expensive. You should bring your own alcohol from home or from duty-free if you wish.
This itinerary is scheduled during the cooler months of the year and will be guaranteed to run with two guests in the group. If these dates don't suit, please check the camping itineraries: Desert Trails.
|Holiday||Experience LevelExp Lvl||Arrive - DepartArr - Dep||Price||Itinerary||Availability|
|Horses, Dunes & Nomads||2 Apr 2023 - 9 Apr 2023||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,768.61||Book|
|Horses, Dunes & Nomads||9 Apr 2023 - 16 Apr 2023||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,768.61||Book|
|Horses, Dunes & Nomads||22 Oct 2023 - 29 Oct 2023||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,768.61||Book|
|Horses, Dunes & Nomads||29 Oct 2023 - 5 Nov 2023||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,768.61||Book|
|Horses, Dunes & Nomads||12 Nov 2023 - 19 Nov 2023||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,647.67||Book|
|Horses, Dunes & Nomads||19 Nov 2023 - 26 Nov 2023||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,647.67||Book|
|Horses, Dunes & Nomads||3 Dec 2023 - 10 Dec 2023||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,647.67||Book|
|Horses, Dunes & Nomads||10 Dec 2023 - 17 Dec 2023||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,647.67||Book|
|Horses, Dunes & Nomads||24 Dec 2023 - 31 Dec 2023||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,723.26||Book|
|Horses, Dunes & Nomads||31 Dec 2023 - 7 Jan 2024||7 nights 7 ngts||$1,723.26||Book|
SMALL GROUP SUPPLEMENTS If there are only two people confirmed, there is a supplement of $453.49 per person. This will be removed once there are three or more people confirmed.
INCLUDES Accommodation; full board (from dinner on night of arrival to breakfast on last morning); riding and transfers from Ouarzazate.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT A supplement of $251.94 is payable if you are in a single room. If you are prepared to share this will be refunded once a sharer is found. Please note that single rooms are subject to availability.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Lunch on arrival or departure day; drinks in hotels; alcoholic beverages; tips.
NEAREST AIRPORT Ouarzazate.
TRANSFERS Are included from Ouarzazate. It is possible to be transferred from Marrakesh and this is an additional €150 per vehicle each way (payable locally and shared between all those in the vehicle).
Your first and last night is in Ouarzazate and transfers from Ouarzazate airport are included (there may be a small charge if arriving/departing in the early hours).
We can also arrange transfers from Marrakesh airport or a hotel for an additional charge. Your flight should arrive into Marrakesh before 14:00 to allow for the 4 hour transfer to Ouarzazate. Return flights should depart from Marrakesh after 16:00 to allow for the transfer back from Ouarzazate. These transfers are shared and so you may have to wait for others arriving at a slightly later time.
In the south of Morocco near to the Sahara desert.
This is a Desert Trail which runs in winter months. Day time temperatures may rise to 20°C, but the nights will feel cold.
The horses were fun to ride, with loads of personality and energy. The scenery was amazing, with the landscape changing from soft dunes to rocky mountains and dried out lakes. The riding was mostly at walk, but every day offered the opportunity for some fun, fast canters and gallops! I have never experienced the same level of personal service with other agencies. I will definetively use In the saddle again! I have been on many riding holidays, and this was definetively one of my favourites. The trail takes you to through a really remote part of the Sahara desert, were you don´t see any other people. Super loved it!
Lina ,OsloOverall rating: 5/5
Try to pack as lightly as possible because you will have to carry your bags to and from your bedroom each day.
In The Saddle says
Amazing riding in a remote desert environment with a welcome appearing from no-where in a comfortable riad.