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Our Kroumirie Mountain trail ride is in the northern, green part of Tunisia bordering the Mediterranean Sea.
Ride from the beaches of Tabarka through cork-oak forests to the edge of Fedja national park and the Kroumirie mountain ranges. Follow tracks through this varied landscape and visit the famous archaeological site of Bulla Regia, Roman marble quarries and the museum at Chemtou. There is also the opportunity to experience a traditional Hammam fed by the natural hot springs.
The horses are Barb Arabians ranging in height from 14.2hh to 15.2hh and a mixture of mares and geldings. They are fit and as lean and lithe as race-horses. The pace varies according to the terrain with numerous opportunities for canters. This ride is suitable for intermediate and experienced riders who are happy in all paces on a forward-going horse.
The riding moves on each day and at night you are transferred to comfortable hotels in Tabarka, Ain Draham and Hammam Bourguiba.
The riding itinerary fills the day and there is little time for other activities. However Tunisia is famous for its spa treatments and the hotel in Hammam Bourguiba has a fantastic spa so you may wish to experience a Hammam (traditional steam room).
Breakfast and dinner are taken at your hotels and the buffets offer a selection of Tunisian and European style dishes. At lunch time you have the opportunity to taste the best of Tunisian cuisine prepared by the camp staff who meet you on the trail.
You should be confident at all paces riding a forward going horse. The pace is varied to include all paces, including fast canters. You should be fit enough for some long days in the saddle. There is a weight limit of 85kgs.
The following itinerary is designed many months in advance. Weather and other local conditions may make it necessary to amend the itinerary.
Saturday – Tunis to Tabarka
You will be met on arrival at Tunis airport and transferred by road to Tabarka. If time allows, meet the horses and have a short ride on Tabarka beach. Overnight Tabarka.
Sunday - Tabarka to Hammam Bourguiba
After breakfast meet your horse near the "Pont Cassé". You then have the opportunity for your first canter in the morning straight up Ain Draham mountain. When you arrive at your lunch stop you will be 500m high and the lunch will be laid out ready with Tunisian specialities. After lunch, leave from Babouch towards Bou Fernana through cork oak forests before dropping down towards Hammam-Bourguiba. Overnight Hammam-Bourguiba. For those who wish, there is the possibility to take advantage of the Hammam fed by the natural hot springs.
Monday - Hammam Bourguiba to Ain Draham
After breakfast leave through the magnificent landscapes of the Kroumirie mountains in the direction of Dam Kourbia. You follow the track of Medchreoua and Adissa to make a tour of Adissa mountain by following Barbara lake by the high road. Stop for lunch on the edge of the lake after which you follow the track towards El Grafa. You again cross cork oak forests with views of the sea before reaching Ain Draham village. Overnight Ain Draham.
Tuesday - Ain Draham to Ben Metir
After breakfast, you start the day with an ascent of the Djebel Bir Mountain, peaking at 1050m. On the summit you have a panoramic 360 degree view of the whole route of your ride. After descending the mountain you follow the road towards the lake of Ben Metir, riding between cork oaks and eucalyptus. Have lunch on the banks of the river where the support vehicle is waiting for you. After lunch you ride by Ain Salem, crossing El Oumri river and dike to reach Madhaoui's track. After leaving the horses at Ben Metir, you transfer by road to your hotel in Ain Draham (c.20mins).
Wednesday - Ben Metir to Bulla Regia
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer back to your horses and leave by the track Ain Samia towards Jentouba. Passing Dejbel Aich there is a change in the landscape as you abandon the forest at Guessala river and enter the wide open landscapes of the steppes. Have lunch under the shade of some eucalyptus trees. Later leave by Guesala bridge and ride in the direction of the archeological site of Bulla Regia. There is a great opportunity to canter through the open steppes. After leaving your horse at the Drissi riding base you transfer back to the hotel at Ain Draham (c.25mins).
Thursday - Bulla Regia to Chemtou
Today is a cultural day. You leave by vehicle to visit the ancient Roman site of Bulla Regia (approximately 1 to 1.30 hours drive). After exploring the site you return to Drissi where your horses are waiting for you. You ride in the direction of Chemtou through the hills of Herche and fields of olive trees towards Medjerda, before following the river up to the Roman marble quarries. On your arrival at Chemtou leave the horses and visit the marble quarries and Chemtou museum. Return to your hotel at Ain Draham (c. 35mins).
Friday - Chemtou to Sidi Said
For your last day on horseback, you leave by the amphitheatre and the Roman aqueduct to gallop in the direction of Madjerda. End your ride at the small village of Sidi Said. Berbers are still living here and training their horses traditionally for ‘Fantasia’, a traditional equestrian performance practiced during cultural festivals. It is time to say goodbye to your horses and transfer back to the hotel in Ain Draham (c.1 hour 30mins).
Saturday - Ain Draham to Tunis
After breakfast at your hotel you will be transferred to Tunis airport for your flight home.
Upcoming DatesRides can be scheduled from May 15th until July 15th for groups of five or more riders. Please contact us to request a date. It may also be possible to join an existing group - please ask for details.
KROUMIRIE MOUNTAIN RIDE PRICE (7 nights) please enquire for details.
INCLUDES Accommodation; full board; riding; transfers.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT $0payable (refunded if we find you a sharer).
PAYABLE LOCALLY Drinks; spa treatments; tips.
NEAREST AIRPORT Tunis. There are direct flights to Tunis from London Heathrow (Tunis Air) and London Gatwick (British Airways).
TRANSFERS Included from Tunis.
NOT INCLUDED International flights to Tunis (flights from London are approximately £200).
In The Saddle Gallery
This ride is in Northern Tunisia near to the Mediterranean Sea. The landscape is green and varied. The nearest airport is Tunis.
Northern Tunisia has a typical Mediterranean climate with cool wet winters and hot dry summers. From May to June the temperature can be 25°C - 35°C. It can be a little hotter in July.
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