Sahara Desert Horse Trek Morrocco (Nov 2018 - Jan 2019)
This Sahara Horse trek is a nomadic adventure on a horseback thru the desert.
We will travel like nomads on a horse back and sleep in tents. There is nothing on the way, just the vast desert and berber villages. If you have a nomadic should this retreat is for you.
Route: Marrakech – Zagora – M’Hamid – Zagora –(Aint Bin Haddou) – Marrakech
The group is limited to 8 partecipants.
It is required to have some horse riding experience.
Arrival to Marrakech.
We pick you up from the airport and take to the riad. Accommodation is in small, stylish, typical moroccan hotels in medina. All day is for visiting the city, shopping, drinking coffee outside, tasting Morrocan food and enjoy the stay.
After breakfast in riad we start journey to the desert. We are heading towards the south-west part of Sahara, passing through Atlas mountains. The way will take us all day – approximately 7 hours with a lunch break.
Early evening we reach Zagora – the city where we are going to spent the night. We sleep in a camping or in a guest house, nearby the horses. Supper is prepared by our chief.
After taking breakfast we get on horses. We are heading south, passing through berber villages, rocky desert, river beds. We make 1 hour lunch break in oasis (the lunch is prepared by our chief, packed and taken by us to the travelling bag). It is calm day with one or two counters, a little of trot and a lot of walking. Our first camp is near the mountains, under the palm trees.
We continue our trip to the south. We enter more deserted place where only nomad people live with their animals. In the second part of the day the big sandy dunes of desert appears. We will make a camp among them.
We continue walking on the dunes – carefully and slowly to make it easier for horses. Today we will reach M’hamid – the last village on the South in Morocco and we will pass the gate of Sahara in the mountains. We are not going to make camp that day – we will sleep in big nomad tents on camping in M’hamid.
We leave the dunes and the sand. Desert will become more though with a little bit of green small grass and acacias. And with great open plains. Our camp will be settled just behind the mountains.
We start by approaching the mountains. Passing through rocky desert, entering the berber village and eating lunch there. In the second part of the day we need to cross the mountains – it take us 40 minutes to get up and 40 minutes to get down. We make it on foot, it is a little too hard for horses to pass it with us on the back, so we will take reins in hand and walk by the horses.
It is the last day on horseback. We leave the desert behind and reach Zagora again. The day is full of galloping.
In afternoon we can go to visit the city, make some shopping in the souk.
We go to visit a film studio in Ourzazate, then stay in Aint Ben Haddou – place known from the old kashba, popular among the directors who needs to have scene with desert in their films. The view from kashba is amazing.
Returning to Marrakesh – spending the night there.
Almost every night we make fire and spent evening together drinking wine. In the camp we sleep under the tents. We have also special tent as a bathroom – we can take shower every day (but still we have camp conditions.... we have hot water and a tent but that’s all).
All meals are prepared by our chief every day - we eat fresh vegetables, fruits, for dinner we have tagin (slow-cooked meat with vegetables), for lunch - rice or pasta with vegetables, eggs, fish.
Almost every day we spend in saddle up to 5 hours. After 2,5 hours of riding we make 1 hour lunch break. We gallop every day.
Euro 1990 per person - last minute prices payed in last 2 weeks before the retreat
Euro 1750 per person - standard prices
Euro 1500 per person - early bird prices for payments at least 90 days before the retreat
Includes: all accomodations, transfers, horses, guides, transfer of luggage, meals during the horse trip
Not included: plane tickets, insurance, meals on the first and last day in Marrakech and lunch on the way to and from Zagora
Bookings and contact:
Lyn, assistant to Thomas White Eagle
Private retreats are available by special arrangement for groups of 4 or more.