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Essaouira Safaris & wildlife activities

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From Essaouira: 1-Hour Horse Ride

1. From Essaouira: 1-Hour Horse Ride

Do something different during your time in Essaouira and spend an hour exploring the beautiful countryside on horse back. Benefit from pick-up at your hotel, if located outside the medina, and then make your way to the Ranch de Diabat, approximately 3 kilometers south of the city center. Benefit from a horse ride that can be adapted to your equestrian skills and ride at a gentle pace if your are a beginner, or gallop on the endless beaches if your are more advanced. First, head towards the river with your faithful companion and discover the ruins of the old palace of the sultan Mohammed III, who revived the fortunes of the city when he invited Jews and the English to trade there. Continue along the sandy beach and get stunning views of the Portuguese castle on Mogador island in the Atlantic Ocean. Return to the ranch through the forest for the end of the services.

From Essaouira: Scenic Diabat Horseback Ride with Transfer

2. From Essaouira: Scenic Diabat Horseback Ride with Transfer

Enjoy the untouched nature around Diabat on horseback, isn't it a dream? Endless, wide empty beaches, high sand dunes, the view over the ocean, you will enjoy that during the one-hour ride. On the way back, you will touch the sparse Mimosa and Tuja forest. Trust yourself for two hours to one of our Arabian Berber horses! You will be enthusiastic! These horses are known for their human orientation, reliability, endurance and good character. Our horses are specially selected to be very good with beginners and are regularly ridden by good riders. You will be accompanied by one of our reliable riding instructors. We will ride over the endless sandy beaches, where even a dream canter will be possible for experienced riders. The ride will be adapted to the ability of the participants. Before the start, everyone will get a small introduction to the secrets of riding. Max. riders' weight: 90kg

Essaouira: 3-Hour Dromedary Ride and Berber Tent Overnight

3. Essaouira: 3-Hour Dromedary Ride and Berber Tent Overnight

Discover life in Moroccan caravans and nomad camps on a one-day tour overnight. Explore the regions surrounding Essaouira and Diabat. Climb aboard a dromedary for a three-hour tour past the Oued River, the sandy beaches opposite the island of Mogador, and the ruins of the Black Sultan's Palace.  Cross the forest filled with thuya, mimosa, and eucalyptus to reach the large Omar dunes and a small fishing village. After a break near a freshwater spring, where free-range cows drink, return to Ranch de Diabat. Travel then by car to the Berber camp, situated about 30 minutes from the ranch within a picturesque landscape. Upon arrival, you'll be greeted with traditional mint tea and Moroccan pastries to enjoy under the tent equipped with mattresses and low tables. Settle into the wonderful location right by the sea, among beaches and cliffs, before witnessing the beautiful sunset from the camp. For dinner, the chef will serve an authentic Moroccan meal including meat, fish, or vegetable tagine, Beldi bread, and seasonal fruit. At bedtime, get comfortable in your tent in the heart of Souirie nature. The next morning, wake for a Moroccan breakfast of bread, cheese, orange juice, coffee, milk, and tea. Drive back to the ranch where you will have the opportunity to take a shower. Conclude the tour with hotel drop-off in Essaouira.

Essaouira: Full-Day Horse Riding Tour with Lunch

4. Essaouira: Full-Day Horse Riding Tour with Lunch

This full-day activity is suitable for horse riders of all abilities, from beginner to advanced. Starting from the Ranch de Diabat, your guide will take you on a route that first runs along the river. Stop to see the ruins of the Black Sultan’s palace before riding along a sandy beach. Admire the views of the Portuguese castle on the island of Mogador. Riders of intermediate or advanced ability will have the option of a longer tour, heading a bit inland. After a picnic lunch at noon, you’ll ride along the sand dunes, past fishermen’s cottages, and to a fresh water spring. The tour continues through a forest and then returns to the ranch. The pace of the tour will be adapted according to your preference and ability.

From Essaouira: Beachside Quad Bike Tour with Transfer

5. From Essaouira: Beachside Quad Bike Tour with Transfer

After your welcome at the Ranch you will get first safety instructions for the use of the quad and the right safety helmet will be chosen for you. Then there will be a short test driving to give you safety on the quad. Our quad rides are adapted to the participants, so it is also possible to participate with children. After that we start along the river towards the ocean. In the bushes on the banks of the river there are many different species of birds, which we can observe during a short break. Arrived at the ocean, we head south over the wide, seemingly endless sandy beach. You will pass by fresh water springs where various animals such as cows, donkeys and dromedaries often refresh themselves. We reach the Omar dunes, which are a pleasure to climb by quad bike. The southernmost point we will reach is Cap Sim; we are between 2 seas: Two seas border each other, one made up of high dunes and the other of waves, a real magic. The dunes here seem to be constantly moved by the wind. We will return on a winding road more inland, passing through the mimosa and Tuja Forest.

Essaouira: 3-Hour Horseback Ride

6. Essaouira: 3-Hour Horseback Ride

Begin your ride at the ranch where you will head out from by horseback to explore the surrounding region. As you set off in the direction of the river, continue on to visit the ruins of the old Palace of the Black Sultan. Afterward, trot along the sandy beach and take in the views of the Portuguese castle on the island of Mogador. Pass by fishermen's huts and a watering hole for cows as you get to know the landscape.  On the way back to the ranch cross through the lush forest before concluding your ride. The speed of your ride is adapted according to your equestrian skills. Max rider's weight 90kg

From Essaouira: Horseback Tour with Overnight Berber Camp

7. From Essaouira: Horseback Tour with Overnight Berber Camp

This ride is adapted to the riding level of the participants and is therefore also available for beginners. The easier tour for less experienced riders follows the wide, deserted beach of Diabat towards the south, in order to have lunch (which was carried in the saddle bags) in a shady place after about 3 hours of riding, followed by a rest and then return to the ranch by a different route through the Mimosa and Tuja forest. The route for experienced riders goes inland, along a river, and continues uphill to the village of Ghazoua, from where you descend again towards the ocean. Lunch, carried in the saddlebags, is taken in a shady forest area sheltered from the wind. After the lunch break, we will go back to the ranch along the Infinite Sand Beach, where a dream canter is possible. From the ranch the participants will be transported to our Berber camp by car. A typical mint tea and Moroccan pastries are already waiting there. Since our bivouac is located on the beach, in the evening you can watch how the sun sinks into the sea and the dark blue sky is slowly illuminated by countless stars. Our cook serves a typical Moroccan dinner, prepared directly on site from fresh ingredients, which is eaten in front of the tent. The evening ends with a campfire, traditionally told stories, drum sounds and possibly singing. After a restful night in the Berber tent, the next morning we will have a rich breakfast before our driver takes the participants back to Diabat by car.

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What people are saying about Essaouira

A great experience, the stallions were incredibly well trained and very well cared for, they seemed healthy and happy. The environment was great and there were actually only two of us with the riding companion. Even as a beginner, you were allowed to ride very independently - I, as someone with at least rudimentary previous experience, thought it was great. However, my friend would have liked more guidance on his first ride and felt a bit lost in the meantime. I will gladly come again!

We had an incredible experience horse riding through the sand dunes, palace ruins and on the beach. We were collected from central Essaouira and driven to the ranch, where we were briefed and assigned horses based on experience. As beginners, our guide was very knowledgeable and helped with our horse riding technique. Overall, the experience was great fun and I would highly recommend.

Amazing experience, truly! Guides and drivers fun and polite, horses lovely! The only downside was that they picked us up 20 minutes later than booked so we had to shorten our time riding because we had our transport bsck to Marrakesh booked. So if you want to book, count 2,5 hours for this activity (to include transport there and back to the ranch and a possibke delay)

A warm welcome, the staff were very nice and pleasant. The ride was lively thanks to the monitors who communicated with us throughout. Small flats too much waiting time but it was worth it

A wonderful experience, great attention to customers and great care for horses