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Riding in Morocco offers a true horseback adventure through iconic desert scenery and thrilling canters across vast empty landscapes on the back of true desert stallions.

Our horse riding holidays in Morocco offer trails through various landscapes. Adventure through the world-famous Sahara deserts to discover date palm oases and the Berber communities that live there. Journey through the stunning, and sometimes even snow-capped, Atlas Mountains or gallop down the smooth white beaches and rugged coastline of Essaouira.

Enjoy horse riding in Morocco during any season. This year-round destination particularly comes into its own for those looking to escape for some winter sun! Morocco is easily accessible, and whilst being only a stone’s throw away from Europe, offers a vastly different and rich cultural experience. You can easily extend your trail ride to include a few days of experiencing the incredible city of Marrakesh and all it has to offer. We welcome all types of travellers, from single riders, couples, families, or groups of friends – as long as you have a sense of adventure, there is a ride for you!

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EXPLORE HORSE SAFARIS IN MOROCCO

Horse riding Holiday in Morocco following the coastal trail

7 nights: From USD $GBP £EUR €1137ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Essaouira Coastal Trail Ride

  • 7 Nights
  • Morocco
  • Scenery Focused Horse Safari
From the exotic argan forests to the endless beaches, the exhilaration of riding Moroccan coast is second to none.
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Horse riding in the High Atlas Mountains

7 nights: From USD $GBP £EUR €1247ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

High Atlas Mountains on Horseback

  • 7 Nights
  • Morocco
  • Scenery Focused Horse Safari
An exhilarating horseback adventure crossing the High Atlas mountain range to discover Morocco’s best-kept secrets.
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Horse riding in Morocco

7 nights: From USD $GBP £EUR €1683ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing

Horses, Dunes & Nomads in Morocco

  • 7 Nights
  • Morocco
  • Scenery Focused Horse Safari
Set out on horseback into the depths of the Sahara Desert where you'll be immersed in this unique nomadic culture.
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OVERVIEW OF HORSE SAFARIS IN MOROCCO

From the rugged Atlas Mountains to the sweeping Sahara Desert and coastal trails along the Atlantic and Mediterranean, there are plenty of picturesque terrains to explore on horseback. Horse riding holidays in Morocco are for the adventurous intermediate and above riders. The rides are trail-based, cover vast distances and cross some challenging terrain. On all these rides you are mounted on Barb or Barb Arabian horses, most of which are stallions. They have big hearts and small feet – perfectly adapted to the terrain.

The pace is varied, walking along the trickier sections before picking up the pace as the trails become wider. Most of the canters are single file, but on some routes, it’s possible to spread out and race across the sands if the terrain allows. You must be willing and able to groom, saddle and bridle your own horse. On some trails, it is also necessary to dismount and lead your horse across tricky sections – but you will be rewarded with incredible views!

Ride locations

ESSAOUIRA

Pronounced ‘Essa-weir-a’ it has evolved into a chic seaside town but continues to have a busy port and boat-building industry. You can watch the local fishermen in action as they perch on the rocks, stroll along the ramparts, get lost in the bustling medina or watch the sun go down on the beautiful large beach. Riding through the Argan forests, you’re greeted by unforgettable views of vast empty beaches below. For some of the best beach riding in the world, Essaouira is hard to beat

Horse riding holidays in Essaouira
Ride across endless beaches in Essaouira

SAHARA DESERT

Morocco is perhaps most famous for being part of the Sahara Desert. The Sahara is the largest hot desert in the world and the third-largest desert after Antarctica and the Arctic. For those wanting to explore this unique desert, ride through the south-central part of Morocco. Our desert trail begins in Ouarzazate, the ‘door of the desert’. Ride from here to discover the varying desert landscapes and scenery, ranging from iconic high dunes, open plateaus and the oasis-filled Draa Valley. Several films, such as Lawrence of Arabia, have been shot here

Horse Riding in the Sahara Desert
Ride across the Sarhara desert

HIGH ATLAS MOUNTAINS

For those seeking adventure, a bucket-list horseback trail is high in the Atlas Mountains. Spend your days horse riding through the dramatic peaks, weaving in and out of pine, oak and cedar woodlands, open pastureland, and past clean small lakes. The views are sometimes dizzying as you ride along the narrow paths, putting all your trust in your sure-footed steed

Horse riding in the High Atlas Mountains
The High Atlas offers phenomenal views

Safari Highlights

RIDING STALLIONS
The horses are mainly stallions, with the herd made up of Barb and crossbred Barb/Arabians. They are responsive, forward-going, fit and know their job – making for excellent trail horses and fun riding 


CHALLENGING RIDING
The riding here is for those who are confident in the saddle and able to control their mount in open landscapes and at a fast pace. It is advisable to be physically fit as you will need to lead your horse on foot up or down steeper terrain at some stages during your ride. This is a real adventure for those up for a challenge!


VARIED TERRAIN
You will experience a mix of paces; set to suit whichever terrain you are riding over. You can experience some periods of slower riding as you cover rocky or very soft ground. However, these are interspersed with fast canters and ‘release-you-inner-cowgirl’ gallops


RIDE ACROSS THE SAHARA DESERT
Experience the magic of the Sahara Desert on a horse safari. Ride across vast sand dunes, witness stunning sunsets, and camp under the stars for a truly unforgettable adventure. Local guides can lead you through the desert, providing insights into the unique flora and fauna adapted to this arid environment


IMMERSING YOURSELF IN A UNIQUE CULTURE
Morocco has so much to offer travellers with its ancient history, exotic culture, unique lifestyle, and traditional food. Horses are a big part of their culture, and they are very important to the local community, so riders are always warmly welcomed


 

GETTING YOUR HANDS DIRTY
Horses are an important part of the Moroccan culture and a riding holiday allows you to see the special role they play. You will get a very hands-on experience in Morocco and form a unique bond with your horse throughout your stay. You will get to groom your own horse, look after them throughout your horse riding holiday and learn a different riding style. Fall asleep under the stars with your trusty steed tethered nearby

Dark horse cantering in front of clay building
Ride incredible Barb and Arab Stallions
Horse riding in Morocco
Expect some challenging riding and ever-changing terrain
Horse riding in Morocco
Take on the desert on horseback

Activities

LOCAL MARKETS
Immerse yourself in the local markets of the communities around you. Here you will get the chance to buy traditional spices, handwoven baskets, pottery and other antiques that you can take home as a reminder of your adventure!


CAMP UNDER THE STARS
Take in the night sky with your horses tethered nearby. Enjoy an open fire whilst chatting amongst your new friends under the starlit sky – a surreal experience.  The clear night skies offer a perfect backdrop for star gazing.


LOCAL FISHING VILLAGES
Witness the local fishermen bring in their catch of the day and learn more about what goes into the authentic process. Get the chance to enjoy unbelievably fresh fish just out of the ocean and cooked on an open fire!


HISTORIC CITIES
Morocco is home to ancient cities like Marrakech, Fes, and Casablanca. Explore their narrow winding streets, visit historic palaces and mosques, and immerse yourself in the vibrant markets known as souks. Don’t miss the iconic Djemaa el-Fna square in Marrakech


SCENIC FLIGHTS & HELICOPTER FLIPS
Morocco’s culture is a blend of Arab, Berber, and European influences. During your horse riding holiday, you can engage in cultural experiences such as traditional tea ceremonies or learn to cook flavorful tagines and couscous dishes


PHOTOGRAPHY
Capture the vibrant colors, diverse landscapes, and unique architecture of Morocco through photography tours. From bustling markets to scenic landscapes, there’s ample opportunity for stunning shots.

Pouring tea out of silver kettle
Learn about Tea Ceremonies
Essaouira town in Morocco
Visit the local fishing villages
Man working leather in Morroco
The local markets are a fascinating place to spend a few hours

Accommodation

There is a variety of accommodation options whilst horse riding in Morocco. The Essaouira and Atlas Mountain rides have a mix of hotel stays and a simple mobile camp which will be moved on each day. As you ride the distance between camps, a support vehicle will be there to meet you for a delicious lunch and then head out ahead to set up camp for your arrival. The camp consists of shared dome tents and a large mess tent for eating and relaxing. Guests will often be asked to help set out the tents and the horses will be tethered nearby.

For our Desert trail, you will spend each night at a comfortable riad (local inn) or lodge in small communities in the desert. There is a smaller number of rooms at some of the riads, so there is a limit to the number of guaranteed single rooms. The riding will not be the only highlight of your holiday…The food is also excellent. Typically, meals begin with hot and cold salads and is followed by a tagine which may be served with couscous. Alcohol is not provided and not easily purchased during your trip. Therefore, it is best if you bring your own alcohol from home or from duty-free if you wish.

Riad on a horse riding holiday in Morocco
Stay in local riads during your trail
Camping in the Sahara desert on a horse safari
The camping safaris offer an authentic trail ride

Moroccan Culture

Morocco is a wonderful mix of both Africa and the Middle East in one. Having both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines and a rugged mountainous interior meant Morocco remained largely independent for centuries. The culture of Morocco is as diverse as its landscapes. Many consider its culture to be a blend of ethnic tradition and religion, reflecting the Berber, African, Arabs, and Jewish influence. During your trails, you will find the Berber influence is the most prominent way of life of the Moroccan people out in the desert and high in the Atlas Mountains. The cuisine differs from region to region, but the meals cooked for you after a long day in the saddle are mainly those of the Berbers. Trail ride into new scenery as well as a totally new culture.

Moroccan man with Camel
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MOROCCO SAFARI FAQS

How safe is Morocco?

From the moment you touchdown in Morocco you will have 24-hour support throughout your trip. You will be greeted upon arrival and from then on will be looked after by the knowledgeable team on the ground. Being part of a group makes these rides great for even solo travellers. The risk to travellers in Morocco is low, and no more dangerous than popular places you might visit in the US or Europe.

What to wear in Morocco?

Morocco’s dress code is relaxed for tourists. However, it is a largely conservative nation and therefore it is considered respectful to the culture to follow suit. We recommend long loose-fitting trousers, jeans and tops that cover the shoulders when not riding. When horse-riding, usual riding attire is absolutely fine, but long sleeves are best for sun protection.

When is the best time for a horse trail in Morocco?

Morocco has different riding locations all year round. It is lush and green during the Spring months (mid-March to May), before summer sets in, making it the perfect time to head to the High Atlas Mountains. As summer approaches head to Morocco’s Atlantic coastline where the breeze keeps you cool. In winter venture deep into the Moroccan desert. The desert trails run from October to April with highs of 20DC during the day, making great riding weather.

Can you add a stay in Marrakesh to your horse-riding holiday in Morocco?

Absolutely, it is extremely easy to add on 2 to 5 nights exploring everything Marrakesh has to offer.  Experience the exotic, mysterious and enchanting city. Explore the old medina, weave your way through the bustling souks, and the hectic main square of the Jemaa el Fna – A sensory explosion. Marrakech is also a buzzing modern city, with an increasingly happening culture and nightlife.

Do I need a visa to visit Morocco?

Currently, travellers from Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States can enter Morocco for up to 90 days for the purpose of tourism without a visa (please check ahead of travel).

RECENT MOROCCO REVIEWS

It was amazing. I had a blast!
I just came back from my trip to Morocco and it was amazing! African Horse Safaris tips prepared me very well for the trip, and the team was always so responsive. Our guides, cook and driver were always so thoughtful and helpful. My favourite part was galloping on the beach. It was something I absolutely wanted to do at least once in my life. All the horses were great and well taken care of. I loved that we saw so many different landscapes, from beaches, to sand dunes, to mountains, and argan trees. I had a blast and will definitely do more horseback riding trips in my life.

Anne HuEssaoira Coastal Trail - Morocco

Exceptionally great experience!
I joined the Horse, Dunes and Nomads Trail Ride in Morocco and it was an exceptionally great experience! The horses, the local people and the landscapes were absolutely great! I'll never forget that amazing adventure.

Sharon J HellerHorses, Dunes and Nomads - Morocco

What an epic adventure!
Just got back from a horse safari in Morocco. What an epic adventure! The most beautiful Arab Barb stallions, incredible guides and the landscape was off the charts! AHS was so on it, responsive and I was not unsure about any element before I set off. This will be the 1st of many adventures like this I am certain of it! Thank you Gals - you totally rocked it.

Jeanne WatsonEssaoira Coastal Trail - Morocco

Oh my gosh, it was WONDERFUL!
I loved it. Morocco is such a beautiful country. The guides were awesome, the horses were well trained, the views were breathtaking. And galloping on the beach was utterly exhilarating!!!I Can’t wait for my next trip. South Africa/Botswana is up next. The hotels in Marrakesh are not the most appealing, but good for a short stay and the city is interesting to explore. Aside from that, it was so perfect. Thank you for all your help along the way. This was the perfect intro to riding trips for me.

Safa PeeraEssaoira Coastal Trail - Morocco

I can’t say enough!
I just finished an incredible ride in the Atlas Mountains out of Marrekesh. Seeing Morocco on horseback is the only way to be able to absorb the culture and beauty of this country, in my opinion. I always feel fortunate that I have the skills to see the world this way. We rode through villages with no roads for cars, rode steep ascents and descents, and waved to the village kids when riding through. There were a few fast canters, but not the point for this ride. Mohamed and crew were wonderful, charming, hospitable, helpful, so fun and funny. The food was fresh and healthy and delicious. I can’t say enough about the horses. Fit, smart, sure footed, and responsive. Beautiful too. On to my next adventure in Botswana, then onto South Africa for a third ride all back to back, booked through the helpful crew of African Horse Safaris. Amazing so far!!

Gretchen PickettHigh Atlas Horse Safari - Morocco

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