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Desert Trail

8 days 7 nights
980 per person
Desert Trail
The ride in the desert is a beautiful horse trekking that is divided into two major stages.
The first begins in the town of Tameghourte southeast of Zagora. The route allows you to visit the village of Ouled Driss, before crossing the large palm grove of "Draa", where you can admire the proliferation of splendid small gardens that surround the ancient castles of Morocco.

The second allows you to cross large spaces, sometimes covered by dunes (erg), or by rocks (reg), given away by the great Sahara.

During this experience you will have the opportunity to gallop on the large sandy shelves, walk side by side with your faithful Arab Berber steed, as you climb to the top of Jebel Bani admiring the plain below, with a view to take your breath away.

You will cross the Oued Draa, a river that allows the cultivation of date palms and watermelons, and gives life to the small villages that surround it.

You will pass through the Tuareg villages, along the ancient tracks of the famous Paris-Dakar.

Every day will be an incredible discovery, where the temperature range will put you to the test, and where the great scorching sun that slowly drops to the horizon, will give way to the great moon in the sky or to the clearly visible constellations and that it will seem possible to touch with hand.

The lights and sunsets that you will be lucky enough to be able to enjoy will remain indelible in your memory and in your photographic shots, the earth will take on different colours according to the movement of the sun, you will find desert plains where a solitary flower will peek out recklessly, or rocks scratched by the wind and sun like statues; certainly one of the most beautiful horse trekking along these roads, and we will be proud to make you participate.


Day 1: Arrival at Ouarzazate airport, welcome and transfer to the hotel with overnight stay. Possibility of arriving at the airport of Marrakech independently, and then with a small taxi, you can reach the soupratours bus station in about 15 minutes.
Bus timetables (to be rechecked)
8:00 - 12:29
12:45 - 17:14
15:00 - 19:59
15:30 - 19:59
The ticket can be purchased on the oncf.ma website or directly at the bus station.
From Ouarzazate Soupratours Bus Station, a taxi at your expense will take you to the hotel in approximately 10 minutes.
All this will cost you around 210dh, when you prefer to arrive in Marrakech instead of Ouarzazate
Meals will be at your expense for this day.
For those wishing to arrive in Marrakech or Ouarzazate a day before and take a day off for visits, we can book you a hotel in the center and assist you in welcoming you.
Day 2-5: Early morning departure from Ouarzazate by car to Zagora, where you will find the horses ready for departure. During the ride in the desert you will cross the last mountain range that separates you from the Sahara. With small bends you continue to reach the top, where you will discover a magnificent panorama. The descent leads to an oasis, on desert plateaus where only a few acacias resist drought. As you advance towards the south, the first dunes approach, whose size progressively increases. Continuing through vast fields of dunes with tamarisk trees in the direction of the Draa valley, you will find houses, palm groves, ksar (fortified villages), you will enter the Draa valley, passing through the dunes, plateaus, and gorges, up to the heart of palm groves. and oasis. Every evening you can enjoy the Tuareg way of life by returning to your bivouac. Dinner and overnight in the bivouac.
Day 6: Dinner and overnight in a campsite in the middle of the desert, with every kind of comfort.
Day 7: Head north on paths that wind through the ksars, cultivated fields with palm groves where impressive dunes threaten to cover up houses and crops. Last stop before departure: the city of Zagora. This stage lasts half a day, arrival is scheduled for lunch time and the afternoon is dedicated to visiting the city of Zagora and transfer to Ouarzazate. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: Transfer to Ouarzazate airport and departure, flights departing from this airport are usually in the morning and stop at Casablanca airport.

For those who want to return to Marrakech independently, you can take a taxi from the hotel to the Soupratours bus station for around 50dh (price to be checked).
Bus timetables: (to be rechecked)
01:00 - 05:30 (overnight trip)
8:45 - 13:15
15:15 - 20:00
From the Marrakech Soupratours station, a taxi will take you to the airport.
Flights are possible starting at 4pm or you can spend an additional night in Marrakech (extra) and book a flight on Sunday.

Logistic note: This type of trekking goes into very rural areas, where water is a very precious and rare commodity, our staff will do everything possible to ensure you a daily supply for the shower, but we count on your sense of responsibility to avoid waste and maximum understanding if water is not found in the wells.

Get ready

  • Please book a flight arriving at Marrakech airport before 2:00 o'clock pm on the arrival day, so that the other participants with flights earlier don't have to wait too much. If your flight arrives after 2:00 o'clock pm, you will be charged with minimal costs for the additional transport to Essaouira (bus instead of taxi). 
  • Travel insurance required
  • Equestrian Level: In order to participate in our treks, you must be comfortable in the three gaits and have the habit of being outdoors. It would be better if you had already done a full day on horseback, if you wish, it is possible to come to us a few days before the trek to benefit from lessons and to know your level., The different equestrian levels will be managed with more guides in order to guarantee the fun for every rider both beginner and with a good equestrian level.
  • Accommodation for the first and last night is in the hotel. In case of single travellers: if we do not find the second person for a double room, we have to ask for a supplement for a single room.
  • The accommodation during the trek will be in collective tents for 6 people, or if you wish, in a 2-person igloo tent.
  • Your bivouac is equipped with a warm water shower
  • Meals : your meals are prepared by our chef, who will make you discover the richness of moroccan cuisine. The menu takes into account participants' special diets or food allergies, which will all be communicated in the registration form.

The perfect suitcase

  • Soft and non-rigid suitcase
  • Take t-shirts, cotton clothes, long sleeve shirt against the sun, fleece against the wind, two / three riding pants, waterproof poncho
  • Hiking boots or shoes, gaiters or leggings, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • Don't forget your sleeping bag, night light, tissues, underwear and medication to prevent intestinal infections. 
  • Each horse is equipped with a trekking saddle and bags that will allow you to carry your lunch and the personal effects necessary for your day on horseback. Sensitive people are advised to wear sheepskin as protection over the saddle, which is readily available in horse riding shops in Morocco and abroad.
  • Don't forget the water bottle.
  • Regarding the charging of your mobile phones and cameras, we recommend that you have a good Power Bank with a lot of battery, because electric charging via the truck will not be available every day.
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