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Great South Ranch

Overview

This beautiful Moroccan ranch is owned by two french ladies, Caroline and Caroline (who are not based at the ranch), and is set between the Anti Atlas Mountains and the ocean. It offers fascinating trail rides, endurance training and tuition, as well as providing comfortable accommodation and tradi…

Highlights

  • Ride on miles of empty beaches
  • Experience real rural Morocco, far from the city crowds
  • Taste traditional local meals and refreshing mint tea
  • Relax on the roof terrace with views of the sea
  • Walk to the dunes and listen to the crashing waves

Essential Facts

  • 6 itineraries available
  • Max 10 riders per group (16 in camp)
  • Average of 4 - 5 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: Strictly 80kg / 176 lbs / 12st 8lbs for trail programmes - riders up to 85 kg may be accepted for the stationary programme.
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Description

This beautiful Moroccan ranch is owned by two french ladies, Caroline and Caroline (who are not based at the ranch), and is set between the Anti Atlas Mountains and the ocean. It offers fascinating trail rides, endurance training and tuition, as well as providing comfortable accommodation and traditional Moroccan meals. The horses are cared for by experienced staff, including managers Barbara and Thierry, and a local Moroccan team. Lessons here are designed to give guests a good basis of riding, so as to be comfortable and competent when trail riding, and usually have a maximum of 2 or 3 riders in at a time. This is not a destination where you will learn dressage or jumping. However, you will be able to improve your riding in order to fully enjoy the trails. Their trail rides involve visits to local guesthouses and traditional Berber homes, a fabulous way to experience the country and its inhabitants.

Just a short walk from the white sands of "chinese boat beach", the ranch is a fabulous setting in which to improve your riding and enjoy the beaches. The horses are primarily Arab-Barbs, with some purebred Arabs, and these horses are famed for being hardy, fit and flexible. They are also the perfect mounts for longer trail rides. The horses are sure-footed and brave but also very sensible - they are well-trained so that you can enjoy long, controlled canters by the sea and inland. If you are nervous or lack experience then you can have some lessons in the arena to improve your skills and confidence to make the most of the great trail riding opportunities.

Guests share traditional Moroccan meals in the evenings, sometimes accompanied by music, and the sitting and dining areas are warm and bright. Each bedroom has its own shower room (like a wet room) and there is a terrace on the roof from which you can watch the sunset or admire the horses as they relax. Trail rides set out from the ranch and include stays in guesthouses or camping under the stars - you can combine a ranch stay with a short trail of a few nights if you want to experience a little of each. There is also an endurance training programme for those interested.

Holly from Far and Ride has been to this destination and would be delighted to tell you all about it - she absolutely loved it there and can provide a holiday report and video for you.

Please note that the weight limit for this destination is 80kg / 12st 8lbs.

Horses & Riding

Tack

English and trekking/endurance style.

Horses

Arab-Barb Crosses and pure Arabs. The horses are primarily mares and geldings.

Riding

There are 6 itineraries:

  • Sea, Desert and Mountain Trail is a trail ride
  • Beaches & Palm Groves Trail is a trail ride
  • Ranch Stay and Trail Combination is a trail ride
  • Ranch Based Stay is a based ride
  • Sportive Trail is a trail ride
  • Endurance Training Programme is a based ride

Ages

15+ years for trails. Please contact us if you're travelling with children.

Health

Riders should have a good level of fitness and general good health. Some trails, such as the Endurance programme, will require riders to have a higher level of personal fitness.

Weight

Strictly 80kg / 176 lbs / 12st 8lbs for trail programmes - riders up to 85 kg may be accepted for the stationary programme.

Food & Accommodation

Food

Food is traditional Moroccan style including tagines, cous cous, grilled meat and fish. The chef makes these delicious meals for you and brews the Moroccan style mint tea which you can have after most meals. Bottled water is included in the price but other drinks cost extra (beers and wine) and you can simply ask for these and arrange to pay for them at the end of your stay.

Special dietary requirements can be accommodated for but the destination is not recommended for strict diets (inc. vegetarians) at this time.

Please note that meals do not follow a strict timeline and so you should be prepared for leisurely lunches and dinners which are sometimes eaten a lot later than in the UK and elsewhere.

Accommodation

Accommodation is on the ranch, situated between the ocean and mountains and just a short walk from the beach. There are 8 comfortable bedrooms, each with 2 single beds which are pushed together to make large double beds for couples. Each room has an ensuite shower room, like a wet room, and there is a terrace on the roof (from where you can enjoy views of the horses). There is also a warm living room where guests enjoy meals, unless eating on the terrace.

The rooms are simple but clean and comfortable with some small towels provided (but you may wish to take your own still). As the ranch is situated between the beach and desert and the ranch ground is primarily sand, you may find that you want to leave boots etc. outside your bedroom door to stop your rooms getting too sandy. The hot water at the ranch is run from gas canisters and the temperature can fluctuate, but if you are unable to get hot water then they can simply change the canister for you (just let them know).

The ranch has great views of the landscapes and the nearby beach is called "Chinese Boat Beach" - it is 8km in length and a beautiful area. The terrace on the ranch roof is lovely for enjoying sunrises or sunsets and the rooms are colourful and attractive.

There is a swimming pool about a 15 minute walk from the ranch. You pay 50 dirhams to enter (it is usually 100 but ranch guests get a 50% discount) and there is a bar there and views of the sea. Perfect place to lie after a good ride! There is also a beauty salon at the ranch offering massages, beauty treatments and henna tattoos.

Internet can be offered on request with use of a 3G key.

Itineraries

Sea, Desert and Mountain Trail Standard accommodation.

Beaches & Palm Groves Trail Standard accommodation.

Ranch Stay and Trail Combination Tented / Standard accommodation.

Ranch Based Stay Standard accommodation.

Sportive Trail Standard accommodation.

Endurance Training Programme Standard accommodation.

Other Activities

During the evenings most guests are tired from their riding day and enjoy relaxing and sharing a meal with their fellow guests, sometimes with music. However, for those that are anxious to do more, the hosts can help you to organise surfing, paragliding, swimming, massages, bike rides and visits to local areas of interest.

Massages are available on site at additional cost.

Also available (some at extra cost) are evenings on the beach where you can enjoy the sunset and some Moroccan music, riding on the beach at moonlight, camel riding, visits to Tiznit and Mirleft, lunch under the palm trees, henna tattoos and Moroccan cooking lessons.

There is a swimming pool and 2 jacuzzis close to the ranch, about a 15 minute walk away (the route is safe). Clients can go here for half price and there is a bar there also.

Travel

The nearest airport is Agadir (120km, 2 hours) and we can arranged transfers for you at additional cost. Please check your flight times with us before booking.

Testimonials

Alex M., Sept. 28, 2022

I absolutely loved the holiday - I was tearing up when it was time to leave! The horses were some of the best cared-for I’ve seen, everyone was friendly and knowledgeable, and the location was absolutely perfect. The variety of horses and riding locations (beach, mountains, villages) made each day unique and exciting.


Vicky & Tamsin, May 13, 2022

A great adventure, not for the unfit or faint hearted. The best way to see the stunning countryside and immerse yourself in the culture of Morocco.


Kristina S. (Sea, Desert and Mountain Trail), Jan. 7, 2019

I would give 10 of 10. From night I landed till the night I had to leave everything was so perfect didn’t want to leave and on the way back to the airport a little tear dropped… Every day was something wow!! Okay… 26 times I thought I’m going to die. Especially up the mountains. But this made me feel so strong! The beach ride you feel so free…. Desert was wow! Well after 4 hours you were dying to see a little town at least. Food was amazing, so much food, we were eating all the time!! Accommodations each night was perfect, in the middle of nowhere, everyone so well looked after us. (Horses?) Oh my Princess was perfect!! The saddle was soft just like a pillow so even after 180km on horseback I came back home without sore legs.


Heather & Nick (Sea, Desert and Mountain Trail, New Year 2017/18), Jan. 10, 2018

Just what we hoped it would be! At times - relaxing, exciting, interesting, intriguing... Warm weather helped! The ranch stay was superb. Very relaxing and comfortable. Range of places to stay during trail all v. good. Vegetarian food also v. good! Best accommodation was at Sidi Ouazik - authentic & brilliant welcome. Horses were fun to ride. Fit. Very well looked after. My horse was a bit crazy (bucked when catering) but it wasn't dangerous - just made it more fun! She wasn't too much for me. (Guide?) Excellent - not much English but he was knowledgeable, friendly and safe. (Favourite memory?) Cantering (a very long one) along the beach to Sidi Ouazik. Relaxing at the ranch watching the horses and caring for them.


Katarina K. (Sea, Desert and Mountain Trail, New Year 2017/18), Jan. 9, 2018

I loved the holiday. It was a very well organised trip. As a girl travelling on my own, I felt very safe at all times. I fell in love with the horse that was allocated to me (Assaka). The guide was amazing. I think he made everyone feel safe, was very responsible but still fun. Also, allowed people to really enjoy the rides while making sure that the riders and horses were ok. (Favourite memory?) Beach ride. Galloping into the sunset is my absolute favourite thing in life now!


Noelle R., Nov. 3, 2017

Between riding, eating, walking on the beach, swimming, riding and eating, my days were so full and relaxing. The ranch was so tidy and cute; friendly dogs, plenty to eat - Mohammad was a fantastic chef. The perfect way to experience local cuisine. I loved my horse, she had a calm demeanour for a beginner but was no pushover either. The equipment looked good to me. (Favourite memory?) Too many. Waking up with horses outside of my window! The view of the beach from the dunes. Zigzagging through desert cactus practising trot. My first canter that I felt in control. The smell of coffee and hay in the cool morning. Stallion kisses...


Julie D., Nov. 3, 2017

Very well organised. Horses well looked after. Ranch well kept and tidy. Staff friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Keen to keep their guests happy. Accommodation - comfortable. Food - too much! 3 courses, lunch and evening meal. Not used to eating so much in the UK. Happy the food was healthy and wholesome. Horses (were) forward going and responsive to riding aids. The saddles did give me backache after a while, but as long as they were comfortable for the horses, I don't mind. (I was) so grateful that I was able to escape the pressure of work and family life for a little while at least.


David T., May 18, 2016

I had the most amazing holiday in every way, it really was fantastic. Wonderful ranch, great staff, great horses, beautiful scenery, delicious food and great accommodation. The horses I rode were in great condition, as was the equipment and tack they wore, and had lovely temperaments (though they were fast when asked to be!).The guide was also exceptional - professional and a real expert with horses.


Katie H., Nov. 2, 2015

The Ranch stay was the start of a long holiday around all of Morocco. It was an excellent, relaxing and exciting time. The on-site staff were lovely and helpful, the place was welcoming and the location was incredible. The horses were in excellent condition and the guides/grooms were good horsemen. (Favourite memory?) Cantering on the beach. Or hacking around the village. Or eating the incredible food.


Sandra van der H., Feb. 24, 2014

I had an amazing time on the trail through Southern Morocco: only good memories! The horses were eager and fast, to see that they enjoyed the trip as much as we did made the experience even better for me. Our guide clearly new the horses very well and I never felt unsafe. The terrain we crossed during the 6 days of riding was very versatile and therefore never boring.


Sonya D., Sept. 30, 2011

Fantastic! The guides, René and Leila, cooks etc. were brilliant and so friendly. The ranch could not do enough for us. All of the trip was great and the local people were wonderful. Guide was great, couldn't have asked for better, always smiling and helpful and looking out for us!


Holly, Far and Ride, Sept. 30, 2011

Riding in Morocco was made particularly special by the staff at this destination, all of who were extremely hardworking, cheerful and good at their jobs. Add in the lovely horses, the surroundings, the good weather, the delicious Moroccan fare and all the little extras and it was certainly a week not to be forgotten.


Jenny T., Sept. 29, 2011

One of the best riding holidays I have been on. Miles and miles of beaches and the trail ride was very good with lots of lovely views. Local people very friendly. Lovely horse, honest and willing, and an excellent guide - always making sure everything was OK.


Itinerary & Pricing

Day 1 - Arrival

Riding: No riding.

You will be welcomed at the airport of Agadir and be driven to the Ranch. At your arrival, the bedrooms will be presented, and you will be introduced to the team. Then you will meet the horses and discuss with the team, around a Moroccan Tea, about the ride and wishes concerning horses. 

According to your arrival time, you will have the possibility to take a short ride in the arena, for your first contact with the horses.

Day 2 - Ranch - Mirleft

Riding: 6 hours

Set off on your trail - today you will ride about 35km.

You take the direction of the ocean through the beaches and cliffs and then go back into the mountains, through many small villages. After lunch time, you will reach the south towards Mirleft across many isolated Douars. You will spend the night at a hotel on the souk street of Mirleft. (This accommodation can change during summer).

Day 3 - Mirleft - Legzira

Riding: 6 hours

After a good breakfast with a beautiful view of the valley, you will ride down to Mirleft, a small fishing village with white colours. Then you will reach south over the mountain where several passes will require a bit of walking, but the ocean view these passes reveal is well worth it! Finally, you will reach Legzira, a beautiful beach with red cliffs and large rock arches that plunge into the sea. If conditions permit, you will be able to take the horses into the waves for a quick swim. Today's ride: approx. 33km

Overnight in a guesthouse in Legzira.

Day 4 - Legzira - Sidi Ouazik

Riding: 6 hours

You will leave the red cliffs behind and journey south to discover the old Spanish town of Sidi Ifni. Riding first long the beach at the foot of the cliff, you will pass through the city - the last colonised Moroccan city in the south before the desert. You will picnic beside the harbour and continue to the south, eventually reaching more arid landscapes and the beginning of bivouac country. You will overnight at "Diyani's house" guesthouse.

Day 5 - Sidi ouazik - Fort Bou Jerif

Riding: 6 hours

From the mountains, you will ride along the coast until you reach the wadi Assaka and enjoy a picnic at the mouth of the wadi: known as "Foum Assaka". Here there will be an opportunity to swim on the large sandy beach, weather permitting. In the afternoon you will follow the route of the wadi on horseback through a natural park which has been preserved. With a little luck, there will be a possibility to spot all kinds of animals, including small mammals, birds, fish and even turtles along the way... 

Night at Fort Bou Jerif: a strong French outpost, later taken over by the Moroccans who guarded the border with the Spanish enclave of Sidi Ifni, in the middle of the desert. Xe fort served as a camp for the first rallies of Paris Dakar.

Day 6 - Fort Bou Jerif - Guelmim

Riding: 6 hours

Today you will continue to follow the wadi through steep valleys comparable to the landscapes of the High Atlas. Eventually, you will find meet with your cook at the edge of the wadi in Chouikhate, who will have prepared another delicious picnic lunch. In the afternoon, you will continue the follow the course of the wadi, but the clear course will become less clear and begins to get lost in the sands of the desert.

Overnight in Guelmim at a nice hotel.

Day 7 - Guelmim - Ranch

Riding: 6 hours

Today you will set off in the direction of the palm groves of Thigmert. Crossing the last part of the desert, the landscape will change from rolling sand to lands that are a little cultivated again. Again you will meet with your cook for a tasty picnic and after a great riding day, the truck will come for the horses and a car for you - it's time to go back to the ranch.

Day 8 - Departure

Riding: No riding.

Flight back home or ranch extension

Depending on the time of flight, it is possible to go for shopping in Mirleft to bring back memories or pass into the hands of our masseuse who will be happy to relieve any aches after a long week of riding.

Then you will be transferred to Agadir airport and will fly back home, with memories that will last a lifetime.

For those wanting to extend their stay, you are very welcome to book additional nights at the ranch (either riding or non-riding) - please get in touch for prices and availability.

Accommodation

First and last nights will be spend at the ranch. The other 5 nights will be spent in a variety of guesthouses and small local hotels along the trail route.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

Strong intermediate riders and above. Riders should be capable of riding at all paces in open countryside on a forward-going horse. There are long hours in the saddle and a variety of terrain to be covered. Riders should have good physical fitness and comfortable shoes as you will need to walk quite a bit too.

Minimum group size 2
Maximum group size 8
Departure windows

Jan. 13, 2024 - Jan. 20, 2024

Feb. 24, 2024 - March 2, 2024

March 2, 2024 - March 9, 2024

April 27, 2024 - May 4, 2024

Sept. 19, 2024 - Sept. 26, 2024

Nov. 9, 2024 - Nov. 16, 2024

Dec. 14, 2024 - Dec. 21, 2024

Dec. 21, 2024 - Dec. 28, 2024

Pricing

2024
4+ riders in group, per person sharing
£1100 $1400 €1290
2024
2-3 riders in group, per person sharing
£1185 $1505 €1390
Included 7 nights accommodation in shared rooms, full board meals, bottled water, mint tea and 6 days of riding as per itinerary.
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, airport transfers, drinks other than bottled water, massages, tips and extras not mentioned.

Extras

2024 - Airport Transfer 550MAD
Paid locally
Agadir airport transfer, each way. This is paid in dirhams directly to the taxi driver.
2024 - Single Supplement £120 $152 €140
Paid to Far and Ride
Payable by anyone requiring a single room - those willing to share will be refunded if a room sharer is found.
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Day 1 - Arrival - Agadir

Riding: No riding.

Arrive at Agadir airport where you will be transferred to your accommodation at the Riad des Chti's. For those arriving early enough, you will have the chance to meet the horses and the team to discuss the route and let them know your preferences for the week.

Day 2 - Agadir - Takat

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

Depart from Agadir on horseback. As soon as you leave the city you will ride along the magnificent arm of the Agadir delta. You can observe seagulls, herons and other large wading birds that nest throughout the year. At the end of the Delta you cross the hundred year old eucalyptus forest to reach the beach for a lunch with a view of the ocean.

After lunch, ride along the shaded tracks to the Takat campsite where you can enjoy the swimming pool. Overnight in large Berber tents.

Day 3 - Takat - Sidi Arbat

Riding: 4 hours

Return to the ocean and ride through the immense sand dunes that contribute to the beauty of this coastline bordered by Berber fishing villages. Have lunch by the ocean and then drive along the coast to the village of Sidi Arbat. The immensity of the ocean and its colours are forever in the background. Overnight in a traditional hotel in Sidi Arbat.

Day 4 - Sidi Arbat – Palmeraie de Massa

Riding: 4 - 6 hours

A day full of colour and discovery as you ride along the reserve of the Souss Massa national park, classified as a biosphere of the Arganeraie. You may be lucky enough to spot one of the last colonies of black Ibis in north Africa as well as perhaps meeting white Oryx and gazelles living in the reserve. Cormorants, herons and falcons will accompany you all day. Lunch is taken in the shade of the argan trees.

In the evening you reach your hotel in the Massa palm grove and can take a dip in the pool or perhaps a traditional hammam (the hamman has to be pre-booked and requires a minimum of 3 people).

Day 5 - Palmeraie de Massa – Anfoud

Riding: 4 - 6 hours

Today's ride will see you following the ocean along the cliffs and through its typical fishing villages, with banana trees, olive trees and palms accompanying you. Take a picnic lunch stop by the ocean to breathe in that sea air! In the afternoon, you will cross the sandy desert over its magnificent dune slopes to arrive at a little cottage run by a typical Berber family (please note that this is a very rustic and traditional home; think basic! No single rooms available here - you must share)

Day 6 - Anfoud – The Ranch

Riding: 4 - 6 hours

Today is the last day of the trail: after breakfast, you will mount up and discover a desert of stones and sand. You will continue towards the troglodyte caves of fishermen overlooking the ocean where you will have some lunch. If the tide is low enough, you will return to the Ranch over the beach, making the most of this 15km stretch of fine sand! If the tide is too high, then you will return over the dunes which border the beach! Evening meal and overnight at the ranch.

Day 7 - The Ranch

Riding: 3 - 5 hours

Today you have a few choices; you can either choose to ride out from the ranch and enjoy a day trail in the local area. Or, for those who wish to rest and relax, you can instead choose to spend time on the beach, head over to enjoy the pool at the neighbouring resort (5 mins walk), or book yourself a wonderful massage with the ranch masseuse!
Dinner and overnight at the ranch again.

Day 8 - Departure

Riding: No riding.

After breakfast, it's time to say goodbye and be transferred back to Agadir airport to make your way home.

Accommodation

Each night of the ride will be spent in comfortable, but simple, local inns and guesthouses. Rooms are allocated on a shared basis unless you specifically request (and pay the supplement for ) a single room.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

These rides are aimed at guests who are established in all three paces and are comfortable riding a forward going horse across a variety of challenging terrain. It is advised that you are in good physical condition as you will be riding for around 6 hours each day.

Minimum group size 2
Maximum group size 8
Departure windows

Jan. 2, 2024 - Jan. 9, 2024

Jan. 20, 2024 - Jan. 27, 2024

Feb. 24, 2024 - March 2, 2024

March 16, 2024 - March 23, 2024

April 20, 2024 - April 27, 2024

May 11, 2024 - May 18, 2024

June 8, 2024 - June 15, 2024

June 22, 2024 - June 29, 2024

July 20, 2024 - July 27, 2024

Aug. 3, 2024 - Aug. 10, 2024

Aug. 17, 2024 - Aug. 24, 2024

Aug. 31, 2024 - Sept. 7, 2024

Sept. 14, 2024 - Sept. 21, 2024

Sept. 28, 2024 - Oct. 5, 2024

Oct. 12, 2024 - Oct. 19, 2024

Oct. 26, 2024 - Nov. 2, 2024

Dec. 14, 2024 - Dec. 21, 2024

Dec. 21, 2024 - Dec. 28, 2024

Pricing

2024
4+ riders in the group, per person sharing
£1100 $1400 €1290
2024
2 or 3 riders in the group, per person sharing
£1185 $1505 €1390
Included 7 nights accommodation in shared rooms, full board meals, bottled water, mint tea and 6 days of riding as per itinerary.
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, airport transfers, drinks other than bottled water, massages, tips and extras not mentioned.

Extras

2024 - Agadir Airport Transfer (departure) 550MAD
Paid locally
Transfer from the Ranch to Agadir airport on departure. This is the cost per way and is paid in dirhams directly to the taxi driver.
2024 - Single Supplement £120 $152 €140
Paid to Far and Ride
Payable by anyone requiring a single room - those willing to share will be refunded if a room sharer is found.
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Day 1 - Arrival at Agadir

Riding: No riding.

Arrival at Agadir airport and transfer to the ranch. You will have time to visit the ranch and the horses and will be introduced to the guides and taken to your room. If you arrive earlier in the day then there is sometimes the chance for a one hour lesson in the menage or a short trail ride into the ranch surroundings. The route takes you to the local guesthouse 'nid d'aigle', which offers panoramic views of the coastline, then down through a Berber village and to the beach through the sand dunes. A great introduction to the Berber region.

NB: If you would like the chance to take a lesson or two during your stay, please do let us know in advance of arrival so that we can notify the ranch team for you.

Day 2

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

After breakfast you will begin to prepare the horses at around 9 am, then there will either be a one hour lesson in the menage (if requested) followed by a one hour ride out or a two hour long ride out. Lunch is eaten at the ranch and is followed by a few hours to rest. The afternoon is spent on another two-hour long ride out, passing through two villages, galloping on the beach or riding through the dunes depending on the level of the riders.

Day 3

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

After breakfast you will begin to prepare the horses at around 9 am, then there will either be a one hour lesson in the menage (if requested) followed by a one hour ride out or a two hour long ride out. Lunch is eaten at the ranch and is followed by a few hours to rest. The afternoon is spent on another two-hour long ride out and this one takes you to Sidi Boulfdail where you will ride along the cliffs and admire views of the wild beaches,.

Day 4 - Mini Trail

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

October to May: Ranch to Arbaa Sahel: Departure at around 9.30am for your three-day trail. After starting on the beach you will head towards the red mountains, passing through valleys with cactus and Argan trees. Picnic at Almtanou and then cross Arbaa Sahel to camp at the top of the mountain near the Douar Labbassane.

June to September: Ranch to Anfoud. Ride down to the plain of Tiznit and follow mountain trails until stopping for a picnic at Timzdawn. Cross the palm grove of Aglou and head to Douar Anfoud where you stay in a Berber house, welcomed by a family that likes to share its traditions and culture.

Day 5 - Mini Trail

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

October to May: Labbassane to Anfoud. After breakfast you descend to the plain of Tiznit and follow mountain paths to the picnic area at Timzdawn. Cross the Aglou palm grove to arrive at douar Anfoud where you stay in a Berber house, welcomed by a family who likes to share their traditions and culture.

June to September: Anfoud to Massa. Cross the sandy desert with its beautiful tracks and stop for a picnic by the ocean. Follow the ocean cliffs and fishing villages to the palm grove of Massa. Overnight at the Auberge de la Palmeraie de Massa with its swimming pool.

Day 6 - Back to the ranch:

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

October to May: Last day of the trail ride. After breakfast you discover a desert of stones and sand. You will continue on towards the cave dwellings of fishermen overlooking the ocean. Here you will have a picnic. If the tide is low enough then you will follow the 15km beach back to the ranch. If the tide is too high then you will ride on the sand dunes overlooking the ocean. Overnight at the ranch.

June to September: Final day of the trail back via the cliffs of Aglou. Tide permitting you ride along the beach to the meeting point where you load the horses and transfer back to the ranch.

Day 7

Riding: No riding.

Today you have an easy day with some free time. You can do some shopping in Mirleft, enjoy some beauty treatments or go for a ride. Overnight at the ranch.

Day 8 - Departure

Riding: No riding.

After breakfast it's time to say goodbye and be transferred back to Agadir airport to make your way home.

Accommodation

Accommodation for the first 3 nights of the programme is at the ranch, then the 3 days of trail riding (2 nights) are spent camping. You return to the ranch for the last 2 nights.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

Confident Intermediate+. Riders on the trails must be happy to ride at all paces in wide, open spaces, keeping control of a forward-going horse. Trails are not recommended for riders under the age of 16. If you are a little out of practice then this programme could still be suitable for you as you would have the first 3 days to fit in some lessons and gain more experience before the trail. You will however need to be confident.

Minimum group size 2
Maximum group size 8
Accommodation for up to 16.
Departure windows

Feb. 3, 2024 - Feb. 10, 2024

Feb. 17, 2024 - Feb. 24, 2024

March 9, 2024 - March 16, 2024

March 23, 2024 - March 30, 2024

April 6, 2024 - April 13, 2024

May 4, 2024 - May 11, 2024

June 29, 2024 - July 6, 2024

Pricing

2024
4+ riders in group, per person sharing
£975 $1240 €1145
2024
2 or 3 riders in group, per person sharing
£1020 $1295 €1195
Included 7 nights accommodation in shared rooms (inc. 2 nights out on the trail in tents), full board meals, bottled water, mint tea and riding as per itinerary.
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, airport transfers, drinks other than bottled water, sleeping bag, massages, tips and extras not mentioned.

Extras

2024 - Airport Transfer 550MAD
Paid locally
Agadir airport transfer, each way. This is paid in dirhams directly to the taxi driver.
2024 - Single Supplement £120 $152 €140
Paid to Far and Ride
Payable by anyone requiring a single room - those willing to share will be refunded if a room sharer is found.
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Day 1

Riding: No riding.

You are welcomed to the ranch (with a transfer from the airport if applicable) and introduced to the team and their horses. You will also get to see the ranch and your accommodation before discussing your riding level and wishes for the week. If you arrive early, then it may be possible to have a short ride in the afternoon.

Days 2 to 7

Riding: 2 - 5 hours

You will ride either once or twice a day for each of these days, depending on what programme you have chosen. In the mornings you will enjoy trail rides on the beach or in the mountains, usually 2 to 3 hours, or lessons in the menage (if requested). Then in the afternoon, you will ride out after lunch and a rest. It is possible to do a whole day ride during the week if requested and if you are not a complete beginner. 

A few examples of rides out:

- a visit to the two local villages with galloping on the beach and crossing the dunes, depending on the level of the riders

- a trip to Sidi Boulfdail, travelling along the cliffs which overlook the wild beaches

- riding to the Village of the Palm

Your hosts advise that guests get involved in caring for the horses and contributing to ranch life for the full experience, though they recognise that this is your holiday time and you are equally as welcome to relax!

Complete beginner riders will probably not be suitable for trail rides to begin with but don't be put off - this destination is flexible and something can be arranged to suit.

For those of you interested in wellness and beauty therapies, you can add the 'wellness option' meaning that you receive seven treatments (one a day) in the ranch's beauty salon. These can include; "relax" massage with essential oils (50 mins), tonic massage (50 mins), Californian massage (50 mins), a skincare treatment and a manicure and pedicure.

Day 8

Riding: No riding.

Transfer back to the airport for your flight home.

Accommodation

Each night will be spent in simple yet clean and comfortable twin/double rooms at the ranch.

Experience Beginner / Intermediate / Experienced

This programme can be tailored to suit all levels of rider, from beginner to experienced. Guests who wish to ride out on the beaches should have some previous riding experience, but this may be gained through lessons at the ranch.

Minimum group size 1
Maximum group size 10
Accommodation for up to 16.
Departure windows

At any time during: Jan. 1, 2024 - Dec. 31, 2024  (Dates available to suit, depending on availability, with Saturday arrivals and departures)

Pricing

2024
Half days of riding (2-3 hours per day), sharing
£795 $1005 €930
2024
Full days of riding (4-5 hours per day), sharing
£920 $1170 €1080
Included 7 nights accommodation in shared rooms, full board meals, bottled water, mint tea and riding as per itinerary.
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, airport transfers, drinks other than bottled water, massages, tips and extras not mentioned.

Extras

2024 - Airport Transfer 550MAD
Paid locally
Agadir airport transfer, each way. This is paid in dirhams directly to the taxi driver.
2024 - Single Supplement £120 $152 €140
Paid to Far and Ride
Payable by anyone requiring a single room - those willing to share will be refunded if a room sharer is found.
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Day 1

Riding: No riding.

You will be welcomed at the airport of Agadir and driven to the ranch. On arrival you will be shown to your room and then introduced to the team. Then you will meet the horses and discuss with the team, around a Moroccan Tea, about the ride and your wishes concerning horses.

Day 2 - Ranch - Laouina

Riding: 5 hours

After breakfast you help prepare the horses and then mount up for your first day of riding. The day starts with a good trot uphill to the reach the mountains overlooking the ranch and the ocean. Cross Berber villages and meet shepherds with their flocks before stopping for a picnic lunch under some argan trees.

In the afternoon, leave the mountains with a superb view of the Tiznit plain. Between farmland and the wadi there is good ground allowing faster paces. In the evening you are welcomed into a local's home to discover the Berber culture and way of life.

Day 3 - Laouina - Ouijane

Riding: 5 hours

Set off trotting to an oasis which brings shade and freshness to follow the canals - an ancestral irrigation system. After crossing the village and stopping at a spring to allow the horses to drink you enter the arid stone desert with the mountain as a backdrop.

Stop for lunch in a village where you can admire old constructions of typical adobe houses. Then remount to attack the rock desert! Pass a few palm trees and cross wadis to reach the village of Ouijane with its century old olive tree forest. Follow a maze of alleys and shaded paths to reach Valerie and Michel's place. Here you can enjoy the swimming pool before spending the night in traditional chaima tents (possibility to reserve a Kaidal tent with private toilets for an additional cost).

Day 4 - Ouijane - Assounfou

Riding: 5 hours

Depart Ouijane and follow a pretty track overlooking the wadi which allows a good pace. There are two options for this morning - a passage through the mountains which requires a good walk on steep paths which is rewarded with a breathtaking view, or a more gentle route along the mountain which is easier for everyone.

After a picnic with a view of the argan plantations and rocky cliffs, the afternoon ride takes you across the villages at the base of the mountains to reach a comfortable hotel lost at the gates of the 'Little Sahara'.

Day 5 - Assounfou - Palmeraie de Massa

Riding: 5 hours

Start the day by crossing the sand dunes and follow the Massa wadi which is the largest in the Souss region. Stop for lunch near a large farm. Remount and reach Massa by crossing ancestral donkey paths which have shaped the landscape during their centuries of work. Water gives rise to luxuriant life in this delta which contrasts with the arid landscapes previously crossed. Reach your hotel where you can enjoy the swimming pool for a moment of relaxation before dinner with a view of the palm grove.

Day 6 - Palmeraie de Massa - Les Grottes

Riding: 5 hours

Leave Massa to reach the coast following tracks which cross desert landscapes and allow fast riding. Lunch will offer a sea view from the top of the cliffs.

In the afternoon, magnificent cantering tracks allow you to cross the next sandy desert to reach a lodge run by a Berber family. Spend the evening in troglodyte caves hidden in the cliff overlooking the ocean.

Day 7 - Les Grottes - Ranch

Riding: 5 hours

Your final ride crosses the desert at cliff height to reach the port of Aglou where you stop for lunch. Your final return to the ranch is cantering along the beach with 15km of sand ahead of you!

On arrival back at the ranch you help settle the horses and can then enjoy a well-deserved massage (extra cost - pre booking required). A grand final dinner ends the week.

Day 8

Riding: No riding.

Depending on the time of your flight, it is possible to go for shopping in Mirleft to take back memories or head straight to Agadir airport for your flight home.

Accommodation

First and last nights will be spend at the ranch. The other 5 nights will be spent in a variety of guesthouses and small local hotels along the trail route.

Experience Experienced

Experienced riders only. Riders should be capable of riding at fast paces in open countryside on a forward-going horse. There are long hours in the saddle and a variety of terrain to be covered. Riders should have good physical fitness and comfortable shoes as you will need to walk quite a bit too.

Minimum group size 2
Maximum group size 4
Departure windows

Jan. 27, 2024 - Feb. 3, 2024

Feb. 10, 2024 - Feb. 17, 2024

Oct. 5, 2024 - Oct. 12, 2024

Nov. 30, 2024 - Dec. 7, 2024

Pricing

2024
4 riders in group, per person sharing
£1180 $1495 €1380
2024
2-3 riders in group, per person sharing
£1255 $1595 €1470
Included 7 nights accommodation in shared rooms, full board meals, bottled water, mint tea and 6 days of riding as per itinerary.
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, airport transfers, drinks other than bottled water, massages, tips and extras not mentioned.

Extras

2024 - Airport Transfer 550MAD
Paid locally
Agadir airport transfer, each way. This is paid in dirhams directly to the taxi driver.
2024 - Single Supplement £120 $152 €140
Paid to Far and Ride
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Day 1

Riding: No riding.

Arrival at Agadir airport and transfer to the ranch. On arrival at the ranch there is usually time for presentation of the staff and horses as well as a discussion (over traditional Moroccan mint tea) about the training. If you arrive early then a first lesson with the horses can be possible.

Day 2

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

After a heart breakfast you start the horse preparations at around 9.30am. Then you head out on a trail to discover the horses and your surroundings. Return to the ranch for lunch of typical Moroccan cuisine in the shade of the gardens.

In the afternoon you take another ride, either exploring the inland areas or enjoying a short gallop on the beach. After each ride (of c. 2 hours) you'll assist with the care and grooming of the horses.

In the evening, relax on the terrace or admire the sunset from the dune overlooking the nearby beach.

Day 3

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

Today starts with a lesson in the arena to provide advice on position and balance necessary to cover long distances with your horse. After the lessons you head out on a trail for some relaxation for you and your horse.

In the afternoon you ride again, this time exploring the mountains to put into practice the skills from your lesson on more varied terrain.

Day 4

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

Today you'll learn about the Vet Gate with an explanation and observation of the checkpoint procedures. You will learn to observe the desired qualities for an endurance horse and assess your horses fatigue levels. After returning from your morning ride you will participate in checking your horses vital signs including listening to his heart rate with a stethoscope. You'll also learn how to present your horse for the veterinary check and trot up.

In the afternoon you will continue to practice your endurance positions and techniques for longer durations at various gaits.

Day 5

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

Preparation for the simulated endurance race. You will embark on a full day ride to familiarise yourself with the course for tomorrows endurance race at a relaxed pace. A beautiful day discovering the mountains overlooking the coast and enjoying the magnificent landscapes of the region, with a picnic lunch in the shade of the argan trees.

Day 6

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

Today is the simulated endurance race of 40km. Your day will involve preparation of the horses (grooming, feeding, saddling) and the start of the race with endurance paces on a tagged track. Vet control will be after 20km of the race and you will present your horse for a check of all vital signs before continuing. Upon reaching the finish, back at the ranch, there is another final vet check with a cardio check, presentation and trot up of the horses. Then the horses will be cleaned and fed accordingly.

The race may take place in the morning or afternoon depending on the tides and could be a group start or individual depending on the group. Dinner will be after the race and you will consider and analyse the results.

Day 7

Riding: 1 - 4 hours

The day after the race and you will take your horse for a walk on the beach to aid their physical recovery. The saltwater and waves have a therapeutic effect on their limbs.

In the afternoon you can either enjoy one last ride or some free time - perhaps head to the beach, relax with a massage or visit Mirleft to pick up some souvenirs.

Day 8

Riding: No riding.

Transfer back to the airport for your journey home.

Accommodation

Each night will be spent in simple yet clean and comfortable rooms at the ranch.

Experience Experienced

Experienced riders only. This programme is for confident riders who are competent at all paces, including gallop, and have experience of riding on all kinds of terrain and for long hours. Good physical condition is vital for this intensive riding and you must be able to control your horse in a group.

Minimum group size 1
Maximum group size 5
Departure windows

At any time during: Jan. 1, 2024 - June 30, 2024  (Dates can be scheduled subject to availability, with a minimum of 2 riders and Saturday arrivals/departures.)

At any time during: Sept. 1, 2024 - Dec. 31, 2024  (Dates can be scheduled subject to availability, with a minimum of 2 riders and Saturday arrivals/departures.)

Pricing

2024
2+ riders, sharing
£965 $1225 €1130
2024
1 rider only, sharing
£1050 $1335 €1230
Included 7 nights accommodation in shared rooms, full board meals with bottled water and Moroccan mint tea, 6 days of riding and tuition as described in the itinerary.
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, Agadir airport transfers, drinks other than bottled water, tips, personal expenses and extras not mentioned.

Extras

2024 - Airport Transfer 550MAD
Paid locally
Agadir airport transfer, each way. This is paid in dirhams directly to the taxi driver.
2024 - Single Supplement £120 $152 €140
Paid to Far and Ride
Payable by anyone requiring a single room - those willing to share will be refunded if a room sharer is found.
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.