The Sahara desert is the largest hot desert in the world and the third largest desert after Antarctica and the Arctic. It stretches from the Atlas mountains in North Africa to the Sahel in the south and has a combined surface area of 3,600,000 square miles - a size comparable to China or the USA. The area you ride through is in the south-central part of Morocco and you depart from the town of Ouarzazate, also known as the 'door to the desert'. To the south of Ouarzazate lies only the desert, but that desert holds a multitude of landscapes and terrains, from open plateaus to high dunes and the oasis-filled Draa Valley.
These rides are for experienced riders who can enjoy riding a forward-going Arab or Barb Arabian across the wide-open desert. There are many canters and gallops on offer, whichever itinerary you choose.
Rides do not run in the summer months as it is too hot. Oct/Nov and Feb-Apr temperatures are generally warm and pleasant (c. 20-35C), whilst Nov-Feb is cooler (12-25C). Mid-winter, the mornings and evenings can be cold, often dropping below 0C overnight, but temperatures are warm during the day.
For those who wish for a remote camping ride, the Desert Ride takes you through the oasis-filled Draa Valley, camping each night amongst the dunes or palm groves. If you prefer a comfortable bed and shower each night, then the Horses, Dunes and Nomads ride offers just that.
This destination has been visited by Far & Ride team member Natalie who will be happy to answer any questions you might have.