It's time to get some sleep, eat breakfast, take a last walk around the medina and leave for the airport.
We're coming back... but before we get back to the hustle and bustle of Marrakech, we'll stop for one night in one of the most famous places in Morocco - Aint Ben Haddou. A place frequently visited by film crews. Rarely have such settlements been preserved as here. It is not known when it was built, but it was definitely here in the 16th century. So you will recognize many scenes from the movies, you will walk through the narrow streets and you will be able to admire the exceptionally picturesque landscape.
Overnight in a traditional kashba with dinner.
Wracamy...ale zanim dotrzemy znów do zgiełku Marrakeszu, zatrzymamy się na jedną noc w jednym z najbardziej znanych miejsc w Maroku - Aint Ben Haddou. Miejsce licznie odwiedzane przez ekipy filmowe. Rzadko gdzie bowiem zachowały się takie osady jak tu. Nie wiadomo, kiedy powstała, ale na pewno w XVI w już tu była. Rozpoznacie więc wiele scen z filmów, przejdziecie się wąskimi uliczkami i będziecie mogli podziwiać wyjątkowo malowniczy krajobraz.
Nocleg w tradycyjnej kashbie z kolacją.
Mountains and mountains, hamads, we drive along the mountain range, cross the pass and sit down for lunch under the tamarisks. Berber women with children will probably come out to greet us, hoping that we will buy something from them.
And then mountains again.... today is a mountain day, with climbing, horses will walk next to us, step by step, bravely overcoming stones and heights. The reward - a sweeping panorama of plains and gallops with mountains and the setting sun in the background. We will enter the camp at a gallop.
The last night under the starry sky, with the spectacle of the orange moon that suddenly appears in the sky, with the wind, the fire and the whole wild nature of the Sahara.
Dunes and sand dunes, tamarisks, plenty of places to gallop, gazelles and desert foxes (if you're lucky), grasses and acacias. Our azimuth is almost always mountains. Today, again, camp under a large acacia tree at the foot of the mountains with spectacular sunsets, great stars and falling comets. All the most beautiful sunset photos are from here.
In the distance you can see the tents of the Nomads and their herds of camels and goats.
passport - valid for at least 3 months
sleeping bag - warm, with a comfort temperature for 0-5 degrees
sun cream (with SPF not lower than 50)
hand disinfectant wipes
water bottle (optional)
headgear (hat, cap, scarf)
cash: euros or dollars
pharmacy (patches, painkillers, disinfectants)
clothes for horses: loose shirts, protecting against wind and sun, riding socks, sneakers or jodhpur boots
Dunes and sand, soft sandy mountains, but not so high yet. Behind them, abandoned gardens, dried up for lack of water, vast expanses of compacted earth, dry and cracking. Donkeys grazing here and there. In the distance, mountains again, the gates of the Sahara. It is behind them that the geographical desert begins. It is there that we will allow our horses to race, gallop on the beaten earth, leaving only sand and dust behind us to reach the camp with a lot of adrenaline - this time carpets, beds in the desert, huge tents, pillows, candles, a shower and hot water, Moroccan ceramics - luxury on great sand.
Draa again - overgrown in places, treacherously deep in places and more and more dried up. We enter it on horseback. The south is calling us, the Sahara is waiting for us. The geographical border of the desert is yet to come. Don't let the name fool you - the desert is not deserted. The desert is not just sand. It's mountains, various rock formations, it's vegetation, it's huge spaces, it's a river, it's oases. Lunch on a ledge overlooking the countryside in the middle of nowhere? This is our stop today. If we see anyone, it will be the Nomads with their flocks.
The first dunes in front of us - the camp between sandy mountains with the setting sun in the background.
You can't wait to meet horses? It's that day! We go to the stable, where we've been working since morning, saddle the horses, pack everything for bivouacs, cook lunch, fill the panniers. Today you just jump in the saddle, get to know your travel companion, find a common language and admire the landscapes. We leave the cleaning and saddling to you for the next few days. Ahead of us is the mountainous terrain of Zagora until we cross the Draa River. In front of us is a hamada, in the distance the longest range of mountains in Morocco - Bani, which surrounds the entire area. Ahead of us is still a river, still a village, some gallops, until we reach the palm oasis at the foot of the mountains, where we set up camp.
And there, only feeding the horses, conversations, bonfire, Moroccan dinner, drums, fun, moonrise, milky way, an evening like every other day in the Sahara.
Atlas, or we reach the clouds - villages with blooming almonds, green oases after autumn rains, and peaks covered with a white cover. Winter in the mountains - white clouds meet white peaks. The road is winding and uphill until we enter the lunar landscape of the Anti-Atlas. Ouarzazate, or Moroccan Hollywood - film studios, landscapes known from movies. After all, endless palm groves - date palms - the oldest fruit trees in the world. And finally, Zagora appears before us, the last big city before the desert, where we run our stable in the winter season. We rest in a hotel - traditionally Moroccan, but how different from a riad in Marrakech!
The south of Morocco is a completely different world.
All our Saharan expeditions start in the ocher city of Marrakesh. The city full of colorful carpets, mountains of spices, the smell of leather, endless stalls, spicy coffee, sweet nougat, snake charmers ... narrow streets, oriental food, spilling fruits, millions of olives ... but also plenty of monuments and gardens to explore. You can love or hate Marrakesh, but it's definitely worth a visit. At the end of the day, relax in the riad, with dinner on the terrace or patio - all in traditional Moroccan style.
GROUP: 12 riders
LEVEL: experienced riders
PRICE: 920 euro
included: accommodation, meals, horses, transfers
flight, meals on the way, tickets for sightseeing, insurance
Last day with your horse friends. After 6 days spent together, we believe that they have become your best travel companions. They showed you the world from their back. Today, shorter, but intense, we turn up the pace - a lot of gallops, also along narrow paths through villages, turns, among suburban gardens. And again the river - it can be rapid and deep, and it may turn out that we only get our hooves wet. Rivers in Morocco come and go. Farewell to horses, lunch and urban pleasures -
shopping, hammam, henna and rest.