PROGRAM Agadir Sable d'Or (8d/7n)
Arrival at the airport of Agadir. Please tell us your hour of expected arrival so we can get you at the airport. We will have dinner at the hotel and sleep there.
We will meet the horses about 40 km outside Agadir. The ride starts in the fertile Soussplane with many beautiful sandy roads allowing many gallops. In this region, the vegetables are grown in greenhouses to protect them against too big changes in temperature. Like this, you can have tomatoes, potatoes and courgettes all year round even in winter! Between the greenhouses are some open fields where dry bushes are growing that the people here are using to feed their sheep and goats. The camp is outside the last villages. An immense plain goes until the mountains on the horizon.
Long sandy roads that never end take us from one Berber village to the next one. Here, made out of red clay, the walls are mostly hidden by cactus bushes, but you may see that behind every cactus a pair of curious eyes will look at us wherever we go, as horses and riders are a very unusual sight in these regions. Under the hot sun, the farmers here are only capable of growing a few crops but basically they are living most of the time on their livestock of sheep and goats, taken care of by young children or old people.
Today we will leave the fertile plains of the Souss to descend into the rocky and deserted hills, filled with cactus fields and bushes. The Berber people in this region live basically on the production of oil from the nuts of the local Argan trees and on the sheep that they raise. It's surprising to see the little goats being able to climb in the bushes here to get the few leaves that are still left. Since some years the Argan oil is booming. The oil is even sold all over the world for cosmetics.
The stop at noon will be at the side of the lake, located between the mountains. In the afternoon we will continue our way between the hills under the pleasant chanting of birds. We will spend the night at the shore of the lake Youssef Ibn Tachafine.
Today we climb over the hills of Tachilla that will give us one more view of the blue waters of the lake before we will head for the region of Tiznit. The landscape will vary between dry sand dunes, big rocky plains and a deep canions we have to cross. We will leave the horses in a small village and a car will take us to the city of Tiznit.
Tiznit was built in 1882 by Sultan Moulay Al Hassan I of the Alaouiten Dynasty. Tiznit was a fort for the Arab people against the Berber tribes.
Tiznit is very famous for his silver works. In the afternoon we will visit the Medina of Tiznit and you have time to look at the Silver work.
We will have dinner and spend the night at a hotel in Tiznit.
Return to the horses who spent the night outside Tiznit. In the morning we cross the stony plane towards the Atlantic. After the first hour we reach a wood of succulents and cactuses. This wild part is very impressive and often we have to search for the way. Finally we come to the last hill. A fresh wind blows over from the Atlantic. long gallops over the sandy plane brings us to the Atlantic. We follow sometimes on sandy ways sometimes on the beach and enjoy the waves. Pick nick is beside the Atlantic on top of the coast. In the afternoon many long gallops brings us to the camp on the Atlantic coast.
The entire morning we will follow the coast of the Atlantic ocean, going once in a while into the dunes and low hills nearby. The morning ride will end on a enormous deserted beach where we will have the chance for a real race. Only the cries of the seagulls and the sound of the waves break the silence in this area. Waves of birds, seagulls and pink flamingos will make way as our horses are racing neck by neck. Beforelunch, we will reach the Souss that is also a big bird reservation and their chants will accompany us for a long time. Pick-nick will be in the middle of a big eucalyptus forest. Slowly we will come back to civilisation
After an emotional goodbye with our horses, we will
be driven back towards the hotel where we will share our last meal and sleep for the night.
Individual return from Hotel.