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Essaouira: Full-Day Horse Riding Tour with Lunch

1. Essaouira: Full-Day Horse Riding Tour with Lunch

This full-day activity is suitable for horse riders of all abilities, from beginner to advanced. Starting from the Ranch de Diabat, your guide will take you on a route that first runs along the river. Stop to see the ruins of the Black Sultan’s palace before riding along a sandy beach. Admire the views of the Portuguese castle on the island of Mogador. Riders of intermediate or advanced ability will have the option of a longer tour, heading a bit inland. After a picnic lunch at noon, you’ll ride along the sand dunes, past fishermen’s cottages, and to a fresh water spring. The tour continues through a forest and then returns to the ranch. The pace of the tour will be adapted according to your preference and ability.

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Essaouira: One Hour Dromedary Ride

2. Essaouira: One Hour Dromedary Ride

Depart the Ranch de Diabat on a peaceful dromedary camel. Discover the charming nature of these large animals while exploring the surrounding. This tour is ideal for groups and families with small children as the dromedary has a gentle nature.  Enjoy a ride just a few minutes from Essaouira. Walking a large beach with soft sand. Relax in the ocean breeze and see the famous island of Mogador. Pass by dunes and see the tucked away, former home of the Black Sultan. Finally cross the forest of wild Mimosas and Thuya on your return. 

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Essaouira Sand Dunes: Half Day Quad Bike Tour

3. Essaouira Sand Dunes: Half Day Quad Bike Tour

Enjoy the golden sand dunes of Essaouira by thrilling quad bike transit. After a brief safety information session, and after having adorned yourself in protective gear, you will have a tour test to get used to your quad bike and the safety rules. Once this is completed, your 3 hour quad bike tour will begin. Your tour will begin by crossing Oued Ksob to the ruins of the Sultan's Palace that accompany you to the wild beach of Diabat. Following this you will navigate through the magnificent dune fields, driving on both sandy and rocky paths to overlook the Atlantic Ocean.

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Essaouria: Beach & Big Dunes 2-Hour Quad Biking Tour

4. Essaouria: Beach & Big Dunes 2-Hour Quad Biking Tour

Enjoy an exciting two-hour quad bike tour, with incredible views of Essaouira. To ensure you can safely enjoy the vast beaches of Essaouira and the big dunes of Capsim you will need to go through a safety briefing and be instructed on how to drive a quad bike.  You will get geared up with clean, professional equipment and take a test ride on your quad before you head out on your adventure. After a few minutes on the road, cross the Oued Ksob and the ruins of the Sultan's Palace that lead you to the amazing beach After visiting the beach, navigate the magnificent dune fields, driving on the curvy sandy dunes. Enjoy the amazing views of the desert and have fun on your quad bike. Revive your energy with water and a snack. You will be able to take as many breaks as you want to enjoy the scenery while on your tour. 

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Essaouira: Guided Quad Biking Adventure

5. Essaouira: Guided Quad Biking Adventure

Experience the thrill of a quad biking adventure in Essaouira with a group of friends or family. Discover the hinterland of this beautiful region accompanied by an expert guide. Explore diverse landscapes including vast sand dunes, lush pine forests and cherished landmarks like Dar Sultan Palace, Bourj El Baroud and more.  Whether you’re an experienced driver or just a beginner, benefit from an expert instructor who will tailor your experience to your skill level and preferences. Pump up your adrenaline as you zoom around this stunning location and snap some atmospheric photos as souvenirs along the way.

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3-Hours Dromedary Ride Essaouira, Morocco

6. 3-Hours Dromedary Ride Essaouira, Morocco

Take a moment to relax and explore nature with this dromedary tour experience. The dromedary rides are ideal for groups or families with small children. During this tour, discover the surroundings of the Ranch de Diabat in peace. Just a few minutes from Essaouira, the ride begins at the Ranch de Diabat. Continue on to the dunes, where the former home of the Black Sultan is hidden. You can roam the long beaches, overlooking the Portuguese castle on the island of Mogador. You will climb the dunes and pass by fishermen's cottages near a fresh water spring, where the animals can refresh. The route back to the Ranch de Diabat takes you along a small path through the heart of the forest. The dromedary is a quiet and friendly animal that will allow you to enjoy this tour with family or friends.

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Essaouira: 2-Hour Camel Ride

7. Essaouira: 2-Hour Camel Ride

Ride a camel across Essaouira’s beaches, dunes and forests on a 2-hour guided ride. Take in the rhythmic sway of the camel’s gait from a traditional saddle, and absorb stunning views of the Atlantic coast. Scramble up the sides of steep sandy dunes, explore shady forests and get a camel’s-eye view of Essaouira’s tranquil countryside. You will be picked up from your hotel and head to the beaches of Essaouira. This 2-hour camel ride allows you to gain insight into the Moroccan way of life through contact with Moroccans, and experience the unspoilt beauty and nature of the country. This strange animal will rapidly charm you with his intelligence and softness! Once the activity is finished, the driver guide will take you back to your city center hotel.

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Quad Biking: 1-Hour Near Essaouira

8. Quad Biking: 1-Hour Near Essaouira

Recommended for anyone seeking adventure and excitement, an excursion on a quad around Essaouira will allow you to explore the surroundings of Ranch de Diabat, where you can ride happily along the beach and lovely dunes. The 1-hour quad excursion starts from the ranch towards the beach and the small dunes, and arrives at a water source, where the animals come to drink. On the way back, you'll follow a winding track through the forest with mimosas and eucalyptus. Whether you come alone, as a pair or in a group, Ranch de Diabat offers you a terrific quad excursion in the heart of the wild and unspoilt landscape around Essaouira.

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From Essaouira: Dromedary Ride and Berber Tent Overnight

9. From Essaouira: Dromedary Ride and Berber Tent Overnight

Discover life in Moroccan caravans and nomad camps on a one-day tour with overnight. Explore the regions surrounding Essaouira and Diabat. Climb aboard a dromedary for a three-hour tour past the Oued River, the sandy beaches opposite the island of Mogador, and the ruins of the Black Sultan's Palace.  Cross the forest filled with thuya, mimosa, and eucalyptus to reach the large Omar dunes and a small fishing village. After a break near a fresh water spring, where free-range cows drink, return to Ranch de Diabat. Travel then by car to the Berber camp, situated about 30 minutes from the ranch within a picturesque landscape. Upon arrival, you'll be greeted with traditional mint tea and Moroccan pastries to enjoy under the tent equipped with mattresses and low tables. Settle into the wonderful location right by the sea, among beaches and cliffs, before witnessing the beautiful sunset from the camp. For dinner, the chef will serve an authentic Moroccan meal including a meat, fish, or vegetable tagine, Beldi bread, and seasonal fruit. At bedtime, get comfortable in your tent in the heart of Souirie nature. The next morning, wake for a Moroccan breakfast of bread, cheese, orange juice, coffee, milk, and tea. Drive back to the ranch where you will have the opportunity to take a shower. Conclude the tour with hotel drop-off in Essaouira.

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Full-Day Dromedary Ride in Essaouira

10. Full-Day Dromedary Ride in Essaouira

The dromedary rides are an ideal offer for groups or families with young children. While on the animal, you can explore the area of Ranch de Diabat calmly. Just minutes from Essaouira, the ride starts at the Ranch de Diabat, followed by the dunes, where the Old Palace of  the Black Sultan is hidden. Roam the long beach, with views of the Portuguese castle on the Island of Mogador. Climb the dunes and pass by fishing huts, located near a source of fresh water, where the free animals can refresh during the day. Take a break and enjoy a picnic lunch. The way back to the Ranch de Diabat over a small path in the heart of the forest. The dromedary is a quiet animal, friendly to anyone and is going to offer a pleasant time with family or friends.

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What people are saying about Essaouira

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 36 reviews

We were unsure about a camel ride at all, as we didn’t want to see any animals being mistreated or badly kept. But we were reassured by reviews and decided to go for a one-hour ride. It was an excellent choice and we had a great time. We didn’t see any evidence at all of bad treatment. As it was only an hour trip, the scenery wasn’t very inspiring, but we did get down to the beach. The guide was good at taking photos and we were offered mint tea back at the stables.

Great experience! Professional introduction and equipment. The tour is incredibly fun, you drive through the dunes and on the beach and see the abandoned Essaouira away from the hustle and bustle in the city. Super nice team and guide who takes pictures during the tour. I would recommend it to everyone :)

Going on a quad tour was the perfect way to explore the desert landscape and coastline. Our guide only spoke Arabic but made sure we were safe and had a great experience. Can only recommend doing this for 3 hours of breathtaking scenery and adrenaline.

Mr. Moustafa welcomed us very well, he has a crazy talent. He takes care of his camels with love. They understand it at a sign or a glance. 1h wonderful with extraordinary views. He also took photos like that of a postcard.

Perfect! Friendly staff, great introduction to the Quadbikes, fantastic route along the beach and through the dunes. Solely the quads themselves were quite old, but still had the power to get the adrenaline pumping.