Riding camels in the Sahara is de rigueur, but did you know that you can also ride horses into the desert, and in plenty of other spots in Morocco, too? The View from Fez takes a look.
It's true there aren't many stables with well-looked after and well-trained horses, with and proper guides and insurance. But Maroc Rando Cheval on the Route d'Immouzer near Fez airport is a professional outfit with excellent facilities.
They not only offer horseriding trips into the Sahara, but also along the coast from Tangier to the lagoon at Moulay Bousselham (wonderful for birdwatching), into the Middle Atlas, around Volubilis and Meknes, to the thermal spa towns of Sidi Harazem and Moulay Yacoub,and into the mountains around Fez. Every Friday there's a ride around Fez; other trips are by arrangement.
riding in the Middle Atlas
The equestrian centre also offers lessons, dressage and a pony club for children. There's a clubhouse and large pool, and if you're horse-mad, you can even stay at Ryad al Faras on the same property.
See the website here.