Aftass means 'beach' in berber language, and the beaches of the region of Essaouira are endless and breathtaking.
As a small ‘family run’ ranch we cater to your specific requests. We love to host smaller groups with a personal touch to preserve the quality of real human interaction and assure a nice contact between you and our horses.
Each horse has its personality - just as humans do - and we love to make a good match between a rider and his four legged companion.
Respect for the animals and nature is always central in what we do.
Ranch Aftass is based at the edge of the Berber village Diabat just next to the Ksab river. It’s a typical Berber farm constructed mainly of recuperated materials. The farm is owned by Ahmad Saltani and has been in his family for many years.
Diabat is the village just next to Essaouira, also known for the passage of Jimi Hendrix in 1969 and a strong concentration of hippies in the 60-ties.
Ranch Aftass is run today by Ahmad Saltani and Maaike Wuyts.
Ahmad has been organizing guided walks on horseback for over ten years. He has hosted people from all over the world. People that never had been on a horse before or experienced riders. He always finds the good connection between a rider and one of his horses.
He was born and raised in the village of Diabat and knows the region of Essaouira by heart as well as many stories and anecdotes. He loves to share his passion for horses and Moroccan culture.
Maaike came to Essaouira for the first time in 2018. As a music professional she came to assist the annual Gnaua Music Festival. She fell in love with this magical place filled with rich cultural history, its ocean with endless beaches and beautiful barb-arab horses.
She's is a passionate horse lover from Belgium and ride since she's 6 years old. In 2019 she decided to spent more time in Morocco and buy her own horse.
When Maaike was looking for a good stable for her horse, she met Ahmad and this was the start of a shared dream.
Today we love to share our passion about horses and the beauty of Berber life. We always take the time to accompany you and make you feel safe and welcome during your trips.
We love to work with kids as well as experienced riders. We have horses that fit different wishes and the needs of different types of riders.
We can welcome you in following languages:
Hope to see you soon!
Ahmad & Maaike
Ranch Aftass is run by Ahmad and Maaike, two passionate horselovers, who put respect for animals and nature at the center of their attention.
Diabat, Essaouira (Marrakesh)
Phone Ahmad: +212 6 28 47 72 10
Phone Maaike: +212 6 98 54 68 60
or +32 473 37 19 70 (whatsapp)
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