"Look through the ears of a horse and get a new perspective on life"

Magical Discovery of Essaouira's surroundings

1 to 3 Hours - Designed for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders

Essaouira has attracted people from different horizons. The Portuguese used Essaouira as one of their main harbors to travel to America. In the 18th Century Sultan ... build his Palace next to River Ksab. In 1969 Jimi Hendrix payed a visit to Diabat. We'll follow their footsteps and discover some of the remains of the castle of the Sultan and Portuguese fortifications. We wander across the eucalyptus and mimosa forests and the sand dunes with splendid views on the ocean. On the longer trips we go more inland next to the river and also visit the Berber villages. 


1  hour  - 150dh      
2 hours - 250 dh    

3 hours - 300 dh    


Daily upon request between sunrise and sunset. 


Romantic Sunset Trips

1 to 3 Hours - Designed for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders

Have you ever watched the sun set over the ocean while riding endless beaches on a beautiful stallion? This is an experience that will be engraved in your memories and hearts forever.

If you'd like we can also stop for a little break and enjoy an aperitif together while watching the sun set (upon request and for small additional cost).


1 hour - 150dh 
2 hours - 250 dh

3 hours - 300 dh 


According to the sunset times departures late afternoon and getting back shortly after sunset.

Unique Day Trips with lunch

half or full day - Designed for intermediate and advanced riders

If you're more comfortable on a horse, it's definitely one of the best ways to explore the sights you wouldn't be able to discover on your own (on foot or by car).

We offer day- excursions by horse with a lunch included.

We either go for a pic-nic near the river, sea or in the forest: we pack our own food and drinks and make a nice grill during our break.
We also offer trips where we stop and have lunch either in a Berber family or in a beautiful restaurant with incredible views to the ocean.


small trip with pic nic

450dh/ person 

mid trip with berber lunch

600 dh/ person   

long trip with stop at restaurant

900 dh/ person   


small trip (4 hours) 10h - 14h

to the beach or down the river

mid trip (6 hours) 10h - 16h

from river to Berber village and back via beach

long trip (8 hours) 10h - 18h

via Berber village to Sidi Kauki and back by the ocean

Trekking in unspoiled landscapes

several full days - Designed for intermediate and advanced riders

The journey between Essaouira and Sidi Kauki takes us along the river Ksab and through Berber villages, eucalyptus and argan forests to the beach of Sidi Kauki. If you take more than 2 days we have the opportunity to make excursions in the region of Sidi Kauki along the ocean to discover the waterfalls in Sidi Mbarak, the Berber villages and Cape Sim, or even hike all the way towards Agadir.

These trips guarantuee a unique experience with breathtaking views over the ocean and valleys; close contact to the Berber life style and local people.

Most of our guests describe it as a 'once in a lifetime' experience.

We collaborate with local bed & breakfast accommodations (sometimes with pool!), but can also design a trip in nomadic tents (minimum 5 pax.).


1000dh/ trekking-day/ person

this covers following costs:

  • use of horses and equipment
  • accomodation in double room
  • breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • transport of your luggage 


a trekking day looks like this:

  • 9h breakfast
  • 10h departure
  • 13h lunch break
  • 17h arrival to the accomodation
  • 20h dinner

At the return day, we arrive between 16h and 17h back in Diabat.

* Currency

150 dh approximately = 15 euro 

200 dh approximately = 20 euro

300 dh approximately = 30 euro


Ranch Aftass

love and authenticity


Ranch Aftass is run by Ahmad and Maaike, two passionate horselovers, who put respect for animals and nature at the center of their attention.

Get in Touch

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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