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South Africa Horse Riding Tour

Join Klein Karoo Horse Adventures for an unforgettable six-day trail ride from the Southern Cape Coast to De Rust in the Klein Karoo.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 198 pounds / 90kilograms
  • Tack Type: English tack

Highlights

  • 6 days of horse riding
  • Program for intermediate and advanced riders
  • Ride through beach, coastal plains, valley, and mountains
  • A dedicated horse during the trails
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • Airport transfer

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


7 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Comfortable lodge accommodations and one night of camping in the wild are provided throughout the trip. The entire group of riders may not always be accommodated in the same house, but meals are always taken together. You will sleep in shared or private rooms with sharing bathrooms except otherwise arranged. Towels and linen are provided. You will have access to a kitchen with coffee or tea-making facilities.

Program

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival Day

Arrival by 14:00 for lunch at the beach house. Check-in, lunch, ride briefing, short afternoon ride to check horses & tack. Unsaddle, relax, and dinner. Bonus 1.5-hour trail ride at a game reserve.

  • Accommodation: Glentana Beach, near George. Six rooms with three bathrooms

Day 2

Breakfast and transfer to Hoekwil. Ride on the beautiful coastal plain farmland and indigenous forest.

  • Accommodation: Hoekwil. Stay over on a dairy farm. Sharing two rooms per bathroom.

Day 3

Cross the Outeniqua Mountain via indigenous forest an old pioneer pass to the Langkloof region, north of the mountain.

  • Accommodation: Herold. Farm hotel. Cottage and stable rooms with lots of bathrooms.

Day 4

Ride across the Kammanassie plain to Jacobsdal.

  • Accommodation: Kammanassie farm. Farmhouse with six rooms and three bathrooms.

Day 5

Cross the Kammanassie Mountain into a secluded valley where we will camp.

  • Accommodation: Wild camping. Stretchers with bed rolls (tents only if rainy). Long drop with hot shower.

Day 6

Ride from our camping spot in the Kammanassie mountain to our farm, Doornkraal via the town of De Rust.

  • Accommodation: Doornkraal farm & neighbouring farms. Farmhouse dinner. Various rooms and cottages with ample bathrooms.

Day 7

A final on and around Doornkraal or you can choose to relax.

  • Accommodation: Doornkraal farm & neighbouring farms

Day 8 - Departure Day

Breakfast and departure/transfer after breakfast and goodbyes.

About the tour

The 150-kilometer trail ride covers a variety of terrain, gravel roads, farm roads, footpaths, forgotten jeep tracks, and even an old Voortrekker and trade route. Prepare yourself for lots of history, culture, breathtaking vistas, varied terrain and riding experiences, and wonderful conversation and food. Transport is provided every day for the luggage to the next overnight stop by a backup team.

Riders

The ride is intended for intermediate to expert riders. You must be riding fit to be in the saddle for at least six hours and able to ride well, at all paces, including a rising trot and at a canter. The weight limit for riders is 90 kilograms. Please bring your own helmet or rent one from Klein Karoo Horse Adventures.

Tack and saddle bags

Klein Karoo Horse Adventures has two liversage stock saddles and the rest are English saddles. They will provide some saddle bags (they are not huge, but good for bits and bobs and saddle bag lunch for two of the days) for all riders which is handy for water and personal items. You are welcome to bring additional travel bags, as long as you have ways to tie them to your saddle. They do not recommend that you carry a backpack, except if you prefer to carry a small camelback for water.

Luggage

Please pack conservatively (not too much luggage please). For those traveling far to come on the trail, they suggest that you pack a smaller bag with clothing or necessary items for two days and leave the balance of your luggage in the truck so that everything does not have to be unpacked every day. They will let you know the possible weather closer to the trail ride’s date which will make packing more efficient.

Location

The tour will take place in South Africa. Glentana Beach is 15 minutes drive from George Airport (GRJ) on the Indian Ocean. Doornkraal farm is just east of De Rust in the Klein Karoo.

Food

Enjoy your wholesome home-cooked meals and local dishes every day as well as a beer or drink at the end of each day of riding and drinks at lunch included in the price. In the mornings you can fill your own water bottle with water or cooldrink for your saddle bag. All of the overnight lodges have excellent-quality water. You are welcome to bring your preferred drinks, or Klein Karoo Horse Adventures can arrange it for you.

Some groups also asked Klein Karoo Horse Adventures to arrange the drinks and they split the cost. On your way to De Rust, you can stop at the farm shop, Doornkraal Padstal. They stock wines, whiskey, brandy, and gin of all Klein Karoo cellars, excluding beer. Keep in mind that their support staff and bakkie will only pass through George on day five, between Louvain and Oakhurst, so make sure you are stocked up with saddle bag snacks, personal requirements, and additional drinks before arriving for the trip.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 6 days of riding
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • A beer or drink at the end of each day of riding
  • Drinks at lunches
  • Your own dedicated horse for the entire trail
  • Transporting your luggage between lodging
  • Airport transfers

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Transport to the starting point of the trail
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Special diets

How to get there

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Monday September 9, 2024
Departure: Monday September 16, 2024

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