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South Africa Horse Riding Tour

Join Klein Karoo Horse Adventures for an unforgettable seven-day trail ride from De Rust in the Klein Karoo to the Southern Cape coast and back.

Key information

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

Highlights

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

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


7 days with instruction
Group size: 6-10 participants
Airport transfer included: George Airport
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Accommodation

All in comfortable farm or lodge accommodation in sharing rooms with sharing bathrooms but there is never a shortage of bathrooms. Towels and linen are provided. You will have access to a kitchen with coffee or tea-making facilities. You will be camping on one of the nights.

Program

Daily itinerary

Day 1, Friday

Arrival from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. for lunch at Doornkraal. Check-in rooms, lunch, ride briefing, and a short afternoon ride to check horses and tack. Unsaddle, relax, and dinner.

  • Distance: 10 kilometers

Day 2, Saturday

Day ride in the vicinity of Doornkraal and De Rust.

  • Distance: 25 kilometers

Day 3, Sunday

Ride from Doornkraal to a wild camping spot in Kammanassie mountains via De Rust for lunch. Stretchers and bedrolls with linen (tents if expecting rain). Hot shower. Long drop toilet.

  • Distance: 25 kilometers

Day 4, Monday

Ride across Kammanassie Mountain (Home to Cape Mountain Zebras) to Jacobsdal farm. Saddle bag lunch. Farmhouse with six rooms and three bathrooms.

  • Distance: 25 kilometers

Day 5, Tuesday

Ride from Jacobsdal to Louvain farm lodge at the foot of the Outeniqua mountains across a vast, rough landscape. Picnic lunch.

  • Distance: 35 kilometers

Day 6, Wednesday

Ride across Outeniqua mountain via a forgotten pioneer pass and some indigenous forest to Hoekwil on the coastal plain. Saddle bag lunch. Two rooms will share a bathroom.

  • Distance: 30 kilometers

Day 7, Thursday

Morning transfer to Glentana after breakfast, saddle up for a beach ride, your last riding day. One-and-a-half-hour ride in a game reserve will be fitted in somewhere.

Day 8, Friday

Depart or transfer after breakfast or when needed. Airport transfers can be arranged according to flight bookings.

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. You start at the foot of the Swartberg, cross the Klein Karoo, traverse the Kammanassie Mountains, and travel through the Langkloof, over the Outeniqua Mountains, and on to the coastal plain, where your trip ends on a seemingly endless beach. Prepare yourself for lots of history, culture, breathtaking vistas, varied terrain and riding experiences, and wonderful conversation and food.

You are welcome to extend your trip before the start of the ride at Doornkraal, your starting point, or linger longer at the beach near George, at the end of the ride. You are welcome to extend your trip before or after the trail ride. This exciting trail ride offered in the Garden Route and Klein Karoo by an experienced team of fantastic Cape Riding Horses, traverses two mountain ranges and the valleys in between.

You will be thrilled by the spectacular change in scenery from start to end, especially combined with warm hospitality and local food and wine. It is a supported trip, with a dedicated support team looking after everything from luggage transfer to catering to guiding. The 150-180-kilometer trail ride covers a variety of terrain, gravel roads, farm roads, footpaths, forgotten jeep tracks, and even an old Voortrekker and trade route.

You start at the foot of the Swartberg, cross the Klein Karoo, traverse the Kammanassie Mountains, and travel through the Langkloof, over the Outeniqua Mountains, and on to the coastal plain, where your trip ends on a seemingly endless beach. Prepare yourself for lots of history, culture, breathtaking vistas, varied terrain and riding experiences, and wonderful conversation and food.

Tack and saddlebags

They have two liversage trail 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.

Participatory ride

Riders will be responsible for preparing and unsaddling their own horses, of course with the assistance of the team. The team will look after the feeding and general stuff concerning the horses.

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.

Please make sure that you have no loose stuff in for instance shopping bags, it will be damaged and possibly lost. Luggage tags will be provided by them. If you have any luggage that can be stored while on the trip, you are welcome to leave it with them. The backup vehicle will have to travel on very dusty roads, so make sure your luggage can get a bit dusty on some days.

Horses

Cape riding horses, which is the ancestor of the Boerperd, a recognized breed in South Africa. They are known for their excellent temperament and sure-footedness. You will be asked on entering one of their rides to describe your perfect horse, and they will do their best to match you to the best horse.

Level of skill required

Intermediate plus to experienced riders. You must be able to control your horse at all paces in the open, even a bit faster but controlled canter. You are welcome to let the guide know if you are nervous about anything, and they will assist where they can to make you feel safe.

Pace

Four to six hours in the saddle per day, riding at all paces. It is not a race, and the pace can be described as medium.

Location

The tour will take place in South Africa.

Food

All meals and snacks from lunch on day one to breakfast on the last day, basic soft drinks, water, tea, and coffee are included in the price. Please be aware that it is very difficult to cater to everyone’s special needs on a trip like this, and Klein Karoo Horse Adventures is therefore not able to accommodate all dietary preferences. They are of course happy to let you know if dishes contain allergens or anything that you can eat.

If you have a very strict dietary requirement that involves specialized catering, you are welcome to bring it or it will involve an extra cost. Please keep in mind that they have limited space in the backup vehicle, but will go out of their way as far as practically possible to accommodate exceptions. Bring your own thermal water flask (maximum 750 milliliters for your saddlebags, but a 500-milliliter fits better) or lend one from them. Make sure to fill it in the mornings before saddling up.

All of your overnight lodges have excellent quality water drinking water out of the taps. Included in your ride is coffee and tea (Ceylon and Rooibos Tea) with rusks at your accommodation spots as well as water some soft drinks and a welcome drink at arrival every day. They provide an honors bar with wine, beer, mineral water, and spirits or mixers for the entire trip. Special requests and limited bring your welcome.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda

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

  • 7 riding days
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All meals and snacks
  • Basic soft drinks, water, tea, and coffee
  • Your own dedicated horse with equipment
  • Airport transfers to and from George Airport
  • Luggage transport (supported trip)
  • A guide with support team

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Special dietary requirements
  • Other beverages
  • Single supplement fee
  • Tipping
  • Medical expenses
  • Extra costs associated with personal damage
  • Insurance
  • Laundry

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: George Airport Airport transfer included: George Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

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.
8 days / 7 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 6 participants

Friday August 30, 2024
(8 days / 7 nights)

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