Beginners' Horse Riding Holiday in South Africa

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Oakhurst Farm offers a healthy slice of rural bliss for the entire family! From stylish and comfortable accommodation options to plenty of good ol’ fashioned farm fun for the kids and adults alike. A visit here will remain a family memory for years to come. Your experience here will be complete with a horse riding trail. Oakhurst Farm Cottages' calm and gentle horses are available for guided trails along the dedicated riding routes. This holiday is ideal for beginners and the trails on horseback offer an unforgettable farm experience!

Highlights

  • 2 beginners' horse rides
  • Approximate daily riding time: 90 minutes
  • Professional guidance for your every step
  • Use of helmets and tacks
  • 2 nights’ accommodation
  • Snacks

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


2 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Afrikaans, English
The maximum participants in the group is 4
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Horse riding
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding
  • Patio

You’re spoilt for choice at Oakhurst. All of Oakhurst’s accommodation comes with oodles of personal touches, extra comforts, and a great spread of farm activities. Here it’s all about comfort, relaxation, and if you’re up for it, getting stuck into the Oakhurst action.

Farm Cottages

The Farm Cottages have been a part of Oakhurst for the past 30 years. Kween’s Kaya, Awies Attic, Leenies Lair, Hans’s Hollow and Nick’s Nook are set along the edge of a section of forest, intersected with a gurgling stream that flows during the rainy periods. Each cottage is privately positioned and fully set up for self-catering, with a well-equipped kitchen and cozy living area with wooden floors. The living area, in turn, opens out onto a large wooden deck and braai area.

This is the spot where you can either enjoy a good meal around the large wooden table or simply enjoy some of Oakhurst’s fine mountain air while getting stuck into a good book. Each cottage has three bedrooms (one double and two twins) and sleeps up to six people. There is a central bathroom with shower. Garden Route winters can be cold, and a fire roaring in the kitchen’s wood-burning stove sets the perfect atmosphere for farm's winters.

The Schoolyard

Once the school to Oakhurst’s farm children, this building has been lovingly restored and converted into four character-packed, fully equipped units, each with a double and twin bedroom. The long school building houses three of these units, namely Landon’s Loft, Holly’s Hangout, and Anna’s Apartment. The latter two are ideal for larger groups sharing, as they include inter-leading doors between each unit. All have independent braai areas (wood included), patio’s, kitchenettes, and a bathroom with shower.

Set away from the main building is Isak’s Eden, the fourth unit which also has separate double and twin rooms, a kitchenette, private patio and braai area and equal amounts of rustic Oakhurst charm. Just like the rest of Oakhurst's farm accommodation, The Schoolyard puts you right in the center of the action, and within walking distance (500 minutes) of the children’s play area, the farm dam and the swimming reservoir. With those gorgeous rural views and fresh country air, there’s plenty of reason to get out and explore.

Oakhurst Farm Cottages Horse Riding Holiday South Africa Program

Once you arrive at Oakhurst Farm Cottages, you will settle in and can do a late afternoon ride (depending on when they get to the farm). The ride consists of one and a half hour's ride through the farm forest and on trails across some pastures and fields. Please remember that the five horses that Oakhurst Farm Cottages has are only trail horses, so no trotting and cantering. Oakhurst Farm Cottages can accommodate four guests at a time as the fifth horse is for the guide. Once you are done, the guests can return to their cottages. In the following morning, depending on what time the group would like to ride, you will do another one and a half hour's ride through the forest.

Location

This two-day holiday will take place at Oakhurst Farm Cottages, beaming with rustic country's elegance and romantic charm, located in Hoekwil, South Africa.

Nearby places

  • Garden Route Trail Park, 24 kilometers
  • George, 35 kilometers
  • Knysna, 45 kilometers
  • Wilderness, 20 kilometers

Features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Trail running

General

  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace
  • Patio

Services

  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding

Food

Please remember that this holiday is self-catering. However, a picnic basket with breakfast made up of muesli, yogurt, and some fruit can be arranged. Oakhurst Farm Cottages has a little shop on the property that allows you to buy fresh milk, meat, and so on.

The following meals are included:

  • Snacks

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

Things to do (optional)

  • Farm walks
  • Farm’s waterfall hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Oakhurst Dairy visit
  • Trail running
  • Wall climbing and jungle gym

What's included

  • 2 riding sessions on 2 trails (1 hour and 30 minutes each)
  • Use of helmets and tacks
  • Professional guidance
  • 2 nights’ accommodation
  • Snacks

What's not included

  • Picnic baskets

How to get there

Driving direction from the N2 between George and Sedgefield

  • Take the Hoekwil turnoff, which leaves the N2.
  • Follow this road and bypass Hoekwil village to continue for 7.2 kilometers to the farm gate.
  • Having turned right off the tar, continue for 2.4 kilometers on gravel to reach the signposted junction to the Farm Cottages, The Schoolyard, and The Forge.
  • Please note, to get to the Forge do not turn in at the Cottages, continue straight down the avenue and make sure you pass the church on your right. Guests staying at the Schoolyard will turn right and park at their allocated cottage

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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