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South Africa Horse Riding Holiday

Experience one of South Africa’s and the Garden Route’s best-kept secrets on horseback! To begin with, Oudebosch Guest Farm definitely offers a unique horseriding experience in an area also known as the Floral Kingdom of the Garden Route. On this small game farm, situated alongside the slopes of the beautiful Langeberg Mountains and in the shadow of the well known Sleeping Beauty Mountain Peak, guests will have the opportunity to ride on level-headed and very well trained trail horses in surely one of the best kept secret areas in the Garden Route, South Africa.

Meet the instructors

Eben
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Highlights

  • Daily horse riding
  • Total time in the saddle: 23 hours
  • Riding through various terrain and landscape
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided
  • Experienced horse riding guide
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Afrikaans
Group size: 2-8 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Guests can choose from any one of the luxury self-catering cottages or enjoy the full hospitality offering including continental breakfast and special BOMA dinners in the beautiful venue overlooking the mountains and pastures with wildlife grazing within touching distance.

Grysbok

Grysbok is a lovely cottage with a huge undercover patio and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. The wildlife will be greeting you right on your front patio early morning and late afternoon. The cottage can easily accommodate four guests with one double room and a second adjacent room with two twin beds.

The full family bathroom services both rooms and consists of all one need to relax in the bath with a glass of wine and a good book. This cottage boasts both an inside and outside braai and fireplace area.

Ribbok

Ribbok is a lovely two-bedroomed cottage with one double and two twin beds. Each room has a private ensuite bathroom with a shower. The living area flows out onto an undercover patio with braai facilities to enjoy those perfect African sunsets while watching the wildlife graze on your doorstep.

Bosbok

Bosbok is a lovely two-bedroomed cottage with one double and two twin beds, both with ensuite bathrooms. The spacious living area with indoor fire and braai facilities leads out to a large undercover patio with stunning views of the surrounding mountain range. The cottage comfortably sleeps four guests.

Program

Day 1: Arrival

Arrive at Oudebosch Guest Farm around 12 noon. Check into comfortable and luxury farm-style accommodation and enjoy a light lunch followed by an introduction to the horses, hosts, and the facilities. You can enjoy a late afternoon introductory ride before dinner. Dinner will be a relaxed “farm-style braai” at the main fireplace, where everyone can get to know each other.

Day 2: Farm ride

Prepare the horses for the "farm ride" starting at 7:30 a.m. and the ride will start as soon as all are ready. It’s relaxed riding through local farmland, going on cattle tracks, and past old homesteads. There is some wildlife on the farm, zebra and antelopes like Eland, Springbok, Duiker, and Grysbok; wild troops of baboons can also be seen.

After a three-hour ride, lunch will be served en-route during a nice long rest, this will give you and the horses time to rejuvenate for the next leg of the ride. This will take you along a different route back to the Oudebosch Homestead, finishing at 5 p.m. The famous “Oudebosch Pizza” straight from the farm's own pizza oven, will be served for dinner.

Day 3: Forest and mountain ride

Today will be the real exploration of the Sleeping Beauty Mountain range and the vast pine forest at its foothills. Lunch will be served at a waterfall mid-route on a neighboring farm called “Windhoek”, close to the Garcia Mountain pass. Following a different route back, end your day at Oudebosch Guest Farm. Enjoy a homemade “farm kitchen dinner” at the Oudebosch Barn.

Day 4: Korrentepoort Dam ride

Throughout South African farmland, there are very important water storage dams. During this ride, you will visit the local one called Korrentepoort Dam. The aim is to follow various routes to have the best views of the dam, have a nice lunch, and swim with the horses at the historic old-school building that was recently renovated for accommodation and picnic purposes.

The ride ends back at Oudebosch Homestead and dinner will be fresh fish on the grill.

Day 5: Akkerbos ride

Scout the trail to two old Oak tree forests dating back to the 1700/1800s. Legend has it that the first of these trees were originally planted by the stagecoach drivers that scouted and developed these transport routes from Historic Cape Town through these areas. The aim back then was to create these forests as sheltered areas where travelers could stay overnight.

Lunch will be served in the deep shade of these old giants. The ride ends back at Oudebosch Homestead and the last dinner will be a grand traditional South African braai, laden with various traditional favorite dishes.

Day 6: Departure

Enjoy breakfast for the last time of your stay, overlooking the beautiful rock swimming pool with the Langeberg Mountains in the background.

Instructors

Eben Karsten

Location

Welcome to Oudebosch Mountain Lodge! Nestled in the shadow of the beautiful Sleeping Beauty Mountain peak just outside Riversdale, Oudebosch Mountain Lodge awaits guests with spectacular views and true South African hospitality.

Food

Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to do (optional)

Oudebosch offers something for every visitor from the adventurous to the nature lovers and more. Below are only a few of the activities on offer in and around Oudebosch Mountain Lodge.

Nature drives

Experience the beauty of the Oudebosch farm and the unique environment, in this nature-lovers paradise, on one of the one or two-hour nature drives under the guidance of an experienced and knowledgeable guide. You will see wildlife such as zebra, springbok, bontebok, eland, and bushbuck up close and personal.

Hiking

Go for a hike in the beautiful mountain range or just take a gentle stroll near out springbuck and eland. Those more adventures among you can hike across the beautiful mountain streams and pastures.

Canoeing

Canoeing is available on the nearby dam and provides guests with the opportunity to experience the breathtaking views from the comfort of their own canoe. Please inquire about availability at the reception as this activity is weather depending.

Mountain biking

Bring your mountain bike and explore the interesting and scenic routes in the area. They will be more than willing to provide you with maps and GPS coordinates for a 20, 40, or 80-kilometer route.

Swimming

The newly completed swimming pool provides a respite from the summer heat and hours of fun for the young and young at heart.

Activities for children

Children enjoy the wide-open spaces, jungle gym, and large green lawns to play on. Play ball with the very energetic border collie, she throws a ball back at you better than you can imagine!

What's included

  • 4 days with horse riding
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Use of riding gears and horses

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Additional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic beverages

How to get there

Driving directions

  • Drive into town with the N2 and take the turn into Riversdale -at the R-sign.
  • If you are coming in from Mossel Bay, you will turn right into the town and if you are coming from Cape Town, you turn left.
  • From the turn off into town from the N2, you will cross a railway crossing. Carry on with this road, you will see the Spar on your right-hand side; drive on until you see Riversdal Apteek/Pharmacy (it is an old building) on your left-hand side. Turn left in Kerkstraat.
  • Carry on with this road, you will see that you are driving out of town, the SSK Agri will be on your right and the silos on your left. Just carry on with the road crossing the VETTE RIVIER.
  • Just past the VETTE RIVIER, you will see the OAKDALE AGRICULTURAL SCHOOL on your right-hand side.
  • About 50 meters past the main entrance of the school, you will see a sign: KORINTEPOORT DAM. Turn left on this gravel road. Almost immediately, take the right fork of the road following the Korrentepoort dam's signs.
  • From the point where you've taken the gravel road, you drive past the Korentepoort Dam until you reach a hill where you will see a sign on your right: Piet en Linda Muir Oudebosch. TURN RIGHT at this sign and carry on for about 2.2 kilometers until you see a stone wall on your right hand (the name Oudebosch is on it in gold letters) turn right at the stone wall, you are here now!
  • Turn immediately left on the grass until reaching the buildings, staff will meet you there.

Drive safely and they’re looking forward to meeting you.

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 on arrival.

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