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6 Days Sleeping Beauty Mountain Explorer Horse Riding Holiday in Riversdale, South Africa

Oudebosch Guest Farm, Korentepoort Dam Road, Riversdale, South Africa

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:
12:00

Owners Peter and Linda Muir love to share their little “Piece of Heaven” with their guests. Experience the serenity of true country life and farm hospitality on their farm. If you want to "get away from it all", Oudebosch is surely the place to visit! They give guests the option of self-catering in their cottages but also offer breakfasts and dinners.

Farmhouse breakfasts and traditional South African dinners in front of a fireplace are served in the Old Barn, with the stunning rock swimming pool in the background and roaming springbuck in the distance; bookings for meals are essential. There are lots of activities to choose from, to begin with, guests can go on an amazing horseriding trip, alongside zebra and antelope such as eland and bontebok (indigenous species).

Under the professional guidance of a qualified guide, guests can enjoy a nature drive in the fynbos area, crossing small rivers under clear blue skies and again coming up close and personal with wildlife. For the nature lover, this is definitely worth your while.

Grysbok

Grysbok is a lovely cottage accommodation on the Oudebosch farm with a huge undercover stoep and most importantly, stunning views. The cottage sleeps four guests and one bedroom has a double bed and the other has two single beds. The bathroom has a bath. There are an inside-the-cottage and outside braai.

Ribbok

Ribbok is a lovely two-bedroomed house. Each bedroom has its own bathroom with a shower. There is a living area with a fully equipped kitchen and undercover patio with braai. Most importantly, they are overlooking the game camps and mountains.

Program

Riversdale is also known as the Gateway to the Garden Route. Let this be your first stop and experience true South African farm hospitality and you will surely never forget your first experience of South Africa’s well known Garden Route. Not only will guests have an unforgettable horse riding experience but also, by the same token, have the opportunity to come close to many South Africa’s National emblems such as animals, flowers, trees, and birds.

At Oudebosch Guest Farm, they give a home to the Springbuck, which is South Africa’s national animal, when in bloom, riders will be able to see the National Flower, the King Protea, and occasionally in the background, you will be able to see the country’s National Bird, the Blue Crane bird.

The Blue Crane’s breeding season is from September till December and guests can have the rare opportunity to see Blue Cranes with their young, with springbuck grazing in the background. Furthermore, guests will definitely see Zebra, Eland, and Bontebok from horseback. All of these being unique wildlife to the African continent.

The very professional guide, Eben Karsten, has years’ experience in the field of horse training, trail riding, and all over horse work as a whole. He has ample experience in working with international guests and any level of rider will feel totally at ease under his qualified supervision.

Oudebosch Guest Farm offers a holiday package option that includes scenic trail riding in beautiful surroundings with wildlife and nature in the background. Make sure to include horse riding at the Oudebosch Guest Farm part of your next holiday in South Africa. It will surely be the biggest surprise of your trip to South Africa and the Garden Route. Guests are welcome to spend as much time with the horses as they like and be part of ride preparation and horse care during their time at the farm.

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 the travelers could 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.

Horses

Being an integral part of the history of the country, the farm still prides themselves on the quality of their horses. Without the horse, the country could not have been explored from the 1600 and 1700s. They are descendants of the mounts that survived epidemics, droughts, wars, and very arduous exploration and hunting trips from the historic Cape Colony into the African interior. They are mountain bred, surefooted, hardworking, friendly and honest, and can be enjoyed by all levels of riders regardless of the experience level of his rider.

Instructors

Eben Karsten

Location

Nestled in the shadow of the beautiful Sleeping Beauty Mountain peak, Oudebosch Guest Farm awaits guests with spectacular views and the true South African farm hospitality; situated halfway between Riversdale and Heidelberg.

Food

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

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to do (optional)

There are lots of activities to choose from, including amazing horse riding packages and nature drives. This working farm offers travelers a reviving and tranquil experience in a truly breathtaking and unspoiled natural environment. Take a leisurely stroll in the veld or explore the interesting routes on the farm with a mountain bike!

  • Hiking routes

Go for a hike in the mountain camp; walk near the springbuck and eland and cross beautiful mountain streams.

  • Horse riding

Saddle up and go on an awesome outride through pine plantations, kloofs, and see stunning waterfalls from the horse's back.

  • Canoeing

There is a canoe on the dam; two guests can go at a time.

  • Functions

The farm can cater for functions of up to 60 guests like weddings and birthday parties; enjoy the old farm atmosphere in the renovated Old Barn.

  • Mountain biking

Bring your mountain bike and explore the interesting and scenic routes in the area. The farm provides maps and GPS coordinates for a 20, 40, and 80-kilometer routes.

  • 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 can enjoy the wide-open spaces, Jungle Jim, and large green lawns to play on. Play ball with Ogies, the farm's very energetic Border Collie; she throws the ball back at you better than you can imagine, collect free-range eggs in the afternoon, and feed the rabbits.

  • Quad biking

Guests are welcome to bring their own quads and explore the routes on the farm.

  • Horse riding for children

The farm has beautiful tame horses and children can enjoy riding them while mommy or daddy leads them.

What's included

  • All days of 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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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