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Horse Riding Holiday in South Africa

This is a relaxed self-catering horse riding holiday staying at a cozy country cottage at Stormy Hill Horse Trails. Stormy Hill Horse Trails are situated in the midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Come and explore the picturesque farming area with extensive forested plantations, perfect for your riding holiday. Gain confidence as you learn in the training ring and ride out each morning up the old wagon trail and into the forest. Marvel at the views and take in the peace and tranquillity on Stormy Hill Horse Trails' sturdy steeds. All Stormy Hill Horse Trails' horses are friendly and easy-going bred for their chilled personalities and surefooted paces.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 243 pounds / 110 kilograms (for bigger horses)
  • Tack Type: English tack
  • Horse Breed: Percheron crosses and local horse crosses, Boerperd and Basutho horses

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  • Ride in the forests
  • Friendly, easy going horses
  • Miles and miles of forest plantation to ride in
  • Patient instruction designed for you to gain confidence with your horse
  • Chance of seeing wildlife
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Picturesque scenery
  • Self-catering meals

Skill level

  • Beginner


2 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 5 participants
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  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Picnic area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Free parking
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

Stormy Hill Country Cottage will be your home away from home during this horse riding holiday.

Stormy Hill Horse Trails has a quaint self-catering cottage situated in a lush garden alongside the horse paddock. There is also a bed in the shed for a more rustic option. Perfect for those that wish to unwind and relax in the country or come and try the wonderful horse trails. There is an abundance of birdlife and you may be lucky to see some of the visiting wildlife.

The cottage has a double bedroom, a twin bedroom, and a single bedroom. All the bedrooms have wardrobes and mirrors. Bed linen and towels are provided.

One bathroom is equipped with both ball and claw bath and a spacious shower. Large kitchen and dining room with gas hob and electric oven. Crockery, cutlery, pots, and pans are provided. This also has a wood stove for the cooks that wish to go back in time.

The living room has a wood fire and stunning views of the surrounding countryside. A bag of wood is provided for guests to enjoy the fire.

The cottage is located in a farming area with easy access to the Midlands Meander and the Southern Drakensberg. There is an abundance of birdlife and wildflowers proliferate at Stormy Hill. The views are amazing especially when you take a hike up to the top of the hill. The area does not have public transport so a car is a must.


Day 1

Arrival at Stormy Hill in the afternoon to let you settle into the self-catering cottage. There will be an introduction to the horses at afternoon feed time.

Day 2

The program starts at around 08:30. It includes finding out about the horses' different personalities while they are in their stables; brushing the horses and general handling. This helps you to get to know your horse.

After grooming and tacking up the horses with the instructor's help, you'll ride in the training ring to get used to the horses, This is tailored for the individual needs and you will get to know how to do basic commands. Once you are confident, you'll set off for your trail ride.

This is tailored for the individual needs and goes at the pace that Stormy Hill Horse Trails think fits the riders. It normally encompasses going up and down hills and crossing a stream or two.

The trail ride usually takes approximately one to one and a half hours. You may be asked to dismount and lead your horses depending on the ground conditions in different sections. Some areas tend to get a bit slippery at times.

When you get back, you'll take the bridle and saddle off and finally, you give the horses some apples or carrots and let them out into the fields to graze.

This program will take up most of the morning, approximately three and a half hours. This is a relaxed ride in the open countryside. There is some beautiful scenery and the dogs usually follow along.

You are then free to enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. Maybe see some of the Midlands Meander, have a braai (barbeque), or just take a stroll on the property.

Day 3

You will be going out for a trail ride of approximately 1 to 2 hours after a session in the training ring as a reminder of what was learned yesterday. Stormy Hill Horse Trails usually take a different route in the forest each day to show you more of the surrounding countryside.

When you get back, you'll take the bridle and saddle off and finally, you give the horses some apples or carrots and let them out into the fields to graze.

This program will take up most of the morning. Approximately three and a half hours. You will then be able to check out of the cottage at your leisure.


Caroline McKerrow


The location would be at Stormy Hill Horse Trails, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.


You will be staying in self-catering accommodation. This means that you will be preparing and cooking your own meals yourself.

Things to do (optional)

After your horse riding in the morning, you will have time to explore the surrounding area in the afternoon. Your own transport will be required. There is the Midlands Meander with its craft shops. Take a canopy tour on a zipline in the Karkloof. Eat at quaint cafes and restaurants. Visit the Howick waterfall and see the zebras at the Umgeni Nature Reserve.

What's included

  • Horse riding each morning
  • 2 nights' accommodation (self-catering)
  • Firewood for your fireplace and barbeque
  • Welcome pack of tea, sugar, and milk
  • Photos taken along the ride each day usually posted on the Stormy Hill Trails' social media page
  • Use of riding helmets

What's not included

  • All meals and drinks
  • Transport to and from Stormy Hill Horse Trails
  • Excursions around the surrounding area

How to get there

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Driving directions

  • Drive along the N3 freeway until you get to Exit 99 at Howick.
  • Take the exit 99 and go along the R617 towards Underberg.
  • Travel about 41 kilometers and then take the turn off to your right which is signposted Impendle and Stormy Hill Horse Trails
  • Go another 1 kilometer and take the turn to your left which is signposted Stormy Hill Horse Trails.
  • Travel 0.6 kilometer on this dirt road and you will arrive at Stormy Hill Horse Trails on your right.
  • The driveway is small and just by the Stormy Hill Horse Trails sign on your right

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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There is a 10% supplement for a private room. Please send an inquiry for further info.

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