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South Africa Horse Riding Holiday.

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Tailor-made holiday experiences for intermediate to advanced riders (beginner packages available) who want to improve their riding skills and soak up the beauty of one of South Africa's most unspoilt pieces of coastline (THE WILD COAST). These personalized holidays include daily horse interactions and rides, beach, nature activities, crafts, and the opportunity to participate in local social initiatives such as the onsite farm school, local surf club and soup kitchen. We can also arrange game drives and visits to local places of interest. Book a fully inclusive holiday package (self-catering available) on the lovely small farm in Chintsa West overlooking the Indian Ocean near East London, South Africa.

These tailor-made holiday experiences include, an overnight horse campout, and beach and nature activities such as surfing, canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, hiking and bird watching. we also offer craft activities such as leatherwork (bridles, halters, etc.) Woodwork, bow making ( for horse archery) and sewing (saddle bags and horse riding gear). Painting, Guitar lessons and Yoga are also available, and Volunteering at the farm school called Acacia Tree Nursery School. No matter your experience in horse riding, from absolute beginner to advanced, we have a horse and an adventure to suit. Come and unwind in the beautiful African bush.

Self-catering options are available.

Key information

  • Maximum rider weight: 95 kg for Ally, 90 kg for Dollar and Snow, 85 kg for Pablo, and 85 kg for Pepe.
  • Horse Height Range: 14 to 16 hands
  • Horse breeds: Two Thoroughbreds called Ally and Dollar. A Percheron cross called Snow, a Nooitgedacht cross Boerperd called Pablo, and an American Saddler called Pepe.
  • Saddles: English general purpose, trail riding, enduro racing, treeless and Australian stock saddles are available.

Meet the instructors

Thomas
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Highlights

  • 1 - 3 hours on horseback per day
  • Camping out overnight with the horses
  • Volunteer, woodwork, and leatherwork
  • Workout, juggling, and other circus skills
  • Guitar or ukulele lessons, tennis, surfing, SUP, and canoeing
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • Transfers to and from the airport

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


11 days with instruction
Group size: 1-1 participants
Airport transfer included: East London Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
13:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

You will stay most of the nights at Tom and Tori Horse and Hearts Farm and do a Ride and Camp outing to Emerald Vale Farm with the horses. Camp one night at Double Mouth Nauture Reserve. This camp does not include horses. ( Camping activities optional )

Tom and Tori Horse and Heart Farm.

Horse cottage

They have a beautiful little cottage overlooking the Indian Ocean and surrounded by indigenous bush. It was initially a school room but has been converted into a double room. It can have a double bed or two singles. A family of three can be accommodated on request. It has a shower and a hygienic and well-designed compost toilet.

The compost toilets ensure efficient water use as you are on the property and are incredibly precious. The cabin has a kitchenette with a cooker, an air-fryer, and a fridge so guests can make hot drinks and keep food fresh. For those guests who would prefer the self-catering option, the kitchen is well-equipped with the basics for cooking.

Can accommodate a maximum of 3 people.

Ocean view cottage

The accommodation is a clean, peaceful, and tranquil place with the most amazing ocean view from the deck, main bedroom, and living quarters. This property has solar backup to get it through load shedding. Safety is a priority, with a discreet electric fence and four other properties on the small farm, invisible from the house but near enough for safety. One house is occupied by a medical doctor who can advise in case of emergency, as well as Tom, who will host your all-inclusive holiday.

You can walk and ride around the farm, perhaps encountering the resident buck, the odd tortoise, some monkeys, black pigs, and porcupines. All of them, including all the birds, compete for the myriad of guavas from the wild guava trees, as well as vegetables from the gardens. The cottage is well-furnished with a comfortable recliner. They have a "snooza" which is a table-turning into a mattress if you would like your small children to sleep in your room. The kitchen is equipped with a gas hob, an air fryer, and a microwave as well as a fridge freezer.

Laundry can be washed in the host’s washing machine by a home help. They have a smart TV in the living room. They provide unlimited free Wi-Fi, which means you can watch Netflix, Showmax, or YouTube if you are subscribed. You can also mirror your laptop or Wi-Fi on the smart TV if you have the know-how. As they have solar heating, you are not subjected to load shedding. The beds are very comfortable. The bathroom is a suite to the main bedroom and has only a shower basin and toilet. There are extra bedding and towels provided.

Can accommodate a maximum of 4 people.

Guava tree cottage

The house has its own solar system so load shedding will not be a problem. The accommodation is a clean, peaceful, and tranquil place with the most amazing ocean view from the deck, living room, kitchen, and main bedroom. They have added a built-in barbecue, a solar-heated splash pool, a sauna, and a Jacuzzi on the deck, so you can relax and enjoy the stunning views of the surroundings. The 60m2 covered deck is equipped with a huge wooden table seating 12 people with braai facilities, and there is a carport for shade for your car.

Safety is a priority, with a discreet electric fence and four other properties on the small farm, invisible from the house but near enough for safety. One house is occupied by a medical doctor who can advise in case of emergency, as well as Tom, who will host your holiday. You can walk and ride around the farm, perhaps encountering the resident buck, the odd tortoise, some monkeys, black pigs, and porcupines. All of them, including all the birds, compete for the myriad of guavas from wild guava trees, as well as vegetables from gardens.

Guava tree cottage is well furnished with comfortable recliners and a sofa bed that turns into a double bed. There is also a couch bed that can be turned into a baby bed with railings. Two "snoozas" are tables turning into mattresses if you would like your small children to sleep in your room. The kitchen is well equipped with everything you need, including a dishwasher, washing machine, and microwave. There is an electrical double oven and gas hob. They have a smart TV in the living room with a satellite dish for DSTV and an open view.

They provide unlimited free Wi-Fi, which means you can watch Netflix, Showmax, or YouTube if you are subscribed. You can also mirror your laptop or Wi-Fi on the smart TV if you have the know-how. As they have solar heating, you are not subjected to load shedding. The beds are very comfortable, and the house is accessible to people with disabilities. The couch bed in the living room is adjustable and can be wheeled onto the deck if someone is disabled.

Can accommodate a maximum of 6 people.

Program

Saddles

Thomas offers a choice of English general-purpose saddles, Leonliversage Trail saddles and Endurance riding saddles. Australian stock saddle and a Tressless saddle.

Bridles and Bits

A variety of bits to suit each horse or ride out in a hackamore or simple halter with reins. Bridles are a mix of traditional English, Western, and homemade Endurance bridles with a detachable bit.

Horses

We have five horses here on the farm. The horses are named Ally, Dollar, Pablo, Snow and Pepe.

About the holiday:

Guests are invited to participate in all aspects of caring for the horses, such as feeding, grooming, trimming feet, training, and riding.

Packages include transfers to and from the airport/bus station, all meals, accommodation and a range of activities with and without the horses, including leatherwork and woodwork. Self-catering options are available. We have a beautiful environment perfect for hiking, surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing, and bird-watching. A maximum of three riders per group ensures you have full control over the riding and additional activities.

The horse's well-being is paramount; you alternate heavy riding days, such as 25 kilometres outride, with light schooling days and two days of rest per week. In the interests of safety, your guide will have the final call on all riding activities, and all riders will ride with a guide in attendance. We book a maximum of three riders at a time because we have five horses. This means one for each guest, one for the guide and one as backup if a horse cannot be ridden. However, we can take larger groups, including non-riders who may want to enjoy the area or are willing to take turns with the horses.

Part of our farm is our little NPO nursery school, ACACIA TREE NURSERY SCHOOL, a Waldorf Kindergarten catering to local children. Guests who want to volunteer on this project are most welcome and will be well received by children and teachers alike. You are welcome to volunteer at our little farm, Waldorf School.

Note: It is customary to donate to NPO organizations when one visits. The amount of money does not matter, but the gesture of support is always appreciated.

Visit Chintsa East Soup Kitchen. This community-based organization feeds children who otherwise would not eat. (donation appreciated).

Having been in sports all my life, I offer guests an early morning workout session tailored to their specific needs to prepare for a day of horse riding.

Additional Activities

  • Guitar or Ukulele lessons.
  • Juggling and other Circus skills, including tightrope and unicycling.
  • Woodwork such as wood carving or bow making.
  • Leather work: Making bridles and halters.
  • Tennis.
  • Surfing and stand-up paddle boarding.
  • Canoeing.
  • Hiking along our beautiful coast.
  • Visit to Double Mouth Nature Reserve.
  • Camp one night at double night game reserve. ( This camp does not include horses).
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  • We have a local surf club, which is always happy to have extra eyes in the water, and a local soup kitchen that feeds hungry kids daily.
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Horse riding :

We do a little bit of everything.

Trail Riding

Beach riding

Jumping

Barrel Racing.

Dressage.

Horse Archery.

Cross Country

We also camp with the horses on Emerald Vale farm about 15 kilometres away. This is a beautiful farm with a brewery and restaurant. The campsite is extremely basic but in a lovely spot near a dam.

They trim their horses' feet themselves and are happy to teach the basics of this beneficial skill.

The schedule is an example only. It will need to be flexible to consider the tides and weather and the needs of the horses and the guests. The guests choose additional activities in consultation with the guide

Daily Schedule:

Day 1: Arrival day

Pick up from the airport. Settle into accommodation. Meet the horses. Supper around 6:00 p.m.

Day 2

A short warmup follows breakfast. The horses are groomed and tacked up. A rider evaluation confirms the skill level and matches the horse to the rider. A short out ride to get a feel for the horses. Lunch at 1:00 p.m. In the afternoon, on the beach, you relax or swim to rest after your flight.

Day 3

Early breakfast and warmup before grooming and tacking up horses. A 30-minute schooling session to strengthen horses' backs and then a six-kilometre outride through farmland. Untack horses and wash them down. The rest of the morning is off. Lunch at 1:00 p.m. At 4:00 p.m., stand-up paddle boarding on the lagoon to see the beautiful Chintsa river mouth. Supper at 6:00 p.m.

Day 4

Breakfast and warm up. Tack up the horses and ride down to the Beach. Explore the Chintsa breach and have a little canter on the sand. Lunch at 1:00 p.m. At 3:00 p.m., visit the arena to see Abby, the tame giraffe. Supper at 6:00 p.m.

Day 5

Breakfast and warmup. Groom and tack up the horses. A long outride on the beach past two beautiful lagoons and up into the farmland on the other side of the bay. A picnic lunch and a ride back to the stables. This is a 25-kilometer ride, around four hours. Afternoon off and supper at 6:00 p.m. Visit Buccaneers on the beach for a drink in the evening.

Day 6

Breakfast and warm up. It was an easy day for the horses after a long ride the day before. Feed, tack up, short lunge, and schooling session. Drive into Town for supplies and visit the Aquarium - lunch in Town and home mid-afternoon. Free time. Supper at 6:00 p.m.

Day 7: Rest day

Rest your tired legs and give the horses a chance to recover. Go on a game drive or hike for bird watching or surfing in the fantastic ocean.

Day 8: Rest day

Visit Acacia Tree Nursery School in the morning to meet the teacher and kids, participate in activities, paint a mug, or relax. In the afternoon, visit Hey Clay to paint a mug or just relax.

Day 9

Early breakfast and warm up. Pack and prepare for the two-day horse camp. Ride out to Emerald Valley campsite, which is also a farm and Brewery. This is around a four-hour ride. Have a picnic lunch while riding. Set up camp and enjoy the beautiful nature there. There is a dam and lots of birds. Cook on the fire and sleep well.

Day 10

Up early, breakfast, and take down camp. Ride back to the home stables, tired but happy. Afternoon off to recover or go to the beach to swim or surf to wash the dust out of your hair. Supper at 6:00 p.m.

Day 11: Rest day

After the ride to Emerald Valley, you and the horses will need a day's rest. Thomas Muller can arrange an outing or a craft project for this day.

Day 12

Breakfast and warmup are at 7:00 a.m. Afterward, feed the horses and ride to the Beach and the Cefani River mouth. This ride takes about three hours. Lunch is at 1:00 p.m. In the afternoon, go canoeing on the Kwalega River. Supper at 6:00 p.m.

Day 13

It is a leisurely morning: breakfast at a.m. and warmup. The horses will be tired from the Emerald Valleyle ride, so take a nap, take a quiet ride to the Beach, play in the lagoon, and let the horses roll in the sand. Let them graze at Buccaneers on the beach, then back to the stable, and have lunch and supper.

Day 14

Breakfast at 7:00 a.m. and warm up. Tack up horses and do some jumping. Walk down to the beach for a surf swim or canoe. Lunch at 11:00 pm. In the afternoon, lunge and jump the horses again - this is a short session. Finish any craft projects that have been started earlier in the week. Supper at 6:00 p.m.

Day 15: Departure day

Sadly, it is time to pack up and leave for the airport. One last kiss for the horses, and you will be on your way. If your departure time is in the afternoon, you may want to take a short ride. Airport transfer is included in the price.

Included excursions

14 nights accommodation (including one or two nights camping at Emerald Vale campsite - this is optional and ONLY AVAILABLE TO ADVANCED RIDERS)

All transfers to and from the airport or bus station

All transport in and around East London for activities

All visits to charitable organizations

Three meals a day (menu to be discussed on booking)

Horse riding and horse interaction

Volunteer at the little farm Waldorf School (note: it is customary to donate to NPO organizations when one visits. The amount of money does not matter, but the gesture of support is always appreciated)

Visit Chintsa East Soup Kitchen - This community-based organization feeds children that would otherwise not eat (donation appreciated)

An early morning workout session tailored to your specific needs to prepare for a day of horse riding.

Guitar or Ukulele lessons

Juggling and other circus skills, including tightrope and unicycling

Woodwork such as wood carving or bow-making

Leather work: Making bridles and halters

Tennis

Surfing and stand-up paddle boarding

Canoeing

Hiking along the beautiful coast

Visit to Double Mouth Nature Reserve

Instructors

Thomas Muller

Location

The Holiday will take place in South Africa. Tom and Tori’s horse holidays occur at a small farm in Chintsa West, 30 kilometres outside East London in the Eastern Cape. The beautiful rustic location is situated in the African bush, a mere 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) from the beach, and overlooks the Indian Ocean. The Xhosa word Chintsa is the name of the River that flows into the sea at this location. The Chintsa River has a tidal lagoon. At times, it is linked to the open ocean; at other times, it is closed off with a sand bar, creating a unique saltwater environment.

The lagoon has many living creatures, from mud prawns and crabs to Kingfishers and Fish eagles. As is customary in this area, the land surrounding the river banks is given the river's name. In this case, it is Chintsa West and Chintsa East (historically Cintsa). The lagoon opens onto a sandy beach over 10 kilometres long, lined with dunes and ancient dune forests, and is perfect for swimming, surfing, hiking, and kitesurfing.

If one walks or rides along this beach towards the northeast, you will encounter three more lagoons, each one more pristine than the last, until you reach the rocks before Haga Haga. A coastal natural reserve protects the coastal dunes and beaches. They have an excellent golf course nearby (OLIVE WOOD GOLF ESTATE) and several small game reserves (INKEWNKEWZI and ARENA), where you can view wild animals.

Food

All meals are included in the price. Thomas Muller prepares the meals on the farm. They can cater to most tastes and dietary preferences so the menu will be designed in consultation with the guests. Additional drinks and snacks can be purchased separately.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
  • Whole food
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)

  • Golf
  • Game drives
  • Giraffe interaction
  • East London Aquarium
  • Lion Park
  • Snake Park

Thomas Muller also has a small farm school, Acaciatree Nursery School, and guests are welcome to spend as much time as they like at the school. Meet the kids and help the teachers. There are other social initiatives in the area and they are happy to transport you to visit them such as a surf club and a soup kitchen.

What's included

  • Daily rides
  • Volunteer at the little farm Waldorf School
  • Visit Chintsa East Soup Kitchen
  • 1 early morning workout session
  • Guitar or ukulele lessons
  • Juggling and other circus skills, including tightrope and unicycling
  • Woodwork such as wood carving or bow-making
  • Leather work: Making bridles and halters
  • Tennis
  • Surfing and stand-up paddle boarding
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking along the beautiful coast
  • Visit to Double Mouth Nature Reserve
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • Airport transfers

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Alcohol
  • Visits to local game reserves
  • Powerboat rides
  • Golf
  • Any activity that requires Thomas Muller to hire an outside provider
  • All guess must have their own horse riding insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 21% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.

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Important information

All riders must have their own travel insurance that covers horse riding.

A group can be up to three riders booking together. Each group is private and will completely control the type of riding and the additional activities.

 
Pricing information

Self-catering packages are also available as below. Please send an inquiry for more information.

  • Horse cottage - 1 person: 15065 ZAR
  • Horse cottage - 2 people: 26795 ZAR
  • Ocean view cottage - 1 person: 15065 ZAR
  • Ocean view cottage - 2 people: 26795 ZAR
  • Guava tree cottage - 1 person: 17065 ZAR
  • Guava tree cottage - 2 people: 28700 ZAR

 

 

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This trip requires a minimum of 1 participants

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