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South Africa Horse Riding Holiday

Tailor-made holiday experiences include daily horse interactions and rides, beach, nature activities, crafts, yoga and massage and the opportunity to participate in local social initiatives such as volunteering at our onsite farm school, local surf club or soup kitchen. We also arrange game drives and visits to places of interest such as the Aquarium or East London Museum.% 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. % Beach and nature activities include 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, yoga, and massage are also available, as well as volunteering at our 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

  • 3 days of horse riding
  • 1 to 3 hours on horseback per day
  • Grooming and groundwork
  • Optional local and cultural activities
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


3 days with instruction
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Accommodation

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

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

First and foremost is Thomas Muller's love and care for their beautiful horses. Their goal is to provide a unique, tailored horse riding adventure holiday that will give you an authentic experience of this unique area, its plants, birds, and people. They aim to provide the intermediate and advanced rider with a joyful and safe horse riding experience. They are looking for riders who want to spend quality time with horses and want to improve their riding skill and horse care knowledge. Good horsemanship makes safe, happy horses.

This is a hands-on holiday for those who love all aspects of being with horses, including grooming and groundwork. They have a wide range of possible local activities, such as hiking, surfing, game drives, bird watching, guitar playing, yoga, canoeing, and SUP paddling, as well as cultural activities, such as visiting the local village or volunteering at the farm school or soup kitchen or craft activities such as making leather bridles and halters or painting pottery. Their goal is to tailor a week that would be meaningful to you.

Horse riding

Horseback archery, basic dressage, jumping, trail riding, barrel racing, and working horse courses. The instructor supervises all horse riding. There are three days of riding, one to three hours per day. Tom will assess riding ability upon arrival and have the final say on the type of riding activities and the choice of horse.

Weight limit

  • 95 kilograms for Ally and Snow
  • 85 kilograms for Dollar and Pablo

Itinerary

This itinerary is an example only and has to be flexible to accommodate tides and weather or the needs of the guests.

Day 1: Arrival day

Check-in after 1 p.m., settle into the accommodation, and meet the horses. Room and tack up. A short riding session in the riding school assesses the riders' skills and matches them to a horse that suits them. In the evening, there is a 6 km one-hour outride. The supper is at 6 pm.

Day 2

We're up early for Breakfast and a warmup. Room and tack up the horses. Then, a short schooling session, possibly a little jumping, and then off to the beach for an 8 km beach ride and back home across some lovely farmland. Lunch is at 1 pm. In the afternoon, an additional activity can be arranged. Please take a look at the list in the description. Supper at 6 pm

Day 3

Get up early for breakfast and a warmup, then go to the horses to groom and tack up. Then we'll go on a beautiful outride on the beach past three lagoons and into some gorgeous farmland. This is a four-hour outride but can be shortened to suit the individual guests' fitness level. The distance is 24 m. If you still have the energy, we can do an afternoon activity like bird watching, paddling on the lagoon, or visiting our local Giraffe at Arena. Supper at 6 pm.

Day 4: Departure day

We will have an early breakfast and warm-up. Then, depending on the tide, we will do a two-hour beach ride or farm outride. We will check out around midday.

Important:

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

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 kilometers outside East London in the Eastern Cape. The beautiful rustic location is situated in the African bush, one and a half kilometers (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 kilometers 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.

Distances

  • Beach, 1.5 kilometers
  • Supermarket, 15 kilometers
  • East London, 30 kilometers

Food

You will be served daily meals, tea, and coffee included in the price. You drink filtered rainwater, but bottled water is available on request. The menu will be created in consultation with guests to suit various possible needs. For those guests who would prefer to choose the self-catering option, there is a simple but adequate kitchen in Horse Cottage, with a gas hob, an air fryer, and a fridge freezer. For those without transport, Thomas Muller will help you access the local shops.

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:

  • 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)

  • Outsourced activities such as power boat rides and game drives

What's included

  • Daily rides
  • Nature activities
  • Crafts
  • Opportunity to participate in local social initiatives
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 meals a day
  • Tea and coffee
  • Transport to outsourced activities if they are in East London

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Outsourced activities
  • All riders must carry health or travel insurance covering horse riding

How to get there

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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: 4100 ZAR
  • Horse cottage - 2 people: 7200 ZAR
  • Ocean view cottage - 1 person: 4100 ZAR
  • Ocean view cottage - 2 people: 7200 ZAR
  • Guava tree cottage - 1 person: 5300 ZAR
  • Guava tree cottage - 2 people: 8500 ZAR

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