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South Africa Horse Riding Holiday

Become a part of the day-to-day care of horses, while riding along expansive beaches, blowing all your cares away, and reconnecting with yourself as a rider. This informal long holiday will be relaxing and you will experience horse riding, nature, and a rural seaside village life. On this Equestrian Connection, you will enjoy many of the benefits of being a trail guest at a greatly reduced rate. So book now and reconnect with yourself and escape from your everyday life for a while. Ride, eat, sleep, repeat, and live like a local!

Key information:

  • Rider weight limit: 198 pounds / 90 kilograms
  • Horse breed: A mixture of Arab, Boerperd, Thoroughbred, and Percheron crosses

Meet the instructors

Klara
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Highlights

  • Daily interaction with the horses (feeding, grooming, cleaning tack etc.)
  • Schooling the trail horses, informal riding lessons, out rides, and trails daily
  • Riding with touch workshop
  • Ride at Kei Mouth and Morgan Bay beaches and full-day rides into the Transkei
  • Free mini beach trail
  • Option to work remotely if you're a digital nomad
  • 28 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


27 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer available:
East London Airport (US$ 66 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Equestrian Connection riders stay at Nguni House which is next door to the guest house, or the guest house depending on availability. They are across the road from Wild Coast Horse Riding Adventures home. It has 4 double rooms so that each of the riders has their own bedroom. The house has two bathrooms, one with shower and one with bath and a second separate toilet.

If you stay at the guest house the rooms are en-suite. It has lovely newly renovated open plan living and dining room with French doors into the garden. There is a covered braai patio in the garden. The kitchen is old-fashioned farm style with everything you need and space to store snacks and drinks, etc.

On this 4-week holiday, you will get a free mini beach trail that will take you to stay for three days and two nights at Wavecrest Hotel and Spa.

Program

You can be involved as much or as little as you like, it is up to you to take what you need and want from being with Wild Coast Horse Riding Adventures. If you just want to ride, that's okay, if you want to hang out and help out with the horses that would be great too! Horses, sunshine, sand, and sea; stay a little longer and ride a lot more!

At Wild Coast Horse Riding Adventures, they offer a unique opportunity for horse lovers to truly immerse themselves and experience the joy of being with and riding horses day after day along the stunning Wild Coast of South Africa. Join for an extended holiday to rejuvenate your inner love of horses, reconnect with who you are, and restore your soul.

The inter-connection between horses and people is an integral part of their beliefs, environment, and the way that they work with the horses and the visiting riders. Therefore, their horsemanship is geared towards gentle interaction and communication with their equine friends.

The horses work hard, and they expect the best from them. It is their responsibility to ensure that they live in the most comfortable and natural way possible to enable them to do their job to the very best of their abilities. As the guest, you become part of this equine philosophy.

Bring along your spirit of adventure and a love of great outdoors and escape to the horse filled life in South Africa. The horses are much loved; they are a mixture of Arab, Boerperd, Thoroughbred, and Percheron crosses that are perfect for trail riding. You will be delighted by how gentle, well trained, and friendly they are!

The trail team is kept endurance fit to be able to complete the adventure trails along the coast, while the younger horses are brought on carefully with ground work and schooling. While you are with Wild Coast Horse Riding Adventures, you become part of their family and are made to feel welcome in the relaxed and comfortable home from home called Nguni House.

Digital nomads

Digital nomads who work and study remotely are welcome; as the place is well connected and have uncapped WiFi! If you have chosen to stay with Wild Coast Horse Riding Adventures as a ride and work remotely option, you generally ride once or twice a day and plan your own time available to work. It’s pretty flexible to your needs, and you can be sure of a quiet space and fast connection, (printing and scanning facilities are also available). A desk is provided on request in your room.

Daily routine

You are welcome to participate in and be part of the daily routine of caring for the horses and stable yard and understanding and practicing the principles of holistic horse care of horses that live out all year round in the African bush.

The horses live out 24/7 in paddocks situated at the Kei Mouth Country Club about 2.5 km from the house where you live. You go to the yard every day and bring the horses in for feeding, grooming, and a preventative health check. The mornings are spent riding and schooling the horses or going out on a beach or bush ride. Afternoon rides depend on how hot it is and in winter, and you need to be back before the sunsets. The horses are fed again in the afternoon and turned out for the night.

Riding with touch workshop

Take part in an awesome one day ‘Riding with Touch workshop’ run by Klara Webb (included free in all packages). This is an introduction to Ride with Your Mind and TTouch methodologies.

Olympic Event rider Ingrid Klimke, who rode with Wild Coast Horse Riding Adventures a few years back uses TTouch as part of her training program. These principles are part of the foundation that the horses schooling has been built upon, and what makes them exceptional trail horses.

In the first part of your holiday, you will do a Riding with Touch workshop with Klara Web. With newfound skills and perceptions to apply to the horses for the rest of your stay, it will change your mindset on how you are connected.

Then, the rest of the time is more riding, more walks, more soaking up the remoteness of where you are, and the raw beauty of the place that you call home.

4 weeks stay - Free mini beach trail

Stay four or more weeks and a free mini beach trail is included onto your itinerary! You will do a 3 days 2 nights jaunt to Wavecrest Hotel and Spa. This is a super 3 days of riding, exploring, and adventure.

Now you feel like you are part of the family, the dogs start asking you to go for walks, and you know all the horses by name. You settle into the gentle rhythm of being with the horses, riding, exploring, drinks with new friends, and braais on the weekend.

The skills you were taught in the Riding with Touch workshop are well practiced, and the highlight of your escape will be a this jaunt up the coast to Wavecrest.

And somewhere amongst all these adventures and riding you’ll hopefully keep up with your work and emails (no one really needs to know how much you like this remote working scenario).

Please note

All riding and itineraries are subject to change due to variations in local conditions, hotel accommodation availability, rider’s abilities, the weather, and the influences of the sea tides and during the rainy season the conditions of the rivers at the time of riding.

Fitness

This is a horse riding holiday, and guest should be comfortable in walk, trot, and canter. There is a lovely selection of horses that suit a wide range of riding ability from novice level - up. Riding a horse does require a degree of natural fitness and balance. Beginner riders can be accommodated and will be given basic riding lessons to get them comfortable and proficient in the saddle. For the Equestrian Connection, the weight limit is 90 kg.

Riding ability

Your riding program will be tailored to suit your riding ability and experience as this holiday can accommodate all riding levels. Please see which of the below fits your level:

  • Beginner rider: someone who is comfortable in the saddle and can stay on a reliable well school horse. They can post to the trot (go up and down) and may have cantered a few times. Beginners generally ride once or twice a year on holiday with their partner!
  • Novice rider: someone who is comfortable in the saddle and enjoys a reliable well schooled horse. They generally ride at a riding school once or twice a month, or like to ride a friend’s horse on the farm. They can post to trot comfortably and enjoy a nice controlled canter.
  • Intermediate rider: someone who rides regularly and enjoys a forward going well schooled horse. They may or may not be a little nervous for the first little bit while they get to know their horse. They can control their horse independently and is confident trotting and in controlled canters.
  • Advanced rider: someone who is comfortable on most horses in most situations. They ride regularly and may or may not have their own horse. They have a good seat and gentle hands. They can ride in light seat, and can hold a strong horse in a fast canter.

Instructors

Klara Webb

Location

At Wild Coast Horse Riding Adventures, they offer a unique opportunity for horse lovers to truly immerse themselves and experience the joy of being with and riding horses day after day along the stunning Wild Coast of South Africa. Join them for an extended holiday to rejuvenate your inner love of horses, reconnect with who you are and restore your soul.

Kei Mouth - Local shops and restaurants

Kei Mouth is a small seasonal seaside village on the Wild Coast of South Africa. It is very quiet out of season. There is a small supermarket and bottle store that is well stocked with groceries. It has a deli and bakery.

The Yard, is just down the road from the house and offers a pub and restaurant, laundry, mountain bike hires, and craft shop. The Bush Pig and Fisherman’s are pubs. Oystercatcher is a coffee shop and home industry, offers day time meals and treats with frozen meals and gifts.

Kei Mouth Country Club is opposite the horse yard, has a lovely all day and evening restaurant and bar.

Food

Breakfast and dinner is served at the guest house.

  • Breakfast: muesli, yogurt, fruit, toast, preserves, cooked breakfast + fruit juice, tea, and coffee
  • Kitchen: they supply a fruit bowl, sliced bread, preserves, some basic condiments + tea, coffee, milk, and sugar
  • Dinner: local fare incorporating locally sourced game meat, chicken, deep sea fish served with salad or vegetables + dessert
  • Water: local municipality water is drinkable most of the time. They have rainwater tanks that they prefer to use as drinking water. Bottled water is available at the shop. Please bring a water bottle to use whilst out and when riding

Lunch (not included in the rate) is self-catering at the house. You will have to pack a lunchbox or eat at a local pub and restaurant or purchase at the shop which is open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Weekends are the perfect time to go out in the evenings for a meal and drinks and to socialize with locals. Drinks, cool drinks, and alcoholic beverages are not included, and you are welcome to bring your own wine and refreshments to dinner.

As you will be staying in rural Africa, for special diets / allergies - Wild Coast Horse Riding Adventures is unable to provide special food requests such as vegan / vegetarian premade off the shelf food items or gluten free breads and pastries. They do however always have plenty of fruit and vegetables and other whole food available to cater for your meals.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • 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)

These activities are not included and are paid separately. For more information, please send an inquiry.

  • Wild Coast Horse Trail
  • The ferry crossing over the Kei River
  • Paddling trips hosted by local guides
  • Abseiling at Morgan Bay hosted by local guides
  • Township Tour hosted by local guides
  • Inkwenkwezi - Big 5 Jeep Safari

What's included

  • Daily horse-riding including schooling the trails horses, ground work, informal riding lessons, out rides, and trails
  • Daily interaction with the horses (feeding, grooming, cleaning tack, etc.) - only if you want to
  • Riding on the beach in Kei Mouth and Morgan Bay
  • Full day rides into the Transkei
  • Free WiFi available at the house
  • Breakfast served at the guest house
  • Home cooked dinners are served in the evening at about 7 p.m.
  • 28 nights accommodation in a communal house, with your own bedroom and shared bathrooms
  • Laundry (wash and fold only)
  • Lots of free time for the beach, exploring the wonderful countryside, socialising, and generally having a good time!
  • Riding with Touch workshop
  • Free mini beach trail (accommodation included)

What's not included

  • The ferry crossing over the Kei River (day rides into the Transkei)
  • Lunch
  • Social evenings out in the village
  • All meals at local restaurants and pubs
  • Drinks, refreshments, alcohol, and other snacks
  • Gratuities for the house maids who clean the house, make your beds, and do your laundry
  • Kayaking trips hosted by local guides
  • Abseiling at Morgan Bay hosted by local guides - can be booked when available
  • Township tour hosted by local guides
  • Inkwenkwezi - Big 5 jeep safari

How to get there

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Arrival by car

Wild Coast Horse Riding Adventures highly recommends that guests on long-stay holidays hire a small car. This means that you have the freedom to move around and explore the beautiful area and local villages of Morgan Bay and Kei Mouth.

Arrival by airplane

Please arrange for your flight to arrive at East London Airport (ELS). All transfers are paid in cash in South African Rand direct to the driver. They only book the trip for you as this service is not supplied by Wild Coast Horse Riding Adventures. They will book the transfer on your behalf or you can book directly. Please note that prices quoted are subject to change without notice and are not guaranteed.

Airport: East London Airport Airport transfer available: East London Airport (US$ 66 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.

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