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South Africa Horse Riding Holiday

Come and stay for a while between your travels and soak up the glorious splendor of the Wild Coast, its incredible nature, and empty beaches. Kei Mouth is perfectly located for a 2-night stopover on your South African road trip. Midway between Ado Elephant Park, Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), and the mighty Drakensberg en route to Kruger Park, their relaxed hospitality welcomes you!

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 209 pounds / 95 kilograms

Highlights

  • 3 days of horse riding
  • Enjoy a lovely 1.5-hour afternoon ride
  • Have your choice of a full-day ride with lunch en route
  • Experience a Morgan Bay clifftop ride making this a super getaway
  • Daily breakfast and 2 dinners will be provided
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer available:
East London Airport (US$ 65 per person)
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Accommodation

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

Facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi

Kei Mouth Guest Lodge offers comfortable bed-and-breakfast and self-catering accommodation in the heart of the seaside village of Kei Mouth on the Wild Coast of South Africa. The house is situated in a tranquil street, just off the main road, central to most amenities, and within walking distance to the supermarket, pubs, restaurants, the beach, the Kei River, and the ferry crossing.

They have three en suite bedrooms: The Stone Room, The Garden Room, and The Coral Room. The rooms are serviced daily. Each room has its own private patio and braai, a small fridge, microwave, and kettle; free Wi-Fi is provided. The rooms have use of the shared living and dining room.

Program

If you only have a few days or are on a road trip through South Africa, Kei Mouth and the little seaside village is a perfect stopover. You get to explore the stunning Wild Coast on lovely horses and enjoy relaxed hospitality with a hearty evening dinner and breakfast, all brought together with lots of fabulous horse riding.

The program offers a lovely afternoon ride, then a choice of full-day rides with lunch en route, and a final clifftop ride; making this a super getaway.

Sample daily schedule

Includes two nights in Kei Mouth Guest Lodge, one afternoon ride, one full day ride (Yellow Woods or waterfalls or a pub lunch ride), and one morning ride.

Day 1

  • Arrive around lunchtime and go up to the horse yard at 2:30 p.m.
  • Your ride this afternoon takes you to the Great Kei River and is a lovely hour-and-a-half loop to get to know your horse.
  • Dinner and overnight at Kei Mouth Guest Lodge.

Day 2

  • Your choice of options depends on your riding ability and where you feel like exploring: Yellow Wood ride with pizza lunch in the forest / Waterfall picnic ride with a ferry crossing over the Kei River / Full day pub lunch ride to either Seagulls or Trennerys Hotels
  • Dinner and overnight at Kei Mouth Guest Lodge

Day 3

  • After a lovely breakfast, you will meet again at the horses for 9:30 a.m. and then head to Morgan Bay and a stunning clifftop ride with a final canter down the Morgan Bay beach.
  • Depart at your leisure.

Please note that 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 guests should be comfortable in walk, trot, and canter for up to 3 or 4 hours in the saddle at a time. They have a lovely selection of horses that suit a wide range of riding abilities from the novice level up. Riding a horse does require a degree of natural fitness and balance. The weight limit is 95 kilograms, if you are over this weight but are a good rider they have a couple of horses that can accommodate you!

Riding ability (required upon booking)

  • 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!
  • Novire 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 are confidently trotting 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 seats and can hold a strong horse in a fast canter.

Location

All trails start and end at the Horse Yard in Kei Mouth. Kei Mouth on the Wild Coast of South Africa is a small rural holiday village on the edge of Africa. It is beautifully situated at the mouth of the Great Kei River and about 1 hour's drive from East London. The area abounds with lush vegetation, open hilltops, beautiful beaches, and crashing sea! The local people are warm and friendly, and you will be made to feel welcome.

There are many beautiful walks and hikes to explore as well as paddling and other activities provided by local guides. The horse yard is situated about 2.5 kilometers from the guest house, at the Kei Mouth Country Club; the horses live out in social herds in large paddocks.

Food

Breakfast

  • Muesli, yogurt, fruit, juice, toast, preserves, tea, or coffee
  • Cooked breakfast of bacon and eggs

Dinner

Locally sourced as much as is available; could consist of roast game meat, free range chicken, fresh fish, plenty of fresh vegetables, and a dessert, all home cooked from scratch and made with love.

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

What's included

  • Evening dinners
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 1.5-hour afternoon ride
  • A full-day ride of your choice (Yellow Wood ride with pizza lunch in the forest / Waterfall picnic ride with a ferry crossing over the Kei River / Full day pub lunch ride to either Seagulls or Trennerys Hotels)
  • Morgan Bay Cliffs ride

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Travel and transfers to and from Kei Mouth
  • Items of a personal nature, spa treatments, and other activities are not mentioned
  • Lunches and drinks and refreshments at local pubs, hotels, and restaurants
  • Ferry crossing fee
  • All lunches

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

If you are flying to East London Airport (ELS), they will ask for your flight details to arrange a transfer to Kei Mouth. Alternatively, you can hire a car and drive.

Arrival by car

If you are on a road trip, they are well-marked on Google Maps. From the N2 at Mooiplaas, take the R349 to Kei Mouth. For more information, please send an inquiry.

Airport: East London Airport Airport transfer available: East London Airport (US$ 65 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% 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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