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Beach Horseback Riding South Africa

This Kei River riding holiday will leave you wanting to come back for more - more glorious beaches to ride on, more stunning views to take in, and more Wild Coast hospitality. Horse riding along the beaches of the Wild Coast offers some of the most perfect and spectacular horse riding countrysides found anywhere in the world. The horses are very fit and for advanced riders, the pace is fast and exciting. Rolling hills, deep gorges, and cliff tops that plunge into the ocean ensure that this is not just a beach ride; it is an adventure! The beach riding is exhilarating, the environment pristine, and the views stunning. The local Xhosa people are warm and friendly as we meander through their villages that have been forgotten in this rural African wilderness. This Wild Coast horse riding adventure is the most glorious beach riding in the world!

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 95 kilograms / 209 pounds. If you are over this weight but a good rider, there are a couple of horses that can accommodate you
  • Horse height range: 15.2 hh
  • Tack type: South African trail and endurance saddles
  • Horse breed: Arab, Boerperd, Percheron crosses

Highlights

  • 2 night 3 day trail up the coast
  • 5 days to explore the local area on horseback
  • Time to interact with the daily horse routine and ride different horses
  • Free time to enjoy the walks and beaches
  • Enjoy home from home hospitality
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Afrikaans
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
13:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Each night you return to your comfortable guest house in the seaside village of Kei Mouth, and during the course of your week-long riding holiday, you will do a 2-night 3-day jaunt up the coast and stay overnight at one of the coastal resort hotels.

Accommodations

  • Kei Mouth Guest Lodge - four nights
  • Wavecrest Hotel - two night
  • Kei Mouth - 1 night

Program

Itinerary

Day 1

On arrival at East London Airport (ELS), you will be transferred to Kei Mouth and the beach base of Wild Coast Horse Trails and their equestrian colleagues. A light snack will be served at the Kei Mouth Guest House, and you will change into your riding clothes. Your horse riding adventure starts now!

The afternoon ride will take you on an hour or so ride to assess your riding and make sure that they have matched you to the right horse. You will go down to the river mouth and you will have a chance to have your first canter along our beautiful beaches. Overnight and dinner in Kei Mouth.

Day 2

Today you explore the magnificent Morgan Clifftops - you really are on the edge of Africa as you sit perched on your horse and take in the views. Then it is off to discover Yellowwood Forest - Wild Coast Horse Riding Adventures' favorite place for wood-fired pizza and forest fare - and a place that inspires them to be eco friendly, off the grid, and recycle everything!

You will finish the day with a canter down the Morgan Bay beach before heading back to the paddocks. Overnight and dinner in Kei Mouth.

Day 3

Enjoy a continental type breakfast, and pack your swimsuit! The trails during the morning take you through a kaleidoscope of rural Xhosa village, mysterious waterfalls, rolling hillsides, and of course a mandatory beach canter. After a picnic lunch, more waterfalls, and long canters over the sides of the endless hills ensure that you have had good first days' riding! It is a lovely day out exploring the beaches, rolling countryside, and rural villages. Overnight and dinner in Kei Mouth.

Day 4

Today is flexible and you get to choose what you would like to do: a day in the yard getting to know the horses, try your hand at groundwork or ride in the school. There are a number of other lovely out rides to explore: Fish Eagle River Cruise on Wild Coast Horse Riding Adventures' own barge is a lovely saunter to admire the Great Kei River and the spectacle of the Fish Eagles coming to feed. Also available is a big 5 jeep safari and elephant interaction at a nearby game reserve. There is a surcharge for this excursion and it is paid in cash or card on-site directly to the taxi driver and game reserve. The amount will be provided when confirming your booking.

Day 5

Today you start your overnight beach adventure! It is a full day's riding along the coast, and the scenery is simply stunning. There is a good chance of spotting dolphins racing us in the surf as we canter along the many beaches. Lunch is a picnic and a chance to soak up the sun and sea before heading off the hotel in the afternoon. Overnight and dinner at Wavecrest Hotel.

Day 6

The departure time this morning is dictated by the tide. It is a fantastic 3-hour ride either up the beach and back across the country through rolling hills and traditional villages or the other way around, depending on the tides. Either way, you get to ride on the hard, wet beach at low tide – the gallops are exhilarating. You are back at the hotel in time for lunch. Alternatively, if the weather and tides are favorable you may take a picnic.

This afternoon has a choice of activities. You can take a boat trip up the river and explore the stunning mangrove estuary of the Nxaxo river by canoe or boat, hike, or just kick back and relax in the Jacuzzi! This afternoon is flexible as there are so many options to experience!

Day 7

Today you start your journey back to Kei Mouth. You ride inland this morning, crossing the river high up and away from the influence of the tides. The slay paths and track offer great canters as you wind your way back to the beach. Then you head towards Kei Mouth and the pontoon crossing before dropping the horses off at the paddocks before you have a late lunch at one of the local restaurants. Then it is a time to wander back to Kei Mouth, and your final night on the Wild Coast is celebrated with a traditional South Africa Braai!

Day 8

Your last morning depends on your flight plans and what time the shuttle needs to pick you up to get you back to the airport. If there is time, one last ride will be squeezed in!

Itinerary info

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 walking, trotting, and cantering. There is a lovely selection of horses that suit a wide range of riding abilities from novice level up. Riding a horse does require a degree of natural fitness and balance.

Skill levels

This riding holiday is suitable for the following riders:

  • 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 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: Ssomeone 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 a light seat, and can hold a strong horse in a fast canter.

Location

This is a base ride situated in the seaside village of Kei Mouth on the Wild Coast of South Africa.

Food

All meals are included in the price. Breakfast is light, with a selection of cereals, fruit, yogurt, and toast. Lunch varies from light dishes to a choice from a pub lunch menu or a picnic while out riding. Dinner is normally several courses of typical South African food. Water bottle will be provided while riding.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

You will be doing a lot of riding, but there is still time to explore the walks and beach and pop into a local pub to meet the locals. Wild Coast Horse Riding Adventures can arrange a Big 5 jeep safari at a nearby game reserve or a local township tour for an afternoon walk to experience Xhosa culture. Both options are available for an extra charge, to be paid on site.

What's included

  • 4 nights at Kei Mouth Guest Lodge or other similar accommodation
  • 2 nights at Wavecrest Hotel (or other location depending on availability)
  • 1 night in Kei Mouth
  • Light breakfast (cereal, toast, yogurt, fruit, preserves, tea, and coffee)
  • Pub lunches or packed lunch for picnics
  • Evening dinners
  • Soft drinks, local wine and beer will be provided within reason while at Kei Mouth Guest Lodge
  • Water bottles will be provided while out riding

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Extra drinks and refreshments
  • Guide gratuities
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Spa treatments
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at East London Airport (ELS). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request and will be charged separately. A driver from East Coast Shuttle will meet you in the arrivals hall, holding a sign saying Wild Coast Horse Trails.

Arrival by bus

Alternatively, you can arrange to be picked up at Baz Bus points.

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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Availability

The Kei River Horse Trail is available throughout the year from mid-January to mid-December each year. The trail starts on a Saturday and ends the following Saturday. Please send an inquiry with the dates that you would like to ride. 

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