Horse riding on the beach, Wild Coast

Riding on the Edge of Africa

Wild Coast Horse Riding Trail

Explore the rugged, unspoilt, natural beauty of the Wild Coast of South Africa, offering a riding experience over rocky headlands, through the rolling hills of the former homeland of the Transkei and along vast tracts of empty golden beaches. Join our horseback adventure led by experienced guides who follow the tides for exciting but safe riding.

Day 1

On arrival at East London airport, you will be transferred to Kei Mouth Guest Lodge, the base of Wild Coast Horse Trails. A light lunch is served, then you will change into your riding clothes and be taken up to the beach paddock.

The afternoon is a short introductory ride around the local area. It will give you the opportunity to blow away those travelling cobwebs and get to know your horse for the week. A relaxed, friendly evening meal awaits you back at the guesthouse along with a good night’s sleep.

Overnight at Kei Mouth Guest Lodge.

Day 2

Your horse riding adventure starts now! After a light breakfast it’s back up to the paddocks. A short ride down to the Kei River and then a crossing by ferry, to ride over rocky headlands and long stretches of beach. The guides will take you to hidden waterfalls for a picnic lunch and a swim if you choose!

Then it’s to Trennerys or Seagulls Hotel (both quaint, authentic hotels that give guests a real taste of traditional South African holidaying). Here you can stretch your legs on the beach or unwind with a beer by the pool before enjoying a great dinner, and time with your riding group. Our unhurried itinerary will give you plenty of time to explore the hotel.

Overnight at Trennerys or Seagulls Hotel.

Day 3

You will awake to the sound of the sea, and the solitude of being somewhere on the edge of Africa. Now it’s time to move on with a distance of 40km to be covered.

Heading out from the hotel you will continue up the coast, traversing rolling hills and sandy beaches and pass through rural settlements. You cross a number of inland river drifts, then the ride veers back to the sea for a breakfast or lunchtime picnic on the beach.

Tides permitting, the rest of the day is a breath-taking ride on long, endless beaches, which mean faster riding and the thrill of a good horse in a great location.

Another traditional beach hotel, Mazeppa Bay is your next stop. Exploring the secluded beach will lead you to a suspension bridge onto one of the only islands along the coast. A pleasant evening spent soaking up the relaxed atmosphere gives riders the opportunity to unwind after a challenging day in the saddle.

Overnight at Mazeppa Bay Hotel.

Day 4

The next leg of your adventure is “The Gorge”. This route takes you through a beautiful river ravine and over some tricky terrain. Once through the rocky river bed, the ride heads back to the sea through valleys and along winding cattle tracks before reaching your next destination – Kob Inn.

You arrive just in time for lunch. In the afternoon you have the opportunity to relax and soak up the laidback hospitality of another coastal treasure. With a pub on the rocks overlooking the wild seas and sheltered private beaches on either side, this is an exquisite location in which to kick back and truly embrace ‘Africa time’.

Overnight at Kob Inn Hotel.

Day 5

Today you should be fresh and ready for a full day in the saddle.

The tides dictate the day’s schedule which will take you about 20kms up the coast along sheltered beaches, into hidden coves and beautiful lagoons. Your guide will select a suitable spot for you to enjoy a picnic and a swim in a lagoon before heading back to Kob Inn for an evening of delicious dining and maybe a few cocktails!

Overnight at Kob Inn Hotel.

Day 6

It’s time to head back down the coast again. Once more, the timing of the day’s riding will be dependent on the tides as you cross rivers, climb hills and speed along beaches on your way to Wavecrest Hotel.

After a good +/- 30km ride, in the afternoon you can choose to indulge in a little pampering at the Wavecrest spa; maybe explore the rare mangrove forests by either boat or canoe. More South African coastal hospitality awaits you as you relax and allow yourself to be spoilt by the Wavecrest team.

Overnight at Wavecrest Hotel.

Day 7

From Wavecrest, if the tide is right, the ride back to Kei Mouth will be fast- paced and along the beach. After dropping your horse off at the beach base for a well-earned rest, you will have a late lunch at the country club.

Alternatively, after an inland start, we will stop for lunch en route and hit the beaches at low tide for some fast canters in the afternoon before arriving back in Kei Mouth.

Your last night of trail is spent, once again, at the home and guest lodge of Julie-Anne & Clint, where they will treat you to a typical South African Braai; finishing off a week of unforgettable riding with the warm hospitality that the Wild Coast is known for.

Overnight at Kei Mouth Guest Lodge.

Day 8

Depending on your departure time, you could squeeze in one more ride before the shuttle picks you up to transfer you back to the airport.

The hotels along the coast are informal coastal resort hotels, simply designed and popular destinations for South African holiday makers.

  • 1 night Kei Mouth Guest Lodge
  • 1 night Trennerys or Seagulls Hotel
  • 1 night Mazeppa Bay Hotel
  • 2 nights Kob Inn Hotel
  • 1 night Wavecrest Hotel
  • 1 night Kei Mouth Guest Lodge

Meals

  • Breakfast at the hotels are buffet style with a selection of continental and full English options
  • Lunch varies depending on the day and is either a saddlebag picnic, set meal or pub lunch
  • Dinner is usually a set menu of 3 or 4 courses depending on the hotel

Please note: This tour is quoted in ZAR (South African Rand)

2019

  • From: R38 720.00 2020 – R42 500.00
  • Extra nights before and after the trail: R935.00 dinner, bed & breakfast
  • Extra nights before and after trail with a morning or afternoon ride:R1540.00 dinner, bed, breakfast & 1 ride
  • Full board with full day riding: R2800.0

2020

  • From: R38 720.00 2020 – R42 500.00
  • Extra nights before and after the trail: R950.00 dinner, bed & breakfast
  • Extra nights before and after trail with a morning or afternoon ride:R1650.00 dinner, bed, breakfast & 1 ride
  • Full board with full day riding:R2999.00

Includes

  • Meals as indicated, accommodation and horse riding.

Excludes

  • Prices exclude airport transfers, drinks, spa treatments, other activities, gratuities and items of a personal nature.
  • Guide gratuities/tips our experienced guides go out of their way to make your riding holiday a memory that will last a life time. It is customary in South Africa to tip your guide. 10% is recommended.

Please note:

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

  • Price is per person sharing accommodation.
  • Group and family booking discounts available.
  • Single rooms subject to availability.
  • Price is subject to change and will be confirmed when booking.

  • Country

    South Africa
  • Duration

    8 days

  • Cost

    From $2,700

  • Dates

    Ongoing
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