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The Wild Coast Trail

10 days / 8 riding from £ 1,350

Riding levels

Each of our trips is assigned a minimum level of riding ability required. This reflects whether there is technical riding required; the terrain to be covered; the liveliness of the horses; the length of the riding days and the riding fitness required.




For novice riders, these riding holidays will give beginners the chance to get used to being in the saddle. In general, a beginner/ novice hasn't learned how to canter and has not yet mastered rising trot. They are able to mount safely and to control a horse at a walk. 



For intermediate riders who are at ease at 2 paces (walk and rising trot and are starting to canter in a forward seat) out in open countryside. The intermediate rider is able to mount and dismount their horse unassisted, use basic riding aids, ride at a rising trot for at least 10 minutes, to change and control the pace from a walk to a trot and comfortably canter over short distances.



For experienced riders who have mastered all 3 paces (walk, rising trot, canter in a forward seat) over uneven terrain. The experienced rider rides regularly, has a good seat and is confident of their own ability. They are able to control the horse at speed and change direction of their horse at any pace and in any circumstance as needed.



For advanced riders who have mastered all 4paces (walk, rising trot, canter gallop in a forward seat) over uneven terrain on all types of horses including those that are very spirited. The advanced rider rides regularly has good physical fitness, has good soft hands and has the ability to gallop for long stretches without getting tired.



For all riders, whether they are novices, intermediate level, experienced or advanced. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance training, natural horsemanship, trail riding orcentre based safaris.



For beginners and intermediate level riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capability of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For beginners, intermediate level  and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level, experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtrainingendurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.

Comfort

Each of our rides has been assigned an expected level of comfort

Nights in hotels, guesthouses, B&B's or homestays. Double or twin rooms with bathrooms.

 

EQUUS JOURNEYS THE THRESHING BARN - HOMME CASTLE BARNS
SHELSLEY WALSH
WORCESTERSHIRE, WR6 6RR. UK
Phone : +44 (0) 1905 388977
INFO@EQUUS-JOURNEYS.COM

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SOUTH AFRICA-The Wild Coast Trail

10 days / 8 riding from 1350£


Activity :

Level :

Comfort :

One of the most beautiful beach riding trails in the world! Explore on horseback the rugged and unspoilt natural beauty of the Wild Coast of South Africa. A fantastic journey from Kei Mouth into the southern region of the Wild Coast, stopping at comfortable coastal hotels along the way.

Strengths

- Exhilarating beach canters that go on and on for miles
- Horseback trails along the stunning coastline of the Eastern Cape and its beaches
- Ride inland through Transkei and past local traditional Xhosa villages
- The deserted and wild beaches are perfect for long canters and gallops
- Watch for dolphins and whales out to sea (peak viewing months for Southern Right whales and Humpbacks are July - November)
- Groups are usually limited to a maximum of 8 riders
- Varied and interesting, comfortable accommodation

Itinerary

Day 1 : LONDON - JOHANESBURG -

Accommodation :

International flight overnight to Johannesburg. Please note that you need to depart London at c. 19:00 so that you arrive in Johannesburg at c. 07:00 in time to make your connection onto the flight to East London.

Day 2 : JOHANNESBURG - EAST LONDON - TRENNERYS - 2 hours riding

Accommodation : TENNERY'S HOTEL

On arrival at Johannesburg, you will make your way to the domestic terminal for your connecting flight to East London airport - again we can book this flight for you if requested. We recommend flight SA471 from Johannesburg, which arrives into East London at c. 11.35am. (If you arrive later than 12:00 midday then you may have to pay extra for a private transfer).

You will be met on arrival and transferred by minibus to Kei Mouth. A light lunch will be served at the Kei Mouth Country club, and you will change into your riding clothes. Your horse riding adventure starts now!

The afternoon ride will take you across the Kei River on a ferry, over rocky headlands and along endless stretches of beach before arriving at Trennery's – a quaint, authentic hotel that remains relatively unchanged since its inception in the 1940s, giving guests a 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 an evening of delicious food and companionship – and maybe even a bit of dancing for those in the mood!

Day 3 : TRENNERY'S - JACARANDA - TRENNERY'S - 5 hours riding

Accommodation : TENNERY'S HOTEL

Fully relaxed after a good night's sleep, you will awake to the sound of the sea, prolific bird life and the solitude of being somewhere on the edge of Africa. The unhurried itinerary will give you plenty of time to explore the hotel, or go for a short beach walk.

You will be in the saddle by 9.30 am and off to explore the local area and The Gates Waterfalls. After a hearty pub lunch, the afternoon will be spent beach riding to the ship wreck of the Jacaranda. Then it is back to Trennery's in the late afternoon for another relaxed evening.

Day 4 : TRENNERY'S - MAZEPPA BAY - 5 hours riding

Accommodation :

It will be time to move on the day's ride with a distance of 40km to be covered. The day's riding takes you further up the coast, meandering through hills and valleys as you explore the interior. Heading out from Trennery's, you will continue up the coast, traversing rolling hills and sandy beaches and passing through rural settlements and holiday villages. After crossing a number of rivers via the drifts, the ride then veers back to the sea for a lunchtime picnic on the beach.

Tides permitting, the afternoon will see you take a breath-taking ride on long, unspoilt beaches. Flatter ground will mean faster riding and you will really get a chance to experience the thrill of riding a good horse in a great location.

Another traditional beach hotel, Mazeppa Bay is characterised by its own island which is joined to the main beach by a suspension bridge. A pleasant evening spent soaking up the relaxed atmosphere gives riders the opportunity to unwind after a challenging day in the saddle.

Day 5: MAZEPPA BAY - KOB INN - 5-6 hours riding

Accommodation : Kob Inn

The next leg of your adventure can be tailor-made depending on how the group feels after the previous day's adventure. You can choose to explore the local area before heading for the Qhora River for low tide and an
early end to the day. The alternative route would take you through a beautiful gorge and over some tricky terrain. Once through the river, the ride takes you through valleys and riverines before reaching your next destination – the Kob Inn.

Whichever route you have chosen, you will 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, relax and truly embrace ‘Africa time'.

Day 6 : WILD COAST - KOB INN - 5-6 hours riding

Accommodation : Kob Inn

After having had an opportunity to relax the day before, you should be fresh and ready for a full day in the saddle.The day's ride will take you along sheltered beaches, into hidden coves and beautiful lagoons. During the ride, your guide will select a beautiful, sheltered spot for you to enjoy a picnic lunch on the hoof before heading back to the Kob Inn for another evening of lively conversation and delicious local seafood.

Day 7 : KOB INN - WAVECREST - 5 hours riding

Accommodation : Wavecrest Hotel

It will be time to turn around and start heading 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 back to Wavecrest.

After a good +/- 30km ride, you can choose to indulge in a little pampering at the Wavecrest spa; explore the rare mangrove forests by either boat or canoe or challenge one of your fellow riders or guides to a game of tennis. Alternatively, you can get back in the saddle and enjoy a leisurely afternoon ride that will take you along sandy coastal paths, which provide excellent whale and dolphin-watching opportunities, and through forest trails that cut through a section of ancient indigenous dune forest. This beautiful, relaxing ride will take you back to Wavecrest in time for a quick canoe trip, a massage or a walk on the beach, depending on your preference.

Another evening of coastal hospitality awaits you as you relax and allow yourself to be spoilt by the Wavecrest team.

Day 8 : WAVECREST - MORGAN BAY - 4-5 hours riding

Accommodation : THE COCK INN

Departing from Wavecrest, you will continue your journey back to your starting point with a horseback ride meandering through villages, dune forests and rolling hills, with a smattering of beach work to keep the adrenalin pumping!

Enjoy a picnic along the way and, if the weather permits, a dip in the sea or a paddle in the stream. With no time pressures or tides to consider, this is a relaxing day of riding as your trail draws to an end.

Your last night on trail will be spent at a delightful guest house, The Cock Inn, where you can share all your trail stories and pictures and indulge in the whimsical pampering of Tammy, your host for the evening.

Day 9 : EAST LONDON - JOHANNESBURG - LONDON - 1-2 hours riding

Accommodation :

The shuttle will pick you up to transfer you back to the airport at 13:00 and there will be the opportunity to enjoy one last ride and meet the other horses at Sunray farm; either a ride through the indigenous bush or you may like to ride in the school, do some jumping and swim with your horse in the farm dam before it's time to say goodbye to your horse and head home.

Flights should leave from East London 16:00 or later to allow time for the transfer (scheduled to arrive at East London airport at approx. 12:00). Flights are not included but can be booked for you on request.

Day 10 : LONDON -

Accommodation :

Arrival in London early in the morning.


Price details

- These prices do not include flight tickets.

SPECIAL GROUP DISCOUNTS
- 2 riders booking together: -£235 per person
- 3 riders booking together: - £315 per person
- 4 riders booking together: - £360 per person
- 5 riders booking together: - £385 per person

- Please note that these prices are based on the South African Rand rate which can be volatile, we will confirm all prices to you upon booking

- Rides are confirmed for a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 8 riders

- Rides are possible all year round, leaving each Friday with a group of 2 riders - contact us to find out more

- It is possible to guarantee the ride for one person on payment of a supplementary charge (. £940 in 2016). As soon as a second person confirms we will refund this charge to you

- Airport transfers are an extra c. 990 ZAR (c. £55) per person return at a set time. On the first day of the ride you will be collected between 11:35 and 12:00 from East London airport. On the final day of the ride, you will be transferred to the airport for c. 15:00. If these transfers do not suit you, then private transfers can be arranged at additional cost ZAR 1200 (£75).

- There is a maximum weight limit of 95 kg - please contact us if you weigh more than this as it may be possible to pay a supplement for an extra horse
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

PRICE INCLUDES

Support Team

2 English-speaking tour leaders

Logistics

1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle per rider
1 assistant groom who looks after the horses

Accommodation

Comfortable hotels from day 2 to day 8

Meals

Full board from lunch on day 2 to breakfast on day 9
Drinks included

Additional equipment

First aid kit

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

Meals

Beverages and personal extra
Price does not include breakfast on day 2 or lunch on day 9

Transports

Airport transfers
International flights

Extra

Tips to local team - at your discretion
Small group supplementary charge. See above for the price details

Insurance

Cancellation and travel insurance are not included in the above listed price. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend taking out an insurance policy as soon as your trip is booked to cover you in case of cancellation

TIPS

Tips are not expected but if you wish to leave a tip then you can do so - we would recommend c. £5-£10 per guest per day which you can give to your guide to distribute amongst the team.

HORSES

There is a stable of 60 horses which are calm, energetic and sure footed. Many are home-breds and have been raised on the farm. They are a mixture of Arabs, Thoroughbreds, crossbreeds or local African horses such as Boeperds.
The saddles are comfortable for riders with a high pommel and shallow seat which permit a good seat - most also have a sheepskin seatsaver on top. Each saddle also has a small saddle bag sufficient for carrying bottles of water and sunscreen necessary for the entire riding day.

MINIMUM RIDING ABILITY

You need to be a competent rider, capable and in control at all paces. You must be able to rise to the trot and canter/gallop in a forward seat. You should have experience of riding in the outdoors and over rough terrain as well as being fit for long hours in the saddle.

PACE

The riding is at mixed pace, with plenty of opportunities for long trots and canters along the beaches or on inland paths.

TACKING ABILITY AND PARTICIPATION

Your guides will feed, care for and saddle your horses, but you may wish to help untack at the end of the day.

TRIP CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED EXPERIENCE

You need to be physically fit for long hours in the saddle in the African sun.

EQUESTRIAN EQUIPMENT

Guests who do not ride regularly are requested to get fit prior to the ride. It is of particular importance to ensure you are comfortable and balanced when riding at speed across rough terrain and open spaces.

COMFORT

Accommodation is in local hotels along the coastline. They are basic, but clean and comfortable. Meals are had from the set menus at the hotels and are prepared with local fresh producce. Special dietary requests can be accommodated for with advance notice.

CLIMAT

Meals

Meals are provided by each hotel you stay at. Breakfast is usually buffet style and includes cereals, bread, tea and coffee, fruit and often a hot option. Lunch may be a picnic carried in your guides saddlebag or something light at the hotel. Dinner usually consists of three courses and is local fare - hearty and tasty. Fish is often available!
Drinks are not included but are very cheap! You will put drinks on your room bill each evening and settle up before departing in the morning. Tea/coffee/water are provided.

Vegetarians and special diets can usually be catered for but must be advised in advance so that we can notify each hotel.

Support Team

Guide and local team

There are always two guides with the group - a lead guide and a back-up guide. There may be extra support crew riding as well.

Your luggage is moved by vehicle and the driver may join you for dinner in the evenings as well.

HORSE GUIDE

  • Julie-Anne GOWER


    Région d'origine : Afrique du Sud

  • Ashley GOWER


    Région d'origine : Afrique du Sud

Packing list

Head
- Hard hats are compulsory and we recommend you take your own to ensure a correct fit.
- Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana

Upper body
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun
- T-shirts
- Fleece, jumper or jacket - the evenings can be cold
- Waterproof jacket - required all year round, but particularly during the winter months (May - October) when there can be rain or thunderstorms
- Casual clothes for the evening

Legs
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Shorts for lazy lunchtimes
- Casual clothes for the evening

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps. We don't recommend taking your favourite long leather boots in case they get damaged (they can also be hot!)
- Sandals, flip-flops or trainers for when not riding
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun whilst riding

Nightwear

Our Recommendations
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!
- Pack light and choose a case with wheels as you are moving accommodation regularly

Other useful items
- Swimsuit - for the pools - the sea is generally not safe for swimming
- Binoculars for spotting dolphins/whales along the coastline
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding

In your luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant unless they are less than 100ml and all bottles can fit in a small, clear, plastic ziplock bag

In your hand luggage
- Any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Your riding hat

Medical kit
- Sunscreen and lip balm - must be high factor
- Insect repellent, preferably containing deet
- Any medication you regularly take
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...


ENTRY FORMALITIES

To enter South Africa, a passport valid for at least 30 days after the intended date of departure is required by all UK, Australian, USA, Canadian and other EU nationals.
Passports must have at least two blank facing pages for entry stamps - visitors have been refused entry by airport immigration officials for flouting this regulation.
Yellow fever certificates are required if your journey starts from or passes through a country with yellow fever (such as Zambia/Victoria Falls).Visas for South Africa are not required by UK, Australian, USA, Canadian and other EU nationals for stays of up to 90 days except:
- Nationals of Cyprus, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, who may stay visa-free for up to 30 days.
- Nationals of Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Lativa, Lithuania, Romania and Slovenia, who do require a visa.
Other passport holders are advised to contact the embassy/high commission for visa requirements.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION RE: TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN
From 1st June 2015, South Africa have introduced tough rulings for anyone travelling with children.
- Two parents travelling with children will need to show the childs Unabridged Birth Certificate (UBC)
- One parent travelling with a child will need to show the UBC plus either: a Parental Consent Affidavit (PAC) from the parent not travelling OR a letter of special circumstance.
- Widowed parents will need to show the UBC and a death certificate for the deceased parent
- Children travelling with family friends will need a UBC, PCA, copies of the parents passports and contact details for the parents.

For more information click here: http://www.africa-adventure.net/downloads/SummaryImmigrationMinors.pdf

Contact South African Immigration for what is required for other circumstances.

Addresses of consulates

  • South African High Commission
    South Africa House
    Trafalgar Square
    WC2N 5DP London
    Tél. : +44 (0) 20 7451 7299
    Fax : +44 (0) 20 7839 5670
  • Paris | Ambassade d'Afrique du sud
    59, Quai d'Orsay
    75343 Paris Cedex 07
    Tél. : 01.53.59.23.23
    Fax :
    info@afriquesud.net
  • Ambassade de France en Afrique du Sud
    250, Melk street
    New Muckleneuk
    0181 Pretoria
    Tél. : +27 (0) 12 425 1600
    Fax : +27 12 425 1609
    france@ambafrance-rsa.org

HEALTH

We recommend that you talk to your doctor as they have access to the most up-to-date information.
There are no vaccinations legally required to travel to South Africa, however, you need a yellow fever vaccination if you have travelled to a country where that disease is widely prevalent, such as Zambia/Victoria Falls. So although Yellow Fever is not a problem in South Africa, you will need to carry a certificate of vaccination if you are arriving from an infected country.
Like with most countries, it's advisable to have general injections regarding diseases like Hepatitis A and typhoid. Most travellers are already vaccinated against DTP (Diptheria, Tetanus, Polio) and Hepatitis A, especially if you travelled already to countries outside the western world. If you are staying longer than 3 months or have a particular risk you might consider a rabies vaccination. Vaccination against Tuberculosis as well as Hepatitis B are also sometimes recommended for stays longer than 3 months.
Malaria, although not prevalent in most of the country, is a serious disease which must not be underestimated. If you are travelling in the eastern quarter of the country (towards Kruger National Park), take anti-malarial medication such as Malarone, especially when travelling during the warmer and wetter summer season (October to April/May). Also wear long-sleeved shirts and use insect repelling containing DEET.
Very occasionally there are reports of African Tick Bite Fever in guests returning from South Africa. Cover up when riding/walking through the bush and check yourself for ticks. If you experience flu-like symptoms on return to the UK it is worth mentioning to your doctor that you have visited a rural part of Africa. The disease is easily treated with antibiotics.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.

TELEPHONE AND JET LAG

GMT +1
South Africa's country code is 27. Telephone numbers in South Africa are 10 digits, including the local area code. There are also some prefixes like 0800 (toll free), 0860 (charged as local call) and 0861 (flat-rate calls).
Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies and coverage extends to most of the country except the very remote areas. GPRS for data coverage is also widespread. Airport kiosks can sell you a phone or local SIM card if you show some ID.
Internet cafes are common in towns throughout the country and wireless is available at airports and in up-market hotels. Most hotels charge for connectivity and it can be cheaper to find the nearest internet café.

BUDGET AND MONEY

The currency of South Africa is the Rand, often called the 'buck', and it's divided into 100 cents. The sign for it is R and the financial code is ZAR. It was introduced in 1961 to coincide with the establishment of the Republic of South Africa, replacing the South African pound.
Notes come in R10, R20, R50, R100, and R200 denominations. Coins of 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents exist, as well as R1, R2 and R5.

VOLTAGE

220/230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs have three fat round pins.

ACTIVITY :Trail Riding

LEVEL :Help

COMFORT :Help

One of the most beautiful beach riding trails in the world! Explore on horseback the rugged and unspoilt natural beauty of the Wild Coast of South Africa. A fantastic journey from Kei Mouth into the southern region of the Wild Coast, stopping at comfortable coastal hotels along the way.

  • Horseback riding in South Africa
    Wild Coast beach horseback trail ride
  • Wild Coast beach trail ride
    Horses on the wild coast in South Africa
  • Explore the coast of South Africa on horseback
    Wild Coast beach horseback trail
  • Exceptional beach rides along the Wild Coast
    Horseback riding in South Africa
  • River crossing with the horses
    Horseback safari in South Africa
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    Horseback riding in South Africa
  • Crossing the estuary in South Africa
    Horseback riding on South African wild coast
  • Enjoy a long gallop on the beach!
    Horseback riding in South Africa
  • Wild Coast beach trail ride
    Wild Coast beach horseback trail ride

STRENGTHS

- Exhilarating beach canters that go on and on for miles
- Horseback trails along the stunning coastline of the Eastern Cape and its beaches
- Ride inland through Transkei and past local traditional Xhosa villages
- The deserted and wild beaches are perfect for long canters and gallops
- Watch for dolphins and whales out to sea (peak viewing months for Southern Right whales and Humpbacks are July - November)
- Groups are usually limited to a maximum of 8 riders
- Varied and interesting, comfortable accommodation

ITINERARY

Day 1 : LONDON - JOHANESBURG -

Accommodation :

International flight overnight to Johannesburg. Please note that you need to depart London at c. 19:00 so that you arrive in Johannesburg at c. 07:00 in time to make your connection onto the flight to East London.

Day 2 : JOHANNESBURG - EAST LONDON - TRENNERYS - 2 hours riding

Accommodation : TENNERY'S HOTEL

On arrival at Johannesburg, you will make your way to the domestic terminal for your connecting flight to East London airport - again we can book this flight for you if requested. We recommend flight SA471 from Johannesburg, which arrives into East London at c. 11.35am. (If you arrive later than 12:00 midday then you may have to pay extra for a private transfer).

You will be met on arrival and transferred by minibus to Kei Mouth. A light lunch will be served at the Kei Mouth Country club, and you will change into your riding clothes. Your horse riding adventure starts now!

The afternoon ride will take you across the Kei River on a ferry, over rocky headlands and along endless stretches of beach before arriving at Trennery's – a quaint, authentic hotel that remains relatively unchanged since its inception in the 1940s, giving guests a 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 an evening of delicious food and companionship – and maybe even a bit of dancing for those in the mood!

Day 3 : TRENNERY'S - JACARANDA - TRENNERY'S - 5 hours riding

Accommodation : TENNERY'S HOTEL

Fully relaxed after a good night's sleep, you will awake to the sound of the sea, prolific bird life and the solitude of being somewhere on the edge of Africa. The unhurried itinerary will give you plenty of time to explore the hotel, or go for a short beach walk.

You will be in the saddle by 9.30 am and off to explore the local area and The Gates Waterfalls. After a hearty pub lunch, the afternoon will be spent beach riding to the ship wreck of the Jacaranda. Then it is back to Trennery's in the late afternoon for another relaxed evening.

Day 4 : TRENNERY'S - MAZEPPA BAY - 5 hours riding

Accommodation :

It will be time to move on the day's ride with a distance of 40km to be covered. The day's riding takes you further up the coast, meandering through hills and valleys as you explore the interior. Heading out from Trennery's, you will continue up the coast, traversing rolling hills and sandy beaches and passing through rural settlements and holiday villages. After crossing a number of rivers via the drifts, the ride then veers back to the sea for a lunchtime picnic on the beach.

Tides permitting, the afternoon will see you take a breath-taking ride on long, unspoilt beaches. Flatter ground will mean faster riding and you will really get a chance to experience the thrill of riding a good horse in a great location.

Another traditional beach hotel, Mazeppa Bay is characterised by its own island which is joined to the main beach by a suspension bridge. A pleasant evening spent soaking up the relaxed atmosphere gives riders the opportunity to unwind after a challenging day in the saddle.

Day 5: MAZEPPA BAY - KOB INN - 5-6 hours riding

Accommodation : Kob Inn

The next leg of your adventure can be tailor-made depending on how the group feels after the previous day's adventure. You can choose to explore the local area before heading for the Qhora River for low tide and an
early end to the day. The alternative route would take you through a beautiful gorge and over some tricky terrain. Once through the river, the ride takes you through valleys and riverines before reaching your next destination – the Kob Inn.

Whichever route you have chosen, you will 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, relax and truly embrace ‘Africa time'.

Day 6 : WILD COAST - KOB INN - 5-6 hours riding

Accommodation : Kob Inn

After having had an opportunity to relax the day before, you should be fresh and ready for a full day in the saddle.The day's ride will take you along sheltered beaches, into hidden coves and beautiful lagoons. During the ride, your guide will select a beautiful, sheltered spot for you to enjoy a picnic lunch on the hoof before heading back to the Kob Inn for another evening of lively conversation and delicious local seafood.

Day 7 : KOB INN - WAVECREST - 5 hours riding

Accommodation : Wavecrest Hotel

It will be time to turn around and start heading 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 back to Wavecrest.

After a good +/- 30km ride, you can choose to indulge in a little pampering at the Wavecrest spa; explore the rare mangrove forests by either boat or canoe or challenge one of your fellow riders or guides to a game of tennis. Alternatively, you can get back in the saddle and enjoy a leisurely afternoon ride that will take you along sandy coastal paths, which provide excellent whale and dolphin-watching opportunities, and through forest trails that cut through a section of ancient indigenous dune forest. This beautiful, relaxing ride will take you back to Wavecrest in time for a quick canoe trip, a massage or a walk on the beach, depending on your preference.

Another evening of coastal hospitality awaits you as you relax and allow yourself to be spoilt by the Wavecrest team.

Day 8 : WAVECREST - MORGAN BAY - 4-5 hours riding

Accommodation : THE COCK INN

Departing from Wavecrest, you will continue your journey back to your starting point with a horseback ride meandering through villages, dune forests and rolling hills, with a smattering of beach work to keep the adrenalin pumping!

Enjoy a picnic along the way and, if the weather permits, a dip in the sea or a paddle in the stream. With no time pressures or tides to consider, this is a relaxing day of riding as your trail draws to an end.

Your last night on trail will be spent at a delightful guest house, The Cock Inn, where you can share all your trail stories and pictures and indulge in the whimsical pampering of Tammy, your host for the evening.

Day 9 : EAST LONDON - JOHANNESBURG - LONDON - 1-2 hours riding

Accommodation :

The shuttle will pick you up to transfer you back to the airport at 13:00 and there will be the opportunity to enjoy one last ride and meet the other horses at Sunray farm; either a ride through the indigenous bush or you may like to ride in the school, do some jumping and swim with your horse in the farm dam before it's time to say goodbye to your horse and head home.

Flights should leave from East London 16:00 or later to allow time for the transfer (scheduled to arrive at East London airport at approx. 12:00). Flights are not included but can be booked for you on request.

Day 10 : LONDON -

Accommodation :

Arrival in London early in the morning.

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When to go

The Eastern Cape has slightly different weather to other areas of southern Africa and so the following guide may help you when planning your riding holiday.

January / February:  It’s summer, and the weather is hot & humid with afternoon thunder showers and possible flooding rivers!  While riding, you can cool off by playing with the horses in the sea and lagoons.
March:  Days are long and warm but there is still some chance of rain as the wet season tapers off.  The riding is good and the sun is not too harsh.
April / May : It's Autumn, with warm days and blue skies.  Good riding weather.
June / July / August:  Winter days are dry and warm, with cool nights.   The sun sets early, but the weather is so fine you can be out on your horse all day. Good riding weather.
September:  The end of winter.  It can be windy and wet.
October / November / December:  Lovely time of year, everything is green and fresh as the spring rains bring relief to the parched earth.  Riding is mostly fine during the day, with late afternoon rainstorms and you have to be careful with the river crossings.  The temperatures are pleasant until around mid-December when the summer heat kicks in.

Average temperatures in summer (Oct - Feb):  15-26° C (60-80° F) with highs up to 32° C (90° F) occasionally in Dec, Jan and Feb.
Average temperatures in winter (Jun - Aug):  10-22° C (50-70° F)