- - 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
Day 1 : LONDON - JOHANESBURG -
International flight overnight to Johannesburg. This flight is not included but we can book it for you on request.
If booking your own flight then 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
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 - 6-7 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 : 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
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.