- Enjoy scrumptious meals and wine-tastings
- Itineraries are flexible - you can stay for as long as you like and do as much riding as you wish
- Ideal extension option following a different ride in southern Africa, such as a safari
- Other activities can be arranged (payable locally) such as shark diving and whale watching
- Non-riders are welcome and can join the riders at wine-tastings or hire a car and explore the local area
Day 1 1: EUROPE - CAPE TOWNOvernight flight to Cape Town. Flights are not included but we can book them for you request.
Day 2 2: CAPE WINELANDS - 1-2 hours ridingYou will be met on arrival at Cape Town airport. You can arrive at any time - those who have just arrived from the UK will likely arrive in the morning.
You will be transferred 40 minutes to your accommodation in the Winelands. There are three choices of accommodation: basic, standard and luxurious, depending on your preference and budget.
Please note: During a seven night stay there will be one full day of rest for the horses. There are plenty of opportunities to explore the local area or take part in local activities (whaling watching, shark dive, cape of Good Hope Tour...)
In the afternoon you will be offered a short, gentle ride to get a feel for your horse and the general landscape. After sundowners back at the stables or your accommodation you will be transferred to a local restaurant for dinner.
Please note the listed price is for packages with accommodation at the farm. Other accommodations are available, please see dates and prices.
NB. Please note that this is a sample itinerary and the routes, vineyards and tastings you experience may be different, depending on local availability, conditions and your preferences.
Day 3 3: CAPE WINELANDS - 3-5 hours ridingAfter breakfast, it's time for your first full day ride. Head into local vineyards and orchards, stopping for a brief break at a point offering incredible photo opportunities with the magnificent Paarl Valley stretched out below. Then ride along the foot of Simonsberg Mountain towards Anura Wine Estate, a route on which you can give your horse its head and enjoy a canter between the vines and along charming old farm roads.
At Anura, enjoy a wine and cheese tasting before strolling over to the charming Estate restaurant for an à la carte lunch with your preferred wine.
Ride home through the mountains with an afternoon stop at the award winning estate Neil Joubert, a vineyard not normally open to the public but with whom your guide has secured exclusive wine tastings. Arriving back at the yard at around 4pm, it’s time to relax before a dinner which will be a culinary showcase of traditional Cape cuisine prepared by local chefs.
Day 4 4: CAPE WINELANDS - 4 hours ridingNow acclimatised and comfortable with your horse, today starts with a longer, exhilarating morning ride through peach, pear and plum orchards and on to a wine tasting at Backsberg, another internationally-acclaimed vineyard and the first wholly organic wine estate in the region.
From there you ride towards the western face of Simonsberg Mountain, experiencing more spectacular views across the Paarl and Franschhoek Valley and over to the dramatic Great Drakenstein mountain range. The mountain trail takes you through refreshing eucalyptus and pine forests, ending back at the stables in time for a late lunch hosted by another local wine farm.
This afternoon is a chance to relax at your accommodation or amble through the historical towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek or Paarl, a 10- to 20-minute drive away. Dinner is at a local restaurant in whichever of these towns you prefer, giving you another taste of local fine dining and wines – an experience on a par with the best international restaurants.
Day 5 5: CAPE WINELANDS - 3-5 hours ridingToday’s morning ride takes you into more unspoiled terrain in the district, through new orchards, vineyards and along estate dams. Riders can set their own pace but whether it’s a fast canter or lazy meander, it’s another exhilarating morning on horseback followed by lunch at another winery. Spend your afternoon either relaxing or playing nine holes at the local golf course.
For those wanting to venture further afield today, other full-day excursions can be arranged. Please note that these optional activities are charged extra. Some of the most popular one-day excursions are:
- Beach ride and lunch in the nearby coastal town of Hermanus (also famous for whale-watching at certain times of year)
- Cape of Good Hope – full day sightseeing following the peninsula coastline with a visit to a protected African penguin colony
- Great White Shark Cage Diving – a day for the true adrenalin junkie
The day ends back at your accommodation and then it’s another relaxed evening sampling fine local food and wines.
Day 6 6: CAPE WINELANDS - 4 hours ridingToday gives you the chance to play some Western Games in the large sand arena before lunch, followed by a faster afternoon ride through Glen Carlou. Spend the late afternoon strolling through picturesque Franschhoek, a small town famous for its gastronomy and with a historical Bastille influence evident in the charming culture, shops and eateries. Dinner is a relaxed affair at a pizzeria located on one of the wine estates.
Day 7 7: CAPE WINELANDS - 4-6 hours ridingToday you step it up a notch and head out on a full day’s ride along the Simonsberg Mountain with a picnic lunch in the forest. This is a fantastic route for riders keen on a faster, more invigorating ride through the wood mill forests.
A home-cooked dinner is hosted either by your guide or one of the stable’s local friends, who will pull out all the stops to make you feel one of the family, Africa-style.
Day 8 8: CAPE WINELANDS - 4-6 hours ridingSet off on another morning ride, venturing into new unchartered trail routes - if you are feeling adventurous. After some fun on horseback, head to lunch at a popular cheese farm in the area.
After lunch, let the horses cool off in the dam while you swim with them (strictly weather permitting). Your last evening is spent at a local family-owned restaurant, the perfect finish to your Cape Winelands experience.
Day 9 9: CAPE WINELANDS - CAPE TOWN - 2-3 hours ridingIt’s your last morning and your guides have saved the best for last. Your final ride takes you up to one of the most spectacular view points in the winelands where you can crack open some champagne and reflect on the week’s highlights.
After a chance to shower and change you will be transferred to the airport. If you are on an evening flight out of Cape Town, then your guides will take you through to the V & A Waterfront in the centre of town for shopping and last minute sightseeing.
Flights back to the UK will depart in the evening, but if you are continuing your holiday in Southern Africa then you can depart at any time.
Day 10 10: LONDONArrival back to London in the early morning.
Dates & prices
- Flights or transportation to your destination (international/domestic) are not included, but can be booked on request - please contact us for rates.
- The above prices are based on a 7 night stay in farm accommodation (converted stables), sharing a twin/double room. It is possible to upgrade to a Boutique hotel or beautiful guesthouse accommodation at an extra cost (rate is approx. £2875/$3935/€3250 for the Guesthouse, £3360/$4600/€3800 Boutique Hotel) - please contact us for a detailed quotation.
- Dates are flexible and you can arrive/depart on any day and stay for as long as you like. Long stays of 7 nights benefit from a special rate (not available 15 Dec-15 Jan) and the nightly rate for shorter durations will be higher. This holiday will confirm for one person and all departures are guaranteed. Please contact us for a personalised quote over your preferred dates.
- Please note: During a seven-night stay there will be one full day of rest for the horses. There are plenty of opportunities to explore the local area or take part in local activities (whaling watching, shark dive, cape of Good Hope Tour...)
- Single supplements:
> If you choose the guesthouse or hotel accommodation: if you sign up to the ride as a solo rider and there are no other riders likely to share your room, you will be charged a single room supplement of approx. £565/$1150/€625 at the guesthouse or £890/$735/€980 at the boutique hotel. You will then be reimbursed if a sharer is found for you at a later date.
> If you choose the farm accommodation: there is no single supplement if you are willing to share a room with another guest of the same sex. To guarantee your own room there is a single supplement of £180/$230/€200 for a 7-night stay.
- Guests can book an itinerary in its entirety or pick and choose from the different options to build their own unique horseback holiday based on personal taste, level of riding experience, size of group and preferred length of stay.
- Airport transfers are an additional £135/$175/€150 per car (1-3 passengers) return and can be scheduled to suit you. Larger vehicles are possible depending on group size and the cost will be split between all in the group.
- A 5-night Cape Gourmet Wine Trail is available on a selection of dates and is priced £2060/$2680/€2280 per person. Single supplement is £965/$1255/€1065. Please contact us for more information.
- Please note that these prices are based on the South African Rand rate which is very volatile at the moment so we will confirm the price to you upon booking.
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.
Drinks and wine tasting, including house wines at the table and drinks during and after the rides.
Price doesn't include
Visas and personal purchase
Minimum riding ability
Minimum riding ability
Rider weight limit: 90 kg, 14,2 stones, 198 lbs.
Tacking ability and participation
Trip conditions and Requested experience
Standard bridles and snaffle bits, some horses are ridden bitless.
We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit. Helmets are mandatory.
Basic: Recently converted stables on the farm provide comfortable double or twin accommodation on-site. The rooms have ensuite shower rooms and a patio with fantastic views of the mountains. Breakfast is taken in your room and there are no communal seating areas, but you can put the chairs from your room on the patio.
Standard: A local guesthouse within a few minutes drive of the stables offers comfortable twin and double en-suite rooms, with the usual guesthouse facilities.
Luxury: A spa lodge on a neighbouring estate offers very comfortable en-suite rooms, plus the option for spa treatments (at extra cost) and the use of a swimming pool.
WiFi available. Laundry available at a nominal fee.
Spring (September/October) and autumn (April/May) are beautiful seasons in the Cape when nature is at its showiest!
Cape Town’s winters (June to August) can be stormy and wet. June is the wettest month of the year and light snow can fall on the higher Cape mountains. The average winter temperature is between 7 and 20 degrees Centigrade however it’s not uncommon to enjoy a beautiful week of sunshine in winter.
Guide and local team
- 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
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun
- Fleece, jumper or jacket - the evenings can be cold
- Waterproof jacket - all year round, but particularly during the winter months (May - September) when there can be rain or thunderstorms
- Casual clothes for the evening
- You may wish to take something slightly smarter for some of the restaurants but this is not expected
- 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 (and because they can be very hot!)
- Sandals, flip-flops or trainers for when not riding
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun whilst riding
- 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!
Other useful items
- 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
- 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...
Visa & Health
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
South Africa has relaxed its requirements for travelling with children under the age of 18. Visa exempt children (including UK Nationals visiting for tourism purposes) entering South Africa accompanied by an adult are required to present only a valid passport on arrival, regardless of whether the child is travelling with both parents, one parent, or an adult who is not a biological parent (for more information, please see the Immigration Act in conjunction with the advisory from the South African Department of Home Affairs). This includes children travelling as part of school groups.
Contact South African Immigration for what is required for other circumstances.
Addresses of consulates
- South African High Commission
South Africa House
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
- Ambassade de France en Afrique du Sud
250, Melk street
Tél. : +27 (0) 12 425 1600
Fax : +27 12 425 1609
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.
Budget and money
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.
Telephone and jetlag
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.
Did you know?
Did you know?
The Cape Winelands riding trail is the perfect extension to another riding holiday in Southern Africa.
For our Fish River Canyon ride in Namibia, you fly into/out of Cape Town and so it's really easy to add a few days of relaxing riding at Cape Winelands before/after your Namibian adventure.
For our riding safari in the Okavango Delta (such as Macatoo) or the Kalahari desert, there are direct flights from Maun to Cape Town; and for our thrilling beach rides at the Wild Coast you can fly direct from East London to Cape Town. There are then direct flights from Cape Town back to the UK with both British Airways and Virgin.