Riders stay at Nguni House. This accommodation has 4 double rooms so that each person has their own bedroom. (One room is a king bed or twin beds so that friends can share). The house has two bathrooms, one with shower and one with bath and a second separate toilet.
It has lovely newly renovated open plan living and dining room with French doors into the garden. There is a covered braai patio in the garden. The kitchen is stocked with a selection of items for self-service breakfast (cereal, yoghurt, fruit, bread, preserves, tea & coffee) and light meals (cheese, cold meat, pasta, salads, ...)
Note that power shedding is common in South Africa, we recommend you bring an external charger for your electronics. These are scheduled in advance and you can be updated through an app on your phone. Each bedroom is equipped with a flood light.
WiFi is available.
Daily breakfast (cereal, yogurt, fruit, bread, preserves, tea & coffee).
Lunch at the home base is provided (light meals - cheese, cold meat, pasta, salads and the like), but not included if out on day rides. Lunch out at local pubs and restaurants range from about R60 to R150 depending on what the person orders.
Home cooked dinners are catered and served either at lunch time or evening depending on the days schedule. Most food is based on fresh meat or local fish.
Tea/coffee/water are provided.
Vegetarians and special diets can be catered for to a certain degree but must be advised at the time of booking.
The rainy season is between November and the end of March, with some storms at the end of the day. The warmest months are January and February: expect around 26°C. The South African winter (July/August) is cooler with 10°C during the day on average.
May: temperatures between 13°C-23°C during the day
June/July/August/September: average of 20°C.
October: between 14°C-22°C
November: lovely riding weather with temperatures between 16°C and 23°C
December: 17°C - 25°C
Guide and local team
You are staying with Julie-Anne, Clint and their team on the Wild Coast. They are a lovely bunch of people and committed to the welfare of their horses and happiness of their guests!
The staff is a small team of dedicated riders and horsemen and women. They will show you anything you need to know from horse management to the local culture and lifestyle. Do not hesitate to ask questions and be curious!
we would recommend approximately £10 per guest per day which you can give to your guide to distribute amongst the 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 - required all year round, but particularly during the winter months (May - October) when there can be rain or thunderstorms
- Casual clothes for the evening
- 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!). Please note riding in salty water can damage the leather so don't bring your brand new boots.
- Sandals, flip-flops or trainers for when not riding
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun whilst riding
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
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent
- Any medication you regularly take or needed for this trip
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Eye drops
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhoea medication
- Re-hydration sachets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel
- In your hold luggage: Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant over 100 ml and all bottles can be decanted into small, clear, plastic Ziplock bags. We recommend biodegradable washing products where possible.
- Backpacks cannot be worn whilst riding. We recommend a small bumbag or a coat with pockets so that you can carry small items with you during the day (camera, sunscreen, lipbalm etc)
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
- In your hand luggage carry any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc. 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!