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The Wild Coast Trail

One of the most beautiful beach riding trails in the world! Explore on horseback the rugged and unspoilt natural beauty of the Wild Coast: ride down deserted beaches, exploring gorges and gullies on horseback. A fantastic journey with spectacular scenery from Kei Mouth into the southern region of the Wild Coast of South Africa, stopping at comfortable coastal hotels along the way. Ideal for experienced riders who enjoy exciting riding, with long gallops and some adventures along the way!
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Trail Riding
10 days / 8 riding
From £2,240
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Itinerary

Highlights

- 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 1 : EUROPE - JOHANESBURG

    International flight overnight to Johannesburg. Please note that you need to depart Europe 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 2 : JOHANNESBURG - EAST LONDON - KEI MOUTH - 1-2 hours riding

    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 between c. 11.35am and 12:00 noon. (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 and you will change into your riding clothes. Your horse riding adventure starts now!

    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 3 3 : KEI MOUTH - TRENNERY'S - 4-5 hours riding

    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 4 4 : TRENNERY'S - MAZEPPA BAY - 5-6 hours riding

    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 5 5: MAZEPPA BAY - KOB INN - 3-4 hours riding

    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 will have the opportunity to relax and soak up the laid-back 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 6 : WILD COAST - KOB INN - 5-6 hours riding

    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, delicious local food, and maybe a few cocktails!
  • Day 7 7 : KOB INN - WAVECREST - 3-4 hours riding

    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. More South African coastal hospitality awaits you as you relax and allow yourself to be spoilt by the Wavecrest team.
  • Day 8 8 : WAVECREST - KEI MOUTH - 4-5 hours riding

    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!

    After dropping your horse off at the beach base for a well -earned rest, you will have a late lunch at the country club. Your last night of trail is spent at the home of Julie-Anne in her guest lodge, where you will be treated to a typical Braai (the traditional South African BBQ). Finishing off a week of unforgettable riding with the warm hospitality that the Wild Coast is known for.
  • Day 9 9 : EAST LONDON - JOHANNESBURG - LONDON - 1-2 hours riding

    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.

    On the final day of the ride, you will be transferred to the airport at either 9:00 am if taking a flight at noon or 2:00 pm for a late afternoon flight. Flights are not included but can be booked for you on request.
  • Day 10 10 : EUROPE

    Arrival in Europe early in the morning.

Dates & prices

Price details

- Flights to your destination (international/domestic) are not included, but can be booked on request - please contact us for rates.

- Rates are per person, based on two riders sharing a twin or double room.

- Rides are confirmed for a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 8 international riders plus guides.

- For 2020 there is no solo rider supplement. Single rooms will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please let us know in advance if you'd like a single room, but there is no guarantee.

- Airport transfers are an extra c. 1200 ZAR (c. £70) per person at a set time, each way. Transfers are payable locally in ZAR only and costs are divided by the number of riders in the vehicle.

- 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

- Wild Coast Trails are available throughout the year at set dates to coincide with the tides. Rides are possible all year round on a semi-itinerant basis - contact us to find out more or see "Kei River Beach Trail".

SPECIAL GROUP DISCOUNTS, valid for riders booking together
- 2 riders booking together: -10% for the first rider
- 3 riders booking together: -25% for the first rider
- 4 riders booking together: -50% for the first rider
- For 5 or more riders booking together, the first rider will get a free space.
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/guest houses from day 2 to day 8

Meals

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

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

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
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Did you know?

Did you know?

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)