South Africa - The Winelands
Enjoy a whole host of quality activities


We GUARANTEE you won't find the same horse riding holiday at a lower price through any other source... and if you do, we promise to refund the difference!

from £200 or €235

Horse Riding Holidays South Africa – The Winelands

The Winelands has been personally vetted by Zara and Jill (as have all our Horse Riding Holidays South Africa). We do this to ensure that the quality of the horse riding, accommodation, food and scenery combine to provide only the best Horse Riding Holidays in South Africa for our clients.

Don’t forget our Horse Riding Holidays GUARANTEE. You won’t find any of our Horse Riding Holidays in South Africa at a lower price through any other source… and if you do we will refund the difference.


The Winelands


This ride is suitable for all levels of riders and non riders will enjoy this trip too.

Rates are quoted per person sharing.

Cape Winelands is a flexible holiday and you can book by the night.
We recommend 7 nights to make the most of your trip.

Open all year round.

  • Spa Suites – £300/€350/$370 per night
  • Cottage for single use – £200/€235/$245 per night

No single supplement.

Includes – All the riding, meals, drinks & airport transfers.

Excludes – Flights, tips and Big 5 Safari.

Getting There
International flight to Cape Town.

45 minutes by car.

Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our Terms & Conditions for full details.

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.


Situated on the historic Bloemendal farm, established in 1692 by Governor Simon van der Stel, The Winelands is surrounded by lush vineyards and orchards with the imposing Boland mountains in the background.

The Winelands is a laid back riding holiday destination and is known for it’s character mountains, diversity of landscape and people and it’s conveniently situated just 45 minutes from the feel good vibe of the V&A Waterfront of Cape Town. Guests at The Winelands can enjoy a whole host of quality activities ranging from Big 5 Safaris, Cross Country jumping, Mountain & Beach Treks, Lessons, even Wine Tours on horseback due to their fantastic location right in the heart of the Cape Town Winelands.

Louis and Colleen have a good selection of horses and ponies of all heights and different levels at The Winelands, with many of them bred right on the farm. This means they can cater for many types of guests from total beginners right through to advanced riders. Colleen who is originally from the UK also holds her BHS II and is a SANEF examiner and the yard staff also hold their SANEF certificates, which is the BHS equivalent in South Africa.

In addition to all the great riding options available on The Winelands holiday, it also makes a great base for touring round the Cape Town area and a good choice for non riding partners.


Horses – Over 30 horses including Anglo Arabs, Thoroughbreds, Basthoto, Boarperds, Appaloosas, Childrens Ponies & crosses.

Level of Riding & Pace – Beginner to Advanced.

Tack – English & Trail.

Weight Restriction – 100 kg / 220 lbs / 15 stones 7 lbs.


There are 2 types of accommodation:

Spa Suite – A stones throw away from the farm in beautiful surroundings. These are large villas with very spacious suite room accommodation, a lounge, kitchen, outdoor space and swimming pool. Perfect for couple, groups or families.

Basic Cottage – Rustic accommodation situated on a private vineyard with lovely outdoor spaces and an infinity pool. Perfect for single travellers.

We have travelled the world testing a huge variety of horse riding holidays to make sure we offer you, our client, the best horse riding holiday experience possible.

Our horse riding holidays are thoroughly researched – we consider all the elements that go towards making our horse riding holidays collection the best in the world. We check the quality of the horses, if they are fit for the job, well produced and looked after. We make sure the riding terrain is good going, the countryside is interesting and, for example, on Classic Dressage horse riding holidays, the arenas are in good condition. We make sure the accommodation, whether it’s a five star hotel, a farmhouse or camping, is clean and comfortable, and offers a great night’s sleep. The food is all important too – we take the time to make sure we tell you if it’s cordon bleu, home cooked, or regional and locally sourced – above all it has to be delicious, plentiful and nourishing. Last but not least, we choose the horse riding holidays that have the best hosts, who are friendly, warm and welcoming.

It’s only when all these elements come together that we add a horse riding holiday into our hand-picked collection of horse riding holidays.

Horse Riding Holidays at The Winelands are part of the Zara’s Planet collection of Horse Riding Holidays South Africa.

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There is so much that guests are able to do in addition to the riding…

On the doorstep

  • Walks on the farm itself enjoying the fantastic views on the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley.
  • Visit one or more of the seven wine estates in the immediate area
  • Walk across the road to ‘Noble Hill’ wine estate and enjoy a glass of wine and a picnic lunch – a cellar tour can be arranged on request
  • Visit the famous neighbouring ‘Le Bonheur’ crocodile farm
  • Visit one of the many local restaurants and enjoy their lovely cheeses, olives, mezze and of course their quality wines

Within 10km

  • Enjoy more wine tasting on the Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch wine routes
  • Visit ‘KWV’ for a cellar tour
  • Enjoy cheese tours at Fairview, Dalewood, Anura or Cottage Fromage
  • Drive to the top of the famous Paarl Rock and experience the magnificent views of the winelands and the Afrikaans Language Monument (which can also be seen from the large cottages)
  • A visit to a restaurant in Franschhoek, the gourmet capital of Africa, Franschhoek

Sporting activities nearby

  • Enjoy a round of golf at some of the best golf courses in the country, including Boshenmeer and Pearl Valley
  • Work out at the local Virgin Active Gym in Paarl
  • Spoil yourself at the Health Hydro in Stellenbosch

You can also explore the peninsula

  • Take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain
  • Take the ferry and a tour of the famous ‘Robben Island’ where Nelson Mandela was held captive
  • Visit the Cape Town Waterfront – a shoppers paradise


Here’s an example of a 7 night package.


Arrival and transfer to the farm. A welcome drink and a chat, then a trot down to the yard to meet the horses and have an introduction ride in the arena. A late afternoon ride out round the estate. Dinner & drinks.


Long morning ride through lemon, pear and plum orchards and vineyards. A lunch stop at 'Le Bonheur' with a tour around the crocodile farm (very entertaining with a great tour guide). A sunset ride into the mountains and the day ending with sundowners and South African Braai.


A day ride with winetasting and lunch on a local wine estate returning in the afternoon. Late afternoon a trip out to the beautiful and historical Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, where we will stop for a gourmet style dinner.


The beach ride - sea air, waves and mountains – perfect for a fast gallop!


An optional day - guests can go on optional tours like Robben Island & Table Top Mountain or ride out on safari on a Big 5 Game Reserve.


A morning cross country lesson, teaching guests over each fence with the aim of each guest jumping the full course in the afternoon.


A relaxed picnic ride out into the mountains. Farewell Sundowners & South African Braai in the evening.


Breakfast & transfer back to the ariport.


Zara’s Planet Horse Riding Holidays Guarantee:

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

If you are having trouble finding exactly the right horse riding holiday for you from our horse riding holidays collection, please contact us directly using the form below and tell us in your own words what you would like to do and we will use our extensive knowledge to make sure we find that perfect horse riding holiday.


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South Africa Holidays Testimonials

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We were made so welcome by Philip and Gerti, the grooms and all the tracking staff and grew very fond of our amazing horses - Lucinda even likening her favourite, Steiner, to the late Bally Leck Boy, such was the lovely ride he gave her...

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