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Horse Riding Holidays South Africa – Sunshine Coast Trails

PRICES & DATES top

The Sunshine Coast Trail: Prices 2020

Suitable for intermediate plus riders. 
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  • 7 nights  – $1,532
    • GBP: 1,235
    • EUR: 1,410
    per person sharing

No single supplement, single rooms available subject to availability.

The Sunshine Coast Trail: Dates 2020

25 January-1 February
8-15 February
7-14 March (FULL)
4-11 April
2-9 May
6-13  June
4-11 July
1-8 August
5-12 September
3-10 October
7-14 November
5 -12 December

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

Includes – All the riding, full board accommodation, drinks with meals & airport transfers.

Excludes – Flights, drinks & tips.

Getting There
International flight to Port Elizabeth or East London.

Transfers
Included – your driver will pick you up at the airport and it’s a 1.5 hours drive to Kenton on Sea.

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.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

Imagine riding along unspoilt beaches, crossing rivers and galloping alongside Africa’s wildlife…and as the sun sets on the day, sitting around the fire with a glass of wine in hand or a beer, reminiscing about your day? If this sounds like heaven this is the trail for you, following the Sunshine Coast from Kenton on Sea, riding fit, Part Bred Arab horses over sandy beaches, swimming across rivers, exploring the many coves and shipwrecks along the way. Your guide Jono has a background in endurance riding and has developed this ride backed up with this team. It’s a friendly family affair that feels like riding with friends more than a commercial operation and of course it’s a great price too. The itinerary included a day riding in a safari park as well as a visit to the famous Addo Elephant park (in a jeep) so it’s a good way to gain a taster of game viewing too. This ride is suited to good confident riders who want an action packed week of fast riding, swimming with game viewing too all at fantastic value.

An exceptional way to discover this area of ever-changing landscapes, led by local guides exploring unspoilt beaches, tidal rivers, coastal forests and grasslands.

THE RIDING top

Horses – Mostly Part Bred Arabs, with some TB & Boerperd Crosses.

Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate to Advanced.The riding is a mix of paces to suit the different terrain and is fast in places. You need to be confident riding in open spaces and in control at a fast pace. This trail is not suitable for very nervous or novice riders. There are also river crossing where you swim with your horses, so you need to be happy to do this.

Tack – Trail type saddles and snaffle bridles.

Weight Restriction – 15 1/2 stone / 100kg / 220 lbs.

Group Size – Maximum 8

ACCOMMODATION top

Accommodation along the trail is in twin or double rooms at beach-side guesthouses and cottages, varying from comfortable to rustic – you can relax listening to the waves from the comfort of your room. All the accommodation is either on the beach or very close to it and many of the rooms have sea views. The first nights accommodation has a swimming pool for those who want to take a refreshing dip after the days ride. The tents during the 3 camping nights are quite private but close together each with two comfortable beds in. The bathrooms are rustic but comfortable with hot water, flush toilets, a bath and a shower.

This week-long stay includes all meals and you can expect home-made food with picnic lunches and multi-course dinners.

Breakfast is buffet style, mostly continental, with some cooked options. Lunches are picnic style, set up with tables and chairs, expect fresh breads, salads, meat, cheese and fruit. Dinners are wholesome, freshly prepared, with local ingredients and influences, expect at least one South African Braai.

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 on the Sunshine Coast are part of the Zara’s Planet collection of Horse Riding Holidays South Africa.

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SAMPLE ITINERARY top

Sunshine Coast Trail Itinerary

Saturday: We meet you at the Port Elizabeth airport preferably at around midday. We arrive at Port Alfred and after refreshments and a change into riding gear we head off to meet the horses and an evening ride. In the evening we will have drinks and snacks and dinner.

Sunday: After breakfast, we head to the mouth of the Fish River where we will meet the horses tacked and ready. The beach along this section is remote and spacious and the ride is normally quite fast with long canters between walks. We often swim with the horses at one of the clear water lagoons. The scenery is spectacular and the beaches often deserted. Along the way we have a pack lunch of sandwiches. We ride for between 5 and 6 hours. We ride to Port Alfred and ride through town to Rugged Rocks beach Cottages

Monday: We set off after breakfast and we travel according to the tide. The beaches are deserted here. We pass Ship rock at low tide and push on to the Kariega River to cross just after low tide. We cross the river with help from the backup team and then we have a picnic lunch somewhere on the beach with a picnic table and chairs. We have fresh baked bread, cheese, salads and fruit for lunch. After lunch we saddle up and head inland along the shores of the river. The scenery here is beautiful and we ride along the steep slopes of the river until we get to the tented camp. The horses graze around us and we enjoy the great views of the river and listen to the sounds of nature. The tents are quite private but close together each with two comfortable beds in. The bathrooms are rustic but comfortable with hot water, flush toilets, a bath and a shower. We enjoy sundowners around a fire and a nice warm home cooked meal

Tuesday: This day we saddle up and ride from the camp to the nearby Sibuya Game reserve. It is an exciting ride with good chances or riding up to Elephant, buffalo and giraffe and many other small antelope. We take a pack lunch and have it overlooking the scenic Kariega river. We ride back to the tented camp in the evening and enjoy a few drinks and a braai (South African barbeque). The horses again stay with us in the camp. When we get back we do a boat trip up the river and look for animals or swim in the river. We have drinks and snacks on the boat.

Wednesday: Today is a non-riding day but it is a welcome rest from three hard riding days. We spend the day in the Addo Elephant National Park touring with our private vehicle. We will have the opportunity of seeing elephants up close in their natural habitat as well as the possibility of seeing any of the big 5. There is a main camp where you can buy curios and visit a natural history museum. We normally have a picnic under the trees at the picnic site surrounded by very tame birds. Animals that can be seen are lion, elephant, buffalo, zebra and many others. It’s normally a full day at the park. In the evening we take a drive to a restaurant overlooking the river and sea and eat pizza.

Thursday: On this day we leave the tented camp and head off to Cannon Rocks. We have to swim the Bushman’s River at low tide and this is always a popular adventure. It is a slower pace of riding and we take time to explore the coves and outcrops on horseback. We hunt for stone-age pottery in the ancient human middens (stone-age rubbish dumps) left behind by the Khoi San who were the original inhabitants of the area. We visit the famous Diaz Cross, from the first European to sail around the tip of Africa. Depending on the weather, we normally swim in the in the Boknes lagoon. The views of the coastline here are spectacular. We end up at Cannon Rocks where we stay close to the sea.

Friday: Today we ride back to the tented camp from Cannon Rocks and cross the river again, the route is very interesting and we end off the ride with a evening celebration

Saturday: We normally do a short ride in the morning with a last gallop to finish off the week. Then you will be transported back to the airport.

DESTINATION MAP top

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.

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South Africa Holidays Testimonials

Ciara Higgins on Wait a Little Big 5 Safari, SA

The horses were amazing. I rode four different horses and Dave rode 3. We were definitely matched to suitable horses and really enjoyed our mounts.They started out each day with a lovely long walk and arrived home up to 4 hours later with the same lovely strides they began with! The terrain was great. Plenty

Ciara Higgins from Ireland