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Horse Riding Holidays South Africa – Sunshine Coast Trails

PRICES & DATES top

The Sunshine Coast Trail: Prices 2019

Suitable for intermediate plus riders. 

7 nights  – £1,300/€1,450/$1,650 per person sharing

No single supplement, single rooms available subject to availability.

The Sunshine Coast Trail: Dates 2019

19-26 January
2-9 February / SPECIAL DISCOUNT 10% – £1,197 per person
2-9 March
6-13 April
4-11 May
1-8 June
6-13 July
3-10 August
7-14 September
5-12 October
2-9 November
7-14 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.

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.

Tack – English style with McLellan saddles and snaffle bridles.

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

Group Size – Maximum 8

ACCOMMODATION top

The accommodation is mixed and chosen for it’s charm, includes a Beach House, a Farmhouse, a Guest House and a Hostel.

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

Day 1 Saturday
We meet at the East London or Port Elizabeth airport preferably at around midday or, if self driven, we will meet you in Kenton-on-Sea and escort you to safe parking. We arrive in the afternoon at the Fish River Light house with panoramic sea views. We then get to meet the horses and take an evening farm ride. In the evening we will have drinks and snacks and a light evening meal with a traditional recipe. The accommodation is nice with comfortable beds.

Day 2 Sunday
After an English breakfast, we will find the horses tacked up for us. The start of the ride is down a very steep sand forest path that leads to the sea. We head for Port Alfred. 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 meet the transport at the beach near the Kowie River and the horses get loaded onto the truck and we make our way to Rugged Rocks beach cottages. We normally have a relaxing evening with a fondue.

Day 3 Monday
We set off after breakfast and we try to travel according to the tide. The beaches are deserted here. We pass Ship Rock at low tide and have our pack lunches amongst the sheltering rocks. Normally in good weather we swim the horses in the clear Kasuga River. This night we stay in a comfortable cottage in Kasuga, a quiet little coastal village and we have a traditional South African steak braai with salads and delicious potato bake (and extras for the vegetarians).

Day 4 Tuesday
This day we pack swimming gear in the saddle bags and head off to Kenton-on-sea. When we get to the first river after some very nice beach riding we will have the opportunity of eating fresh oysters off the rocks. Here the meet the boat at the Kariega River where you will change into swimming gear and put on a life jacket. The saddles are put in the boat and we swim across the river on well trained horses. There is a 3km walk without the saddles and then we cross the Bushman’s River. After the Bushman’s River you will enjoy sharing Old Brown Sherry together on the river bank. After the river we have a picnic lunch waiting for us with tables and chairs and fresh bread and cheese. We saddle up again after the Bushman’s River and ride along the beach to the Beachcomber Horse Trails base. The rest of the afternoon can be spent in the small seaside village of Kenton with the opportunity of a massage or a walk on the beach or lagoon.

Day 5 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 vehicles. 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 at Addo 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. Its normally a full day at the park. In the evening we take a walk to a restaurant overlooking the river that we swam across the day before and eat pizza.

Day 6 Thursday
On this day we take 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 leave the horses and go back to our comfortable home in Kenton. I the afternoon we go upriver for a ride in the boat and enjoy snacks and drinks on the river and look for animals along the riverbank. This is always a popular treat.

Day 7 Friday
We set off after breakfast and meet up with the horses. We are back on the sea and head further west until we get to a rocky outcrop called Springs, named after the natural fresh water spring. Here we look among the rocky shore for interesting sea life, like octopus and large starfishes. We have a lunch break and then head back o the Beachcomber stables. It’s a long and enjoyable day with lots of nice long canters. In the evening we will have a nice meal discussing the week’s events.

Day 8 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.

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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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