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Horse Riding Holidays South Africa – The Wild Coast Trail

PRICES & DATES top

The Wild Coast Trail: Prices 2019

Suitable for intermediate plus riders. 

7 nights  – £2,145/€2,390/$2,725 per person sharing

No single supplement, single rooms available subject to availability.

The Wild Coast Trail: Dates 2019

19-26 January
16-23 February
16-23 March
13-20 April
11-18 May
15-22 June
13-20 July
10-17 August
7-14 September
12-19 October
9-16 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 & entry fees.

Excludes – Flights, drinks, transfers & tips.

Getting There
International flight to East London Airport.

Transfers
R1,200 per vehicle each way from East London airport to be paid directly.e

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

Explore the rugged, unspoiled natural beauty of the Wild Coast of South Africa. Miles and miles of empty beaches, remote rural villages, spectacular country side and fantastic riding!

A malaria-free area, the Wild Coast offers unparalleled riding over rocky headlands, through the rolling hills of the former homeland of the Transkei and along vast tracts of unoccupied golden beaches.

This trail takes riders along the coast from Kei Mouth into the southern region of the Wild Coast, staying at coastal hotels along the way which provide comfortable, stop-overs for horse and riders. The ride is carefully planned to ensure the best riding experience balanced with rest periods for Julie-Anne & her teams’s hard-working horses whose responsiveness and enthusiasm is complemented by their fitness and stamina.

THE RIDING top

Horses – A mix of Part Arabs, Anglo Arabs, Thoroughbreds, Percheron crosses & South African Boerperd. The average height is 15.2hh.

Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate to Advanced.

Tack – English style with specially designed saddles for trail riding by Leon Liversage.

Weight Restriction – 15 stone / 96 kg / 210 lbs.

Group Size – Maximum 8

ACCOMMODATION top

Trennery’s Hotel – has an old fashioned feel and is a favourite South African holiday resort.

Mazeppa Bay Hotel – a thatched building, palm fringed beaches, and an island make this a unique stop over.

Kob Inn – is on the rocks on the edge of the sea. This is a lovely hotel where you spend 2 nights of your Wild Coast Adventure.

Wavecrest Hotel – stunningly situated the thatched rondavels make this a very nice retreat.

Kei Mouth- This is your hosts home and you will stay here for the 1st and last night of your trail ride.

Breakfast is your choice of continental and/or a full English. Lunch changes from day to day, it could be a pub lunch, set lunch at one of the hotels or a picnic along the way. Dinners are a set menu of 3 courses or a traditional South African braais.

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 Horizons Ranch are part of the Zara’s Planet collection of Horse Riding Holidays South Africa.

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SAMPLE ITINERARY top

Wild Coast Trail Itinerary

Day 1
On arrival at East London airport, you will be transferred to Kei Mouth, the beach base of Wild Coast Horse Trails. A light snack is served at the Kei Mouth Country Club and you will change into your riding clothes. Your horse riding adventure starts now!
The afternoon ride will take you across the Kei River by ferry, over rocky headlands and along endless stretches of beach before arriving at Trennerys – a quaint, authentic hotel that gives 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!

Day 2
Fully relaxed after a good night’s sleep, you will awake to the sound of the sea, and the solitude of being somewhere on the edge of Africa. Our unhurried itinerary will give you plenty of time to explore the hotel, or go for a short beach walk. After a leisurely breakfast, you are in the saddle and off to explore the local area. The guides will take you to hidden waterfalls for a picnic lunch and a swim if choose! Then it’s back to Trennerys, in the late afternoon, for another relaxed evening.

Day 3
It’s time to move on today with a distance of 40km to be covered. Heading out from Trennerys, 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.

Day 4
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 have the opportunity to relax and soak up the laidback 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 and truly embrace ‘Africa time’.

Day 5
Today you should be fresh and ready for a full day in the saddle. The tides dictate the days schedule which will take you about 20kms up the coast along sheltered beaches, into hidden coves and beautiful lagoons. Your guide will select a suitable spot for you to enjoy a picnic and a swim in a lagoon before heading back to Kob Inn for an evening of delicious dining and maybe a few cocktails!

Day 6
It’s time to head 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 to Wavecrest Hotel. After a good +/- 30km ride, in the afternoon you can choose to indulge in a little pampering at the Wavecrest spa; maybe explore the rare mangrove forests by either boat or canoe. More South African coastal hospitality awaits you as you relax and allow yourself to be spoilt by the Wavecrest team.

Day 7
From Wavecrest, if the tide is right, the ride back to Kei Mouth will be fastpaced and along the beach. 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 and guest lodge of Julie-Anne & Clint, where they will treat you to a typical South African Braai. Finishing off a week of unforgettable riding with the warm hospitality that the Wild Coast is known for.

Day 8
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.

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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

Clayton on Wait a Little Safaris, South Africa

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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