Wild Coast Surf & Turf Horse Safari
A taste of Africa...
A combination of game viewing on horseback and beach riding along the Wild Coast
The 7 night 8 day Wild Coast Surf & Turf Horse Safari is a wonderful combination of beach & bush riding through a stunning eco environment with breathtaking views from every hill top.Ideal for most riders who are comfortable in the saddle,(can walk, trot & canter on a well schooled horse) Advanced riders will be delighted with the different pace options on our responsive fit horses.
Ride horses through a stunning game reserve filled with non dangerous game where the Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest and a multitude of different antelope can be closely approached on horseback. Ride across rolling hills, and into deep forested kloofs searching for the elusive Kudu & Bush Buck. Then canter down endless beaches and wonder through rural Xhosa villages all from the back of beautiful, well schooled horses.
A 4 night 5 day trail along the Wild Coast followed by a 3 night 3 days stay at 5 star Miarestate Hotel & Spa on a Private Game reserve will give you an authentic taste of rural Africa.
The first part of this trail takes you on a 4 night 5 day jaunt through the rural wilderness of the Wild Coast. This incorporates part of our Wild Coast Horse Trail with 2 nights at Trennery’s and 2 nights at Wavecrest Hotels. You will experience the stunning beaches and spectacular landscape that has become synonymous with our Wild Coast Horse riding holidays. On the 5th day we return from Wavecrest to Kei Mouth in the late afternoon and you will be met by a driver to transfer you to Miarestate Hotel & Spa on a private game reserve.
Once you have arrived at Miarestate, you will have an evening of wining and dining and sumptuous accommodation. In the mornings you will be taken to the stables to meet the horses, mount up and meander off to explore the estate. Non dangerous game will cross your path as you ride through the rolling hills and canter over cliff tops.
When not riding, you will have the afternoons to be pampered at the spa, explore on foot to the private beach or enjoy other activities that the hotel offers. In the evenings your every need will be catered for by the 5 * staff. Decadent food and fine wines cater for the connoisseur and those who love the finer things in life.
Surf & Turf Safari
You should to plan to arrive in East London on SA flight 471 @ 11.30. A shuttle will meet and transfer you to Kei Mouth. It is just over 1 hours’ drive to Kei Mouth from the airport
We meet at the Kei Mouth Country Club for a light lunch and to change into your riding clothes. In the afternoon the first part of your adventure begins. You venture across the Great Kei River, loading the horses onto the pontoon and onto the beaches of the Wild Coast. An relaxing ride along the beach brings us to Trennery's around Sunset.
Today is about exploring and ensuring that you are well matched to your horse. The trails during the morning take you through a kaleidoscope of rural Xhosa village, mysterious waterfalls, rolling hillsides and of course a mandatory beach canter. After a picnic lunch, more water falls, and long canters over the endless hills sides ensure that you have had a good first days riding!
Heading north, we pass the remains of the Jacaranda ship wreck and depending on the tide either cross the river at the mouth or turn inland across country and through rural villages to cross the Kobonqaba River further upstream. The horses set a steady pace at trot and canter as we head towards Wavecrest in time for lunch. During the afternoon, riders will enjoy a relaxed out ride along the ocean edge and through ancient sand dune forests. Drinks on the deck at sunset as we sit and watch the great Crested Cranes come in to roost, end a perfect day.
The departure time this morning is dictated by the tide. It a fantastic 3 hour ride either up the beach and back across country through rolling hills and traditional villages or the other way around, depending on the tides. Either way you get to ride on the hard wet beach at low tide – the gallop is exhilarating! We are back at the hotel in time for lunch. Alternatively if the weather and tides are favourable we may take a picnic. This afternoon has a choice of activities. You can take a boat trip up the river and explore the stunning mangrove estuary of the Nxaxo river by boat, hike, fish, or just kick back and relax in the Jacuzzi! – this afternoon is flexible as there are so many options to experience!!!
Today we start our journey back to Kei Mouth. We ride inland this morning, crossing the river high up and away from the tides influence. The slay paths and track offer great canters as we wind our way back to the beach. We ride back past Trennery’s and call in a for a great pub lunch. We then head towards Kei Mouth and the pontoon crossing before dropping the horses off at the paddocks around 4 o’clock. The hotel shuttle will be there to meet us and transfer you to Miarestate Hotel & Spa on a Private Game Reserve.
You are up early this morning, a quick cup of coffee or tea and a rusk gets us going and up into the saddle. A leisurely 3 hour ride out exploring the reserve in search of giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Impala, Blesbuck, Kudu, Bushbuck, Warthog, and a multitude of other antelope species. The rolling hills offer lovely canters and stunning views across the bush veld and over cliff into the crashing sea. Brunch is served at the lodge in the late morning, and you have time for a noon time nap, spa treatment or a stroll around the lodge bird watching or enjoy sitting watching the game grazing in the gardens. An optional late afternoon sunset ride is available for those who need more saddle time!
After breakfast, we again explore the reserve. The lodge staff will prepare for us the ultimate picnic bush lunch, and we truly enjoy being laid back and relaxed into African time. The views on the reserve are breath-taking and this is the perfect wind down to a lovely week of beach and bush riding. Later we will hack back to stables and then the rest of the afternoon is free to relax, be pampered in the spa, or enjoy the other hotel activities
The shuttle will pick you up to transfer you back to the airport at 1.30pm and there is an opportunity to enjoy one last ride before it’s time to say goodbye to your horse and head home or onto new horsey horizons.
Accommodation & Meals
Breakfast is hearty, with a selection of cereals, fruit, yogurt, toast and the traditional bacon & eggs. Lunch is varied,sometimes something light or a choice from a pub lunch menu. At the reserve you will have "brunch" (a late breakfast/early lunch)
Dinner is normally around 7.30pm and will consist of a starter, main dish of roast meat/chicken or casserole type dish with vegetable followed by a dessert.
Trennery's & Wavecrest Hotels along the coast are simple but delightful sea side resorts designed for laid-back holidays!
Miarestate Hotel is a 5* Boutique Hotel & Spa situated in a private game reserve.
night Trennery’s Hotel
• 2 nights Wavecrest Hotel
• 3 nights Miarestate Hotel & Spa on a private game reserve
Dates & Availability
The Surf & Turf Horse Safari is scheduled to depart on dates throughout the year. Please contact us with an indication as to when you would like to ride with us.
Price & Package details
Our 7 night Surf & Turf Safari includes all your meals, accommodation and horse riding.
- 2 night at Trennery's Hotel on the Wild Coast
- 2 nights at Wavecrest Spa & Beach resort on the Wild Coast
- 3 nights at the 5 Star Miarestate Hotel & Spa on a private game reserve.
- Rates includes all meals, accommodation, horse riding & luggage transfers from point to point.
- Rates exclude drinks and refreshments bought from the hotels and lodges,spa treatments & guide gratuities.
- Airport transfers are charge separately.