Wild Coast Horse Trail
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 experiences 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, unpretentious stop-overs for horse and rider alike! The ride is carefully planned to ensure optimum riding experience balanced with rest periods for our hard-working horses whose responsiveness and enthusiasm is complemented by their fitness and stamina.
This itinerary is subject to local weather conditions and tides and can also be adjusted to include more or less riding depending on the group’s experience and preferences.
7 nights 8 days Wild Coast Horse Trail
On arrival at East London airport, you will be transferred to Kei Mouth and the beach base of Wild Coast Horse Trails and their equestrian colleagues. A light lunch will be 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 on a ferry, over rocky headlands and along endless stretches of beach before arriving at Trennery’s – a quaint, authentic hotel that remains relatively unchanged since its inception in the 1940s, giving guests a 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 an evening of delicious food and companionship – and maybe even a bit of dancing for those in the mood!
Fully relaxed after a good night’s sleep, you will awake to the sound of the sea, prolific bird life 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. We are in the saddle by 9.30 am and off to explore the local area and waterfalls where we find an idealic spot for a picnic and swim in the rocky pools. Then it is back to Trennery’s in the late afternoon for another relaxed evening.
It’s time to move on today with a distance of 40km to be covered. The departure time is dictated by the sea! The day’s riding takes you further up the coast, meandering through hills and valleys as we explore the interior. Heading out from Trennery’s, you will continue up the coast, traversing rolling hills and sandy beaches and passing through rural settlements and holiday villages. After crossing a number of rivers via the drifts, the ride then veers back to the sea for a breakfast or lunchtime picnic on the beach (depending on the tide). The afternoon is a breath-taking ride on long, unspoilt beaches. Flatter ground will mean faster riding and you will really get a chance to experience the thrill of riding a good horse in a great location. Another traditional beach hotel, Mazeppa Bay is characterized by its own island which is joined to the main beach by a suspension bridge. A pleasant evening spent soaking up the relaxed atmosphere gives riders the opportunity to unwind after a challenging day in the saddle.
The next leg of your adventure can be tailor-made depending on how riders feel after the previous day’s adventure. You can choose to explore the local area before heading for the Qhora River for low tide and an early end to the day. The alternative route takes you through a beautiful gorge and over some tricky terrain. Once through the river, the ride takes you through valleys and riverines before reaching your next destination – the Kob Inn. Whichever route you have chosen, you will have some opportunity to relax and soak up the laid-back 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, relax and truly embrace ‘Africa time’.
After having had some opportunity to relax yesterday afternoon, you should be fresh and ready for a full day in the saddle. Today’s riding will take you along sheltered beaches, into hidden coves and beautiful lagoons. During the ride, your guide will select a beautiful, sheltered spot for you to enjoy a picnic lunch and swim in a lagoon before heading back to the Kob Inn for another evening of good conversation and delicious dinner.
It’s time to start heading 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 back to Wavecrest. After a good +/- 30km ride, you can choose to indulge in a little pampering at the Wavecrest spa; explore the rare mangrove forests by either boat or canoe or challenge one of your fellow riders or guides to a game of tennis. Alternatively, you can get back in the saddle and enjoy a leisurely afternoon ride that takes you along sandy coastal paths, which provide excellent whale and dolphin-watching opportunities, and through forest trails that cut through a section of ancient indigenous dune forest. This beautiful, relaxing ride will take you back to Wavecrest in time for a quick canoe, a massage or a walk on the beach, depending on your preference. Another evening of coastal hospitality awaits you as you relax and allow yourself to be spoilt by the Wavecrest team.
Departing from Wavecrest, you continue your journey back to your starting point with a horseback meander through villages, dune forests and rolling hills, with a smattering of beach work to keep the adrenaline pumping!
At lunch time we pop in to Trennery's for another delicious pub lunch. With no time pressures or tides to consider, this is a relaxing day of riding as your trail draws to an end. Your last night on trail will be spent at a delightful guest house , where you can share all your trail stories and pictures and indulge in the pampering of your host for the evening.
The shuttle will pick you up to transfer you back to the airport at 1pm 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.
EXTEND YOUR RIDING HOLIDAY
Spend an extra couple of nights on the Wild Coast and spoil yourself in the pampered luxury of the 5 star Miarestate Hotel & Spa viewing game on horseback in the private game reserve - a perfect wind down to an awesome Wild Coast Adventure!
Accommodation and Meals
Trennery's Hotel - has an old fashioned feel and is a favorite South African holiday resort.
Mazeppa Bay Hotel - thatched building, palm fringed beaches, and a 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- We use a selection of beach houses or bed & breakfast for the last night depending on the group size and accommodation availability.
All meals are included:
Breakfast is your choice of continental and/or full English cook up. 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. Dinner is at 7.30 and is a set menu of 3 or 4 courses.
Dates and Availability
Dates are schedule to depart during our summer months to coincide with the low tides at full and new moon.
Price and Package details
- 7 night 8 days beach trail
- 2 night Trennery's, 1 night Mazeppa, 2 nights Kob Inn, 1 night Wavecrest, 1 night Guest House
- Arrive and depart on Saturdays
- Set dates throughout the year.
- custom dates on request
- Includes meals, accommodation and horse riding
- Excludes airport transfers, drinks and items of a personal nature.
- Add on extra nights game riding at Miarestate Hotel & Spa.