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, stop-overs for horse and riders. The ride is carefully planned to ensure optimum riding experience balanced with rest periods for both you and 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.
This is not called the most spectacular beach riding in the world for nothing – the riding is quite simply, fantastic.
7 night 8 day Wild Coast Horse Trail Itinerary
Day 1 On arrival at East London airport, you will be transferred to Kei Mouth Guest Lodge, the base of Wild Coast Horse Trails. A light lunch is served, then you will change into your riding clothes and be taken up to the beach paddock. The afternoon is a short introductory ride around the local area. It will give you the opportunity to blow away those travelling cobwebs and get to know your horse for the week. A relaxed, friendly evening meal awaits you back at the guesthouse along with a good night’s sleep. Overnight at Kei Mouth Guest Lodge
Day 2 Your horse riding adventure starts now! After a light breakfast it’s back up to the paddocks. A short ride down to the Kei River and then a crossing by ferry, to ride over rocky headlands and long stretches of beach. The guides will take you to hidden waterfalls for a picnic lunch and a swim if you choose! Then it’s to Trennerys or Seagulls Hotel (both quaint, authentic hotels that give 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. Our unhurried itinerary will give you plenty of time to explore the hotel. Overnight at Trennerys or Seagulls Hotel
Day 3 You will awake to the sound of the sea, and the solitude of being somewhere on the edge of Africa. Now it’s time to move on with a distance of 40km to be covered. Heading out from the hotel 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. 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. Overnight at Mazeppa Bay Hotel
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 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 and truly embrace ‘Africa time’. Overnight at Kob Inn Hotel
Day 5 Today you should be fresh and ready for a full day in the saddle. The tides dictate the day’s 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! Overnight at Kob Inn Hotel
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. Overnight at Wavecrest Hotel
Day 7 From Wavecrest, if the tide is right, the ride back to Kei Mouth will be fast-paced and along the beach. After dropping your horse off at the beach base for a well-earned rest, you will have a late lunch in Kei. Alternatively, after an inland start, you will stop for lunch en route and hit the beaches at low tide for some fast canters in the afternoon before arriving back in Kei Mouth. Your last night of trail is spent, once again, 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. Overnight at Kei Mouth Guest Lodge.
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.
Dates & Availability
Dates are schedule to depart throughout the year to coincide with the low tides at full and new moon. Please contact Julie-Anne or one of our international agents to enquiry about available scheduled dates.
This trail is suitable for strong intermediate and advanced riders only as some days are 30 to 40 km in the saddle, along fast beaches & challenging terrain.
- 23 Nov to 30 Nov 2019 confirmed departure
- 18 Jan to 25 Jan 2020 confirmed departure
- 22 Feb to 29 Feb 2020 confirmed departure
- 07 Mar to 14 Mar 2020
- 18 Apr to 25 Apr 2020
- 02 May to 09 May 2020
- 30 May to 06 Jun 2020
- 04 July to 11 July 2020
- 01 Aug to 08 Aug 2020
- 29 Aug to 05 Sep 2020
- 26 Sep to 03 Oct 2020
- 31 Oct to 07 Nov 2020
- 14 Nov to 21 Nov 2020
- Confirmed departure indicates that the trail has one or more riders booked to ride and place is still available.
Accommodation and Meals
Trennerys Hotel - has an old fashioned feel and is a favourite South African holiday resort.
Mazeppa Bay Hotel - thatched building, palm fringed beaches, and a island make this a unique stop over.
Kob Inn - is located on rocks at 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 cosy retreat.
Kei Mouth- We stay at our home, Kei Mouth Guest Lodge for the first & 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 generally at 7 and usually a set menu of 3 or 4 courses.
Price and Package details
- 7 night 8 days beach trail
- 1 night Kei Mouth Guest Lodge, 1 night Trennerys, 1 night Mazeppa, 2 nights Kob Inn, 1 night Wavecrest, last night Kei Mouth Guest Lodge
- Arrive and depart on Saturday
- Set dates throughout the year to coincide with the full moon and spring tides.
- Includes meals, accommodation and horse riding
- Excludes airport transfers, drinks and items of a personal nature
Wild Coast Horse Trail
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