Visit the stunning and pristine white beaches of Mozambique, with the inviting turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Mozambique makes for some truly unique and wonderful horseback riding. This is every riders beach riding dream. Enjoy a mix tranquil and exciting horse riding through coastal paradise, with luxuriously comfortable beach-side lodge accommodation.
Riding in Mozambique is an excellent add-on to a horseback safari. Create a combination safari; spending a week game viewing in the bush, before indulging here to unwind in this wonderfully contrasting environment. You will embrace everything Mozambique has to offer, horse riding through local villages and Mozambique countryside, as well as the iconic beaches. It is a horse safari of diverse scenery and incredible culture. Soak up the sun, swim with your horses, eat delicious, fresh and locally sourced produce, sip on cocktails and recline in paradise before heading back to reality.
This horseback riding vacation offers an experience for all levels and abilities of riding ensuring that no one will be left out.
Geography and Wildlife
Vilanculos and Benguerra Island
This horse riding experience is a favourite for sun worshippers and adventure lovers alike. Offering endless canters along the palm-lined beaches and wallows in crystal clear waters with the tropical marine life, you will not be disappointed. Swap horses for boat one day explore nearby islands on a traditional Dhow. Stray from the beaten track with your horse and guide, enjoying the glistening inland lakes, the iconic Red Dunes and breath-taking views of the Bazaruto Archipelago, all to yourself. The seafood on offer is out-of-this-world and makes the perfect end to a day spent on horseback.
Add another element to your trip to this tropical paradise and sail across the azure water from the mainland to Benguerra Island. This National Park is the second largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago and perfectly combines a relaxed beach holiday with exhilarating horse riding. The surrounding waters are teeming with dolphins, turtles, whales, manta rays, as well as the endangered dugong. Huge flocks of pink flamingo populate inland freshwater lakes, adding yet another thrilling twist to this adventure.
Mozambique has a rich and vibrant culture. Weave your way through neighbourhood markets with an experienced and professional guide who will share insight into the colourful lives and the hustle and bustle of the local people. You will experience authentic Mozambican life as you ride through rural villages and sustainable farms that dot the countryside.
Whilst horse riding along white sand beaches and you will be able to watch the fishermen at their work, seeing their daily routine from the morning start to heading home at the end of the day with their catch.
Your picturesque beachfront accommodation is Vila de Sonhos, overlooking the turquoise sea of the Bazaruto Archipelago. Each villa has a set of bedrooms uniquely designed to take in the breath-taking views and is the perfect place to relax after a fun day in the saddle. The villas have a fully-equipped kitchen, comfortable lounge, garden with pool, and easy access to the beach.
How do I get to Vilanculos?
Most major international airlines fly into Johannesburg, which connect with the daily direct flights to Vilanculos with www.flyairlink.com & www.lam.co.mz. Flights usually depart mid to late morning and arrive in Mozambique just after midday. There are also direct flights from Nelspruit, so you can combine a horse safari or visit to the Greater Kruger area with great beach riding in Mozambique.
Do I need Malaria medication for Mozambique?
Malaria is prevalent throughout Mozambique so we advise visiting your doctor or travel clinic before travelling. If you are going to be scuba diving – let your doctor know as it is important to have the correct type of malaria prophylactic. Many of the new medications have minimal side effects and are as easy as taking your daily vitamin tablet. We also advise using mosquito repellant and covering your skin in the early mornings and evenings.
When is the best time to ride in Mozambique?
If you are looking for year-round warm weather, blue skies and sunny days, Vilanculos & the Bazaruto Archipelago cannot be beaten. April to November is cooler, drier winter season with warm days and cooler evenings. December to March is the hot and rainy summer season, with hot humid days and warm nights. Short downpours cool the air and there is usually a cool breeze on the beach, making riding here a dream.
Do I need a visa for Mozambique?
Visas are currently required by citizens of the EU, US, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong and the UAE. This can always change, and you should check with your local embassy before travel. Mozambican Immigration may issue one-entry visas at country points of entry, including airports, however, this is never guaranteed. For this reason, all travelers are recommended to obtain a visa prior to arrival and have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.
What other activities can I do in Mozambique?
Besides offering some of the world’s best beach horse riding, Mozambique offers a wonderland of experiences. Ride to the Govuro River for a canoe trip down the unspoilt riverine with incredible birdlife. Take a boat trip out to the Bazaruto Archipelago for some epic scuba diving or snorkelling. These reefs offers an abundance of tropical fish and corals, plus the chance to dive with dolphins, whale sharks, rays and turtles. For the romantics, capture the freedom of unspoilt beaches, solitude, and stunning scenery on a traditional sailing dhow. With big seas and shallow lagoons, this area is also perfect for big game fishing and well renowned for great kitesurfing.