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A Horse Riding Holiday in Mozambique Will be a Vacation to Remember

With stunning, wonderfully deserted white beaches, and the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean; a horse riding holiday in Mozambique will be a vacation to remember.

While Mozambique is not as well-known for equestrian tourism as some other destinations, it does offer a range of horse-riding opportunities. Imagine cantering on pristine, white sandy beaches with the Indian Ocean as your backdrop. Heading inland, ride through the lush green forests that open to reveal red sand dunes and crystal clear water below. This horseback vacation is suitable for all levels of riding and can be tailor-made just for you.

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 returning to reality.


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Surf & Turf Horse Safari in Mozambique

  • 3 - 7 Nights
  • Mozambique
  • Scenery Focused Horse Safari
A horse riding holiday in Mozambique is an unparalleled experience for those who love all things exotic.
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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 rider’s beach riding dream. Enjoy a mix of tranquil and exciting horse riding through coastal paradise with luxuriously comfortable beach-side lodge accommodation.

A horse riding holiday in Mozambique is excellent for creating combination safaris across Africa. They make a perfect add-on to a week spent of safari game viewing. Spend some time soaking up the sun, swimming with the horses in the ocean, eating delicious food and enjoying paradise before returning to reality. This horseback riding vacation offers an experience for all levels and abilities of riding, ensuring that no one will be left out.

Ride locations in Mozambique

Benguerra Island

Sail across the azure water from the mainland to Benguerra Island, staying at the luxury Beyond Benguerra Lodge. This National Park is the second largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago and perfectly combines a relaxed beach holiday with exhilarating horse riding and scuba diving. The surrounding waters teem with dolphins, turtles, whales, manta rays, and the endangered dugong. Huge flocks of pink flamingos populate inland freshwater lakes, adding yet another thrilling twist to this adventure

Horse riding on Benguerra Island
Tropical paradise on 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 tropical marine life, you will not be disappointed. Swap horses for boat one day and 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 breathtaking views of the Bazaruto Archipelago, all to yourself

Horse riding in Mozambique
Riding down the red sand dunes to reach the empty beach below

Safari Highlights

One of the most captivating aspects of horse riding in Mozambique is the opportunity to ride along its pristine, sun-kissed beaches. The feeling of galloping through soft, white sands with the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean stretching out before you is often a highlight for many riders

Mozambique is home to beautiful islands, such as the Bazaruto Archipelago and the Quirimbas Islands. Riding through these island paradises, with their lush vegetation, secluded coves, and warm waters, allows you to experience a unique blend of nature and adventure

Venture away from the beach and explore inland riding trails. Ride through forests, marshes, savannas, and hilly terrain, providing a diverse riding experience

Cantering down along the red sand dunes is always an adventure. And seeing the sandbanks and endless beaches stretching out ahead of you is an incredible view

You can capture stunning images of your riding adventures in this tropical paradise

The warm waters are perfect for swimming with your horse. This is a unique and exhilarating experience that combines the thrill of horse riding with the weightless sensation of being in the water

The seafood on offer is out-of-this-world, with freshly caught fish, prawns and lobsters. Combined with fresh tropical fruits, Portuguese-inspired flavours and cooked over a wood-burning fire, it is the perfect end to a day spent on horseback

Cantering in the warm ocean in Mozambique
Ride across endless golden beaches
Horse riding Mozambique Red sand dunes
Ride across the red sand dunes and to the beaches beyond
The warm, clear water is perfect for horse swims


The waters around Vilanculos are rich in marine biodiversity. Go snorkelling or scuba diving to discover colourful coral reefs and various fish species. Some dive sites even have the chance to see larger marine creatures like mantas and whale sharks

The consistent winds along the coast make Vilanculos an excellent waterport spot. There are schools and rental shops for both beginners and experienced surfers

Explore the coastline on a traditional Mozambican dhow, a type of sailboat. These safaris often include stops for snorkelling, picnics on remote beaches, and a chance to learn about the local culture

Explore the nearby Bazaruto Archipelago, a group of islands known for their pristine beaches, coral reefs, and marine life. Take boat trips or dhow safaris to visit islands like Bazaruto and Benguerra for snorkeling, diving, and relaxing on the beach

Vilanculos is renowned for its beautiful sandy beaches. Spend your days lounging on the beach, swimming in the clear waters, or simply enjoying the sun and the sound of the waves

Engaging with local communities and experiencing Mozambican culture is a significant part of some horse riding experiences in the country. You may have the chance to visit traditional villages, interact with friendly locals, and gain insights into their way of life, adding a cultural dimension to your ride

Venture into the mangrove areas near Vilanculos to see the diverse bird species and explore the intricate ecosystems of mangrove forests. You can also paddle along the beach, enjoying the scenic views of the Indian Ocean and perhaps spotting marine life such as dolphins and turtles

Scuba diving Benguerra Island
The Bazaruto Archipelago is well known for amazing diving
Benguerra Island from above
Island hop by boat or even helicopter!
Dhow Sailing Benguerra
Sunset sailing on traditional dhows


Benguerra Island, a pristine gem in the Indian Ocean, offers a luxurious beach getaway where the passage of time feels suspended. Nestled off the Mozambican coast, within the secure embrace of the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park’s marine sanctuary, this secluded island oasis is cradled by a sheltered lagoon. AndBeyond Benguerra offers private suites and villas located right on the beach, offering direct access to the beautiful sandy shores and crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean. If you’re looking for a fully inclusive option that includes amazing activities such as horseback riding, scuba diving and dhow sailing, this is the ideal escape!

If you choose to do a multi-day ride in Vilanuclous, you’ll stay at a private coastal residence offering breathtaking ocean views beyond. Your little retreat accommodates up to six guests, featuring three generously sized bedrooms and two well-appointed bathrooms. The large lounge, indoor and outdoor dining areas and kitchen, complete with a private chef, will be your home away from home.

Accommodation in Vilanculos Mozambique
Your tropical beach paradise awaits

Mozambican Culture

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 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.

Sailing Dhows in Mozambique
Traditional Dhows at sunset


How do I get to Vilanculos?

Most major international airlines fly into Johannesburg, which connect with the daily direct flights to Vilanculos with & 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 offer 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.


I have just returned from spending the most magical week with Pat, Mandy, Charlotte and their incredible team at Mozambique horse safari. As a solo traveller I was a little apprehensive but from the get go this holiday was truly special.I read 104 Horses before I visited… written by Mandy and tells of their amazing journey. Some of the horses mentioned in the book are at the stables and it’s lovely to meet them. I loved the variety of the holiday. My personal favourite was swimming on horseback in the sea…I’d have done that all day, every day! As well as the amazing rides, we were taken to the market, tried local foods, spent one day snorkelling on the reef, a canoe safari (magical fireflies), made natural face creams, paddle boards, sailed in a traditional dhow.

Sarah HSurf & Turf - Mozambique

We stayed with Pat and Mandy for a week in their beautiful holiday home on the Indian Ocean in Vilanculos. From the moment we arrived they, and their wonderful staff couldn’t have done more for us. The riding part was fun, and challenging in places and provided a unique insight into this spectacular environment. The food was superb, the attention to detail and the adaptation to any needs of ours made this a really unforgettably fantastic experience! Thank you so much!

LuanSurf & Turf - Mozambique


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