Wild Coast Beach Trail

4 nights: GBP £930 pp sharing

AN EXCITING BEACH HORSE RIDING ADVENTURE ON THE EDGE OF AFRICA

Leave your watch behind and set off on a horseback adventure, complete with river crossings, phenomenal scenery and galloping down endless empty beaches.

Experience the freedom of coastal riding and fulfill every horse rider’s dream; cantering down vast empty beaches, with the sun on your face and the sea breeze in your hair. Explore the rugged, un-spoilt natural beauty of the Wild Coast. Rolling hills, deep gorges, and cliff tops that plunge into the ocean ensure that this is not just a beach ride; it is an adventure on the edge of Africa! An area easily accessible and malaria-free, the Wild Coast offers some truly ‘wild’ riding experiences. All rides are led by experienced guides who follow the tides for exciting but safe riding, including exhilarating canters and river crossings.

Taking you over rocky headlands, through rolling hills of the former homeland of the Transkei, and along vast tracts of empty golden beaches – it is the ultimate horse riding holiday. As you meander through sleepy tribal villages, the greetings from the local Xhosa people are warm and friendly. Their villages seem all but forgotten in this rural African wilderness and you feel like you are transported back in time.

DATES AND RATES

7 night trails are usually scheduled for once a month. These trails are scheduled throughout the year to coincide with the new or full moon, ensuring that we get maximum low tides on the beaches and safe river crossings. Please enquire for exact dates.

Mini-beach trails are available most weeks and are great when you’re short on time, or if you’re looking to combine it with a safari. Note: this ride can take intermediate riders

2024 RATES

7 NIGHT WILD COAST TRAIL

10 - 17 February / 24 February - 02 March / 06 - 13 April / 01 - 08 June / 22 - 29 June / 20 - 27 July / 17 - 24 August / 14 - 21 September / 12 - 19 October / 09 - 16 November / 30 November - 07 December 2024

ZAR52500 / GBP £2325* per person sharing

7-NIGHT QOLORA TRAIL

20 - 27 January / 01 - 08 May / 11 - 18 May 2024

ZAR44750 / GBP £1985* per person sharing

4 NIGHT MINI TRAIL

29 January - 04 February / 11 - 15 March / 18 - 22 March / 25 - 29 March / 22 - 26 April / 20 - 24 May / 08 - 12 July / 05 - 19 August / 02 - 06 September / 30 September - 04 October / 28 October - 01 November 2024

ZAR21000 / GBP £930* per person sharing

Other dates on request for 4 or more riders

EXTRAS – SUBJECT TO CHANGE

TRANSFERS (Subject to change)

ZAR 1200 / GBP £50* per person each way between East London Airport and Kei Mouth (payable locally)

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

There is no supplement for a single person if others are booked on the ride. Single rooms are subject to availability

*price may fluctuate slightly due to changes in the exchange rate

SPECIAL OFFERS

GROUP DISCOUNTS
Group of 5 or more: 1 rider gets a 25% discount
Group of 8: 1 rider gets a free place

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

Includes

  • All accommodation
  • All meals at the hotels or local restaurants
  • All riding activities on well trained and responsive horses
  • Expert Guiding

Excludes

  • International flights to Johannesburg Airport
  • Visas
  • Comprehensive Travel & Medical Insurance
  • Local flights to East London Airport
  • Transfers to and from East London
  • Refreshments bought at local restaurants & hotels
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Non-riding excursions and activities
  • Massages
  • Items of a personal nature

QUICK FACTS

Location: Wild Coast, South Africa
Airport: East London Airport
Month: Open All Year
Duration: 4 / 7 Nights
Group Size: Max 8
Skill Level: Intermediate Plus & Advanced
Weight Limit: 90kg / 200lbs
Accommodation: Guesthouse
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4 nights: GBP £930 pp sharing

SUITABLE RIDING LEVELS

  • Beginner
  • Novice
  • Intermediate
  • Intermediate Plus
  • Advanced
WHAT RIDING LEVEL AM I?

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Thrilling and challenging riding along the rugged, remote and wild coastline of South Africa
  • Get an insight into South Africa’s wilder and more remote side and explore its spectacular coastline
  • For advanced riders, endurance fit horses make the pace fast and exciting
  • Discover the beauty of rural South Africa and the friendly Xhosa People

TOUR REVIEWS

African Horse Safaris helped me book my three week riding adventure on the wild coast, South Africa. Only knowing that I wanted to go riding somewhere in Africa, African Horse safaris helped me with coming up with several tempting riding holiday options that suited me and what I wanted to do on a holiday. I'm so happy with my decision to travel and I am so pleased with all help I got when booking. I got quick responses to all my millions of questions throughout the booking process and I ended up having a fantastic holiday. Would book any riding holiday with them again. Thanks so much for organising such wonderful trip and I have now memories to last a lifetime!

Maria NordvallWild Coast, South Africa
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SAMPLE ITINERARY

** Please note that this is a sample itinerary. All riding and itineraries are subject to change due to variations in local conditions, hotel accommodation availability, rider’s abilities, the weather & the influences of the sea tides and during the rainy season the conditions of the rivers tat the time of riding. Any chances to the itinerary will always be made with your best interests at heart.

7 night trails are scheduled throughout the year to coincide with the new or full moon, ensuring that we get maximum low tides on the beaches and safe river crossings.

WILD COAST TRAIL:  This adventure is for strong intermediate and advanced riders. Explore the rugged, unspoiled natural beauty of the Wild Coast of South Africa. Miles and miles of empty beaches, remote rural villages, spectacular countryside and fantastic riding! This is our most popular trail!

QOLORO TRIAL: An alternative itinerary for those who want a little more than a Mini Trail but not as much as our Wild Coast Horse Trail. With just enough adventure, this itinerary is ideal for all levels of riders. Custom dates created on request.

MINI BEACH TRAIL: A short and sweet riding holiday, riding through the inland trails and along the beaches. This itinerary is ideal for all levels of riders, but most suitable to intermediate and above.

7 NIGHT WILD COAST TRAIL

DAY 1: ARRIVAL & BEACH RIDE

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, and then you will change into your riding clothes and be taken to the beach paddock. The afternoon is a short introductory ride around the local area. It will allow you to blow away those travelling cobwebs and get to know your horse for the week. A relaxed, friendly evening meal and a good night’s sleep await you back at the guesthouse. Overnight at Kei Mouth Guest Lodge.

DAY 2:FULL DAY RIDE WITH WATERFALL PICNIC

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 Seagulls Hotel and its friendly guest house beach vibe. 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. The unhurried itinerary will give you plenty of time to explore the hotel. Overnight at Seagulls Hotel

DAY 3: RIDE TO MAPEZZA BAY

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 from the hotel, you will continue up the coast, traversing rolling hills and sandy beaches and passing through rural settlements. You cross several inland river drifts, and then the ride veers back to the sea for a breakfast or lunchtime picnic on the beach. Tides permitting, the rest of the day is a breath-taking ride on long, endless beaches, which means 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 soaking up the relaxed atmosphere allows riders to unwind after a challenging day in the saddle. Overnight at Mazeppa Bay Hotel.

DAY 4: DOWN THE GORGE TO KOB INN

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 to kick back and truly embrace ‘Africa time’. Overnight at Kob Inn Hotel.

DAY 5: FULL DAY RIDE

You should be fresh and ready for a full day in the saddle today. The tides dictate the day’s schedule, taking you about 20 km 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 returning to Kob Inn for an evening of delicious dining and maybe a few cocktails! Overnight at Kob Inn Hotel.

DAY 6: RIDE TO WAVECREST

It’s time to head back down the coast again. Once more, the timing of the day’s riding will depend 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 indulge in some pampering at the Wavecrest spa; maybe explore the rare mangrove forests by 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: BACK TO KEI MOUTH

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 at the country club. Alternatively, after an inland start, we 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: DEPARTURE

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.

7 NIGHT QOLORO TRAIL

Day 1: ARRIVAL

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 stables. The afternoon is a short introductory ride down to the beach to get acquainted with our horse and the tack.  Overnight at Kei Mouth Guest Lodge

Day 2: MORGAN BAY CLIFF RIDE

After breakfast, head out to the neighbouring town of Morgan Bay. Here you’ll ride through the village and to the cliffs. These rolling green hills offer incredible views, and at certain times of the year, you’ll even be able to see dolphins and whales playing in the surf. Enjoy lunch at Yellowwoods and a relaxing afternoon. Overnight at Kei Mouth Guest Lodge

Day 3: WATERFALLS RIDE

You’ll ride along the beach this morning and then load the horses on the ferry to cross the Kei River. Ride inland, following the trails until you enter the forest clearing. Tie the horses to the trees to graze as you head to the little waterfall to enjoy a picnic lunch and a swim. Overnight at Seagulls Hotel

Day 4: QOLORA RIVER

You’ll have a day to explore the area, riding to The Gates, one of the famous landmarks in the area. Then, back down to the beaches around the Qolora River Mout. Overnight at Seagulls Hotel

Day 5: RIDE TO WAVECREST

This morning, ride to Wavecrest Hotel & Spa. The beach north of the hotel offers a long sandy track, perfect for an extended leisurely canter or faster gallop. In the afternoon, enjoy a river cruise, paddle, swim or treat yourself to a massage. Overnight Wavecrest Hotel

Day 6: MORNING RIDE & AFTERNOON AT LEISURE

Today is taken at a leisurely pace. Head out for a morning ride and spend the afternoon relaxing or enjoying the activities offered by the hotel. Overnight Wavecrest Hotel

Day 7: KEI MOUTH

Today, you head back to the starting point, either taking the inland or coastal route, depending on the tides. Enjoy a last braai with your hosts and an evening chatting about your adventures. Overnight Kei Mouth Guest Lodge

Day 8: DEPARTURE

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.

4 NIGHT MINI TRAIL

Day 1: ARRIVAL & INTRODUCTORY RIDE
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 snack will be served at the Kei Mouth Guest House, and you will change into your riding clothes. Your horse riding adventure starts now! The afternoon ride is about an hour and is there to assess your riding and ensure you have been matched to the right horse. The trail takes you down to the river mouth and you’ll have the chance for a first canter along the beautiful beaches. Overnight and dinner at Kei Mouth Guest House

Day 2: RIDE TO WAVECREST
Today, you’ll start your overnight beach adventure! It is a full day of riding along the coast and inland trails, and the scenery is simply stunning. There is a good chance of spotting dolphins racing us in the surf as we canter along the many beaches. Lunch is a picnic and a chance to soak up the sun and sea before heading to the hotel in the afternoon. Overnight and dinner at Wavecrest Hotel

Day 3: BEACH RIDE & AFTERNOON EXPLORING
The departure time this morning is dictated by the tide. It is a fantastic 3-hour ride up the beach and back inland through rolling hills and traditional villages or the other way around, depending on the tides. Either way, you get to ride on the beach at low tide, and the gallops are exhilarating. You’ll generally be back at the hotel in time for lunch. Alternatively, you might pack a picnic lunch if the weather and tides are favourable. In the afternoon, there is a choice of activities. You can head up the river and explore the stunning mangrove estuary of the Nxaxo River by canoe or boat, hike or just relax in the Jacuzzi! Overnight and dinner at Wavecrest Hotel

Day 4: BACK TO KEI MOUTH
Today, you’ll start the journey back to Kei Mouth. You’ll ride inland this morning, crossing the river high up and away from the tide’s influence. The cattle paths and roads offer great canters as you wind your way back to the beach. Then, head towards Kei Mouth and the pontoon crossing before dropping the horses off at the paddocks. Enjoy a late lunch before heading back to the guest house. Overnight and dinner at Kei Mouth Guest House

Day 5: DEPARTURE
On your last morning, if time allows, you’ll explore the cliffs and village of Morgan Bay and have one last canter down the beach. You can shower and change before being transferred back to the airport.

FOOD & DRINKS

MEALS
A continental type breakfast is served every morning and includes cereal, fruit, preserves, toast, tea/coffee. Depending on the hotel, you might get an additional cooked breakfast.  Lunch is a picnic lunch of sandwiches or wraps eaten out on the trail, or pub lunch with toasted sandwhiches, hamburgers or similar dishes. Dinner is a typically South African fare, including seafood, stews, pies, etc all served with seasonal vegetables and/or salad.

DRINKS

Coffee, Tea and Juice is served with breakfast and included. For picnic lunches, a juice will be packed in. Water is always available and your water bottles will be filled by the team. Dinks & refreshments bought at the local bars & restaurants are not included in any of the rates and you can pay this locally by credit card or cash.

THE ACCOMMODATION

The hotels are comfortable, old fashioned, family sea side resorts, that are made for sandy feet, sun kissed skin, wind blown hair and they welcome us horse riders with informal relaxed Wild Coast hospitality.

KEI MOUTH GUEST LODGE

Kei Mouth Guest Lodge is a comfortable accommodation in the heart of the sea side village of Kei Mouth. There are 3 rooms inside the main house, and a 2 bedroom apartment upstairs. There is a cozy lounge and dining area, and a large garden to relax in. You’ll spend your first and last nights here, ending with a traditional local braai or BBQ done by Julie-Ann’s husband.

SEAGULLS BEACH HOTEL

Leave the hustle and bustle behind as you enjoy this peaceful beach hotel. This is an old-style, rustic family hotel celebrating the old-world charm and ruggedness of the Wild Coast. The spacious grounds stretch across the sealine creating spaces for families to connect, couples to unwind and children to be children. Breakfast, lunch and dinner catered by expert local hands and sundowners on our deck overlooking the crashing waves lend themselves to a peaceful sleep in the clean and spacious rooms.

MAZEPPA BAY HOTEL

Mazeppa Bay Hotel is a thatched building, with palm fringed beaches, and a island make this a unique stop over. The hotel complex consists of double rooms, family rooms and thatched rondavels, each with its own en-suite bathroom, providing comfortable accommodation. A sparkling pool virtually on the beach will keep everyone cool on a hot day. Mazeppa is a paradise for those inclined looking for those secluded coves or beaches far from the maddening crowd.

KOB INN

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. It offers a perfect mixture of Wild Coast hospitality, adventure, relaxation and homely comfort. The hotel has a large grounds, a swimming pool and a bar overlooking the sea. Rooms are all en-suite and all have sea views.

WAVECREST HOTEL

Wavecrest Hotel is stunningly situated, the thatched rondavels make this a cosy retreat. At the Wavecrest Hotel and Spa, you can walk along kilometres of sparkling white beaches, go canoeing and boating on a pristine estuary, discover indigenous dune forests that ring with the sounds of birds, swim in a wild and warm ocean, and watch pods of playful dolphins and migrating whales moving by.

THE DESTINATION

The Wild Coast

The Wild Coast is one of South Africa’s most remote stretches of shoreline. Stretching from East London in the Eastern Cape all the way north to Port Edward and the southern border of KwaZulu-Natal, the region boasts some of the most beautiful and dramatic coastal scenery in the world. It is a place of steep green hills, rugged rockfaces, plunging cliffs; a land of untouched pristine white-beaches, forests, untamable waves – and numerous shipwrecks.

horses walking to pasture at sunset

HOW WE CARE FOR OUR HORSES

Our horseback adventures are hand-picked for their quality and care of their horses. Here’s how the horses are kept in tip-top shape for your safaris. Our horses are on top of the hierarchy and receive very special care:

  • All horses live out and are looked after in a holistic way
  • The inter-connection between horses and people is an integral part of our beliefs and we live by this equine philosophy
  • After a 7 night Wild Coast Horse Trail horses get a week to 10 days off
  • The horses are rotated as needed depending on the fitness schedules, trails, and individual needs

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