Exciting Beach Riding South Africa’s Wild Coast
This showcases South Africa’s stunning coastline and its wonderfully varied terrain. Saddle up, and enjoy a week of trail riding along the pristine beaches of the Wild Coast. 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 – bliss.
Explore the rugged, un-spoilt natural beauty of the Wild Coast. An area easily accessible and malaria-free. The Wild
Coast offers some truly ‘wild’ riding experiences – taking you over rocky headlands, through rolling hills of the former
homeland of the Transkei, and along vast tracts of empty golden beaches.
The rides are lead by 2 competitive endurance riders, who keep the horses in super fit sleek condition, and the pace upbeat and exciting!
- Fulfill every rider's dream of cantering freely down an empty, pristine beach
- Combine rugged 'wild coast' riding with luxurious pampering and game viewing
- Experience some of South Africa's truly wild and untouched coastline - riding both in land and on the beaches themselves - giving different perspectives of the area
- Explore the beautiful reserve filled with a wide variety of plains game
- Where Airport pick-up from East London, South Africa
- Length 7 nights, 8 days
- When Open all year. Set departure dates to coincide with the tides. See Dates and Rates for start dates
- Rate 2019: £2345pp
- Riding Level This trail is suitable for intermediate, intermediate + and advanced riders 2 to 3 hours riding in the morning and 1 to 2 hours riding in the afternoon. Two full days en-route between hotels, but other than that, riders can opt out of the afternoon riding. If over 95kg there is a supplement for an extra horse
- Group Size Max 8 guests per ride
South Africa’s 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 rock faces, plunging cliffs; a land of untouched pristine white-beaches, forests, untameable waves – and numerous shipwrecks.
- Provided below is a sample itinerary however guests must be aware that due to the adventurous nature of the ride timings and routes can vary. All variations and changes to the itinerary will always be in your best interests
- Day 1: Arrive at East London airport, where you will be met by a transfer and driven an hour and a half to Kei Mouth. You will be welcomed at Kei Mouth Country Club with a refreshing drink and light lunch, before you change into your riding gear.
Get introduced to your four-legged friend, saddle up and ride out for the first afternoon’s adventure. 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 remain relatively unchanged since its inception in the 1940s, giving guests a taste of traditional South
- Day 2: Today you will enjoy getting to know your horse, and making sure the two of you are well matched. Explore a wonderful array of sights as you pass rural Xhosa villages, mysterious waterfalls, rolling hillsides, and of course pristine beaches - perfect sand it would be rude not to canter along.
The guides will take you to hidden waterfalls where you can swim and have a picnic lunch. Then it is back to Trennery’s in the late afternoon for another relaxed evening.
- Day 3: It’s time to move on today with a distance of 40km to be covered. The day’s riding takes you further up the coast, meandering through hills and valleys.
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. Tides permitting, the rest of the days riding is a breath-taking ride on long, endless beaches.
Flatter ground will mean faster riding
and you will really get a chance to experience the thrill of letting loose on the beach.
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 will be spent soaking up the relaxed atmosphere after a challenging day in the saddle.
- Day 4: The next leg of your adventure is “The Gorge” This route takes you through a beautiful river gorge and over some tricky terrain. Once through the
rocky river bed, the ride heads back to the sea through valleys and riverine before reaching your next destination – Kob Inn. You arrive at lunch time
and you will have some opportunity to relax and soak up the laidback 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’.
- Day 5: Today you should be fresh and ready for a full day in the saddle. The tides dictate the days 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!
- 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.
- 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 at the country club.
Your last night of trail is spent 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.
- 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.
19 - 26 Jan 2019
16 - 23 Feb 2019
16 - 23 March 2019
13 - 20 April 2019
11 - 18 May 2019
15 - 22 June 2019
13 - 20 July 2019
10 - 17 Aug 2019
7 - 14 Sept 2019
12 - 19 Oct 2019
9 - 16 Nov 2019
7 - 14 Dec 2019
Other dates available on request
There is no supplement for a single person but single rooms are subject to availability.
During the high season and South African school holidays, supplements may apply – these will be advised when you enquire
- All accommodation
- All meals
- All riding activities
- All entry fees
- Bar bought drinks
- Transfers £142 per vehicle to and from East London
- International flights to East London
The first two hotels along the coast are simple but delightful sea side resorts designed for laidback holidays, sandy feet and riding boots.
Breakfast at the hotels are buffet style with a
selection of continental and full English options
Lunch varies depending on the day and is either a
saddlebag picnic, set meal or pub lunch
Dinner is usually a set menu of 3 or 4 courses
depending on the hotel
Trennery’s Hotel or – 2 nights
The Trennery is wonderfully placed among lush indigenous gardens, and is complete with tennis court and a pristine private beach. The hotel has a historic and ‘colonial’ feel to it, comfortable twin or double rooms, equipped with en suite bathrooms. There is a swimming pool, bar and recreational facilities. The food is tasty and wholesome – just what you are looking for after a day spent out in the sea air.
Mazeppa Bay Hotel – 1 night
Kob Inn Hotel – 2 nights
Wavecrest Hotel – 2 nights
Wavecrest is situated on the banks of the Nxaxo River estuary; a beautiful setting surrounded by sand dune forests, beaches, and mangrove trees. The rooms all boast wonderful views of the river, beach and sea and are all equipped with en suite.