Wild Coast Horse Safari, South Africa
Wild Coast Horse Safaris operate in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, run by born and bred South African couple Clint and Julie-Anne Gower and their friendly team. The six-night, seven-day Wild Coast riding safari is a wonderful way to discover rural Africa, staying somewhere different every night and observing the different personalities of the Eastern Cape Province. You will start on Indian Ocean beaches, riding through sleepy coastal villages where you may stop for a pub lunch, before venturing into open savannah and through game farms where you’ll get close to Africa’s famous wildlife. Accommodation is in inns and lodges, where you will enjoy South African cooking, and some have swimming pools or are close to the beach so you will be able to have a quick dip to cool off in the middle of the day. The trails are suitable for all riding levels, especially confident and experienced riders.
6-7 Night Wild Coast Horse Trail
The six- or seven-night trail is an exhilarating point-to-point ride north along the coast of the Eastern Cape, known as the South African Wild Coast. You will meander from beach to beach, from surf to savanna, past shipwrecks while spotting whales and dolphins in the scintillating expanse of the Indian Ocean. You will also gallop along deserted beaches and explore hidden coves, and cross the mighty Kei River on a pontoon with your horse, into the undulating green hills of the Transkei to experience the essence of rural Africa on horseback.
- 1 night at Morgan Bay/Sunray Lodge, 2 nights at Trennery’s, 2 nights at Wavecrest, 1-2 nights at The Cock Inn
- All inclusive package including all meals, accommodation, horse riding, back up and luggage transfers from point to point, entry to local projects, airport transfers, a groom and service of professional guide, and the team’s personal attention.
- Set departure dates (contact Farside Africa for further details and availability)
You will be met at East London airport and transferred (1 ½ hours) to Kei Mouth from the airport. After settling you into your room you will be introduced to the horses and time and light permitting), you will take them out for the afternoon and explore the village and river front of Kei Mouth. The first evening you will be joined by your guides for drinks and dinner, before a good night's rest.
After breakfast you will be picked up and taken to the paddocks to collect the horses. Today you will head across the Kei River and enjoy some great beach riding, arriving at Trennery's in time for lunch. The horses are given a few hours off and you can relax around the swimming pool, walk, play tennis or head for the beach. During the afternoon, you will take the horses across country and explore some unusual river formations at 'The Gates', finishing with a sunset canter down the mile long beach.
This morning you will ride to the nearby local community development project to see some Xhosa traditions and customs. You will meander through the tribal villages and ride onto the Nongqawases Pools and waterfalls, learning about legends of the Xhosa people. After lunch, you ride to the wreck of the Jacaranda. Depending on the tide, the riding is energetic and exciting as you canter the beaches and through the rolling countryside.
Heading north, today you will pass the Jacaranda and turn inland across country and through rural villages to cross the Kobonqaba River. The horses set a steady pace at trot and canter as you head towards Wavecrest in time for lunch. This afternoon is 'free-time'. You can take a boat trip up the river and explore the Mangrove swamps, hike, fish, or just kick back and relax in the Jacuzzi! You can indulge at the spa, with a massage, manicure, pedicure, sauna or steam room. If the sea is right, Conrad will take you out in his ski boat to sea the dolphins. You will have drinks on the deck at sunset as you sit and watch the great Crested Cranes come in to roost, the perfect end to the day.
The low tide dictates your riding path today. You will either circle inland towards the remote settlement of Cebe, exploring huge sand dune forests before finding a picnic spot for lunch and heading back towards Wavecrest along the endless beaches. Or you will do the ride the other way around - in order to get the best beach riding at low tide and a safe river crossing.
Today you start your journey back to Sunray Farm, crossing the Kobonqaba River at the river mouth. This crossing is a comfortable wade through at low tide, and the departure time will depend on this. You ride back past Trennery's, calling in a Seagulls Beach Hotel for a great pub lunch, and then head towards Kei Mouth and the pontoon crossing before dropping the horses off at the paddocks around 4 o'clock.
This morning, you will have an early morning ride across the Cliff Tops at Morgan Bay. A light lunch will be served in the garden at The Cock Inn, before you are transferred to East London airport or your next destination.
Optional Day 8
If you would like to extend your stay by another day, you will have lunch with the horses in Morgan Bay and then ride again in the afternoon across country to The Cock Inn, where you will stay the night. The following morning you will be transferred to East London airport or your next destination.