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African Horseback Safari

7 Nights

From $3345 USD

Tour Highlights:

Exhilarating Noordhoek Beach Gallop
Horseback Safaris and Game Drives
Up-close encounters with African wildlife

African Horseback Safari

Journey Overview

Embark on an unforgettable African horseback safari adventure in South Africa! Whether you're a seasoned rider seeking excitement or a novice eager to explore, our journey promises an immersive experience. Begin your expedition with a thrilling gallop along the picturesque Noordhoek shoreline, where the crashing waves and golden sands set the stage for an exhilarating ride. As you venture further, discover the rich diversity of landscapes that South Africa has to offer, from rolling hills adorned with vibrant fynbos to ancient indigenous forests teeming with life. Traverse the Cape Overberg on horseback, soaking in the beauty of nature at every turn.

The next leg of your journey takes you to Pongola, situated just north of KwaZulu Natal. Here, indulge in horseback safaris and game drives, immersing yourself in the heart of Africa's wildlife kingdom. Get up close and personal with majestic creatures in their natural habitat, from graceful antelopes to mighty elephants.

Throughout this 8-day adventure, you'll find a perfect balance of outdoor activities and serene moments amidst unspoiled wilderness. Whether you seek a thrilling challenge or a peaceful ride, our tailored experience caters to riders of all skill levels. Don't miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to explore South Africa's beauty from the saddle on our African horseback safari!

Day 1

Riding into Adventure: Horse Safari Begins

  • Your Accommodation

    As the day turns to dusk, you'll check in at the luxurious Granite Forest Chalet at Kinghorns Gardens (Self-Catering) on the Cape Peninsula. Tucked away 50 meters from the main guesthouse, this one-bedroom, double-story chalet is designed for two adults. It boasts an indoor and outdoor bathroom, a modern farm-style kitchen, and a sunset deck in a serene forest setting.

    The top floor offers majestic views through large windows, immersing you in the treetops, mountains, and forest. Here, you'll find a comfortable queen-size bed and a free-standing stone bath for a relaxing soak with tree and sunset views.

    For evening entertainment, a 65-inch flat screen provides digital options, including Netflix, while a gas heater keeps the chalet cozy.

    Your home away from home:

    KINGHORN'S GARDENS
    www.kinghornsgardens.com
    3 Nthombeni Way, Noordhoek
    Tel +27 (0) 79 300 3234

  • Your Travel Time

    1 Hour

  • Your Activities

    Your first day in South Africa promises a perfect blend of nature, adventure, and relaxation, setting the stage for an unforgettable horse-riding holiday.

    Your South African horse-riding holiday commences with a warm welcome at Cape Town International Airport. A friendly driver will be waiting to transport you to Monkey Valley Resort, nestled on Chapmans Peak, surrounded by nature on three sides, with ancient milkwood trees, some potentially over 2000 years old, adding to the allure of this natural haven.

    Following this satisfying meal, your horseback adventure begins. Well-trained and reliable horses will take you on an exhilarating ride to Noordhoek Beach. The beach's white sands stretch before you, providing panoramic ocean views as you gallop along the shore.

  • Your Food

    At Monkey Valley, a delightful lunch awaits at Thorfynns Restaurant, with its candlelit ambiance and fairy lights (especially cozy with fires in winter), offering organic and free-range fare and superb sea views.

    Meal Inclusions: Self-Catering

Day 2

Exploring Cape Countryside on Horseback

  • Your Accommodation

    Welcome to Day 2 of your horse-riding safari in South Africa! Today, you will be transferred from Kinghorns Gardens to Farm 215 Private Nature Reserve just outside the charming hamlet of Bardskeerdersbos.

    Your home away from home:

    WITKRAANS FARM
    www.witkrans.com
    Portion 697, Gansbaai
    Tel +27 (0) 79 466 5748

  • Your Travel Time

    4 Hours

  • Your Activities

    Kick off your day with a scenic 4-hour horseback ride through the breath-taking Western Cape countryside, surrounded by the unique fynbos and the dense indigenous forests. As you make your way to Witkraans Farm in Gansbaai, you will take a break for a delicious lunch to refuel before continuing the journey. Along the way, you will be surrounded by stunning scenery and fresh air. After the ride, you will have time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

  • Your Food

    You will enjoy a delicious dinner at the farm, where you can savour the flavours of traditional South African cuisine and mingle with the locals. After dinner, you can retire to your comfortable accommodations at the farm and rest up for the next day's adventure.

Day 3

Saddle Up for Coastal Exploration

  • Your Accommodation

    After the horse ride, you'll arrive at the Stanford River Lodge where you'll be able to relax and freshen up before dinner.

    Your home away from home:

    STANFORD RIVER LODGE
    www.springfontein.co.za
    8 Wortelgat Rd, Stanford
    Tel +27 (0) 28 341 0651

  • Your Travel Time

    5 hours

  • Your Activities

    DAY 3 is shaping up to be another action-packed day! You'll start with a 5-hour horse ride from Witkraans to Stanford River Lodge, with a lunch break en route. During this ride, you'll be traversing through coastal shrubland and beach dunes, which will give you a chance to experience the distinctive and diverse ecosystems of the area. The coastal shrubland, also known as fynbos, found exclusively on the southwestern tip of Africa and is known for its high diversity and endemism. The beach dunes, on the other hand, provide a glimpse of the coastal terrain and its dynamic nature.

  • Your Food

    Dinner will be served at the Stanford River Lodge, where you'll be able to enjoy a delicious meal set against the beautiful panorama of the Klein River Mountain Range.

DAY 4

Nature and Horses: An Epic Journey

  • Your Accommodation

    Following the ride, unwind and enjoy a sumptuous dinner at Farm 215, which will be your overnight stay.

    Your home away from home:

    FARM 215
    www.farm215.co.za
    Overstrand, Western Cape
    Tel +27 (0) 82 097 1655

  • Your Travel Time

    7 Hours

  • Your Activities

    On DAY 4, gear up for an exciting journey as you embark on a 7-hour horse ride from Stanford River Lodge back to Farm 215, with a lunch break in between. During the ride, you'll have the opportunity to gallop along the beach at Walker Bay Nature Reserve. The nature reserve, known for its wide variety of flora and fauna, offers an opportunity to spot a variety of birds and marine mammals.

  • Your Food
DAYS 5 - 8

Final Gallop: A Safari Farewell

  • Your Accommodation

    Upon arrival, you will begin a 4-hour car trip to your next destination, Pakamisa Lodge in Pongola. This Lodge is a luxurious safari resort that offers a one-of-a-kind authentic wildlife experience.

    Your home away from home:

    PAKAMISA LODGE
    www.pakamisa.co.za
    52-3 Nongoma Rd, Pongola
    Tel +27 (0) 83 229 1811

  • Your Travel Time

    4 Hours

  • Your Activities

    DAY 5 of your holiday is going to be a transition day as you will be transferring to Cape Town International Airport for your flight to Durban King Shaka. After checking in, you'll have the chance to join a guided bush walk. The guided walk will give you a chance to explore the natural beauty of the area, discover the different fauna and flora, and learn more about the ecology of the region. Walking the numerous bush trails is the best way to work up a healthy appetite! After the walk, you can relax and unwind at the lodge before dinner.

    On DAY 6 and 7, you’ll dive deeper into the natural beauty of the area with horseback safaris and game drives through Pakamisa’s unspoilt wilderness.
    The horseback safaris combine the pleasure of riding with the thrill of a safari, and is a great way to get up close and personal with the local wildlife, landscape and culture at a gentle pace. The game drives transverse the 2 500 hectare reserve in the rolling hills of Zululand. Here you’ll experience the magic of the African bush, stopping at scenic spots throughout the reserve for the ever-popular sundowners and picnics.

    Day 8 marks the final day of your horseback safari holiday and the culmination of an incredible journey. As you depart from Pakamisa Lodge and head towards King Shaka Airport you'll have one last chance to take in the spectacular South African wilderness. Your heart filled with lasting memories you’ll board your flight back home, already planning your next incredible adventure in our beautiful country. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

  • Your Food

    After a full day of adventure, you'll return to the lodge where you’ll have the choice of dining experiences. Enjoy a 4-course dinner in the award-winning El Prado restaurant, or eat outdoors under the stars, before retiring for the evening.

YOUR JOURNEY ENDS HERE

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