Price from: R16 800 per person
Duration: 5 - 6.5 days
The 7 day ride starts in the quiet coastal village of Port Alfred.
The first two days are spent riding on the beach with two nights spent at Port Alfred.
The second full day's ride will take you to Kenton-on-Sea. We have to go at low tide to cross ship rock and the two tidal rivers at Kenton. The horses enjoy the swim and take you across safely and life jackets are also worn.
There is also a non-riding game reserve day where you are taken by boat and game drive vehicle or by car to visit Addo game reserve.
The ride continues down the coast and after every ride we stop over at different places along the way.
The last day is spent riding through remote forests and game reserves looking for giraffe, buffalo, Zebra and many more from horseback.
Sunshine Coast 7 Day Itinerary
Saturday: You will be met at the Port Elizabeth airport or, if self-driven, we will meet you in Kenton-on-Sea and escort you to safe parking. We arrive in Port Alfred in the afternoon and take a ride to the Kowie River Mouth along the sea shore. In the evening we will enjoy drinks and savoury platters with traditional recipes. The accommodation is comfortable with sea views.
Sunday: After a breakfast of yoghurt, muesli, cereals and toast we saddle up and head for the Kasouga River. The beach along this section is remote and spacious and the ride is normally quite fast with long canters between walks. The scenery is spectacular and the beaches deserted. We give the horses water at the Kasouga Farm and then head back to Port Alfred. Along the way we have a packed lunch of nuts, dried fruit and biltong etc. We cover about 35km on this day. Back at Port Alfred we enjoy drinks and a nice hot home cooked meal.
Monday: We set off after breakfast and we have to travel according to the tide. We pass Ship Rock at low tide and wade through the waist deep Kasuoga River and water the horses. We are riding fairly fast this day to catch the tide so the canters are long but controlled. The route takes us to the two tidal rivers that need to be crossed at low tide. When we get to near Kenton-on-Sea we meet the backup vehicle and remove the saddles and prepare for the river crossing. You will be provided with a life jacket for the swim. The first river to cross is the Kareiga River and then there is a 3km walk without the saddles and then we cross the Bushmans River. We saddle up again after the Bushmans River and ride the short distance to the Beachcomber Horse Trails base. Here we have a nice picnic lunch. This night we stay in a comfortable cottage in Kenton-on-Sea and we have a traditional South African braai.
Tuesday: Today is a non-riding day but it is a welcome rest from two hard riding days. We spend the day in a game reserve, either at Sibuya Game Reserve with a boat trip and a safari in a game vehicle or in the Addo Elephant National Park touring with a small bus. Animals that can be seen are lion, elephant, buffalo, zebra and many others. We stay in the same place as yesterday.
Wednesday: on this day we enjoy a slower pace of riding and we take time to explore the coves and outcrops on horseback. We find stone-age pottery in the ancient human middens left behind by the Khoi San who were the original inhabitants of the area. Depending on the weather we unsaddle and swim in the sea or in the lagoon of the Boknes River. At a hidden small bay between big outcrops of rock we take a break and look for sea shells among the thousands that get dumped here by the sea. We have a packed lunch on top of Diaz Cross (a memorial to the first European to round the tip of Africa). The views of the coastline here are spectacular. We ride to the next cottage which is on the beach and about 17 km from the start. We will enjoy an evening meal of fresh fish and chips and salads.
Thursday: We set off after breakfast and head off along the coast. The first part of the day's ride is along the sea shore and before we leave the sea we taste the sweet water that comes from a permanent spring. If it is low tide we collect a few sea snails to sample later with the evening meal which is a delicacy with the locals. We head away from the sea on to the dirt road and ride to Woody Cape Backpackers. We have a packed lunch overlooking the sea with breathtaking views of the coast line. We normally arrive at Woody Cape in the afternoon and go for a swim in the large swimming pool. They have an outside bar where we have our meals and socialise and this is next to the pool. In the evenings we normally take a cold beverage and take a short walk to the sand dunes overlooking the sea and watch the sun go down. The evening meal is ordered from a menu at the restaurant.
Friday: This is the game safari on horseback day. We start the ride along the dirt road that goes through the Alexandria State Forest and then we turn off into a private game reserve. Here we have the chance to ride with giraffe, zebra, Cape buffalo, Eland, waterbuck, bushbuck, Nyala and many more. Here the scenery changes into rolling grasslands and forest with huge hills and the constant view of the sand dunes and sea all the way to Port Elizabeth. We have a picnic lunch in the shady forest and after crossing another long valley and up the other side we come to the exclusive and remote thatched cottage set on top of an enormous hill. The horses stay in the enclosed garden of the cottage and the herds of wild animals graze all around in front of the house. The evening meal is a barbeque, South African style, and we eat around a large candle lit dining room table. In good weather we sit on the deck and enjoy the stars.
Saturday: We do a short ride back to the main farm house about 7km away where we meet the transfer vehicle and the end of the trip.
As little as possible
Jeans, long pants, jacket and closed shoes
Should be able to canter and be physically fit
Basic horse riding