Cape Town Horseback Riding: Beach and Wine Trails

Explore the equestrian world of Cape Town as you experience the true joy and exhilaration of horseback riding. Cape Town offers two magnificent landscapes in which to stroll: the beach and the vineyard. Whether you’re an experienced rider or someone who just wants to try something new, don’t miss this unforgettable experience amidst sand dunes or vineyards.

Cape Whale Coast Adventures with Pearly Beach Horse Trails

Photo: Pearly Beach Horse Trails gallery

With eight trail options, including a wine tasting trail and a sunset trail, it’s no wonder Pearly Beach Horse Trails has won Tripadvisor’s Traveller’s Choice award since 2020.

The full range of specialty trails are expertly guided by Sarah, who has over 30 years of trail riding experience.

Their Premium Beach Trail will take you from the farm and through dune forests where you can marvel at the diversity of birds and wildlife, interesting fynbos species and beautiful flowers. Then it is on the pristine stretch of coast that you can see for yourself how Pearly Beach got its name. The long, unspoiled beach is the perfect place to feel true freedom with an exhilarating canter or canter. Novice or nervous riders will also be well looked after and can enjoy a relaxing ride or a more adventurous trot. Depending on the weather and the tide, you may also have the opportunity to venture into the water.

The trails are suitable for all levels of riders, and novices are welcome and encouraged to experience a beach ride.

Details:

  • Cost: From R900, depending on the trail
  • Location: Part 1, Farm 321, Kleyn Hagel Kraal, Pearly Beach, Gansbaai, 7220
  • Contact: Call 083 427 5674 or 079 148 4934, Whatsapp 083 427 5674 or email [email protected]
  • Website: pbhorstrails.co.za

Horseback riding through the Cape Winelands

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Explore country roads and hidden forest trails with breathtaking views of the Cape Winelands Mountains. Horse About Trails, on the R46 between Tulbagh and Wolseley, offers an uplifting experience on horseback. Their horses are well trained and their courses are suitable for all levels of riders, from beginner to advanced, including children. Experienced guides will offer instruction throughout the rides so you can enjoy the scenic experience in comfort and safety.

There are several exciting and amazing trails and rides to explore with Horse About. The 1.5-hour Scenic Meander is ideal for novices and less fit riders and is ideal for families and friends looking for a gentle introduction to hiking. Experienced riders who are comfortable trotting and cantering over varied terrain will love the Witzenberg Trail. The trail includes exhilarating canters and breathtaking views. They also offer private hikes to suit all needs for a special occasion. Seasonal sunset and moonlight rides are also a popular option with both novice and experienced riders.

Children as young as six years old have been accommodated on rides, but it is best to discuss options and decline any information on age and experience when booking rides for the little ones.

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Noordhoek Beach Ride with Imhoff Equestrian Center

Photo: Gallery of the Imhoff equestrian center

Stroll along the tide line or splash around in the shallow seasonal lagoon lining the sand dunes; Imhoff Equestrian Center’s water-loving horses happily trek through the crashing waves while you gaze out to sea for passing whales, dolphins and seals. Experience one of Cape Town’s best guided beach horseback rides, departing from Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie, straight through the wetlands to the beautiful Noordhoek waterfront. Ride along the water’s edge or along the back pan to Chapman’s Peak and back.

As this is a walking tour (no trotting, cantering or galloping), riders of all skill levels are welcome, but a minimum age of 12 and a maximum weight of 95kg applies.

Details:

  • Cost: R660 per person for 1h30 journey
  • Location: Kommetjie Rd, Kommetjie, Cape Town, 7976
  • Contact: Call 082 774 1191 or email [email protected]
  • Website: riding.co.za

Stellenbosch Vineyard Walks with Pink Geranium

Photo: Horseback riding at Geranium Rose / Facebook

Conveniently located between Cape Town and Stellenbosch, Pink Geranium offers meanders through scenic vineyards for all levels of riders. There are several options for the hikes: choose between a one-hour ride through the vineyards or a longer two-hour ride, or drink and ride responsibly with a half- or full-day wine tour. full day.

The riders of the vineyard start with a short lesson to acquire the basics, then leave for a beautiful walk in the vineyards. As you drive through the beautiful farmland of Stellenbosch with spectacular Table Mountain views, expect to see many species of birds or even the occasional duiker or steenbok with spectacular Table Mountain views . The horses are well trained and the groups are small so that everyone gets the ride they want, whether it’s a gentle stroll through the vineyards or a brisk gallop on a farm road.

Wine tours take riders through several farms where lunch and snacks are added to the day’s activities. These tours are not suitable for novice riders as parts of the rides will include trotting, cantering, steep climbs and optional swims.

Children from the age of seven are invited to take part in walks in the vineyard. Please note that a weight limit of 95 kg is applied to all rides and circuits.

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Exploring the West Coast with Paternoster Horse Trails

Image: Paternoster Horse Trails

Experience the serene beauty of the Cape’s West Coast on horseback through the spectacular fishing village of Paternoster. Paternoster Horse Trails, located on a farm just between Paternoster and Stompneusbaai, sits right in the middle of Cape Town’s West Coast, giving you a true experience of this slice of South African paradise. The horseback rides start at the farm and go down to the beach, so you also have the chance to discover the farmlands of the west coast.

These rides are suitable for children eight years and older.

Details:

  • Cost: R400 per person
  • Location: Swartrug Farm, Paternoster Western Cape, 7381
  • Contact: Call or WhatsApp 082 748 5596
  • Website: paternosterhorstrails.co.za

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