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Horse Riding Spots In Cape Town
The Mother City is blessed with amazing terrain to explore and with our awesome summer weather, there are a number of ways to spend your time outdoors. Horseback riding has become a popular way of exploring amazing trails and routes, ranging from the long stretch of coast on Noordhoek Beach to the beautiful Cape Winelands and the rugged rural landscapes. But enough horsing about, let's have a look at where you can find various equestrian centres across the Western Cape and get strapped in a staddle of a trusty steed.
Horse Riding in NoordhoekSleepy Hollow is one of the best-known stables and schools in Noordhoek. This centre is located at Sleepy Hollow Lane (contact them on +27 (0)21 789 2341), not far from the beach. Rides cater to all levels of experience, including total beginners. Also near Noordhoek is Imhoff Farm (contact them on+27 (0)82 774 1191). This horse riding centre is located in Kommetjie. They offer three daily rides along the popular Noordhoek beach stretch, private lessons and rides for special occasions such as birthdays and celebrations.
Horse Riding in TableviewLocated in Tableview, Mountain View Horse Trails offers a great place for riders of all experience levels to enjoy rides within the West Coast. One or two hour trails are offered, along with sunrise and sunset trails, full moon rides and half day horse trails that include a picnic stop. Prices are affordable, but not that no card facilities are available so cash is advised. Riders are also asked to bring carrots and apples to give to the horses. You can find Mountain View Horse Trails on Van Schoorsdrif Road – contact them on +27 (0)83 727 0256 for rates.
Horse Riding in StellenboschEquanimity Equestrian Center lies on the edge of Stellenbosch. They offer trail rides through and beyond Mooiplaas Wine Estate that journey into the Bottelary Conservancy. Wine tasting trails are also available on request. While kids’ pony rides are also on offer. This is a great place if you’d like to combine the beauty of the Cape Winelands with some outdoor time on horseback. Equanimity Equestrian Center and Mooiplaas Wine Estate are situated on Bottelary Road in Stellenbosch. You can contact them on +27 (0)83 957 1104.
Horse Riding in FranschhoekIn the heart of the Cape Winelands, you will find Paradise Stables. Franschhoek offers the perfect setting for this unique horse riding experience that includes a four hour wine tasting on horseback ride taking you through vineyards, forests and mountains, with highlights such as the Rickety Bridge Winery and Mont Rochelle. Led by SA National Team Endurance Rider Pieter Hugo, Paradise Stables also offers shorter horse trails including hour long trails from Monday to Saturday. Riders of all experience levels are catered to, but children need to be supervised. Contact the stables at Robertsvlei Road (+27 (0)21 876 2160).
Horse Riding in OverbergExplore the Overberg with the African Horse Company. Starting at the Hermanus estuary before continuing along Walker Bay towards Gaansbaai, this trail is located along the beautiful ‘Whale Coast.’ Only 180 km from Cape Town, this area is the mating and breeding grounds for the Southern Right Whale, and occasionally riders are lucky enough to see whales breaching while on the trail. During this ride you will also see the Klipgat Cave in the Walker Bay Nature Reserve, which has some of the oldest remains of modern man in South Africa and the world. All trails are tailor-made to suit the personal requirements of all the riders. This beach trail is 3-hours long and costs R500 per person. The horses used are South African cross breeds: Boerperd, Arab, Saddler and Friesian crosses. All the horses are stress free and are not stabled but rather roam freely over the 800 hectares of farm at the base station. For more info go to www.africanhorses.com
Horse Riding in PaternosterEnjoy the beauty of the West Coast on horseback with Drikus Horse Trails. Here you have the option of using your own horse or choosing from one of the many beautiful horses offered by Drikus Horse Trails, which is only 90 minutes away from Cape Town. Riders of all levels of experience are welcome to enjoy this trail. Beach rides available include daily beach rides and sunset rides at R200 per person, per hour. Sundowners and picnic baskets can be arranged. This scenic area has an abundance of natural vegetation as well as spectacular bird life. Common sightings include Kingfishers, Grey herons and Vervet monkeys. Occasionally riders are lucky enough to see African fish eagles, Blue duiker and crowned cranes. For more info go to www.drikus.co.za.
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