I’ve done more than 25 different horse trails all over the world, and I have to say, this was one of the most unique equestrian experiences I’ve ever had!Thomas
Day 1: Saturday – Short introduction ride from Port Alfred
Transfer to Port Alfred where you will meet your horse and get ready for a day of beach riding.
Day 2: Sunday – Kasouga Coastline
Explore the spectacular, deserted beaches on fast, long canters.
Day 3: Monday – Long rides and river crossings to Kenton-on-Sea
Our day depends on the low tide as we cross the Kariega River and Bushmans Rivers near the coastal village of Kenton On Sea.
Day 4: Tuesday – Wildlife Safari Rest Day
Experience Africa’s wildlife on a game drive, viewing elephant, buffalo, zebra and many others.
Day 5: Wednesday – Explore the rocky coves and outcrops on horseback
Exploratory ride along the spectacular coastline.
Day 6: Thursday – Woody Cape
Today we leave the beach and enjoy the spectacular views across the ocean and sand dunes while riding along the grassy plains.
Day 7: Friday – Game Safari on horseback
We head inland and through the coastal forest. Our ride takes us into rolling grasslands where we ride with Giraffe, Zebra, Eland, Buffalo and Nyala.
Day 8: Saturday – Our last ride
After a short ride to the main farm house it’s time to say farewell to your trusty steed and the Beachcomber team.
Day 1: Saturday – Arrival and introductory ride
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.
Day 2: Sunday – Coastal ride to Kasouga
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.
Day 3: Monday – Port Alfred to Kenton-on-Sea including long beach canters and river crossings
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 Kasouga 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 Kariega River and then there is a 3km walk without the saddles where 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 (this is similar to a barbecue).
Day 4: Tuesday – Wildlife Safari
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 return to Kenton-on-Sea in the afternoon.
Day 5: Wednesday – Bushmans to Cannon Rocks
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 the unique opportunity to look at stone age pottery and swim with the horses in the ocean if the weather is good.
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.
Day 6: Thursday – Cannon Rocks to Woody Cape
We set off after breakfast and head off along the coast. The first part of the days 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.
Day 7: Friday – A Horseback Safari experiencing Africa’s wildlife
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 barbecue, 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.
Day 8: Saturday – Our last ride
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.
Helpful Trail Information
Required Skill & Fitness Level:
To make the most of our horseback trails, we recommend that riders are healthy and have a relatively good level of fitness (we’ll help you get fitter while on the ride!). Riding with us needs a degree of physical fitness, as these rides are not recommended for inexperience or unfit riders (we do offer beach rides for those who feel like doing shorter rides and completely experienced enough for the longer trails. The Beachcomber trail includes different types of riding including long canters on sand, to relaxed walks with the wildlife we encounter along the way. We also swim with our horses through two rivers and do a few shallow crossings.
Our horses are a hardy mix of Arabian crosses. They are safe, well mannered and are very lively when needed but also happy to plod along with inexperienced riders. Our saddles are comfortable trail riding saddles and we use soft bits on all our horses.
The Tack and Gear:
We use trail saddles, made locally, designed for the comfort of both horse and rider alike. We recommend you wear half or full chaps with comfortable riding boots and a light weight riding helmet, preferably with good ventilation. We do have a limited number of chaps and helmets at the stables, but we highly recommend that you bring your own helmet and chaps.
Private transfers are available from Port Elizabeth or East London. We can also book you on a scheduled transfer.
It’s important to spend the evenings in comfortable accommodation after long days in the saddle. You will stay over in a Beach House, a Guest House, a fun Beach Hostel and a quaint Farm Cottage to name a few. These are chosen to accommodate your comfort.
We pride ourselves on the wholesome meals we provide our guests. From breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as snacks along the way, we cater for the active traveler.
EUR 1150 per person
Riding hats (or bring your own)
Expert guiding throughout
Comfortable accommodation in a variety of locations (beach lodge, farm cottage, guest house, beach hostel)
Wildlife Safari entrance fees, game drives and game activities
Transfers from/to Port Elizabeth and East London (available on request)
Any additional activities (we will gladly assist with suggesting and booking any pre- and post activities)
Join one of our scheduled trails, generally starting every first Saturday of the month, ending the following Saturday. Please check the availability calendar for exact departure dates.
Book a private horse trail (minimum 7 days) to experience the Sunshine Coast at your own pace and riding style. Our expert guides will adapt the trail to suit your time and experience.
Things to do before and after your horse trail:
These services are all bookable via the individual operators.
We will gladly provide you with the best options, as well as contact details to book.