MINI BEACH TRAIL
Rider Limitations: Novice - experienced riders.
Riders over 12 years old only.
Weight Limit: 90kg.
Season: January - December (all year).
Dates: Set dates throughout the year - ask us for dates.
Price: £999. Inclusive of riding, accommodation and food.
Not Included: Flights, insurance, drinks purchased at local bars/restaurants, transfers.
Transfers are usually around R1400 (£67) each way from East London Airport, paid directly to the driver. Transfers will be booked for you.
Extra Costs: Tips for staff/guides.
Flights: Flights must be booked to arrive and depart from East London Airport (South Africa).
Internet: Wi-fi is available at accommodation.
Please note this is a sample only, individual experiences may vary slightly.
This itinerary acts as a guide to give you an overview of what your trail ride will be like.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL DAY, KEI MOUTH GUEST HOUSE
On arrival at East London airport, you will be transferred to Kei Mouth Guest Lodge. A light snack will be served at the Kei Mouth Guest Lodge, before changing into your riding clothes.
Your horse-riding adventure starts now! The afternoon ride will take you on an hour or so ride to assess your riding ability, and to make sure that you have been matched to the right horse.
You will ride down to the river mouth and have a chance to have your first canter along the beautiful beaches. The first night is spent in Kei Mouth.
DAY 2: WAVECREST HOTEL
Today you start the overnight beach adventure! A full day of riding along the coast, and the scenery is simply stunning. There is a good chance of spotting dolphins in the surf as the group canters along the many beaches.
Lunch is a picnic, and a chance to soak up the sun and sea, before heading off the hotel in the afternoon.
Overnight and dinner at Wavecrest Hotel.
DAY 3: WAVECREST HOTEL
The departure time this morning is dictated by the tide. A fantastic 3-hour ride either up the beach and back across country through rolling hills and traditional villages or the other way around, depending on the tides. Either way you get to ride on the hard, wet beach at low tide - the gallops are exhilarating! The group arrives back at the hotel in time for lunch.
The afternoon is a choice of activities. You can take a boat trip up the river and explore the stunning mangrove estuary of the Nxaxo river by canoe or boat, go for a hike, or just kick back and relax on the beach, or wind down in the Jacuzzi at Wavecrest Hotel!
DAY 4:KEI MOUTH GUEST HOUSE
Today the group starts the journey back to Kei Mouth. The ride goes inland this morning, crossing the river high up, and away from the tides influence. The sandy paths and tracks through the forest offer great canters as you wind your way back to the beach. Then the group heads towards Kei Mouth, and the pontoon crossing, before dropping the horses off at the paddocks.
Riders then have a late lunch at one of the local restaurants. Then it is a time to ride back to Kei Mouth Guest House, and your final night.
DAY 5: DEPARTURE DAY
On your last morning you will explore the cliffs and local village of Morgan Bay, and have one last canter down the beach.
You will be able to shower and change before departure, and promises of returning to do another great Wild Coast Horse Trail.
DAY 1: Arrival Day. Kei Mouth Guest Lodge, Kei Mouth
DAY 2: Wavecrest Hotel, KwaGcaleka
DAY 3: Wavecrest Hotel, KwaGcaleka
DAY 4: Kei Mouth Guest Lodge, Kei Mouth