You must be a confident and competent rider at all paces. The pace is varied with walking for game viewing and over uneven terrain and rocks, with faster riding along the beaches and sandy tracks. Since Dinaka is an area with dangerous game all riders should be confident and secure in the saddle.
This two centre ride combines the glorious beaches of the Eastern Cape Wild Coast with a private game reserve in the Waterberg area, north of Johannesburg..
Please note that the itinerary may change depending on the weather at the time and other local conditions.
You will be collected from East London airport and transferred to Kei Mouth.
Your flight should be scheduled to arrive at 12.30 at the latest.
We recommend you book the SA471 currently scheduled to depart Johannesburg at 10.00 and arrive East London at 11.30.
A light lunch will be served and you will be able to change into your riding clothes at the country club or at Sunray Farm if less than 4 riders. The aim is to be in the saddle by 3pm to make the crossing across the Great Kei River on a pontoon! This afternoon’s ride through to Trennery’s is just long enough to blow the cobwebs away, you can breathe in the salt air and feel the pounding hooves on wet sand – welcome to the Wild Coast.
Please note in the event of your flight to East London being delayed then you will overnight in Morgan Bay or at Sunray Farm and ride through to Trennery’s early on day two to catch up with the rest of the group.
ACCOMMODATION = Trennery’s Hotel – a South African holiday resort hotel. Simple, comfortable rooms with own shower & toilet.
After breakfast we detour inland and explore the rock formations that created “The Gates”. We then meander back towards the coast line to the ship wreck of the Jacaranda. We dismount and take the time to enjoy the secluded beach and a light picnic lunch before mounting up again to get to our next destination. You keep up a steady trot and canter on the rolling slay paths until you reach the mouth of the Kobonqaba river. Depending on tides you either cross at the mouth or detour inland getting to Wavecrest in the early afternoon. For those inclined for a little pampering there should be time for a spa treatment or massage.
ACCOMMODATION = Wavecrest Hotel – a South African holiday resort hotel. Simple, comfortable rooms with own shower & toilet.
The departure time this morning is dictated by the tide. It will be a full morning’s 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 and the true meaning of outdoor adventure. After lunch we have a short, reasonably fast 1 ½ hour ride over sandy tracks and through hidden forests. There should be time for a relaxing massage, or for those who are a bit saddle weary, you can do a boat trip on the river to view mangroves and the prolific bird life or take time out to enjoy the beach.
This morning you make your way back towards Kei Mouth. Rolling hills, villages, deep river gorges and sandy paths meander their way back along the coast. Arrive at Seagulls Hotel for a pub lunch and a much needed cold drink. There is a swimming pool, so it might be a good idea to keep your swim suit in your saddle bag! The last horse ride along the beach means you arrive at the horse paddocks in Kei Mouth at around 4pm.
ACCOMMODATION = The Cock Inn – a luxury private guest house set about 10 km inland from the sea.
After a leisurely breakfast, the shuttle will be ready to transfer you to East London airport at 9am for your flight. We recommend you book SA1404 departing East London at 11.05 and arriving Johannesburg at 12.40.
On arrival at Johannesburg you will be met by Horizon Horseback Safari and transferred to Dinaka Private Game Reserve. All being well you arrive in time for an evening introductory ride. Overnight Dinaka for four nights.
This morning you have your first experience of the unending sandy tracks and glimpses of the endless views of the Dinaka plains. Ride along the foothills of the Seven Sisters mountain range, through thick woodland areas to the western boundaries. Arrive back at the lodge in time for a late brunch and a chance to siesta by the pool. The afternoon ride will be a fast and exhilarating ride along the Sand River, this area is prime waterbuck and hippo viewing territory.
This morning ride to an area known as ‘Small Serengeti Plains,’ renowned for its abundant and varied species. The open plains provide the possibility of cantering alongside herds of antelope as they gallop and pronk across the open savannah.
Back at the lodge you can relax above the hippo dam and watch these family orientated creatures interact and play in the warmth of the day. This afternoon’s ride goes out with the purpose of tracking the majestic white rhino. These prehistoric animals are one of the incredible success stories of the Dinaka reserve which holds one of the oldest breeding herds in the country.
You ride to a different area of the reserve today and hope to see sable antelope and bontebok. En route you cross the fertile plain, where you can expect some long canters. After a morning of hard riding you return to the lodge for lunch and a chance to relax by the pool.
One last ride on this stunning reserve with its amazing array of wildlife, before returning to the lodge to enjoy another of their famous brunches. After brunch you are transferred to Johannesburg airport for your flight home.
ADD ON OPTION
EXTEND THE HOLIDAY TO RIDE WITH LIMPOPO VALLEY HORSE SAFARI IN THE TULI BLOCK BOTSWANA. Selected dates have been chosen to enable riders to add on an extra 4 nights. Please see our availability page for details.
All riding and itineraries are subject to change due to variations in local conditions, influences of the sea tides and during the rainy season the conditions of the rivers at the time of riding.