Horse Riding

Horse riding is fantastic partly because horses are the most amazing animals. They weigh in at over half a ton, they have big teeth and hard hooves backed by powerful leg muscles, but they joyously join with us in a partnership that is certainly to our benefit, even though it’s hard to see what the horse gets out of it – other than the odd carrot or apple. Whatever their motivation, horses happily cart people around through some of the most amazing scenery. South Africa has some of the…

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Horse Riding South Africa
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Horse riding is fantastic partly because horses are the most amazing animals. They weigh in at over half a ton, they have big teeth and hard hooves backed by powerful leg muscles, but they joyously join with us in a partnership that is certainly to our benefit, even though it’s hard to see what the horse gets out of it – other than the odd carrot or apple. Whatever their motivation, horses happily cart people around through some of the most amazing scenery. South Africa has some of the best imaginable horse trails – both short and long. While horse riding is pure pleasure in itself, it is also a fabulous way to get to some spectacular places. It is one of those situations where the end and the means are equally pleasurable.

You can go for a short, exhilarating canter on a horseback beach ride (which is one of the things you have to do before you die) or you can ride out in the mountains while enjoying the spectacular scenery. In the Western Cape you can even do wine tasting on horseback. (Well, you get off the horse to actually taste the wine, but you get the picture.) You can go horse riding through interesting trails along the coast in Maputaland in Kwazulu-Natal and the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape – and the best part is that you get to meet interesting local people. In KZN you can also ride among the historical battlefields and relive a bit of history.

If you have never been astride a horse then it is advisable to go for a few horse riding lesson before galloping off into the sunset. Instructors will show you how to saddle up the hose, how to mount (and help you up if you just can’t get into that saddle), and accompany you along a short, gentle walk.

The best thing of all about horse riding is that you can ride among wild animals, which is a truly elemental experience. The best part about riding with game is how close you can get to them. If you give your horse a long rein and let it graze it can – over a short while – amble right up to impalas, zebras and even buffalos and elephants with absolute impunity, looking to all the world like just another herbivore. Or you can gallop off en masse in the general vicinity of a grazing herd who will then – more often than not – join in just to make sure that they also escape whatever it is that you are running from. This is probably the best way in the world to see game – to be one of the herd. Hmm. But remember in reserves where there are lions being one of the herd does carry a bit of a risk as you can be classified by predators as potential dinner. It all adds to the adrenaline, though.

Whether you’re after a horse riding adventure holiday where you spend the whole day on horseback, or just want to spend an exhilarating few hours on a ride, horse riding is an activity not to be missed.

Horse Riding South Africa Operators

Garden Route | Horse Riding - Adventure Horse Safaris - Horse Riding

Adventure Horse Safari’s is conveniently located near the coastal town of Mossel Bay so it’s easy to include in your Garden Route itinerary and provides an opportunity to get out of the car and explore these picturesque Southern Coast hills. In great service businesses happy customers are the result of happy staff. At Adventure Horse Safari’s we believe that a happy horse makes for a happy...

Gauteng | Horse Riding - Adventure Zone Cullinan - Horse Riding

Awesome outrides, just 35 minutes from Pretoria CBD, on the most beautiful open 150 hectare farm. Horses to suite beginner to advanced riders - you decide the pace! Get closer to nature on horseback and experience the thrill of the ride. Moonlight rides are done monthly on full moon. Book your horse riding adventure in Gauteng....

Mpumalanga | Horse Riding - Buffalo Gorge - Horse Riding

Buffalo Gorge - Horse Riding and Trails near Middelburg, Mpumalanga. Just a short drive from Pretoria, you will find an adventurer’s haven in the scenic ‘Avontuur’ valley called Buffalo Gorge. An ideal place where Eco- 4×4, Quads safaris, horse riding (novices are welcome), pony rides, abseiling, bird watching, hiking trails, mountain biking, nature walks and rock climbing will let any on...

Swaziland|Eswatini | Horse Riding - Chubeka Trails - Horse Riding

Chubeka Trails is based on Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and brings alive the romance of heading into the hills on horseback. Experience riding among wildlife on the plains or the thrill of multi-day trails into the mountains and neighbouring rural communities. Well-trained happy horses and competent and fun guides cater for novice to advanced riders. Chubeka Trails is the perfect answer to an or...

West Coast | Horse Riding - Drikus Horse Trails

Explore the beauty of Paternoster, a very popular tourist destinations in South Africa, located on the West Coast with miles of unspoilt beaches and beautiful surroundings. We offer daily rides for novice (beginners) as well as experienced riders. Our horses are very well schooled and rider friendly. A maximum of 7 people can be accommodated per ride and an experienced guide to take care of you...

Cape Winelands | Horse Riding - Fynbos Horse Trails

Starting from the stables on the renowned Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate, these one-hour to half- or full-day trails wind their way through vineyards, olive groves, herb fields and natural fynbos into the foothills of the Hawequa Mountains, from where riders have beautiful views into the valleys below. Wine tasting trails to prestigious boutique cellars on historic farms are also on can a...

Gauteng|North West | Horse Riding - Harties Horse Trail Safaris

Harties Horse Trail Safaris offers the following services in the breathtaking Hartbeespoort and Magalies area of South Africa. Horseback Safaris – 1-and 1½-hour horseback rides among wildlife. Optional champagne style picnic can be added to any ride. Day Tours – pick up and returns anywhere in Gauteng and North West. Make a day to remember by doing some of the following activities: horse a...

Overberg | Horse Riding - Heaven & Earth Trails

Tucked away between the picturesque mountains of the Hemel ('heaven') and Aarde ('earth') Valley, near Hermanus, Overberg is Heaven & Earth Horse Trails, on Karweyderskraal Farm. We offer a standard outrides on horseback through fynbos, wildflowers and beautiful mountain scenery, guided by our experienced horse-riding instructors. These trails are 90 minutes in duration but can vary from one to...

Garden Route | Horse Riding - Hog Hollow Horse Trails

Come and experience the beautiful Tsitsikamma on horseback! You can choose between our 1 hour farm trail with views over the mountains and forest, our 2 hour wildlife and forest trail, our 3 hour trail on a private nature reserve amidst indigenous forest or our full day or half day 'Cruise The Crags Trail' where you will be riding on horse back to eco activities and wine estates in the Far Trail...

Limpopo | Horse Riding - Horizon Horseback Adventures & Safaris

Horizon Horseback South Africa Over the years Horizon Horseback has developed a collection of fantastic and affordable horse riding holidays in South Africa. Horse riding safaris offer not only close encounters with game but also a diverse range of other rewarding riding experiences: polocrosse, western games, jumping, cattle mustering and swimming with your horse. Horizon Horseback was in 1993...

KwaZulu-Natal North Coast | Horse Riding - Horse Beach Rides - Horse Riding

This is what dreams and movies are made of. Feel like a celebrity for a day, and join us on one of our world-famous beach horse rides, still the best quality beach rides in South Africa. We offer exhilarating horseback beach adventures on the beautiful Reunion beach in the south of Durban. From 7 to 70 years old, and from total novice to experienced riders can join us. All rides have at least 1...

Sutherland|Ceres | Horse Riding - JT Outlaw Horse Trails - Horse Riding

Come and enjoy the tranquil Tankwa Karoo on one of our unique horse trails. Only 80km from Ceres. This is where the silence and clean air become part of you, and were you become totally relaxed. You can learn more about the veld and the wildlife, as well as the surroundings of the Tankwa. Or you can just enjoy the beauty, and the stillness that is the Tankwa Karoo. Away from the city life, and a...

Cape Town | Horse Riding - Mountain View Horse Trails

Mountain View Horse Trails - Horse Riding in Cape Town. Mountain View Horse Trails is a rustic, working farm environment, offering horse riding trails through gorgeous farmland, with a stunning view of Table Mountain. You don't need to know how to ride a horse to experience the freedom. Our horses are well trained to look after you. We give you a short instruction at the beginning, and our are...

KwaZulu-Natal North Coast | Horse Riding - Redwoods Riding Centre

For a unique, scenic and relaxing horse riding experience, Redwoods Riding Centre on the magnificent and fast-growing KZN North Coast is a must visit. Enjoy trails through the sugar belt, where there is an abundance of coastal forest, dams, natural water ways and viewpoints that make for very attractive rides. One of the longest standing trail ride and tuition enterprises in the North Coast a...

Gauteng | Horse Riding - Saddle Creek Adventures - Horse Riding

Saddle Creek Adventures - Horse Riding in Gauteng, South Africa. We take pride in our well-conditioned, happy horses! Join us on a bush trail in the peaceful countryside and amazing mountain scenery - an unforgettable horse riding experience. Rides go out every day on calm, obedient and well-trained trail horses that will not run away with you. Beginners, children, families and experienced are...

Gauteng|North West | Horse Riding - Shepherd's Fold Stables - Horse Riding

Shepherd's Fold Stables - Horse Riding. Trail Rides and Lessons in Harties. Just a stone's throw away from the Cradle of Humankind lies Shepherd's Fold Stables - where you can escape the city and relax in nature on horseback. We offer short or long trail rides, through stunning valleys and rivers, bird sanctuaries, and bushveld, right to the top of the hills overlooking Elandsdrift through to...

Cape Town | Horse Riding - The Dunes Horse Rides

The Dunes Horse Riding - Beach Horse Rides on Noordhoek Beach, Cape Town. Noordhoek beach curves along the turquoise Atlantic Ocean in an 8-kilometer arc of white sand. The Dunes Riding Stables are built in the sand dunes a short amble from the shoreline. It is no exaggeration to say this is one of the most beautiful beach horse rides in the world. An out-ride on our thoroughbred horses along of...