Multi-Day Horseback Trails
The picturesque Overberg Region becomes alive when experienced on horseback. Being so close to nature’s splendour will change the way you appreciate it in future. Whether you opt for a one-day outride or the more challenging eight-day adventure, you’ll be exposed to the most biodiverse ecosystems the Western Cape has to offer.
The plant diversity of the Cape coastal belt, along with the hillsides and mountains of the hinterland of South Africa, ranks among the richest in the world. This remarkable region contains more than 9,000 species of plants, of which 69 % occur nowhere else on the planet. The predominant vegetation is fynbos (from the original Dutch meaning ‘fine bush’), with its characteristic tough-leaved shrubs.
For the majority of your time on horseback you’ll be surrounded by this indigenous flora that gives off the most magnificent scents. You’ll cross the Uilkraalsriver and climb the hills to “Witvoetskloof” a mountain flower far and descend the mountain to Baviaansfountain. We ride down from Mount Dyer into the lowland and limestone fynbos of Heidehof and Avilla, situated in the Rooi Strandveld, as we ride towards the ocean. Arriving at the shoreline we’ll pass Pearly Beach and onto Klein Paradys. We’ll ride along undisturbed sand beaches with rocky outcrops and tidal pools. The horses are love to the splash in the waves, cooling their feet.
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Our adventure will take us to the southernmost tip of Africa. Despite the number of places called “Two Oceans” in Cape Town, the residents of Agulhas will be quick to assure you that the mighty Indian and Atlantic oceans do indeed meet at the Southern Tip of the African continent at Cape Agulhas, and not in Cape Town, even if Cape Point is a bit more dramatic. A low-key cairn marks the furthest south one can go in Africa without getting one’s toes wet. This dramatic wind-swept coastline is also known as the graveyard of ships, as more than 120 wrecks have been recorded in the area.
The Agulhas National Park’s trail traverses the plains and the Soetanysberge before coming to yet another historic jewel, Rietfontein (‘reed fountain’). These fountains are the life-blood of the Agulhas plains with this fountain one of the sources of water in the region.
The last day of trailing brings us through the hamlet of Baardskeerdersbos and then over the mountains to base with open riding, long trots and canters. The name "Baardskeerdersbos" in Afrikaans or "Baardscheerders Bosch" in the original Dutch literally means "Beard Shaver's Forest". The accepted explanation for this name is that a species of spider inhabits the area, and that this arachnid is referred to as a "beard shaver" because it cuts hair to use for nest-building
So whether you’re a novice rider choosing a one-day outride or if you’re seasoned rider going for the eight day adventure, the beauty of nature will astound you, the mountains will humble you and the friends you’ll make will last a lifetime.
Booking is essential, please select any of our multi day trails below or contact us for more information.
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