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Cape Winelands riding - South Africa
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Cape Winelands Riding

5 star rating   23 April 2018

Absolutely fantastic. All off-road with a great mix of walk, trot, canter and even gallop (depending on your horse :-)). The pace was perfectly set by my guide Ellen, and tailored to maximise the rider's experience without compromising the horses' welfare and fitness. There's clearly a great deal of care that goes into keeping the horses happy and healthy, which isn't always the case on riding holidays. That was really wonderful to see.

I was matched with three fantastic horses - two on my first two days who basically chauffeured me, allowing me to really drink in the stunning scenery. On my third and final day, I was lucky enough to find my South African soulmate - a gorgeous little fellow with a zest for life and turn of pace that belied his small stature and had me grinning from ear to ear. I knew very quickly I'd be back again, but he really sealed the deal.


Cape Winelands riding - South Africa
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Cape Winelands Riding

5 star rating   25 March 2018

I absolutely loved the riding here. The horses were extremely fit and there are a wide range of horses to suit all abilities. I said I liked fast horses, so I enjoyed riding the endurance trained horses. There were loads of opportunities for fast riding and a lot of galloping up hills. It is not often you get to gallop on horseback holidays. There were also stunning views from the saddle and we rode in South African trail/endurance saddles, which I found extremely comfortable.


Cape Winelands riding - South Africa
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Cape Winelands Riding

5 star rating   27 November 2017

My expectation was of bimbling along sandy paths enjoying the scenery and just chilling as high-octane stuff does not mix well with as much as you can eat wine and cheese. The riding met that expectation - although there were lots of controlled canters. Some of the horses are ridden bitless and I liked that.


Cape Winelands riding - South Africa
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Cape Winelands Riding

5 star rating   21 November 2017

The horses were forward going, fit and in great condition, and very well looked after. My husband and I were given the opportunity to ride a variety of horses, but also ride our favourites more than once. The terrain was challenging for them at times, (very hilly) and the weather was hot, but our guide Ellen gave them plenty of opportunities to take a breather, and we could then enjoy the spectacular views. Our guides were very knowledgeable about the winelands, the wildlife, and the history of the area, so it was a pleasure to listen to them, and as there were only 3 guests for the week, we really got to know them and feel at home on the farm. In terms of pace, there were times when I think we would have enjoyed a faster pace, (there was quite a lot of walking) but I guess they didnt want us to rush past all the beautiful scenery. In the UK we would have probably not cantered on some of the hard ground, but I believe they are used to it and don't incur injuries, the horse's welfare was clearly of paramount importance. Our hosts couldn't do more for us, they were charming, and hopefully now, our friends


Cape Winelands riding - South Africa
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Cape Winelands Riding

5 star rating   10 July 2017

Excellent, fast pace riding. All the staff on the farm were extremely welcoming and friendly. I had a fabulous time.


Cape Winelands riding - South Africa
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Cape Winelands Riding

5 star rating   8 December 2016

We did the same holiday in 2014. Since then Louis has significantly extended the areas adjoining his Stables over which the rides take place thus making the rides much more varied and interesting. Before, the rides basically took place within the adjoining vineyards, now they extend to some higher, more remote and wilder areas. He has also increased the number of horses from 12 to 20 so giving a greater choice of mounts. We especially enjoyed 2 days out on new horses Ice and Baruk but we also enjoyed riding previous mounts, Maddison and Tallahassie. Tack good and comfortable for long rides.


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