Wild Coast - South Africa

Wild Coast Adventure Trail

5 star rating   16 November 2019

Sue who has been on 14 In The Saddle rides. Surely one of the best trail rides in the world! | My mare Tatum was perfect for me...kind, forward going and polite - a real credit to the training given by the Wild Coast team. All the group seemed really happy with the horses they were matched with. These horses are fit and clearly love their job.
The riding, whether on pristine beaches, crossinf rivers, through the hills and valleys or in villages, was perfectly paced with plenty of long fast canters and loads of photo opps. The tack was comfortable and in good condition. Our guides Mel and Tertia, plus Chelle in support, couldn't have been better - safety conscious, caring of the horses and super fun.
Julie-Anne spent time with us at meals on the first and last days which was lovely. She is deservedly proud of her operation. I've done many rides all over the globe and this is one of the very best!

(Claire from In The Saddle comments: We are so delighted that you had such a great riding holiday.)

The Riding

How well were you matched with the right horse for your ability?
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How would you rate the variety of riding, pace or terrain?
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How would you rate the overall standard of the horses, tack and stables?
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The Accommodation

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How would you rate the standard of the food?
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In rural South Africa you're not going to get 5 star hotels but they were at the least perfectly adequate and at best quirky and interesting. Overall no real complaints and it was wonderful to fall asleep and wake up to the sound of the sea. It is very humid so I wasn't surprised that rooms (and clothes) were slightly damp.
Food was fine and plentiful and the exchange rate was favourable so gin and tonic was pleasantly cheap!!

Before Your Holiday

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Plan and prepare for your holiday?
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Feel comfortable about your transfers and what to expect?
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How could we improve the quality of pre-holiday information that we send?

Top class as ever.
The booklets are great but is it time to replace the plastic pouches with cardboard ones or not have them at all? Mine always get thrown away and I'm sure that's not good for the environment.

(Claire from In The Saddle comments: We have recently reviewed our policy about the travel wallets and we now only send one with the first booking to avoid waste and in response to client wishes. There is also the option not to send a wallet or to send by email only.)

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Do you have any other feedback for us?

We had a couple of wet days. On one lunchtime our own waterproof coats were used to keep the saddles dry in heavy rain. The coats were soaked when we then had to put them on. On other days feed sacks were used. I wonder if plastic saddle covers could be included in the saddlebags as happens on other trail rides I've done. They don't take up much space and are very effective. I would add, the rain didn't detract one bit from my enjoyment of the adventure!