Ride Report

View Ride     Lucy Downes

I visited the Cape Winelands ride in November 2018, having just completed the Wild Coast Adventure Trail and that made for a great combination. I flew from East London and into Cape Town airport. From there, I was collected by Louis (the owner of Cape Winelands Riding).

To read more about my experience in the Winelands please read my blog here.

The Cape Winelands ride is suitable for riders able to walk, trot and canter. They have a great range of horses suitable for different abilities and they are able to split groups so those who would like a faster pace can go separately from those preferring a more relaxed pace. A big highlight of this ride is the wine and dining. You eat at a number of top wine estates and restaurants, accompanied by Louis who can help you decide which wine goes best with each dish. It really is a gastronomic delight.

There are three accommodation options and I was able to stay at all three. The accommodation at the stables is in quite simple rooms, but the setting is very relaxing and you are right at the stables. I also stayed at Klein Waterval, our mid-range accommodation and at the luxury Angala Boutique Hotel, the high-end accommodation. Each is about 10 minutes’ drive from the stables and Louis collects you after breakfast and brings you back again after riding so you don’t need a rental car. At the end of the day it just depends on your budget and preferences.

Overall  this is a great riding holiday. I stayed for four nights;  I would have liked to stay longer and clients have told us this also. So, you could make this the focus of your trip to South Africa and stay a full week or combine it with another riding holiday.

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