South Africa - Cape Winelands riding

  • Open All Year
  • Flexible arrivals
  • Minimum 3 nights | 2 to 6 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:Cape Town
  • Weight limit: 14st 1lbs (90 kg) (197 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 8

Explore one of South Africa’s most beautiful areas. This trip has riding through stunning scenery of the Western Cape’s Winelands, with wine tasting at some of South Africa’s best wine estates.

The Winelands area of the Western Cape is amongst the most scenic in the world. The mountains form a dramatic backdrop to lush vineyards and gabled Cape Dutch homesteads.

Multiple wine tastings and fine cuisine leads to a truly unforgettable holiday.

On the Cape Gourmet Wine Trail, ride to wine estates as you follow the trail over mountains, through valleys and forests. Enjoy the fantastic food and wine of the region along the way.

The horses are a mix of different breeds including Thoroughbreds, Boerperd crosses, Nooitgedacht and Saddlebreds.

The riding is English style using comfortable trail saddles.

To best enjoy this ride you should be a confident rider, fit and capable at walk, trot and canter in open spaces.

Hard hats are mandatory.

Cape Winelands Riding

On the centre-based Cape Winelands Riding programme, there are a variety of accommodation options. Wherever you decide to stay, transfers to/ from the stables are included and you will have the same amount of riding. All riding guests dine together at lunch and dinner.

Farm Accommodation

The Stables Rooms are basic but comfortable and have an en-suite shower, a safe and fridge. They are on-site, overlooking the mountains and paddocks. A Continental breakfast is provided for you to have at your leisure in your room. There is a small pool to cool off in between rides.

Klein Waterval

You may upgrade to stay at a mid-range guesthouse; Klein Waterval. Here you will have WiFi, a pool and views over vineyards and of the mountains. Breakfast is buffet style with a choice of hot and cold food. This guesthouse is about ten minutes' from the stables.

Angala Boutique Hotel

Alternatively you may choose to stay at the five star Angala Boutique Hotel. Each luxurious suite and cottage has a king size bed, private veranda and en-suite bathroom. Perhaps spoil yourself with a spa treatment or massage, or simply enjoy the pool and hot tub. There's also an Eco pool, which mimics the natural filtering process of pristine mountain streams.

Cape Gourmet Wine Trail

On the Cape Gourmet Wine Trail, you stay in farm accommodation at the horses’ base, as well as a range of guesthouses and wine estates along the route. The overnight stops represent the traditions, style and decor of the area.

Meals on these holidays are highly sociable and a real highlight. You’ll enjoy some fabulous South African cuisine and wine pairings. Please note, due to the nature of the Cape Gourmet Wine Trail, vegan diets cannot be catered for.

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Open all year round, you can arrive and depart any day and stay for as long as you wish. We recommend a stay of at least four nights.
Sample Itinerary for Cape Winelands Riding
Sample Itinerary for Cape Gourmet Wine Trail

The Cape Gourmet Wine Trail is scheduled for 17-22 April 2023 and 25-30 September 2023. Additional dates can be requested and will be confirmed for groups of three or more (subject to availability).

Select your preferred arrival date:



There is a minimum stay of 3 nights; longer stays are also possible.

Farm Accommodation Klein Waterval Angala Boutique Hotel
Per person sharing Single Room Per person sharing Single Room Per person sharing Single Room
2023 - 4 Nights $1,742.59 $1,890.65 $2,371.29 $2,867.87 $3,004.55 $3,752.84
2023 - 7 Nights $2,951.02 $3,202.72 $3,974.93 $4,777.32 $4,647.48 $5,908.58


INCLUDES Accommodation; riding; all meals; wine with lunch and dinner. (Please note, on stays of seven or more nights there is one non-riding day.)

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: There is no single supplement on the farm if you book as a solo traveller and are willing to share. If you would like to guarantee a single room, the single person rate is payable. There is a single supplement if you are in a single room at the Klein Waterval or the Angala Boutique Hotel.

PAYABLE LOCALLY Gratuities; drinks; Spa treatments; items of a personal nature; any non riding excursions not specified in the itinerary.


TRANSFERS Transfers from Cape Town airport or Cape Town city to the riding centre cost $176.84 per vehicle each way (for up to 3 people).


$2,921.40 per person sharing.

INCLUDES Accommodation; riding; all meals; wine with lunch and dinner.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $1,372.43 to guarantee your own room. There are a very limited number of single rooms.

PAYABLE LOCALLY Gratuities; drinks (other than with meals and wine tastings);  items of a personal nature.


TRANSFERS Transfers from Cape Town airport or Cape Town city to the ride start cost $176.84 per vehicle each way (up to 3 people).

Getting There

For Cape Gourmet Wine Trail

The Winelands are about 40 minutes from Cape Town airport and about 1 hour 15 minutes from Cape Town city. Transfers can be arranged to suit your flights and other plans.

You can be collected on arrival at Cape Town airport in the morning. Or if you are already in Cape Town, collections are usually after lunch so that you reach the stables in time for the ride briefing, which takes place at around 14:00.

On the final day, you can be transferred to Cape Town city after breakfast and a final ride, or to Cape Town airport for a flight departing later in the day.

For Cape Winelands Riding

The Winelands are about 40 minutes' drive from Cape Town airport. Transfers from Cape Town airport or city are arranged to suit. Each itinerary is tailor-made and the time of arrival will depend on what else you are doing in Cape Town.

You can be collected on arrival at Cape Town airport in the morning. If you are already in Cape Town, then collections are normally at around 14:00.

On your final day you normally ride and depart after lunch and so could be transferred to Cape Town city in the early afternoon or to Cape Town airport for a flight departing in the evening.

Lunch is normally included only on departure day. You can pay a supplement to have a full day's ride (with lunch) on the arrival and/or departure day.

In The Saddle Gallery

Client Photos


Riding in South Africa's Western Cape.

Weather & Climate

The summer in South Africa is from November to March and winter from June through to September.

Cape Town has a Mediterranean summer with day time temperatures in the high 20°C and warm evenings in the high teens. Rain is very unlikely.

Winter has day time temperatures averaging 15°C and cool nights averaging 6°C. Rain is possible at this time.

Spring arrives in September and temperatures rise to the low 20°C. Rain is possible through to late November.

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Guest Review

Wonderful riding, great Hosts. Brilliant well behaved, forward going horses.
Loved every moment. Wine was great too!!!!! We are extremely satisfied, that's why we continue to book riding holidays through "In the saddle"

David ,Randogne

Ride Report

Lucy Downes
This 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 to those who would like a faster or more relaxed pace. A big highlight of this ride is the wine and dinning and you will eat out at a number of top wine estate and restaurants, accompanied by Louis or Ellen who can help decide which wine goes best with each dish.

What the Press Say

Marianne Schwankhart says...

In The Saddle says

These rides are a 'must-do' for anyone who loves fine wine and good food - the wine tastings are a delight and the meals are a highlight.

Our Top Tip

A four night stay is the perfect extension to one of our safari rides and Cape Town is easily accessible from elsewhere in South Africa, Botswana or Namibia.


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