South Africa - Cape Winelands riding

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

One of South Africa’s most beautiful areas, this trip has wonderful riding on horseback through the stunning scenery of the Western Cape’s Winelands along with wine tasting at some of South Africa’s best wine estates.

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

With its magnificent natural beauty, rich cultural heritage and world-renowned wines, the Winelands region is synonymous with all the best that the Cape has to offer. Combining this setting with the joy of riding great horses through some of South Africa’s best known vineyards makes for a magical riding experience.

Adding the decadence of multiple wine tastings and fine cuisine leads to a truly unforgettable holiday.

The Cape Gourmet Wine Trail offers guests the opportunity to ride through stunning wine estates as they follow the trail over mountains and through valleys and forests. On the trail you visit wine estates and delight in the food and wine offered by the local community along the way.

The horses are a mix of different breeds including Thoroughbreds, Boerperd crosses, Nooitgedacht and Saddlebreds; they even have some Basotho and Shire crosses. The riding is English style using comfortable trail saddles. Some of the horses are ridden in bitless bridles.

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.

There are a variety of accommodation options and, 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 en-suite shower, a safe and a fridge. They are on-site and have a lovely view of the mountains and overlook the paddocks. Continental breakfast is provided for you to have at your leisure in your room.

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

Angala Boutique Hotel
Alternatively you may choose to stay at a five star luxury boutique hotel such as Angala Boutique Hotel.

Accommodation on the Cape Gourmet Wine Trail is in guesthouses representing local traditions, style and decor.

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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 offered on set dates:

Sunday 8 September - Friday 13 September 2019

Extra dates can be requested and will be confirmed for groups of four or more (subject to availability).

Select your preferred arrival date:



Minimum stay of 3 nights and longer stays are also possible.

Farm Accommodation Klein Waterval Angala Boutique Hotel
2019 Per person sharing Single Room Per person sharing Single Room Per person sharing Single Room
Four Nights $1,703.66 $1,838.38 $2,217.28 $2,680.39 $2,722.49 $3,422.76
Seven Nights $2,981.41 $3,217.17 $3,880.25 $4,690.68 $4,764.36 $5,989.83


Farm Accommodation Klein Waterval Angala Boutique Hotel
2020 Per person sharing Single Room Per person sharing Single Room Per person sharing Single Room
Four Nights $1,810.31 $1,953.46 $2,364.64 $2,855.81 $2,994.74 $3,739.91
Seven Nights $3,168.05 $3,418.55 $4,138.11 $4,997.66 $5,240.79 $6,544.85

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 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 from $97.87 (2020: $210.50) per vehicle each way.


2019: $2,575.14 per person sharing.
2020: $2,911.94 per person sharing.

INCLUDES Accommodation; riding; all meals (except lunch & dinner on non-riding day); wine with lunch and dinner.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $1,263.01 (2020: $1,368.26). There are a very limited number of single rooms. If you are willing to share and we find a sharer for you, then the supplement is refunded to you.

PAYABLE LOCALLY Gratuities; drinks (other than with meals and wine tastings);  items of a personal nature; entry fees in Cape Town on non-riding day.


TRANSFERS Transfers from Cape Town airport or Cape Town city to the ride start cost from $97.87 (2020: $210.50) per vehicle each way.

In The Saddle Gallery

Client Photos


Riding in South Africa's Western Cape.

Weather & Climate

The seasons in South Africa are the reverse of the UK with summer from November to March and winter from June through to September.

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

Winter (June to August) 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 but 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

5 star rating Overall rating: 5/5

Ride Report

Lucy Downes
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...

Cape Winelands riding Riding Specialist

Lucy 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.

My 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.


Lucy Downes
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