Mozambique - Tropical Sands

  • Open All Year
  • Flexible arrivals
  • Minimum 5 nights | 1 to 4 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:Vilanculos
  • Weight limit: 14st 2lbs (90 kg) (198 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 8

Ride along white sandy beaches splashing in and out of the warm waters of the Indian Ocean where the coastline is dotted with fishing boats and dhows. You ride over deserted beaches and cliff top paths with views across to the Bazaruto Archipelago, through uninhabited bush, dunes and mangroves.

This riding holiday is relaxed, flexible, and tailored to your length of stay with a mixture of half day and all day rides. One of the highlights usually possible is to travel out on a motorized dhow to visit Benguerra Island to ride and also to enjoy some drift snorkelling.

This holiday is run by Pat and Mandy Retzlaff who moved here from Zimbabwe in 2001 with some 100 horses they had rescued from various Zimbabwean farms. On each ride you are guided personally by Pat or Mandy.  You can read about their journey in Mandy’s Book, One Hundred and Four Horses.

There are just under 40 horses suitable for guests to ride. These include registered South African Boerperds and a combination of crosses with a strong mix of Arabs.  The majority are on the mainland and there are also 6 geldings that live on Benguerra Island.

The saddles include Wintecs GP, Australian stock saddles and South African McClellan saddles. The bridles they use are uncomplicated with single reins and for the most part use single jointed & french link snaffle bits.

You should be comfortable at all paces and able to control your horse in the open. You will probably get wet when riding along the beach and there is a possibility to unsaddle the horses and swim with them.

Hard hats are mandatory.

Riders normally stay at Vila de Sonhos.

This is an exclusive lodge made up of four villas located on the beachfront. Each villa has two double rooms and two twin bedrooms, all of which have en-suite bathrooms complete with private balconies. There is also a lounge & dining area as well as a fully fitted kitchen with a personal chef.

There is a centrally located swimming pool or, if you would prefer to take a swim in the warm Indian Ocean, there is a private entrance to the child friendly beach, which is a stone’s throw away.

Single rooms are available at no supplement.

If Vila de Sonhos is full then you stay in a similar private home or resorts in the area.


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Open all year. You can arrive and depart any day.
Sample Itinerary for African Paradise

We recommend a minimum stay of four nights and many guests stay for seven nights to enjoy all the riding opportunities.

The itineraries normally require a minimum of 2 people to confirm but you can pay a solo rider supplement. Please call us to check if any dates are already confirmed to run.

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2021 Rider Non-Rider Solo Rider Supplement
African Paradise - 4 nights $2,875.00 * $575.00
African Paradise - 7 nights $4,310.00 * $575.00

* Please ask us for further details.

CHILD DISCOUNTS are available for children aged 15 years and under

GROUP BOOKING DISCOUNTS If there are 3 riders in your group, 1 rider gets 35% discount;  if 4 – 6 riders in the group, 1 gets 75% discount and if 7 – 10 riders in the group; 1 rider goes free.

INCLUDES Riding; accommodation; meals; local beers, spirits, wines and non alcoholic drinks; massage; airport transfers; national park fees; Mozambique Government VAT; African Paradise includes a dhow trip to Benguerra Island.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT You can have a single room at no extra charge.

PAYABLE LOCALLY Gratuities; visa; alcoholic drinks; bar bills (including soft drinks); extra excursions or activities; arrival and departure taxes.


TRANSFERS Transfers included from Vilanculos

Getting There

Transfers are included from Vilanculos airport.

There is a daily flight with SA Airlink from Johannesburg to Vilanculos which typically arrives at about 13:00 and departs at 13:45.

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Based in Vilanculos a traditional fishing village on the Mozambique coast.

Weather & Climate

Very hot and humid November to February. Warm the rest of the year. Possibly rain December to March however as it is lying in the rain shadow of Madagascar it has a relatively low annual rainfall, and a great deal of protection from the tropical storms and the occasional cyclone which head towards it during this period.

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Guest Review

This was the most wonderful trip I have ever been on! From start to finish everything and everyone was just perfect. I had such a happy time.

Hannah ,Berkshire

4.5 star rating Overall rating: 4/5

What the Press Say

Kate Kellaway says...

In The Saddle says

It is just how you imagine with the white sand and blue sea where time stood still.

Our Top Tip

Mozambique has a unique laid-back feel. Be prepared for a relaxing holiday so leave your watch at home.


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