South Africa - Wild Coast

  • Open All Year
  • Set arrivals
  • 4 to 7 nights / 6 days of riding | 4 to 5 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:East London
  • Weight limit: 15st (96 kg) (210 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 8

Ride along mile after mile of deserted sandy beaches along the crashing surf of the Wild Coast. Don’t forget to look out to sea, you could spot dolphins and whales, as well as many sea birds.

The Wild Coast is well off the typical tourist routes. The lack of regular visitors makes it even more attractive as a riding destination. The coastline is beautiful and you ride through rolling green hills where rural African village life goes on much as it has done for centuries.

Wild Coast Adventure Trail

This Trail offers amazing beach riding and a journey along the coast staying at different guesthouses along the way.  You ride from Kei Mouth through to Seagulls and into the southern region of the Wild Coast, all the way up to the Kob Inn, staying at Wavecrest and Mazeppa Bay on route. Stunning scenery continues to unfold while the beaches get longer and more deserted as the week goes on.

Qolora Trail

The Qolora Trail is slightly less challenging than the Wild Coast Adventure Trail because you don’t have such long distances to cover.  You spend the first two nights at Kei Mouth, followed by two nights at Seagulls and two nights at Wavecrest and then return to Kei Mouth for your last night. This is a beautiful remote trail following the same route as the Wild Coast Adventure Trail as far as Wavecrest.

Kei River Mini Trail

This 4 night trail is perfect if time is limited and you wish to add-on a visit to the Wild Coast to another safari. The first and last night is at Kei River and two nights are at Wavecrest (or sometimes Seagulls).

The Wild Coast Adventure Trail is only for experienced and fit riders since there are some long distances to cover at trot, canter and gallop and there are many river crossings. There are several long riding days.

To join the Qolora Trail or Kei River Mini Trail you should be a confident rider and in control of your horse at walk, trot and canter so that you can safely enjoy the trots and canters on the beaches and grassy tracks. On these trails the riding is not so intense as on the Wild Coast Adventure Trail and can be more flexible and tailored to the group.

Hard hats are mandatory on these rides.

You stay at a range of interesting hotels and guesthouses along the coast. The accommodation is comfortable rather than luxurious but the views more than compensate.

Kei Mouth Guest House

All the trail rides start and finish at Kei Mouth Guest House which is near to the horse's base. The guesthouse is just a short walk from Kei River and the ferry crossing and also from the beach. There are four twin or double bedrooms each with en suite bathroom. Home cooked meals and traditional South African braais are provided.

Seagulls

(Wild Coast Adventure Trail and Qolora Trail)
A family hotel which offers a peaceful stay by the sea. The rooms are clean and uncluttered, with the essentials you need during your stay. .

Wavecrest

(Wild Coast Adventure Trail, Kei River Mini Trail and Qolora Trail)
Wavecrest has a stunning setting on the banks of the Nxaxo River estuary. The sand dune forests, beaches, mangrove trees and ecology of the area is breathtaking. The rooms are all en suite and overlook the river, beach and sea. They have recently been re decorated and have a comfortable “African” feel to them.

Mazeppa Bay Hotel

(Wild Coast Adventure Trail)
Mazeppa Bay has its own Island. Depending on the tide, this is sometimes only accessible by a quaint suspension bridge, which joins the Island to the main beach. The hotel has a tennis court, full size snooker table, beach volley ball, table tennis, a trampoline for the children, DSTV in the communal TV lounge, and two bars in which to enjoy sundowners after a long day on the beach and rocks. The rooms range in size from standard rooms to suites and all have an en suite bathroom.

The Kob Inn

(Wild Coast Adventure Trail)
Set right on the sea front, this comfortable guesthouse is flanked by sheltered beaches. The spacious rooms have en-suite facilities. Fresh fish and seafood are a regular feature on the menu.

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Upcoming Dates

The set dates for the Wild Coast Adventure Trail coincide with the full/new moon and spring low tides and so are fixed.  If no-one has booked onto a Wild Coast Adventure Trail then these weeks can change to a Qolora Trail or Kei River Mini Trail.

The Qolora Trail and Kei River Mini Trail can be scheduled most weeks (minimum 2 people).

Holiday Experience LevelExp Lvl Arrive - DepartArr - Dep   Price Itinerary Availability
Qolora Trail 1 May 2024 - 8 May 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,930.86 View (.pdf) Book
Qolora Trail 11 May 2024 - 18 May 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,930.86 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Mini Trail 20 May 2024 - 24 May 2024 4 nights 4 ngts £906.10 View (.pdf) Book
Wild Coast Adventure Trail 1 Jun 2024 - 8 Jun 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,265.26 View (.pdf) Book
Wild Coast Adventure Trail 22 Jun 2024 - 29 Jun 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,265.26 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Mini Trail 8 Jul 2024 - 12 Jul 2024 4 nights 4 ngts £906.10 View (.pdf) Full
Wild Coast Adventure Trail 20 Jul 2024 - 27 Jul 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,265.26 View (.pdf) Book
Qolora Trail 2 Aug 2024 - 9 Aug 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,930.86 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Mini Trail 5 Aug 2024 - 9 Aug 2024 4 nights 4 ngts £906.10 View (.pdf) Book
Wild Coast Adventure Trail 17 Aug 2024 - 24 Aug 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,265.26 View (.pdf) Book
Wild Coast Adventure Trail 14 Sep 2024 - 21 Sep 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,265.26 View (.pdf) Book
Qolora Trail 27 Sep 2024 - 4 Oct 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,930.86 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Mini Trail 30 Sep 2024 - 4 Oct 2024 4 nights 4 ngts £906.10 View (.pdf) Book
Wild Coast Adventure Trail 12 Oct 2024 - 19 Oct 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,265.26 View (.pdf) Book
Qolora Trail 25 Oct 2024 - 1 Nov 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,930.86 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Mini Trail 28 Oct 2024 - 1 Nov 2024 4 nights 4 ngts £906.10 View (.pdf) Book
Wild Coast Adventure Trail 9 Nov 2024 - 16 Nov 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,265.26 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Mini Trail 21 Nov 2024 - 25 Nov 2024 4 nights 4 ngts £906.10 View (.pdf) Book
Wild Coast Adventure Trail 30 Nov 2024 - 7 Dec 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £2,265.26 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Mini Trail 10 Jan 2025 - 14 Jan 2025 4 nights 4 ngts £1,057.12 View (.pdf) Book
Qolora Trail 15 Jan 2025 - 22 Jan 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £2,155.23 View (.pdf) Book
Wild Coast Adventure Trail 25 Jan 2025 - 1 Feb 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £2,491.78 View (.pdf) Book
Wild Coast Adventure Trail 8 Feb 2025 - 15 Feb 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £2,491.78 View (.pdf) Book
Qolora Trail 21 Feb 2025 - 28 Feb 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £2,155.23 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Mini Trail 24 Feb 2025 - 28 Feb 2025 4 nights 4 ngts £1,057.12 View (.pdf) Book
Wild Coast Adventure Trail 9 Mar 2025 - 16 Mar 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £2,491.78 View (.pdf) Book
Qolora Trail 28 Mar 2025 - 4 Apr 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £2,155.23 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Mini Trail 31 Mar 2025 - 4 Apr 2025 4 nights 4 ngts £1,057.12 View (.pdf) Book
Qolora Trail 25 Apr 2025 - 2 May 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £2,155.23 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Mini Trail 28 Apr 2025 - 2 May 2025 4 nights 4 ngts £1,057.12 View (.pdf) Book
Wild Coast Adventure Trail 10 May 2025 - 17 May 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £2,491.78 View (.pdf) Book
Qolora Trail 23 May 2025 - 30 May 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £2,155.23 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Mini Trail 26 May 2025 - 30 May 2025 4 nights 4 ngts £1,057.12 View (.pdf) Book
Wild Coast Adventure Trail 7 Jun 2025 - 14 Jun 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £2,491.78 View (.pdf) Book
Qolora Trail 20 Jun 2025 - 27 Jun 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £2,155.23 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Mini Trail 23 Jun 2025 - 27 Jun 2025 4 nights 4 ngts £1,057.12 View (.pdf) Book
Wild Coast Adventure Trail 5 Jul 2025 - 12 Jul 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £2,491.78 View (.pdf) Book
Qolora Trail 18 Jul 2025 - 25 Jul 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £2,155.23 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Mini Trail 21 Jul 2025 - 25 Jul 2025 4 nights 4 ngts £1,057.12 View (.pdf) Book
Wild Coast Adventure Trail 2 Aug 2025 - 9 Aug 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £2,491.78 View (.pdf) Book
Qolora Trail 15 Aug 2025 - 22 Aug 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £2,155.23 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Mini Trail 18 Aug 2025 - 22 Aug 2025 4 nights 4 ngts £1,057.12 View (.pdf) Book
Wild Coast Adventure Trail 6 Sep 2025 - 13 Sep 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £2,491.78 View (.pdf) Book
Qolora Trail 19 Sep 2025 - 26 Sep 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £2,155.23 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Mini Trail 22 Sep 2025 - 26 Sep 2025 4 nights 4 ngts £1,057.12 View (.pdf) Book
Wild Coast Adventure Trail 4 Oct 2025 - 11 Oct 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £2,491.78 View (.pdf) Book
Qolora Trail 17 Oct 2025 - 24 Oct 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £2,155.23 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Mini Trail 20 Oct 2025 - 24 Oct 2025 4 nights 4 ngts £1,057.12 View (.pdf) Book
Wild Coast Adventure Trail 1 Nov 2025 - 8 Nov 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £2,491.78 View (.pdf) Book
Qolora Trail 14 Nov 2025 - 21 Nov 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £2,155.23 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Mini Trail 17 Nov 2025 - 21 Nov 2025 4 nights 4 ngts £1,057.12 View (.pdf) Book
Wild Coast Adventure Trail 29 Nov 2025 - 6 Dec 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £2,491.78 View (.pdf) Book

Prices

 

Per person 2024
Kei River Mini Trail (4 nights) £906.10
Qolora Trail (7 nights) £1,930.86

 

INCLUDES Accommodation; all meals; riding and ferry crossing fees.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT There is no supplement for a single person, but single rooms are subject to availability.

PAYABLE LOCALLY Tips; bar bills.

NEAREST AIRPORT East London.

TRANSFERS Currently R 1,400 (£60.41) per vehicle each way from East London paid locally and shared between all travelling


Getting There

We arrange airport transfers from East London. All transfers are payable in cash directly to the driver and so the cost is shared between all those travelling. The transfer to the guesthouse takes about 1 hour 15 minutes.

In order to join the introductory ride your flight should arrive into East London by midday on day one.

On the day of departure, a later flight departing East London at around 17:00 will normally allow time for a short final morning ride.


Special Offer: Wild Coast Group & Family Discounts

If you are travelling with family or friends, the Wild Coast has a great special offer for 2024.

If you are a group of 5 people, then there is a discount of 25% on the price of one person.

If you are a group of 8 people, then there is one free place.

Applicable on the Wild Coast Adventure Trail, Qolora Trail and Kei River Mini Trail.

If you would like more information please call 01299 272997 or email rides@inthesaddle.com

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Location

The rugged coastline of the Eastern Cape.


Weather & Climate

Good riding weather all year round. Summers (October to March) are hot with the possibility of rain. Autumn and winter (April to September) bring dry warm days and cool nights.

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Guest Review

Wow, wow, wow!! It was an amazing week! Had a fresh and forwardgoing mare, nice horse and a perfect match! We rode on the beach, in the green hills above the beach, up and down really steep hills, crossed small and large rivers, through small villages, past many, many cows and across stones and rocks … And the horses went so safe and steady everywhere.

Karin

5 star rating Overall rating: 5/5

Ride Report

Lucy Downes
This was an incredible trail, riding along the beach and through local villages inland. The riding can be challenging at times, scrabbling over rocks and with some steep descents leading the horses on foot. There are also a few river crossings that can be as high as the horses girth. There is plenty of fast riding with the opportunity to gallop on the beach. The horses are extremely fit and forward going, but also well-mannered and a pleasure to ride.

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