South Africa - Wild Coast

Experience Level
  • Open All Year
  • Set arrivals
  • 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

This ride offer many highlights; one of which is riding along mile after mile of deserted sandy beaches along the crashing surf of the Wild Coast.

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

Wild Coast Adventure Trail
The Wild Coast Adventure Horse Trail offers unparalleled beach riding and a journey along the coast staying at different guesthouses along the way. Ride from Kei Mouth through to Trennery’s 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.

Wavecrest Beach Trail
For a slightly more relaxed trail ride, this itinerary is ideal. Spend the first two nights at Kei Mouth, followed by two nights at Trennery’s and two nights at Wavecrest. Return to Kei Mouth for your last night.

Kei River Trail
This trail has five nights at Kei Mouth with a mini trail in the middle of the week where you ride through to Wavecrest for two nights. It is perfect for riders who want a bit more flexibility to perhaps sit out a morning or afternoon ride and who don’t want to be moving on every day. It is also possible to ride different horses on the days you are staying at Kei River.

Kei River Riding Holiday
If you prefer to settle into your accommodation and not move during the week, this is the option for you. This option would also suit if you would like to be a bit more involved with your horses and help out at morning feed and grooming etc. You will still cross over the Kei River and ride through to Trennery’s but will return the same day.

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.

To join the Kei River Trail and Wavecrest Beach 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.

All levels of rider can be accepted onto the Kei River Riding Holiday. There are horses suitable for experienced riders and also gentle horses who will look after more intermediate riders.

Hard hats are mandatory on these rides.

All the holidays have at least one night at Kei Mouth, near to the horse's base. Kei Mouth 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 and also a bunk room. Home cooked meals and traditional South African braais are provided.

On the trail rides you stay at a range of interesting hotels and guesthouses. The accommodation is comfortable rather than luxurious but the views more than compensate. All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms.

Trennery’s
(Wild Coast Adventure Trail and Wavecrest Beach Trail)
This historic hotel has a decidedly "colonial" feel. The hotel is set among lush indigenous gardens and a private beach is a short walk past the tennis courts. It has a swimming pool, bar and recreational facilities. The rooms are comfortable twin or double rooms with en suite bathroom. The food is good and wholesome.

Wavecrest
(Wild Coast Adventure Trail, Kei River Trail and Wavecrest Beach 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.

Accommodation Gallery

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Upcoming Dates

There are set dates for the Wild Coast Adventure Trail to coincide with the full/new moon and spring low tides. If no-one has booked then these can be changed to a Kei River Trail, Wavecrest Beach Trail or Kei River Riding Holiday.

The weeks scheduled below as Kei River Trails can be Wavecrest Beach Trail. The first person to book onto the week can choose which itinerary runs.

The Kei River Trails and Kei River Riding Holidays can run at the same time.

For the Kei River Riding Holiday, we recommend a stay of 7 nights, but if your time is limited then shorter stays are possible and so please do ask.

Holiday Experience LevelExp Lvl Arrive - DepartArr - Dep   Price Itinerary Availability
Wild Coast Adventure Trail
23 Nov 2019 - 30 Nov 2019 7 nights 7 ngts $2,739.41 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Trail
30 Nov 2019 - 7 Dec 2019 7 nights 7 ngts $1,768.73 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Trail
11 Jan 2020 - 18 Jan 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,909.88 View (.pdf) Book
Wild Coast Adventure Trail
18 Jan 2020 - 25 Jan 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $3,006.84 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Trail
1 Feb 2020 - 8 Feb 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,909.88 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Trail
15 Feb 2020 - 22 Feb 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,909.88 View (.pdf) Book
Wild Coast Adventure Trail
22 Feb 2020 - 29 Feb 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $3,006.84 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Trail
29 Feb 2020 - 7 Mar 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,909.88 View (.pdf) Book
Wild Coast Adventure Trail
7 Mar 2020 - 14 Mar 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $3,006.84 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Trail
14 Mar 2020 - 21 Mar 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,909.88 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Trail
21 Mar 2020 - 28 Mar 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,909.88 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Trail
28 Mar 2020 - 4 Apr 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,909.88 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Trail
4 Apr 2020 - 11 Apr 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,909.88 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Trail
11 Apr 2020 - 18 Apr 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,909.88 View (.pdf) Book
Wild Coast Adventure Trail
18 Apr 2020 - 25 Apr 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $3,006.84 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Trail
25 Apr 2020 - 2 May 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,909.88 View (.pdf) Book
Wild Coast Adventure Trail
2 May 2020 - 9 May 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $3,006.84 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Trail
16 May 2020 - 23 May 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,909.88 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Trail
23 May 2020 - 30 May 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,909.88 View (.pdf) Book
Wild Coast Adventure Trail
30 May 2020 - 6 Jun 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $3,006.84 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Trail
6 Jun 2020 - 13 Jun 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,909.88 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Trail
13 Jun 2020 - 20 Jun 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,909.88 View (.pdf) Book
Wavecrest Beach Trail
20 Jun 2020 - 27 Jun 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $2,122.34 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Trail
27 Jun 2020 - 4 Jul 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,909.88 View (.pdf) Book
Wild Coast Adventure Trail
4 Jul 2020 - 11 Jul 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $3,006.84 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Trail
11 Jul 2020 - 18 Jul 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,909.88 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Trail
18 Jul 2020 - 25 Jul 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,909.88 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Trail
25 Jul 2020 - 1 Aug 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,909.88 View (.pdf) Book
Wild Coast Adventure Trail
1 Aug 2020 - 8 Aug 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $3,006.84 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Trail
8 Aug 2020 - 15 Aug 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,909.88 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Trail
15 Aug 2020 - 22 Aug 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,909.88 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Trail
22 Aug 2020 - 29 Aug 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,909.88 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Trail
29 Aug 2020 - 5 Sep 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,909.88 View (.pdf) Full
Wild Coast Adventure Trail
29 Aug 2020 - 5 Sep 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $3,006.84 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Trail
5 Sep 2020 - 12 Sep 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,909.88 View (.pdf) Book
Wavecrest Beach Trail
12 Sep 2020 - 19 Sep 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $2,122.34 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Trail
19 Sep 2020 - 26 Sep 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,909.88 View (.pdf) Book
Wild Coast Adventure Trail
26 Sep 2020 - 3 Oct 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $3,006.84 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Trail
3 Oct 2020 - 10 Oct 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,909.88 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Trail
10 Oct 2020 - 17 Oct 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,909.88 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Trail
17 Oct 2020 - 24 Oct 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,909.88 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Trail
24 Oct 2020 - 31 Oct 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,909.88 View (.pdf) Book
Wild Coast Adventure Trail
31 Oct 2020 - 7 Nov 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $3,006.84 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Trail
7 Nov 2020 - 14 Nov 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,909.88 View (.pdf) Book
Wild Coast Adventure Trail
14 Nov 2020 - 21 Nov 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $3,006.84 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Trail
21 Nov 2020 - 28 Nov 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,909.88 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Trail
28 Nov 2020 - 5 Dec 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,909.88 View (.pdf) Book
Kei River Trail
5 Dec 2020 - 12 Dec 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,909.88 View (.pdf) Book

Prices

The Wild Coast Adventure Trail will confirm for one person and the other itineraries will confirm for one person but with a solo rider supplement of $106.12 (Kei River Riding Holiday) and $141.50 (Kei River Trail and Wavecrest Beach Trail). For 2020 there is no solo rider supplement. There are excellent special offers if you book together as a group of two or more onto the Wild Coast Adventure Trail. See Specials below for more details.

INCLUDES Accommodation; all meals; riding and entry 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 1,200 ($84.90) 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 shuttle driver and so the cost is shared between all those travelling.

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

On the day of departure there are normally two transfers to East London; one after breakfast for flights departing around noon and a later transfer at 14:00 for flights departing at 17:00. The later transfer normally allows time for a short final morning ride.

Please do call us for clarification if you are unsure which flight to book.


Special Offer: Friends and Family Discounts

Travelling with family or friends? The Wild Coast returns with their fantastic group offer for the Wild Coast Adventure Trail:

Two people in your group – 10% discount for one person
Three people in your group – 25% discount for one person
Four people in your group – 50% discount for one person
Five to ten people in your group – one free place

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

In The Saddle Gallery

Client Photos

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
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.

Wild Coast Riding Specialist

Lucy says

This really is one of the most spectacular beach rides in the world - the empty beaches stretch on for miles. The horses are a pleasure to ride and the sound of the waves is totally mesmerising.

My Top Tip

Don't forget to look out to sea - you may see dolphins playing in the surf or even a whale blowing on the horizon.

Email: lucy@inthesaddle.com

Lucy Downes
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