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4 Day Horse Trail

Stanford

Activity Description

3 nights – The well balanced option
Day 1: Arrive Farm215 mid afternoon. Dinner and bed

Day 2: Farm215 to Bohdi KhayaStanford river Lodge | 4 Hours
This is a relatively easy day which traverses the fynbos mountains of the area. Riding includes mountain top canters, following flower pickers tracks through valley and dale bringing us to the oasis of Bodhi khaya. Amazing floral display of the Mountain Fynbos

Day 3: Bohdi Khaya to Farm215 | 6 hours
We pass through Grootbos Nature Reserve, which has an award winning lodge and is famous as a botanical hot-spot, and cross the “Grys Duine” down to the rocky De Kelders

Day 4: From here, ride along perfect white beaches of the Walker Bay whale sanctuary, which is arguably the best land based area in the world to watch whales (whale watching capital of the world from June to December – whales and their calves often come within metres of the coastline). Admire these magnificent creatures and their ‘aquabatic’ displays, splashing, crashing and blowing, breaching, lobtailing, spyhopping and sailing close to shore.

Enjoy the sandy beaches and experience the thrill of beach riding.

leaving the beach, we make our way of the coastal mountain range, descending from Gods Window into the flower valley, a breathtaking array of mountain fynbos.

From here, the ride angles down the mountain slopes to Lomond Wine Estate and and fast canters take us back to farm215.

4 days – 3 nights – The extremer option
Day 1: Arrive Farm215 mid afternoon. Dinner and bed

Day 2: Farm215 to Stanford river Lodge | 5 Hours
Riding is mainly through dune systems , lots of trotting and long canters bring us to Stanford river Lodge, lying on the banks of The Klein river. Here, you can swim in the river or take a canoe for a paddle

Day 3: Stanford River Lodge to Farm215 | 6 hours
Ride along perfect white beaches of the Walker Bay conservancy and whale sanctuary which is arguably the best land based area in the world to watch whales (whale watching capital of the world from June to December – whales and their calves often come within metres of the coastline). Admire these magnificent creatures and their ‘aquabatic’ displays, splashing, crashing and blowing, breaching, lobtailing, spyhopping and sailing close to shore.

Enjoy the sandy beaches and experience the thrill of beach riding. Just before De Kelders the coastline gets rougher with rocky beaches and limestone cliffs which flatten out onto sandy stretches of die Plaat.

Before we reach De Kelders (Gansbaai – a fishing village) we will head east through the coastal shrubland and traverse the vast magical almost surreal sand drifts (Grys Dune) of die Plaat. The mysterious landscape will give way to mountain fynbos when we hit the slopes of the coastal hills towards Grootbos and the Flower Valley.

We will pass through Grootbos Nature Reserve, which has an award winning lodge and is famous as a botanical hot-spot, and cross Flower Valley, a large valley filled with fynbos and indigenous forests and a Unesco supported project for sustainable fynbos harvesting and education.

Day 4: From here, the ride angles down the mountain slopes to Lomond Wine Estate and Back to Farm215.

Arrangements

DurationOpen Ended
WhenAll year round.
WhereArrive Farm215
WeatherWeather dependent service
What to WearIt is important to ride in the equipment and clothing you are used to and not try new items on a multi-day trail. Short Boot with a rubber sole is preferable to smooth leather sole of equestrian riding boot.
Things to BringIt is important to ride in the equipment and clothing you are used to and not try new items on a multi-day trail. Short Boot with a rubber sole is preferable to smooth leather sole of equestrian riding boot. Set of Half Chaps Rain jacket/Windbreaker. Sun hat, Swimming Costume Spare sets of clothes for riding and relaxing. Remember trail is vehicle supported, so there is space for some luxuries Camera, torch and any other electronic equipment you may require
Guests or SpectatorsNo Spectators allowed, only paying guest allowed on trail.

Requirements

Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions

Meals
Transport
Accommodation
Guides
Horses
Riding Helmets

ExclusionsAll additional Items

Notes

Highlights
Vast stretches of pristine nature, untouched by man
Ever changing landscapes of the Cape Floral Kingdom
Long beach canters and rides through white dunes
Riding over fynbos covered mountains, through vineyards and farms lands
Swimming with your horse in a dam
Whales in Walker Bay (July – December)
Walker Bay Nature Reserve and other (private) reserves of the Walker Bay Conservancy
Traversing some of the old wagon routes
A swim in the ocean at the end of a long day’s ride

Criteria:
Riders must be confident and comfortable at trot and canter. Physically fit and prepared for long hours in the saddle under an African sun. Trail has two half days for relaxation and body rejuvenation.
Travel medical insurance and sun protection are a must
Hard hats are provided for. Half chaps are available but it is suggested you bring your own
Riders should not be carrying any recent injuries or other debilitations.

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