South Africa Horse Riding

South Africa offers a wealth of horse riding opportunities

South Africa Outdoor ActivitiesHorse Riding in South Africa

No matter if you are a galloping professional or an apprehensive beginner, horse riding in South Africa is an incredible experience.

No matter if you are a galloping professional or an apprehensive beginner, horse riding in South Africa is an incredible experience. Exploring long sandy beaches, lush vineyards or mystic mountains on horseback is an entirely unique experience. Discover the diverse wildlife, birdlife and many picturesque South African treasures whilst horse riding. Let the horse do the work whilst you relax, breathe in the fresh air and admire the beautiful sights around you.

There are countless places to enjoy horse riding in South Africa. The Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West Province, Northern Cape and the Western Cape all offer numerous awesome horse riding trials. There are also quite a few South African horse riding trails tailored for the disabled or otherwise handicapped. In northern KwaZulu Natal you can enjoy the beauty of Lake Bhangazi and St Lucia on horseback. You can choose to enjoy a day trip around the lake, or stay overnight and enjoy the area at night time too.

Limpopo is home to South African horse riding safaris with excellent game viewing in the Waterberg area. There are a number of companies that offer day horse rides as well as the option to spend up to 10 days out in the wild - experiencing the beautiful Hermanus and Overberg areas on horseback. The Western Cape's gorgeous white sandy beaches provide many an opportunity for fast gallops through the waters, or casual meandering through the dunes on horseback - truly a day well spent.

South African horse riding safariís in South Africa's game reserves allows you the unique opportunity of getting incredibly close to the wildlife in the area. The smell of the horses sweat overpowers the smell of humans and animals like giraffe, elephant and rhino can be viewed sometimes from just a few meters. Itís a breathtaking experience to be so close to these powerful and awe-inspiring creatures.

The Waterberg Mountains in Limpopo have sweeping grasslands that offer fast riding opportunities, while the mountainous areas can be explored at a slower pace. Bokpoort Horseback Adventures in the eastern Free State has short rides near a farm or multi-day trails that embrace the Lesotho border and head up into the beautiful mountains. You have the choice between comfortable and affordable accommodation or backpacker-style accommodation.

Biggarsberg Horse Trails on Larksend Farm near Ladysmith in KwaZulu Natal offers the beginner and experienced rider the opportunity to combine the excitement of horseback riding and the comfort of first-class accommodation in an area of implausible natural beauty.

The Amadiba Adventure Project Trail is a horse-riding trek through the remote northern coastline of the Wild Coast. It is run and managed by the local community. Therefore everybody gets a share of the income by providing horses, accommodation, food, bag carrying and any other services that might be needed. This is an awesome opportunity to explore the beautiful escarpments of this area and discover true African heritage.

Whether you are planning to take a few days off and enjoy a safari on horse back, or just a quick gallop down the beach, horse riding in South Africa is sure to be a memorable experience.

Popular Horse Riding Destinations

Horse Riding at Northern Farm

Where? Lanseria
SA Horse Trails are fortunate enough to have over 1600ha of amazing outrides right on Johannesburgís doorstep. The Northern Farm Nature Reserve (our outride haven) is a remarkable venue that caters for all equestrian disciplines. With no set...

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Beach Rides on Horse Back

Where? St Lucia
We take the horses out along Iphiva Beach at the northern end of St Lucia where there are many kilometres of clean white sand with the Indian Ocean rolling in alongside. During the whale season (May to November) we sometimes see humpbacks breaching...

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Horse riding on the Beach

Where? Morgans Bay
Cher-a-Don Mkulu Kei Horse Trails, the best of equestrian holidays, offers a selection of well-trained horses for your riding holiday. An owner-run horse trail company, established in 1998 offering guided personal horse trekking gap vacations...

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Papiesfontein Beach Horse Rides

Where? Jeffreys Bay
The serenity of a restful trot along the shore of the Indian Ocean is juxtaposed by adrenalin-inducing gallops; the bracing sea air filling your lungs and the cool wind in your face. This is the Papiesfontein Beach Horse Ride experience. Papiesfontein...

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Riding in Addo Elephant Park

Where? Addo Elephant Park
All horse trails within the Addo Elephant National Park are conducted by experienced guides on sure-footed, well-trained horses. Riding hats are available for visitorsí use if required. Addo horse trails depart from main camp to the Nyati area which is home...

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