Month: August 2019

Areas to visit in the Western Cape of South Africa

The Western Cape Province in South Africa can be divided into six areas.

Western Cape, South Africa

Central & Klein Karoo

 

The Klein Karoo lies between the Outeniqua, Langeberg and Swartberg mountain ranges, it is an area of contrasting landscapes, magnificent sunsets and ostrich-producing Oudtshoorn. The Central Karoo is dryer and more vast, is the main sheep farming region in the country, is world-renowned for its fossils and its capital Beaufort-West was the birthplace of heart-surgeon Dr. Christiaan Barnard. Don’t miss eating Karoo Lamb at one of the fine restaurants.

West Coast

 Western Cape, South Africa

The West Coast is highly popular amongst photographers, artists, adventurers and bird watchers for its unspoilt beaches, magnificent mountain ranges, spectacular spring wild flowers, San rock art and areas attracting large numbers of birds. Many small, picturesque villages dot the coastline, but don’t miss Darling for the flowers, Langebaan, Saldanha Bay, Citrusdal, Clanwilliam and surrounds, Vanrhynsdorp for the rock art and Elands Bay for surfing.

Cape Peninsula

The Cape Peninsula stretches from Cape Town’s city centre to Cape Point, where the Atlantic and the Indian oceans meet. Along this coast you will find the Western Cape’s famous beaches e.g. Camps Bay and Clifton and the nudist beach of Sandy Bay. Visit the enchanting fishing villages of Hout Bay with its famous Mariner’s Wharf and Simon’s Town with its Boulders beach and seal colony. Activities include bathing, diving, fishing, hiking, visiting museums, forts, art routes, shopping and enjoying the excellent seafood on offer. Carved into solid rock, Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the most spectacular mountain drives in the world, starting in Hout Bay and ending at Noordhoek allowing you to enjoy the panoramic scenery at several look-out points.

The Winelands

Western Cape, South Africa 

Home to many of the country’s best, award-winning wines, the region features vineyards and fruit orchards in beautiful green valleys surrounded by mountain ranges and dotted with historic towns and villages. Towns that are a must-see include Somerset West, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl, world-famous for their whites, reds, sherries, ports and brandies. Wine routes and brandy routes can be explored including tastings along the way.

Breede River Valley

This is the largest fruit and wine producing valley of the Western Cape and is the country’s leading racehorse breeding area. The area stretches from Gouda in the west, McGregor in the south, Montagu in the east to Tankwa-Karoo National Park in the north. This is an area of magnificent views, panoramic landscapes and towering cliffs, crystal-clear streams, an abundance of trees and indigenous flora such as fynbos and proteas.

The Garden Route

 

The Garden Route, with its spectacular scenic beauty, runs parallel to the Cape coastline featuring lakes, mountains, tall indigenous forests, amber-coloured rivers, golden beaches and towns along the way. Meandering trails are followed by hikers, the forest invites long, leisurely drives, and the lakes and rivers lend themselves to swimming, boating and fishing. Must-see towns along the way include the Garden Route’s gateway, George, Wilderness, Sedgefield, Knysna with its famous Heads and oysters and Plettenberg Bay. The area is phenomenal for adventure seekers and nature lovers.

The Overberg

Hermanus offers the best whale viewing from land in the world with a cliff path stretching from one side of the town to the other and a whale watching hotline. Walker Bay is a nursery for the great Southern Right Whale and don’t miss Bientang’s Cave where you can taste excellent seafood inside a cave and view the whales. Don’t miss the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden with over 5 hectares of cultivated fynbos garden and 195 hectares of natural fynbos; the delightful fishing village Arniston, the southernmost tip of Africa – the Cape Agulhas Lighthouse Museum, Caledon for its Wild Flower Show in September and hot mineral springs and the charming colonial town of Swellendam. Come to the Western Cape Province in South Africa a wonder filled destinations.

 

Hogs Hollow Horse Trails

SCENIC OUTRIDES

Explore the beautiful natural surrounds at the foot of the Tsitsikamma Mountains on horseback – riding through fynbos, vineyards, indigenous forest and farmland to surrounding attractions including wine farms, animal sanctuaries and a picnic at the magnificent Kurland Estate. Situated 19 km East of Plettenberg Bay, easily accessible from the N2, Hog Hollow Horse Trails caters for all level of riders and weights of up to 120kg on a herd of 33 rescue horses. We use comfortable featherweight endurance saddles with toe cages for safety. Each rider is assessed, kitted with riding hat and chaps, allocated a horse according to their ability and required to sign an indemnity. Our guides and horses are highly trained in order to accommodate different levels of riders at a pace that is fun yet safe. Groups of up to 8 riders are accompanied by two guides. We operate 365 days a year.
 

1 HR FOREST & FARM GUIDED HORSE TRAIL

ZAR 430- BOOK NOW! 

Join us for a one hour forest and farm horse trail. Meander across lush fields, follow single track trails through the indigenous forest, with possibility of spotting monkeys, baboons, bush buck and a variety of indigenous birds. This ride offers an optional trot or canter whilst being close to nature and enjoying the magnificent surrounds. 
DEPARTS DAILY 09H00 & 15H00
 

HALF DAY PICNIC TRAIL ON HORSEBACK

ZAR 1750- BOOK NOW! 

A beautiful ride through fields, tea plantations, vineyards and forest, with views over the Tsitsikamma Mountains to the magnificent Kurland Polo Estate. A deluxe picnic plus beverage of choice is included and served under the Oak Trees in the lush gardens or on the colonial style hotel verandah in front of the fire on chilly days. Adventurous riders will enjoy the full day option which leads to a view point in the mountains overlooking The Crags, the ocean and Robberg Nature Reserve in the distance. 
DEPARTS DAILY 11H00
 
 

FULL DAY PICNIC TRAIL ON HORSEBACK

ZAR 1990- BOOK NOW!

A beautiful ride through fields, tea plantations, vineyards and forest, with views over the Tsitsikamma Mountains to the magnificent Kurland Polo Estate. A deluxe picnic plus beverage of choice is included and served under the Oak Trees in the lush gardens or on the colonial style hotel verandah in front of the fire on chilly days. Adventurous riders will enjoy the full day option which leads to a view point in the mountains overlooking The Crags, the ocean and Robberg Nature Reserve in the distance. 
DEPARTS DAILY 10H00
 
All level of riders are welcome, and all ages are welcome. Maximum weight of 120kg applies. We have had from 3-year-olds to 85-year-olds on our trails!! Upon arrival, a short assessment is made to identify the right horse and safe riding gear for each rider.
Our horses are selected for their good composition and gentle temperaments. We love them and keep them in tip-top condition. Their tack fits properly and is well maintained. Our focus is to ensure that our rides are suitable for all levels of experience – the emphasis being on a safe and enjoyable ride.
Experienced guides offer interesting facts and stories regarding local history, fauna and flora…
365 days a year.. We are open every single day of the year… On days that we aren’t busy, we are flexible regarding riding times, so please call us with any special requests…
Riders to ARRIVE 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO DEPARTURE of the trail ride in order to kit up, fill in necessary forms and be allocated the right horse.