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Overnight Horseback Riding Trails – 3 Nights

R9,450.00

Saddle up for this two day, three night horseback riding adventure in the pristine Overberg wilderness area near Stanford. Step back in time and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Cape floristic region while embracing the old style of exploration on horseback. There are two riding trail options including a balanced option and a more adventurous option. At the end of each day, overnight accommodation is provided at luxurious farmhouse-style retreats in the area.

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OVERBERG HORSEBACK RIDING TRAILS | 2 DAY 3 NIGHT ITINERARY

Choose from two overnight horse trail options:

The well balanced option:

First Day: Arrive at Farm215 in the mid-afternoon. Dinner and bed.

Day 1: Farm215 to Bodhi Khaya | 4 Hours
This is a relatively easy day which traverses the fynbos covered 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. Experience the amazing floral display of the unique Mountain Fynbos.

Day 2: Bodhi Khaya to Farm215 | 6 hours
On day 2 we pass through Grootbos Nature Reserve, which has an award winning lodge and is famous as a botanical hot-spot. Then we cross the “Grys Duine” down to the rocky De Kelders Beach.

From here, we ride along the 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 up the coastal mountain range, descending from Gods Window into the floral valley, and immerse ourselves in 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.

The more extreme option
First Day: Arrive at Farm215 in the mid-afternoon. Dinner and bed.

Day 1: Farm215 to Stanford River Lodge | 5 Hours
Riding is mainly through dune systems, with lots of trotting and long canters, which bring us to Stanford River Lodge, lying literally on the banks of the Klein River. Here you can swim in the river or take a canoe for a peaceful paddle.

Day 2: Stanford River Lodge to Farm215 | 6 hours
Ride along the perfect white beaches of the Walker Bay conservancy and whale sanctuary and look out for whales and their antics.

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.

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

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