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2 Hour Beach Horse Trail (Intermediate Riders)

Jeffreys Bay

Activity Description

Experienced guides escort riders twice daily along the 13km circular route. The trail takes about two hours to complete, leading through beautiful fynbos coastal vegetation, towards the Gamtoos river with breathtaking views from the dunes and finally returning along a 6 km stretch of deserted beach. Here on this isolated beach, riders can canter their mounts in the shallows or have an exhilarating gallop on the sand.

The trail provides magnificent views of the area and affords ample opportunity to spot a variety of bird species, tortoises, bushbuck, plant and marine life. Imagine whale watching from horseback!

You may see seals basking in the sun and the rare African Black Oystercatcher is always to be found near the Gamtoos river mouth.

The guides escort every group and assist riders in selecting horses just right for their respective capabilities. This outride is ideal for intermediate and advanced riders, though in quiet times, we also accommodate first timers and beginners. Experienced riders can choose not to go with a guide and have the freedom to explore the valley at their own pace.

RIDING EXPERIENCE
If You have different experience riders in the group – please make separate bookings for Beginner, Intermediate & Experienced Riders. Riders of different experience will have the same departure time but will have horses that suit their skill and group will be split into rider capabilities during the trail

Arrangements

Duration2 hours
WhenAll year round. Closed on Christmas and New Years Day.
WherePapiesfontein Horse Trails: Coming from Jeffreys Bay. Take the main road (Da Gama Rd). Drive north until you get to an intersection. Turn right. Drive 5 kilometers and you will find a clearly marked gate into Papiesfontein Horse Trails on the right. Coming from Cape Town direction. Take the "Jeffreys Bay" turn-off from the N2 and turn right. At the Fountains Circle turn left onto the R102. Follow the road for 10 km and you will find a clearly marked gate into Papiesfontein Horse Trails on the right. Coming from Port Elizabeth direction. Take the "Jeffreys Bay East" turn-off from the N2 and turn left. Turn right onto the R102 at the T-junction. 5 kilometres further on you will find a clearly marked gate into Papiesfontein Horse Trails on the left.
WeatherThis service can take place in most weather conditions. If it rains on the day, please contact us to move the service to a new slot.
What to WearWear closed shoes and long pants
Things to BringCamera, Water bottle, Sunblock & Spirit
Guests or SpectatorsGuests are welcome to wait at the starting point.

Requirements

Minimum Age10 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight115.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelIntermediate

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions

Saddles : McClellan Saddles
Safety: Helmets & Chaps Provided

ExclusionsItems of a personal nature

Notes

RIDING EXPERIENCE
If You have different experience riders in the group – please make separate bookings for Beginner, Intermediate & Experienced Riders. Riders of different experience will have the same departure time but will have horses that suit their skill and group will be split into rider capabilities during the trail

Weight 115kg Max
Baby sitting option for children under 8 – for the same price, children will have a 2 hour horse experience at Base Camp.

Customer Reviews

It was an Amazing experience... beautiful Views! We enjoyed it so much the first day that we went the day after again. Thank you very much. - Gene-Marie Kleyn


Ride was fun and I really recommend it. Landscape was also very beautiful. - Pia Multhoff


Well organised and guided ride. Mixed group of riders but as intermediates we were allowed to go out front at our own pace and gallop along the beach, when we wanted too. Thoroughly enjoyed. - G Middleton


This was something I was looking forward to doing for months but, sadly, it was a great disappointment. Having contacted the stables well in advance, it was decided my level was between Beginner/Intermediate, i.e. Novice, and I was assured a suitable horse would be provided for the ride. On the day, I was part of a group of 5 (2 Novice & 3 Advanced riders) with 2 Guides. The route to the beach was easy, but the difference in abilities was clear and the more advanced riders were keen to get galloping on the beach. Both myself and the other Novice rider were slightly uncomfortable and, before we reached the beach, I asked if the group would be divided into 2 groups, and was told "no" and was then asked "You are ok with the canter?" to which I answered "yes". As the more advanced riders set off at a gallop (not a canter), my horse, and the other novice's horse, also set off at great speed. When I commented to the Guide that it was the fastest I had ever ridden and my horse did not respond to my aids, I was told "Don't worry, he will realise you do not want to go that fast and adjust his speed", which he did to some extent on the next two gallops along the beach, but no way was I in control and was obviously only along for the ride. We left the beach to pick up the path back to the stables - this section of the route was undulating and uneven and the horses picked up speed again, and I had to shout that I was not happy travelling at speed under these conditions. I have no doubt that the horse selected for me was reliable, but I got the impression that the horses and Guides were on autopilot and not interested in the clients. At the end of the ride, the Guides untacked the horses. There was no verbal intercourse or asking how you found the ride, no "thank you" or "goodbye". I was quite glad the ride lasted 90 minutes rather than the advertised 2 hours and will put the event down to experience rather than pleasure. - Helen Goodhew


We were greeted with a warm welcome. sign in and collection of safety gear went smoothly and quickly. The riding party was mixed with folk of various experience levels. Everyone does the same trail, there are trail hands separating the three experience levels allowing the more experienced riders to pull ahead at a canter or gallop without affecting the less experienced riders. The scenery was beautiful starting off on a Jeep trail in the bush, mostly at a trot or walk. After a steep climb up a dune the party hits the beach where the fun begins. Here, depending on the riders experience one goes for three long stretches of galloping or cantering. The weather played along and the horses racing along the beach, water lapping at their hooves was an experience I will cherish for years to come. The ride then slows to trots and walks as the party enters the bush to return to the starting point. The horses were well behaved and one never felt at risk. Thanks to the Papiesfontein team for a memorable experience. - Timothy Kidson




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