A visit to South Africa’s outstanding Garden Route brings experiences among nature, breaking away from the constant rush of city living. It is true that this exceptional coastal destination inspires travellers in unique ways, returning to life with renewed energy and focus. Holiday guests frequent the Garden Route time and time again, for family holidays, golf getaways, breakaways with friends including wine tours, world-class hiking, super dolphin and whale watching, malaria free Safaris or simply unforgettable romantic retreats.
Not only does the Garden Route incorporate a diverse array of ecosystems and paradises that have visitors gasping in wonder one moment and reflecting in solitude the next, this unique destination is also great for animal encounters – it seems only fitting that horse riding should form part of an enchanting vacation spent in the magical Garden Route, as a family-friendly activity showcasing Mother Nature’s splendour as indulgently as possible. Allow Hello Garden Route to not only book your preferred accommodation, but also your preferred Garden Route Horse Riding activity, hassle free!
Enjoy the rare beauty of ancient forests, breath in the fresh mountain air, relax along pristine beaches and make lifelong memories with those you love. As experts in all things Garden Route, our passionate Hello Garden Route team are available to make your holiday dreams become a reality, while we can assist you in finding your ideal accommodation in the town and area of your choosing from Tsitsikamma all the way to Mossel Bay, even inland to Oudtshoorn.
Garden Route Horse Riding
Hog Hollow Horse Trails – Plettenberg Bay
Voted one of the best attractions within the coastal Garden Route area of Plettenberg Bay, Hog Hollow Horse Trails is a lush 60 hectare farm that offers visitors a myriad of activities to make sure everyone is entertained. Many of the horses on the estate are rescue horses who have been given a second chance at life in a happy environment, including the rescued Percheron Geldings.
The horse riding adventures offered by the Hog Hollow Horse Trails are suited to all ages, with enchanting horse and carriage tours that appeal to groups seeking out unique activities in beautiful farm meadows, across enchanting forest grounds and alongside the peaceful countryside. The various tours offered are more than just standard issue horse rides, but rather combine other appealing activities like wine tasting and lunch excursions, sightseeing of some of the nearby attractions and delightful picnic outrides that have been followed by raving reviews.
Arguably the most sought after activity offered by Hog Hollow Horse Trails is travelling by horse drawn carriage through lovely vineyards – this tour includes wine tasting from a choice of 3 estates in The Crags Winelands. Book a 1 hour wine tasting from R 350 or indulge in the half day wine tasting and lunch experience from only R 990. Sightseeing horse riding excisions are also very popular, with attractions to choose from including Africanyon Adventures and Monkeyland, the world’s first free roaming multispecies primate sanctuary.
T’niqua Stable Inn – Plettenberg Bay
This enchanting Percheron Horse Farm seems lost in a time long ago, offering privacy to visitors and boasting exceptional views of the Indian Ocean from across the lush farmlands. Horse riding ventures offered at this exceptional greenbelt location provide dreamy experiences like no other, along the outstretched ocean and among proteas and alluring fynbos. Add enchanting horseback riding or carriage riding experiences to your holiday itinerary, making the best of your Plettenberg Bay based vacation all year around.
Day visitors are also welcome to enjoy outrides with friends on a stunning Percheron horse, also known as a gentle giant, while being led by an experienced guide. For a truly memorable experience, enquire about T’niqua Stable Inn’s horse-drawn restored farm wagon, to enjoy the beautiful farm, ocean views and fresh sea air. Rustic accommodation with an ambiance of coastal bliss can be booked at T’niqua Stable Inn, through our team of Garden Route accommodation experts at Hello Garden Route.
Plettenberg Game Reserve – Plettenberg Bay
Plettenberg Game Reserve and the Rhino Base Camp are perfectly positioned in the Garden Route’s popular Plettenberg Bay, alongside a peaceful lake and only 20 minutes from the coast. For tourists who would love to encounter wildlife during their time in South Africa, this popular game reserve offers unique horseback safaris to those aged 13 and up. Led by a knowledgeable guide with a passion for the beautiful Garden Route outdoors, wildlife viewing has never been more exciting or insightful. These 2 hour horseback safaris are very safe and fun, while the horses are friendly and accustomed to being around wildlife, allowing horse riders to get in close range and even track down wildlife. This 2200 hectare reserve is also a large sanctuary for the endangered white rhino, while being home to over 35 species of game.
Enjoy this incredible experience with loved ones and take in the scenic and quiet surroundings of Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve. Guests can also enquire about booking accommodation at the luxurious Baroness Safari Lodge, set on this beautiful malaria-free game reserve, with our Hello Garden Route team.
Southern Comfort Horse Riding – Knysna
Knysna forest is a beautiful space comprising of local and exotic ancient trees and lovely flowers, while also being home to varied bird species that include the elusive Knysna Loerie. Southern Comfort Horse Riding offers family-friendly horse riding excursions that are suited to beginner or experienced riders, in a relaxing natural environment. Ensuring a safe experience for all, children under the age of 10 who have not done horse riding before can benefit from Kiddy Lean, where an experienced guide will be leading the horse for 30 minutes.
This family run business embraces the beautiful Garden Route outdoors and also offers an inclusive picnic option that can be enjoyed during forest horse riding, with an option for visitors to either pack their own picnic basket or pre-order a picnic basket to their taste. Southern Comfort Horse Riding is open for bookings every day, for duration starting at 1 hour and extending to 2 hour rides, between the hours of 8:30 am and 2:30 pm. Look forward to a wonderful horse riding experience where you could spot a myriad of different birds species as well as animals like the endemic Knysna dwarf chameleon, bushbuck and blue duiker.
Rhythms Riding – Sedgefield
As a newcomer to the Garden Route horse riding scene, Rhythms Riding is located on a farm close to Sedgefield that is an idyllic setting for getting acquainted with beautiful horses and learning more about riding. This Garden Route adventure is led by a passionate owner that is dedicated to building an understanding between people and horses.
Visitors can enjoy journeys through stunning and peaceful farmlands, while Rhythms Riding offers horse riding that is suitable for kids, as well as kids with disabilities. The owner of Rhythms Riding, Chenda, is a qualified horse riding instructor who owns and runs the farm with the help of riding helpers for the disabled and Brenda, a qualified disabled riding instructor. Regular riding lessons are also given to people of all ages while during the school holidays, pony camps attract kids and offer a sanctuary of bliss. Novice riders will be given a crash course before adventuring on activities that can include outrides through forests, mountains and the rivers of Phantom Pass, or riding lessons with experienced riders. Book your holiday accommodation in Sedgefield to be close to Rhythms Riding.
Black Horse Trails – Wilderness
A friendly, family run establishment managed by owners that have an unsurpassed passion for horses, Black Horse Trails is a favourite among locals all over the Garden Route, regularly welcoming tourists. In addition to speaking English, the owner, Andrea, is also fluent in German and Spanish. These marvellous horse riding trails allow travellers from all walks of life to disconnect from the stresses of life and reconnect with the beauty of the Garden Route’s Wilderness.
Each of the Black Horse trails place an emphasis on nature, offering horse riders the chance to discover elements of indigenous forests and embrace peaceful surroundings, where it is not uncommon to spot various animals and stunning birds. No gravel paths or roads form part of these guided trails, which range from the chilled Indigenous Trail and Rock Pool Ride to fun pony rides and other, more advanced options such as the Fynbos & Forest mountain ride and more challenging 2 day Louvaine trip. There are options for beginners as well as those with more experience, so check in with this friendly team and get excited to explore the Garden Route like you’ve never done before. Book your holiday accommodation in Wilderness for close access to Black Horse Trails.
Oakhurst – Wilderness
A fantastic setting to ensure a day of memorable family fun, Oakhurst Farm is a natural haven from which to appreciate your time in the Garden Route. Located in Hoekwil, Wilderness, Oakhurst Farm is one of few working farms located in South Africa’s Garden Route. Horse riding is one of the most popular activities offered here, with a few trail options available for visitors to choose from. Petite Ponies is perfect for young children and is short in length, with a friendly and professional guide leading riders through a lovely trail– afterwards, kids can feed the horses, the perfect moment for a photograph! The Forest, Field & Farm trail journeys through a picturesque forest and lovely fields, where a knowledgeable guide will point out any birds and unique plants, while the Pony Express is available to those enjoying accommodation on the farm.
Other activities to be enjoyed when visiting Oakhurst Farm include visits to Oakhurst’s working dairy farm, shopping at the rustic little farm shop or even hiking and cycling in the beautiful forest, along a well maintained track. Kids will love the climbing wall and jungle gym area that is located close to the lovely farm cottages. Book your holiday accommodation at Oakhurst Farm Cottages or AfriCamps at Oakhurst with Hello Garden Route.
Botlierskop Game Reserve – Mossel Bay
Located between Mossel Bay and George, Botlierskop Game Reserve offers a tranquil escape and uniquely South African safari experiences. Horse Riding Safari Adventures are extended to both day visitors and guests enjoying their holiday accommodation at Botlierskop Game Reserve, which can be booked through Hello Garden Route. Horseback safaris (for ages 6 +) offer 1, 2 or 3 hour experiences showcasing the outstanding natural assets of this magnificent setting beneath the Outeniqua Mountains, which include woodlands and beautiful coastal and mountain fynbos. Horseback outrides can be booked for sunrise or sunset with options available to add to the experience with a delicious meal. These exciting outrides are about 3.5 hours long and ideal for experienced riders only, heading off marked roads and between bushes and mountains at a steady pace.
With free roaming wildlife on this extensive game reserve, visitors could also be lucky enough to spot wildlife while horse riding. It is important to book horseback safaris or horseback outrides in advance, while day visitors to the stunning Botlierskop Game Reserve will receive a free day pass to the leisure area. The leisure area is ideal for family fun, with family-friendly swimming pools, a large playground and options to book pre-order picnic baskets.
Adventure Horse Safaris – Mossel Bay
Families seeking out the fresh mountain air and friendly local hospitality of Mossel Bay can look forward to remarkable adventures with Adventure Horse Safaris. The trails are designed to display the breathtaking beauty of the Garden Route without being too challenging – anyone can take part, even small children, making this a terrific family adventure. With the surrounding Outeniqua Mountains, tall trees and serene fynbos rich hills, a horse riding setting so idyllic is hard to pass up. Pleasure rides that end in incredible panoramic views are available for either one or two hour durations, while experienced instructors also provide visitors of all ages with memorable horse riding lessons.
Mossel Bay is renowned for its historical and cultural elements, refreshing seascapes and famous Diaz Museum. Horse riding while on your Mossel Bay vacation is a sure way to embrace the outdoor lifestyle of the Garden Route, away from the bustle of holiday crowds and in your own space with your loved ones, significant other or close friends. Book your holiday accommodation in Mossel Bay to be nearby Adventure Horse Safaris.
Outeniqua Moon – Mossel Bay
A natural wonderland of beautiful sights, peaceful vistas across the mountains and colourful gardens, Outeniqua Moon Percheron Stud & Guest Farm enchants visitors with its unique setting and magical ambiance and is the perfect place to enjoy horse riding. Outeniqua Moon invites day visitors to a farm setting that is great for picnics or braais, while the grounds also boast a lengthy swimming pool. There are plenty of activities to be enjoyed on the farm, including a fairy-tale playground for kids and a selection of lovely hiking and mountain biking trails. For those seeking out a special experience, Outeniqua Moon offers scenic carriage rides to an outstanding lookout point that is perfect for taking photos. There are a few tours and experiences to choose from, from Horse Meditation to meeting the biggest horse in South Africa, a beautiful Stallion named Shadowfax.
The inviting Outeniqua Moon farm near Mossel Bay breeds Heavy Draft Percheron Horses, a rare breed of gentle and trustworthy horses who are great with people of all ages. The purpose of Outeniqua Moon is to save the Heavy Draft Percheron Horses, connecting visitors with these loving animals as well as to nature.
Book your holiday accommodation in George or Mossel Bay, nearby to be nearby Outeniqua Moon, or stay on the farm itself booked via Hello Garden Route.