If you love horses and riding horses on the beach just happens to be on your bucket list, then you are going to love this little place we found.
Found just outside of Jeffery’s Bay is a little place called Pappiesfontien Beach Horse Trails. It is a little off the beaten track, however you know you arrived when you see a couple of paddocks with horses and a building that is the home for saddles, bridles and attire.
Upon arrival, you will be shown to the tack room where you can add some protective wear to your lower legs and choose a helmet that fits. The former is a much needed accessory that will save your legs from hours of ‘rubbing’.
This is followed with an introduction to your horse/pony. Of course horses/ponies are matched to your skill level. As the girls were fairly new to horse riding, the were given the exact match for the best experience. #grateful
The trail starts on a pathway through ‘fynbos’ which leads into the sand dunes. Notably, the first indication that the sea is near is the smell of fresh ocean air. A short trail over the dunes soon uncovers the crashing waves and zephyrs that create swirls of salty mist.
At this point, I would say, the trail begins. Horses follow the guide, whom is not only a talented rider but also well verse in native surroundings. It was interesting to learn about plants and animals in the environment.
The beautiful thing I can say about this trail is that when you ride it, it is only you, the horses and the beach. Although the horses probably know this trail ‘backwards’, you can feel a sense of ‘appreciation’ when their hoof hits the wet shoreline.
We were fortunate enough to enjoy a long trail, however, no matter the trail it always feels way to short.
Overall, this is an experience I would definitely book again. Of course, the saddle seemed to get a little ‘hard’ near the end, but after two hours of riding, it is ‘par for the course’.
If this sounds like an experience you want to tick off your list – you can book online. A trail ride will cost about R400.00 per adult which is about $40.00. Furthermore, South Africa is a country where tipping is recommended. The general going rate is about 10% of service. Please allow this in your budget!
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