Riding and Pony Trekking in Southern Africa

Many hotels and lodges keep horses, and if you are keen on riding, let us know so that we can make accommodation recommendations.  If riding is high on your list of holiday ambitions, then you may wish to consider longer riding excursions and pony treks, or lodges that are particularly riding orientated.  Here are some experiences on offer: 

Pony Trekking in Sehlabathebe, Lesotho, Southern Drakensberg

Sehlabathebe National Park is situated in the remote south-eastern corner of Lesotho, in the lee of the high Drakensberg.  Here, it’s possible to trek on Basotho ponies for 3 or 4 days in high and wild terrain, commencing at the South African border post at Bushman’s Nek.  It’s a lovely climb up to the park, which is situated on a broad grassy plateau at 2400m, abutting the Devil’s Knuckles (3028m) on the Drakensberg escarpment.  Here, there’s a basic but comfortable lodge which makes a good base for exploring the park on foot or horseback – we recommend that you ride over the pass on the escarpment (2735m) and drop down to remote Thamatu village for an afternoon and evening spent in a traditional Basotho home, before heading back to Sehlabathebe the following day. 

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Horse Trail along the Wild Coast, South Africa

This is a 4-day tour along an unspoiled section of the “Wild Coast”, in the northernmost reaches of the former Transkei Homeland, which is now incorporated in the Eastern Cape. The trail begins with a canoe ride across the Mzamba River, to where sturdy, saddled workhorses await. Apart from Lesotho's Basotho people, the Pondo people, who inhabit much of coastal Transkei, are the only South African tribal group to use horses traditionally for ploughing and transport. 27 Pondo horse owners lease their animals to this community-run trails project. This isn't called the Wild Coast for nothing. Visitors get to explore beaches dotted with ancient shipwrecks, walk the dramatic "Red Sands" petrified dune forest near Kwanyana and canoe along rivers beneath sheer, jungle-covered cliffs. Day two of the trail involves a hike along the Mkambathi River (in the Mkambathi Nature Reserve), which cascades in a waterfall into the ocean.

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