Horse Trails and Riding, Pony Trekking
There are quite a few options available when on South African holiday. You can do a brisk canter along a beach, a leisurely amble through the vineyards, trot off through the forest or meander through magnificent mountain scenery. If you are quite comfortable on a horse, you could book a ride among some big game. It's truly amazing how close you can get to animals on horseback. Trips range from an hour or two on the outskirts of cities to long multi-day treks, and in some places you can do moonlit rides at full moon.
South Africa has many exciting pony trekking venues including the Drakensberg, Plettenberg Bay (Garden Route), Port Alfred (Eastern Cape), Lesotho, Stellenbosch (Western Cape), and Waterberg National Park in the Northern Province. The Basotho Pony is a cross-breed of European and Javanese horses, renown for being strong and sure-footed. Pony trekking on a South African holiday is the speciality of the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, remote and stunningly scenic areas focused around the Basotho Pony Trekking centre on God Help Me Pass and Malealea Lodge near the Gates of Paradise.
All rides are accompanied by an experienced guide and all equine apparel is provided. Suitable riding attire such as jodhpurs or jeans are recommended. Riding is excellent most of the year round but all rides are subject to change due to bad weather. Riding in the Drakensberg is unavailable during the winter months of July and August and riding in the Western Cape during the winter months of June to August may be miserable due to winter rain.