Rides, Guides and Prices

Opening days: Every day of the year except Christmas day and New Years day when the horses and we

take a much needed break.

Times: Our overnight rides vary, depending which route you book.

The shorter rides (1.5 hour and 3.5 hour) normally go out twice a day at 9:30 and 3:00 in summer

and 10:00 and 2:00 in winter. We are flexible on our times outside of our busy times of year. 

How to book: Please e-mail us at blackhorsetrails@yahoo.com or phone us on

 (+27) 82 494 5642 or (+27) 84 558 9369, (+27) 63 178 8634

If you are not able to reach us because we are on a ride, please feel free to SMS or whats app us.

What info we need when you book:

  • Please let us know you levels of riding experience (Beginner, intermediate or experienced)
  • Your age
  • Your weight (Max 95kg)

We can take groups of up to 7 people, if 2 are experienced, keeping the group small and intimate.

Our farm is situated above the Wilderness and at the foot of the majestic Outeniqua mountains.
Our rides venture into the cool damp of the mystical indigenous forests in the Wilderness National Parks

where the bird and animal life is abundant. The Knysna lourie, many species of raptors, monkeys, baboons

and bush buck are commonly sighted on our trails along with the more elusive bush pigs and snakes who

occasionally surprise us with a flash appearance. Our longer rides offer beautiful views over the mountain

and farmlands.

 

We try to match riders with an equal amount of riding experience as to lessen the pressure for those to go

at a pace one might not be comfortable with, whether too fast or too slow. Although this is often tricky as

the groups that arrive have mixed levels within their group. Most of the time we can take a second guide

so we can split the group in the canter areas. In our busy times over Christmas and Easter it is very tricky

to give everyone the ride they prefer so we ask for some patience from you. We don’t mind taking out

loan cowboys or cowgirls so feel free to book even if it is just you.

Included in all options are light snacks and cooldrinks that can fit in our saddle bags.

For your family members that don’t ride, our overnight accommodation can sleep many people,

so they are welcome to book in as well.   

3 Day Coast to Karoo (100km) Our absolute FAVORITE!!!

This ride is for the hardcore rider 

Prices slightly vary, depending on food options.

MUST BE A GROUP OF AT LEAST 2 PEOPLE, PLANNED AT LEAST 2 WEEK AHEAD.

RIDERS MUST NOT EXCEED 85KG.

DAY 1 (ABOUT 5.5 HOURS RIDING. WE COVER ABOUT 30KM)

We will leave in the morning from our ranch and ride to our first break at the river. After a snack we will

ride a bit higher up into the Outeniqua mountains, through hilly terrain. Only the first 2 hours are with

a lot of trotting and cantering, after that the mountain becomes too steep and the ground too rocky.

We will climb up all the way and start crossing over to the Karoo along the very historical Oxwagon Trail

(before that, this pass was used by the Khois)

I am very sure that both, you and the horses, will enjoy landing at the farm that will be our overnighting

spot. Before you retire in the late afternoon, don’t forget that your horses need to be cared for by you.

A car will bring your overnight stuff and the accomodation crew will welcome you warmly.

DAY 2 (A BIT MORE FLEXIBLE) First and foremost, we will feed our horses and then have breakfast

ourselves. From here we can decide. Previous clients enjoyed the riding time split into 2 different rides

of 2 times 20km (depending on the time of the year, the second ride could take us to a neighbouring

wine farm for wine testing). Other riders enjoy a full 40km ride and then nuture their bodies at the pool,

swim with the horses in the dam, or go for a guided walk to the Khoi Cave and admire the historical

paintings. Don’t worry, a light snack and cooldrink break is taken into account. Don’t forget to make sure

that your horse is fed and settled for the evening.

DAY 3 (30km, usually done in about 4 – 4.5 hours) After feeding our trustworthy and deserving

steeds, we head out again towards and over the Oxwagon trail and then take a slightly route back.

The way home is less steep (some slight downhill trotting done), the horses are anxious and happy

to meet up with the rest of their buddies at home. We often then put a bitted bridle on and maybe

even a martingale.

Included are light snacks and cooldrinks that can fit in our saddle bags. For your family members

that don’t ride, our overnight accommodation can sleep many people, so they are welcome to book

in as well and can go cycling, hiking, swimming ect while we ride

Whole day Mountain Trail  – R1800.-PP

This is for experienced riders only. Weight of rider must not exceed 85kg.

Averaging about 5.5 hours of time on horse back, this is a great whole day riding escape. We stop at the

upper waterfall for a nice picnic lunch while the horses drink in the cool pools. There are parts of

indigenous forest and fynbos venturing high into the mountains and winding back down overlooking

the farm lands far below. Near the end of the trail we cross the waterfall and rock pools where a refreshing

swim and fresh water drink can be enjoyed.

 

OTHER RIDING OPTIONS:

 Indigenous  Trail / 1.5 hour – R400.-PP

THIS IS THE ONLY RIDE AVAILABLE IN PEAK SEASON

 

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This ride ventures into the shimmering indigenous forests, and does a nice circuit with beautiful views

onto Hoekwil farm lands before returning home. There are some long straight tracks perfect for a

head-clearing, cheek-flushing canter or gallop.

Rock pool ride / 3.5 hour – R650.-PP

Not available in the December Holidays (Peak Season)

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This is by far our most popular ride, venturing

through the cool magical indigenous forests of

the Garden route National Park, alive with

bird calls, hanging roots, toadstools and streams.

From there we reach the mountain with beautiful

open views. We stop and rest at the waterfall

where you can sit by the rock pools to enjoy your snacks and cool drinks.

In summer the pools are perfect for a refreshing dip

Special occasion ride / 4 hour – R850.-PP

Not available  in the Holidays ( especially Peak Season) and preferably not on weekends to guarantee

your privacy.

This ride is perfect for the romantics! Honey moon couples, proposing gentlemen, anniversary

celebrators, birthday surprises and anyone just wanting to treat their loved one.

This ride follows the same route as the 3.5 hour ride to the waterfall, but on this ride it is only the

trail guide and yourselves that venture out, as to create a more intimate experience. You also have longer

to enjoy your partners company and picnic of home-made pates, crackers, chocolates and bubbly on

a blanket at the cool rock pools.

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There are very pretty private spots to lay out your picnic between the pools or next to the river so

if you decide to skinny dip, your guide will be none the wiser as he holds your horses down below.

The following photo was our first ever Special Occasion done with a group of

birthday girls

(please book at least 3 days in advance)

Guides

Me, Andrea. Before I took over and became the proud owner, I guided at Black Horse Trails for

2.5 years, riding the same trails and working with the horses I have today. My dear ex-employer

used to say that I know the horses and rides better than my own child. Should you ask Neo that

question  he will agree and therefore tell  you that you are

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Neo does almost as many rides as I do and is a great guide. With his

knowledge of animals in the area, he can identify and tell you about

some of the animals you MIGHT spot.

 

     

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Andrea: 082 494 5642
Email: blackhorsetrails@yahoo.com
Alternative number: 063 178 8634 and 084 588 9369

 


From PLETT or Knysna's direction head west on the N2 towards WILDERNESS, 20km past Sedgefield and 3 km before Wilderness, just after the Caltex service station on the left is a turn off to the right HOEKWIL, take this road for 17 km, up a small pass, past Hoekwil town to BEERVLEI where you will see the Black Horse Trails sign.

From GEORGE or Mosselbay's direction head East on the N2 towards WILDERNESS, 3km after Wilderness on the left is a turn off to HOEKWIL, take this road for 17 km, up a small pass, past Hoekwil town to BEERVLEI where you will see the Black Horse Trails sign.
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