When Horse Riding for either novices or ‘old hands’ there are few places in the world you can ride in an area as unspoiled or beautiful as the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. All our rides are accompanied by a lead and back up rider allowing us to split the group at times to be able to cater each ride to each individuals experience level. Depending on your interests, 2 types of rides can be arranged:
- Beach rides: they start at the Main Beach in St Lucia. We take the horses down to the waters edge and head either north towards First Rocks or south towards the St Lucia Estuary, riding alongside. During the whale season (June-Nov) we often see humpbacks breaching out in the deeper water on their way to their breeding grounds in Mozambique. From November to February we search for the tracks of turtles who dug their nests above the high tide mark in the warm sand the night before. The rest of the year we have to make do with dolphins playing in the surf, hippo pods relaxing in the estuary, crocodiles sunning themselves on the sandy banks or just the amazing views along the beach, amongst the highest forested sand dunes in Africa. Our beach rides are low tide dependent and can only take place 2 hours either side of low tide.
- Game rides: they take place in the game reserve on the southern end of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park ,where we ride alongside zebra, wildebeest, bushbuck, warthog, duiker, impala etc with occasional sightings of rhino, buffalo and our elusive leopard. By being so unobtrusive on horseback, we are able to view game from just meters away without interrupting their normal behaviour. This is the perfect start for a novice, children or game viewing enthusiasts, as it is a gentle ride with lots of interest along the way. Our game rides can take place at any time of day that suits you.
Of course, a combination of beach and game ride can also be arranged.
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