Beach Ride - De Kelders / Gansbaai

Stanford

Activity Description

Starting from the Grootbos Nature Reserve, which has an award-winning lodge and is famous as a botanical hot-spot, the trail runs west through the coastal shrubland and traverses the vast magical, almost surreal, sand drifts (Grys Dune) of die Plaat.

Ride along perfect white beaches of the Walker Bay Conservancy and whale sanctuary which is arguably the best land-based area in the world to watch whales (whale watching capital of the world from June to December – whales and their calves often come within meters of the coastline). Admire these magnificent creatures and their “aquabatic” displays, splashing, crashing and blowing, breaching, lobtailing, spy-hopping and sailing close to shore.

Enjoy the sandy beaches and experience the thrill of beach canters. Just before De Kelders the coastline gets rougher with rocky beaches and limestone cliffs which flatten out onto sandy stretches of die Plaat. The coastal landscape will give way to mountain fynbos when we hit the slopes of the coastal hills to return to Grootbos.

Arrangements

ProviderAfrican Horse Company
Duration3 hours
WhenAll year round
WhereGrootbos Nature Reserve
WeatherWeather dependent Service
What to WearUsual riding outfit and equipment. It is important to ride in the equipment and clothing you are used to..
Things to BringSun cream Camera
Guests or SpectatorsNo spectators allowed. Only paying guest allowed on Trail

Requirements

Minimum Age10 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight100.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelBeginner

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions

Horse
Helmets
Guide

ExclusionsRefreshments

Notes

Directions
From Hermanus,

Take R43 to Stanford/Gansbaai. Drive 13km past Stanford , Grootbos sign will indicate left turn.. Take left , follow road 600m to the Grootbos Entrance on your left. Drive past main entrance and onto dirt road. 600m from start of dirt, there is an African Horse Company signed turnoff into the paddock field.

PLEASE NOTE: THERE ARE NO TOILET FACILITIES AT THIS SITE

We suggest stopping off at the Ou meul bakery in Stanfordfor facilities

From Gansbaai:

Take R43 towards Hermanus. After +/- 6km, there is a right turn to Grootbos. Take right and follow road 600m to top of hill and Grootbos Entrance on your left.
Drive past main entrance and onto dirt road. 600m from start of dirt, there is an African Horse Company signed turnoff into the paddock field

PLEASE NOTE: THERE ARE NO TOILET FACILITIES AT THIS SITE

Customer Reviews

Absolutely amazing! An unforgettable experience!! - Abbey Seeliger


Absolutely Great! Never experienced such a great horse ride Canter at the snow white beach - Danny


absolutely loved our beach ride, we got the benefit of 15km of beachfront to ride ! spectacular - Susanne Hatesohl


We had an unbelievable experience galloping on the beach and riding through sand dunes. Was one of the highlights of my entire trip! I would highly recommend the 3 hour ride. - Sarah Silverberg


I actually went on the beach ride twice as I loved it so much. I would say, without exaggeration, that it was one of the best experience of my life. There ere just two of us, the trail leader, Brighton, and me. The ride was 3 hour long. 1 hour walking to the beach in Walker Bay through the sand dunes (amazing), 1 hour on the beaches (amazing!!) and 1 hour back (still amazing). There wasn't a soul around except Brighton and I. The beaches are some of the most pristine and beautiful beaches I have ever seen, the horses are so well behaved and we cantered through the surf. I will definitely do this again when I return! - Audrey Marshall




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