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Luxury Horse Trails

These horse trails are designed for those who wish to experience the beauty and wonder of the Winelands with an all inclusive luxury equestrian vacation in the Western Cape. The focus is on riding through our local mountain fynbos, vineyards and olive orchards. Guests are taken to wine farms, an olive producer and also get to taste some of the excellent local cuisine. At the end of each day is a chance to relax at Diemersfontein Country House, a top class guesthouse with all the comforts of home, while providing the tranquillity of the Berg River Valley.  

Two and Three Day Trails:  

Enjoy the breathtaking scenic beauty of the Berg River Valley winding through the unspoilt Hawequa Mountains, with pit stops for the  tasting of excellent local wines, olives and olive oil. Lazy evenings can be spent watching the sunset while your horse frolics in the fields below the  historic guest farm.

    

 

Sample Itinerary (3 Day Trail): 

Day One

Guests should arrive at Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate by 13h30 at the latest (transfers can be arranged at additional cost). After settling, in riders are given wine tasting at the Diemersfontein Cellar at 14h30. After the wine tasting, guests are taken to the stables and are introduced to their horses, leaving at 15h00 (16h00 in summer) for a 2-3 hour outride into the mountains to get accustomed to their mounts. Sundowners (for your account) are at Diemersfontein Country House followed by dinner at the Seasons Restaurant at Diemersfontein.

Day Two

Riders leave the Diemersfontein stables at 08h30 and and ride to Klein Rhebokskloof for wine, olive oil and olive tasting. We then proceed to Bovlei Cooperative Winery for tasting. Then visit Redemption Leather Shop (optional). Enter Bovlei area and taste wine at De Compagnie and/or Nabygelegen. We proceed into the Maze Valley to Doolhof for wine tasting. Ride past historic Huguenot farms to Oude Wellington Wine Estate for tasting and lunch at Oude Wellington Restaurant. Scenic ride through farms and fynbos back to Diemersfontein. Arrive at stables at 17H00 and later have dinner at the Seasons Restaurant.

Day Three

After breakfast at the guesthouse, we leave the stables at 08h00 for a four hour scenic trail through fynbos hills, buchu farms and olive groves. If party consists of 4or more riders we provide olive, tapenade and olive oil tasting in an olive grove. We return to the stables at 12h30 for a light lunch served at the Seasons Restaurant. After lunch we set out for another 2 hour scenic trail at 16H00. We will arrive back at the stables at 18H00. Dinner at Diemersfontein.

Day Four

This morning you have a chance to enjoy a leisurely breakfast and if you wish, an opportunity to say farewell to your trusty steed, or for those not in a rush to get back to a faster paced lifestyle, there is the option of spending some of the morning exploring some of the other paths in the area on horseback (Optional - NOT included in price).

Participation in trails and hikes is at your own risk. Fynbos Trails, its proprietor, employees and agents will not be held responsible for and shall be exempt from all liability in respect of any loss, damage, theft, injury, accident or loss sustained by any person or their property.

Riding guests should be experienced horse riders and should be riding fit. (Riders should be confident at the rising trot and canter and able to cope with long hours in the saddle.) Novices are welcome on trails of up to a maximum of 2 hours long. 

All trails and hikes are organised and scheduled on request. Please book all longer trails and hikes at least fourteen days in advance. 

 

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