Horse Riding in Hermanus:
For those that know what it means to trot, canter and gallop and have felt the liberating feeling of riding horses, will be happy to know that horse riding is another activity on the long list of things to do in Hermanus.
Regarded by many as the ultimate outdoor activity, horse riding offers a unique feeling of connecting with nature and horse farms in Hermanus welcome both the new and experienced rider. Visitors can find horse trail operators in both Botrivier and near the Onus River, all within half an hour’s drive from the centre of Hermanus.
Trails can take riders through mountain passes, vineyards or orchards and ends with a picnic beside a waterfall. There are also several coastal trails that trek along sandy shores and have the Klein Rivier Mountains as a backdrop.
Rides are generally tailored to suit your experience and preference and parents can enquire about pony party and child-friendly rides for the little ones. During beach outrides, riders can expect whales to be a part of their view during season. Other trails can be taken through private nature reserves like Grootbos, where riders can enjoy the magnificent flora and fauna, deserted beaches, wildlife and birdlife or choose to venture through the wine lands of the area where you can sample some of the best wines in the valley on horseback.
Rides generally last between 1 to 2 hours, but full day trips can be arranged for those who wish to explore the surrounding valleys and mountains of the area. If the weather allows and the moon is full, treat yourself to a romantic moonlight cruise or ride out into the sunset or sunrise for those who are less allured by the dark. You can also opt for a picnic or lunch to be provided and enjoyed at a beautiful resting point on your ride.
For those drawn to the freedom that riding brings, there are even 2, 3, and 4-day trails where all your meals and accommodation is prepared for you. You’ll get to experience the changing landscape of the Overberg, from the cliff caves and deserted beaches to thick forest foliage.
Whether you’re looking for a leisurely canter through wine lands or an adventurous outride across mountains and beaches, Hermanus offers a variety of horseback experiences that can be specially curated to suit your needs.Read Less