Horse trails in the Cape Winelands are a refreshing alternative to a self-drive trip, or tour bus outing. Picture yourself on an invigorating ride, enjoying the fresh air, as you canter through fynbos fields, pausing to admire the scenery, and visiting wine estates.

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The SA Boerperd is an indigenous horse that can be traced back to the arrival of Jan van Riebeeck at the Cape.

Horse trails in the Cape Winelands are as varied as the landscapes they allow equestrian enthusiasts to explore. The natural beauty of the Cape Winelands region makes it a popular horse riding destination, with the added bonus of being able to visit wine and olive farms, and enjoy a leisurely lunch along the way.

Guided horse riding trails are available across virtually the whole of the Cape Winelands, with each region offering different riding and sightseeing experiences.

In the Overberg, between June and November, it's possible to ride along Walker Bay, with Southern Right whales breaching just metres away; while the Klein Karoo promises freedom and wonder as you gallop across its wide-open plains.

Stellenbosch is another favourite horse trail destination offering a combination of protected fynbos landscapes, vineyards, nature reserves and mountains to explore, with plenty of wine farms in close proximity. Franschhoek and the Breede River Valley are also sought-after horse trail destinations.

Though best suited to riders with some previous time in the saddle, Cape Winelands horse trails can be tailored to suit all levels of riders.

Shorter, two-hour to half-day trips on easy-going terrain is recommended for novices or families with young children. For those who prefer not to mount up at all, some operators offer horse-drawn carriage and wagon rides. Enjoy a nostalgic, wind-in-your-hair outdoor experience with none of the saddle-sores.

For longer and multi-day horse riding trails, riders need to be over a certain age (typically no under 12s unless experienced) and riding fit.

In season (April to September), the Cape Hunting Club offers exciting drag hunts, where expert riders can experience the thrill of the chase, across farmlands usually closed to the public, and, best of all, no foxes are harmed.

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