The Overberg region of the Western Cape is still very removed from urban infrastructure, making travel by horseback seem a lot more authentic than it does in developed areas. Ride along the beach, ride up and down the mountains, and enjoy the fresh air while you do so.

Did you know?

There are more than 3 000 different plant species found in the Overberg region.

With such a diverse range of natural scenery, the Overberg is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream destination. In addition to the expanse of ocean and the towering mountains, the colourful flowers and dense fynbos set the perfect scene for an unforgettable horseback trail ride.

The Overberg region is widely regarded as the world’s best for land-based whale watching, and seeing these ocean giants breaching while trotting along on the back of a horse is an appealing offering.

The African Horse Company owns 300ha of land in the Southern Overberg, on which their horses (Arabian, Friesian and saddler) roam freely when they are not being ridden. They have also been allowed access to a number of neighbouring farms and are able to offer guests an authentic outride experience as a result.

These rides can be anything from a one-hour trail ride, to a nine-day expedition. Meals and accommodation are included in the packages. These trips can involve up to seven hours of riding per day, giving explorers the chance to live like the pioneers who came to this region centuries before them. On the longer trail rides, there are a lot of opportunities for cantering and trotting.

'Why the rush?' is a question frequently asked by staff at the African Horse Company. Away from the hustle and bustle of the urban working world, life is much simpler in many ways and an Overberg horseback expedition will remind you of this. The guides on these rides have expert knowledge of the area and are trained in basic first aid. Book your ride today and connect with nature on horseback.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

African Horse Company
Tel: +27 (0)82 667 9232

How to get here

The African Horse Company is based in Danger Point, which is 20km from Gansbaai and about a two-hour drive from Cape Town. Because of the remote location, the easiest way to get there is to hire a car from Cape Town.

Best time to visit

For whale watching, between June and November. For anything else, anytime of the year.

What will it cost

Costs range from approx. R200 per person for a one-hour trail, to around R18 000 per person for a nine-day trail.

What to pack

Bring jeans, comfortable but sturdy boots, and lots of sun and rain protection.

What's happening

The Hermanus Whale Festival takes place annually at the end of September.

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