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BBokpoort Cowboy Ranch offers amazing horseback expeditions into the scenic Golden Gate and Maluti Mountains that border Lesotho. Choose your horse or sure-footed pony and set out on a short 2-hour ride or a multi-day trail. Walk, trot, canter or gallop – it's up to you.
Just outside the Free State town of Clarens lies Bokpoort Cowboy Ranch, which has offered horseback safaris in the region for nearly 2 decades. Horseback tours can last from 2 hours to several days, with many different packages in between.
This well-known and reputable farm (it's been in the Roos family for 5 generations) offers both short rides in the area near the farm and multi-day trails that hug the Lesotho border and head up into the mountains. The knowledgeable and accredited guides will ensure the best horseback experience possible.
One of the most popular of these is the Snowy River Trail, an overnight 2-day safari that will take you high into the Maluti Mountains.
The farm offers well-trained, sure-footed horses that are bred for climbing mountains. Among the breeds on the farm are appaloosas, boerperd and Basotho ponies.
With so many horses to choose from, every rider will receive the right horse to suit their experience level. Are you a beginner? Then take a gentle walk and enjoy the incredible views. Are you an experienced rider? Then opt for exhilarating gallops over the plains and get great close-up views of the game in the area. Watch out for eland, zebra, red hartebeest, black wildebeest, blesbok, springbok and rhebuck.
There are also mountain bike trails available (bring your own bikes), trout fishing in the nearby rivers and horse-cart rides.
For horse lovers, Bokpoort offers a fun and challenging experience in the natural splendour of the Eastern Free State.
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Who to contact
Bokpoort Cowboy Ranch
How to get here
Bokpoort Cowboy Ranch is 5 minutes outside Clarens in the Free State. You will need your own vehicle to get there.
Best time to visit
Bokpoort Cowboy Ranch is open all year, but the summer months from September to April are best.
Things to do
The ranch also offers mountain biking, hiking and running trails, as well as a range of shooting activities.
On horseback, mountain bike or foot.
Where to stay
There are chalets available at the ranch, as well as camping facilities.
What to pack
Riding gear and good shoes.
What to eat
Chalet stays include a continental breakfast and there are basic kitchen facilities for self-catering.
What will it cost?
Accommodation ranges from R350 to R500 per person per night for a minimum of 2 nights. Horseback tours start from around R350 per person and R800 a day for overnight trails.