If you’re looking for something exciting to do in Cape Town, going horseback riding on the beach is right up there with the best of them! It is one thing enjoying a blissful sun-kissed beach day or sunset stroll on one of Cape Town’s beautiful beaches, but going horse riding along the ocean shore is on a whole other level. This is definitely a thrilling experience that deserves to be on everyone’s Cape Town bucket-list!
Here are some of the top beach horse riding experiences in Cape Town and surrounds that are bound to be worth every second!
#EQUESTRIAN CENTRE OVERSTRAND
Equestrian Centre Overstrand is nestled along the scenic area of Kleinmond along the Botriver lagoon. They are based on one of the farms adjacent to the Rooisand Nature Reserve and offer locals and tourists incredible horseback riding experiences – one of the most popular being their Beach Rides of course! Both beginner and advanced riders can choose to enjoy either a 1 hour 30 minute or 2-hour beach horse riding adventure.
Once you’re properly prepped and on the back of your trustworthy horse, you will start your horse riding journey by enjoying a ride through endemic Cape Fynbos along the Botrivier estuary (RAMSAR recognised) onto the wet land, over the dunes and finally onto the beach. Besides ticking a bucket-list worthy experience off your list, this trail is absolutely beautiful, and you’ll certainly find yourself stunned by the scenic surroundings. Not to mention its tons of fun too!
As the safety of the riders are top priority, all rides/tours are accompanied by highly experienced and knowledgeable guides. The speed of the rides are adjusted to the experience of the riders. Their horses are also incredibly well schooled and trained for all situations – you can rest assured that you will be in great hands!
#CAPE ADVENTURE ZONE – NOORDHOEK BEACH RIDES
Join Cape Adventure Zone for an exciting horseback riding adventure on one of the most magnificent beaches in the Mother City, Noordhoek Beach. Located along the Atlantic coast at the southern end of Chapman’s Peak Drive, Noordhoek Beach is considered one of Cape Town’s best kept beach secrets. Known for its beautiful beachfront, an 8km (5 mile) long stretch of white sand extending south to Kommetjie Lighthouse at the far end, turquoise waters and scenic surroundings, Noordhoek Beach is pure beach bliss!
This makes it the ideal beach to enjoy a bucket-list worthy beach horse riding experience. Plus, the magnificent views of Chapman’s Peak and The Sentinel, which guards the entrance to the fishing village of Hout Bay, just makes this adventure even more memorable! The horseback rides on Noordhoek beach are suitable for all levels of riding ability from novice to experienced riders. The beach trail is approximately 1 hour, 45 min, and you will be accompanied by an experienced and qualified trail guide all the way through.
#CAPE ADVENTURE ZONE – PEARLY BEACH TRAILS
The Cape Adventure Zone beach horseback riding fun isn’t over yet! Besides their unforgettable Noordhoek Beach Rides, they also offer Beach Trail Horse Rides in the beautiful Pearly Beach. Located only a 2 hours’ drive from Cape Town, Cape Adventure Zone invites you to enjoy the ultimate bucket list horse riding adventure through dune forests and fynbos on one of the most tranquil stretches of the Cape Whale Coastline. Adventure plus beauty – how could you possibly resist? They offer a variety of beach rides and trails, ranging from 2 – 3 hours. Cape Adventure Zone caters for all levels of experience, from ‘never ridden a horse in your life before’ to expert. This means absolutely everyone can join in on all the beach horse riding fun in the stunning Overberg region of the Western Cape.
Cape Xtreme is offering avid adventurers another incredible Cape Town beach horse riding experience on the ever-beautiful Noordhoek Beach. Yes, Noordhoek Beach isn’t known as one of the most beautiful stretches of coastlines in the Cape for nothing – And there truly is no better, or more thrilling, way to explore it than on the back of a horse! Noordhoek Beach boasts 8 Beautiful kilometres of white sand, which means there’s more than enough space for everyone and it never feels crowded.
After a full safety briefing and introducing you to your horse (horses are assigned to riders based their riding experience), you will be on your way! The journey will start with a walk along the area of Noordhoek, you will then pass through wetlands with indigenous bird life, over the sand dunes and onto the beach of Noordhoek. You can expect to see beautiful views and amazing hidden gems along the way like the Kakapo Shipwreck – making this one epic adventure! All beach horse rides are led by highly knowledgeable, experienced trail guides. Children aged 12 and over are welcome to join, as long as it’s under parent or legal guardian supervision.
#SLEEPY HOLLOW HORSE RIDING
Beautifully tucked away in the stunning oceanside village of Noordhoek, Sleepy Hollow Horse Riding offers authentic bush trails, blissful beach rides as well as pony trails for the little ones – They have something for everyone to enjoy! Their scenic and adventure filled Noordhoek Beach horse rides takes place on most days at 9.00, 13.00 and 16.00. The duration of the ride is approximately 2 hours.
During the ride you will be able to enjoy all the scenic beauty, stunning beachfront and Chapmans Peak views, secret spots, and hidden gems of Noordhoek Beach. Not to mention having tons of fun along the way! All Sleepy Hollow Horse Riding’s horses are superbly schooled and rider friendly and you will be accompanied by knowledgeable and experienced trail guides from start to finish. Everyone between the ages of 12 and 65 are invited to join in on the fun!
#IMHOFF EQUESTRIAN CENTRE
Imhoff Equestrian Centre offers 1hour 45-minute guided beach horse rides from the Imhoff Farm in the picturesque coastal town of Kommetjie. While in the saddle, you might catch a glimpse of otters, seals, birdlife, dolphins, and whales as you travel through wetlands and out onto the silver sands of Noordhoek Beach. Riding along the water’s edge or the back pan towards Chapman’s Peak and back, this is one incredible adventure you won’t soon forget! The Imhoff Equestrian Centre has 3 rides daily 9am, 1pm and 4.30pm (December – Mid March) or 9am, 12.30 pm and 4.00pm depending on the season (Mid-March – November). They cater for all levels of riders with a minimum age limit of 12 years old.
#AFRICAN HORSE COMPANY
Based 180km from Cape Town city centre, in the unspoiled Overberg region of the Western Cape, the African Horse Company offers multi-day horse trails and out-rides of an hour to the better part of the day. You can choose between 1-6-hour beach and mountain out rides and 2-10-day overnight trails catering for beginners and advanced horse riders. All horseback riding adventures are accompanied by a local guide with a vast knowledge of the area, fauna and flora and hidden gems along the way. These guides are also very experienced riders and trained in first aid – you can rest assured that you will in great hands!
The beach trails will take riders along the beautiful beaches and Overberg coastline, over white sand dunes and through vast stretches of nature, which includes an up-close view of the Cape’s endemic Fynbos. For the more thrill-seeking riders, the African Horse Company’s horses are fit and strong enough for adventurous swims in dams and ocean water. So, if you’re up for the adventure, they are too!
#KLEIN PARADYS EQUESTRIAN CENTRE
Located close to the beautiful Western Cape coastal town of Hermanus, Kleinmond and Fisherhaven, the Klein Paradys Equestrian Centre in Botrivier has established themselves as one of the go-to equestrian centres in the Overberg region. In operation for 17 years, owners Manfred and Sue offer their experience with horses and knowledge of the region to all visitors to the Overberg.
From short trail rides on the beach, vineyards or in the nature reserve, to self-tailored rides that span over a few days and even include wine-tasting journeys, Klein Paradys offers a memorable equestrian experience in one of the most beautiful natural gems in the Western Cape. Their beach horseback riding adventures gives riders the opportunity to explore the untouched beauty of Kleinmond Beach and all the scenic gems it has to offer. You can also choose to turn it into a full-day experience which includes a stop for lunch at “Dassiesfontein”.
#HORSE RIDING CAPE TOWN
Horse Riding Cape Town is an equestrian travel and adventure company specializing in horse trails in and around the Western Cape. They offer a wide variety of horse-riding trails to suite the novice to the advanced horse rider. Their adventure-filled horseback riding trails range from an hour to multi-day trails and cater for single riders as well as group excursions. Besides enjoying a beautiful horseback ride through the Cape Winelands on their vineyard outrides (which includes a selection of wine tasting, wine pairing and picnic packages), their exciting beach trails are a definite fan-favourite among locals and tourists alike.
You can choose to explore a number of their white sandy beaches on horseback while the horses freely frolic in the waves, and you along with them of course! It truly is a bucket-list worthy experience you won’t soon forget! Horse Riding Cape Town’s beach trails include Noordhoek Beach Rides, Overberg Beach Rides, Pearly Beach Rides, as well as some thrilling overnight and multi-day trails – they truly have a Cape Town horse riding adventure suited to everyone!