The Garden Route is home to a host of beautiful destinations that offer plenty in the way of things to do and see. Mossel Bay is a particularly well-known town along this world–famous route, and welcomes visitors from all around the world, who come here to enjoy the stunning sea views and laid-back atmosphere.
One of the best ways to see and enjoy the landscape of Mossel Bay and its surrounds is on horseback. Those wanting to embark on horse riding in Mossel Bay need not be experienced, since qualified, trained guides are available to lead the way.
Horse-riding experiences available in Mossel Bay include …
Whether you are an experienced rider or this is your first encounter with one of these powerful animals, Bozzola caters to your needs and abilities. The trails meander along the foot of the magnificent Outeniqua Mountain Range and take about two hours to complete. Cross farms, travel through forests and take old footpaths, immersing yourself in the unspoilt beauty of Mossel Bay. Longer trails are available on request. Snacks and refreshments are provided (to horse and rider!) to ensure the most comfortable, fun experience for all.
Eight Bells Mountain Inn
Although Eight Bells is, primarily, a restaurant and accommodation estate, it offers its valued patrons the opportunity to explore the splendour of the surrounds atop an equally beautiful horse. The estate has an area of some 160 hectares to explore, and offers a number of picturesque trails and walks through the dense forests and intriguing fynbos varieties. Out-rides and paddock rides are on offer for guests of varying abilities (from novice to pro). Little ones will enjoy donkey cart rides, which are conducted daily after breakfast.
Percherons are draft horses that, while sturdy and strong, are known for their mild nature. They are rare gentle giants, and being pulled around the magnificent countryside in one of their carriages is truly a memory for the books. The cart rides are fabulous for young and old alike, showcasing the fynbos of the Western Cape coastline and the stunning Outeniqua Mountains. Bobby, the gelding that pulls the cart weighs no less than one ton! Children are invited to play in the playground, complete with a castle. There is also a touch farm for the little ones that enjoy getting up close and personal with farm animals.
In the heart of Vleesbaai, visitors can enjoy scenic rides that are, at the same time, educational, while indulging in the peaceful rocking of the horse. A number of packages are available; ranging from day rides to seven-day yoga rides and plenty in-between. Such variety ensures that there is something for everyone. For utmost exclusivity and to ensure that visitors and horses both benefit from the experience, a maximum of four riders are permitted on any one package. The horses take their riders through coastal thicket and over impressive sand dunes, showcasing the unspoilt beauty of this serene part of the country.
Bring along water and a camera, and remember to apply plenty of high-factor sunscreen before horse riding in Mossel Bay!