Rides, Guides and Prices

Opening days: Every day of the year except Christmas day and new years day when  the horses and we take a much needed break.

Times: Normally we go out twice a day at 9:30 and 3:00 in summer and 10:00 and 2:00 in winter. We are flexible on our times outside of our busy times of year.

How to book: Please e-mail us at blackhorsetrails@yahoo.com or phone us on

082 494 5642 or 078 565 3155 or 083 775 4679

If you are not able to reach us because we are on a ride, please feel free to SMS or whats app us.

What info we need when you book:

  • Please let us know you levels of riding experience (Beginner, intermediate or experienced)
  • Your age
  • Your weight (Max 90 on Sophie my strongest girl and only with us until after season)

We can take groups of up to 8 people, if 2 are experienced, keeping the group small and intimate.

Our farm is situated above the Wilderness and at the foot of the majestic Outeniqua mountains.
Our rides venture under the canopy’s of Blue gums, between the endless rows of pines and into the cool damp of the mystical indigenous forests in the Wilderness national parks where the bird and animal life is abundant. The Knysna lourie, many species of raptors, monkeys, baboons and bush buck are commonly sighted on our trails along with the more elusive bush pigs and snakes who occasionally surprise us with a flash appearance.

We try to match riders with an equal amount of riding experience as to lessen the pressure for those to go at a pace one might not be comfortable with, whether too fast or too slow. Although this is often tricky as the groups that arrive have mixed levels within their group. Most of the time we can take a second guide so we can split the group in the canter areas. In our busy times over Christmas and Easter it is very tricky to give everyone the ride they prefer so we ask for some patience from you. We don’t mind taking out loan cowboys or cowgirls so feel free to book even if it is just you.

 

 

Indigenous  Trail / 1.5 hour – R400 per person

(Please note that every person needs to sign a SANParks and MTO indemnity form and an additional charge of R35 pp is required.)

This ride ventures into the shimmering indigenous forests, and does a nice circuit with beautiful views onto Hoekwil farm lands before returning home. There are some long straight tracks perfect for a head-clearing, cheek-flushing canter or gallop.

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Rock pool ride / 3.5 hour – R600 per person

Not available from 15 Dec to 15 Jan

(Please note that we have to sign SANParks and MTO indemnity forms and that there are additional charges of R52pp)

This is by far our most popular ride, venturing through the cool magical indigenous forests of the Garden route national park, alive with bird calls, hanging roots, toadstools and streams. From there we reach the mountain with beautiful open views. We stop and rest at the waterfall where you can sit by the rock pools to enjoy your snacks and cool drinks.

In summer the pools are perfect for a refreshing dip

 

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Special occasion ride / 4 hour – R800 per person

Not available from 15 December to 15 of January

(Please note that we have to sign SANParks and MTO indemnity forms and that there are additional charges of R52pp)

This ride is perfect for the romantics! Honey moon couples, proposing gentlemen, anniversary celebrators, birthday surprises and anyone just wanting to treat their loved one.

This ride follows the same route as the 3 hour ride to the waterfall, but on this ride it is only the trail guide and yourselves that venture out, as to create a more intimate experience. You also have longer to enjoy your partners company and picnic of home-made pates, crackers, chocolates and bubbly on a blanket at the cool rock pools.

There are very pretty private spots to lay out your picnic between the pools or next to the river so if you decide to skinny dip, your guide will be none the wiser as he holds your horses down below.

(please book at least 3 days in advance)

 

 

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Other Advanced riding options

If you have done our 3 hour rock pool ride and have wet your appetite….

Then we can offer you a variety of different mountain rides ranging from 2.5 to 5 hour rides. We need these rides booked three days in advance as to obtain the necessary forestry permits. These rides will be only for intermediate to experienced riders.

 

Only available from 15th Jan 2018 again

 Fynbos & Forest Mountain Trail / 3 hour – R600 pp

(Please note that we have to sign SANParks and MTO indemnity forms and that there are additional charges of R52pp)

Trailing steeply up the mountain through the rehabilitating pine lands and indigenous forest this trail loops in front of the towering Outiniqua peaks making you feel truly very far from the hub bub of every day life.

 Whole day Mountain Trail  – R1200 pp

(Please note that we have to sign SANParks and MTO indemnity forms and that there are additional charges of R52pp)

Averaging about 5 hours of time on horse back, this is a great whole day riding escape. We stop at the upper waterfall for a nice picnic lunch while the horses drink in the cool pools. The pine forest gives way to indigenous forest then fynbos venturing high into the mountains and winding back down overlooking the farm lands far below. Near the end of the trail we cross the waterfall and rock pools where a refreshing swim and fresh water drink can be enjoyed.

Louvaine trip / 2 day – R2500 pp

(Please note that we have to sign SANParks and MTO indemnity forms and that there are additional charges of R52pp)

An experience not to be forgotten and catering to the hard core- rider.

Day one departs from our ranch at 9:30am. The ride ventures deep into the mountains, up ridges, past a waterfall, over rivers and up into the peaks where we sit for a picnic lunch under large old poplar trees. From there the ride gets tough as we make our way over the old voortrekker ox-wagen trail and start heading down towards the klein karoo on the other side of the Outiniquas making this scenic ride incredibly diverse. Once at the guest farm the horses are fed and let loose into the large grassy camp for the night. There is time to relax and settle into your cosy,  lovely accommodation before dinner is served.

Day 2 starts with a lovely breakfast then climbing onto your rested horses at about 9:30 again. There is no lunch stop on the way home but snacks and a drink are packed into your saddle bags to munch as you ride. The ride back follows the ox wagon trail back over the ridge and then branches off into an alternative path home. Near the end of the ride we pass by the rock pools and have the opportunity for a nice dip after a long 2 day ride. You have to be prepared to do a lot of cantering and trotting on this ride so please make sure you are up to the challenge before booking.

Guides

Me, Andrea. Before I took over and became the proud owner, I guided at Black Horse Trails for 2.5 years, riding the same trails and working with the horses I have today. My dear ex-employer used to say that I know the horses and rides better than my own child. Should you ask Neo that question  he will agree and therefore tell  you that you are in good hands!

Neo does almost as many rides as I do.

 

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Andrea: 082 494 5642
Email: blackhorsetrails@yahoo.com
Alternative number: 083 775 4679

 


From PLETT or Knysna's direction head west on the N2 towards WILDERNESS, 20km past Sedgefield and 3 km before Wilderness, just after the Caltex service station on the left is a turn off to the right HOEKWIL, take this road for 19 km, up a small pass, past Hoekwil town to BEERVLEI where you will see the Black Horse Trails sign.

From GEORGE or Mosselbay's direction head East on the N2 towards WILDERNESS, 3km after Wilderness on the left is a turn off to HOEKWIL, take this road for 19 km, up a small pass, past Hoekwil town to BEERVLEI where you will see the Black Horse Trails sign.
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