Go Horseriding with our partner BBK Trails
Become one with nature as the horses go clip clopping over themountaintops. Feel the wind caressing your arms and the sun warming your back. Allow yourself to unwind as the singing of the birds falls softly on your ears, while the mountains roll away underneath your horses hooves.
Nestled in the mountains surrounding Waterval Boven, Mpumalanga, the trails traverse over two farms situated on the lip of the eastern escarpment. Well-trained horses to suit all riding experiences make going on a trail an adventurous, yet pleasurable outing
All trails are guided and groups are kept small to ensure that extra personal attention. Trident trail ranger saddles are used to make the ride so much more comfortable. All riding experiences are accommodated. Minimum age for the trails is 12 years old for the longer trails and 8 years for the shorter trails.
1/2 hour Trails R 90-00 pp Ideal for children
1 hour Trails R 120-00 pp The most popular. Ideal for beginners and the not so fit
2 hour Trails R 220-00 pp Slightly longer trails. Shows of the natural beauty of the area
Champagne Breakfast** R 350-00 pp
Allow the horses to take you to a bubbling stream where a scrumptious breakfast is served with champagne and orange juice. The breakfast spot is nestled at the foot of a large hill, where birds and the bees are your only company. (No under 18’s allowed)
Sundowner* R 250-00 pp
Follow the path up onto the top of the mountain and allow yourself to relax and unwind as you watch a spectacular sunset with a drink in your hand.
Half day trails ** R 400-00 pp
4 hours are spent on the trail. A light brunch and refreshments are provided. The break is taken at an old stone kraal on one of the highest points in the area.
One day Trails ** R 700-00 pp
A total of 8 hours is spent out on the trail. Enjoy the magnificent views of the area and have a sumptuous lunch next to the Elands River.
Two day Trails *** only on request
Join us on the Friday night for a braai and a wonderful camp out. Enjoy an early breakfast, saddle up and be on our way. 8 hours are spent out on the trail on the first day, enjoying the views that abound in the Waterval Boven area. Your saddle weary bones can rest in comfortable surroundings on the Saturday evening. After another early breakfast, we are back on our way. After 4 hours on the trail, we are back at base to enjoy a light lunch.
Horses and Tack
We use small, mountain type horses that suit the rocky, hilly terrain. Most of them have all been bred locally and therefore do not have a pedigree as such. They average from 13.2 to 16hh in height.
We have chosen these horses for certain characteristics, namely: 1) Weight carriers, 2) strong, hardy hooves and legs, 3) intelligence, 4) temperament
All the horse have nice temperaments and we do not allow the horses to be mean or have nasty streaks in them.
We use mostly snaffle bridles, with a few horses on Rubber D’s and one on a Pelham. We do believe that the horse’s mouth is very important and try to protect it by fitting the correct bit. All the horses are trained to use a long neck and neck reining whilst riding, so there is minimum pulling on the mouths.
We used the Trident Trail Ranger as a saddle. We find that this is the most comfortable saddle for both rider and horse in this terrain. Although we do have a few GP’s that can be used should the client prefer them.
All riders under the age of 18 are required to wear a hard hat (which we can provide). The wearing of a hard hat for the riders over the age of 18 is optional and the rider’s choice.
- All trails require a minimum of 2 riders and a maximum of 6 riders Minimum age of riders is 8 years for the normal trails and 12 years for the longer trails
- Normal trails (1/2 hour, 1 hour and 2 hours) need to be booked at least 4 hours in advance
- The Specialty trails need to be booked at least 2 days in advance
- The one day and two day trails need to be booked at least one week in advance
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- ** includes refreshments and one meal
- *** includes accommodation, refreshments and all meals
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