South Africa : Wild Coast
This is perhaps the most 'African' part of South Africa, with untarred roads, a rugged and beautiful coastline, lush forests and undulating hills. This is the former Transkei homeland and one of the most unspoilt and beautiful but poorer areas of the country. It is home to the AmaMpondo, farming people who ride the hills and valleys on their hardy ponies, who meet the twentieth century with their traditions and culture intact. There are rondavels as far as you can see painted bright and with traditional patterns and there is an obvious lack of white settlement in the area.
The Sardine Run occurs along the eastern shores of South Africa in June, when millions of sardines (the shoals are measured in kilometres!) hug the coastline and migrate north. This is the marine equivalent of the Wildebeest migration in the Serengeti. The events that surround these small fish create chaos, a feeding frenzy of huge proportions, it's total mayhem; raining gannets plunge from the sky, there are thousands of dolphins (pods vary from 1,000 to 20,000) leaping through the water, at least 7 different varieties of shark chase and herd the sardines and Humpback Whales are seen in pairs or trios, breaching and lobtailiing. We can arrange a diving holiday including dives and snorkelling to see the Sardine run but you do not need to be a diver to enjoy one of the world's great migrations. Please ask us for details.
Wild Coast Horse Safaris operate in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, run by born and bred South African couple Clint and Julie-Anne Gower and their friendly team. The six-night, seven-day Wild Coast riding safari is a wonderful way to discover rural Africa, staying somewhere different every night and observing the different personalities of the Eastern Cape Province. You will start on Indian Ocean beaches, riding through sleepy coastal villages where you may stop for a pub lunch, before venturing into open savannah and through game farms where you’ll get close to Africa’s famous wildlife. Accommodation is in inns and lodges, where you will enjoy South African cooking, and some have swimming pools or are close to the beach so you will be able to have a quick dip to cool off in the middle of the day. The trails are suitable for all riding levels, especially confident and experienced riders.