Former Miss South Africa, Melinda Bam, enjoying a horseback ride at the Wild Coast Sun.
There’s a certain dreamlike romance to riding a horse on a beach. It’s a bucket list kind of thing. And quite simply, there is no better place to ride than at the Wild Coast Sun.
The beach is a massive wide open space, remote and unspoilt. There are many caves, cliffs, outcrops and isolated bays to explore and a walking trail leads you to a petrified forest.
Here, you are so close to the awesome pull of the warm Indian Ocean. There’s something magical about riding through breakers as they tumble onto the beach. It feels like freedom. The fresh salty air, the carefree wind and the distant horizon all combine to give you that light-hearted open feeling.
On the beach you don’t have to worry about bumpy surfaces, holes and crevices; you can just gallop. The sandy surface is relatively flat, the terrain free of obstacles except for ghost crabs and blue bottles. The horses are confident of their footing and ride better.
Ocean Trails Equestrian Centre which is based at the Wild Coast Sun allows experienced riders and new riders to enjoy the experience of a lifetime. “First time riders are blown away by the experience,” says owner Bridget Davis. “And it’s equally impressive for experienced riders because it’s so different, so totally unique.”
Ocean Trails offer horseback rides every day on the beach starting at 09h00 and lasting for an hour or 40 minutes. The cost is R150 per hour and R120 for 40 minutes.
Enquiries: contact Bridget +27 39 305 2788