A Horse Riding Experience Of A Lifetime
Exquisite horse riding trails through jaw-dropping scenery that the whole family can enjoy
Enjoy the gorgeous scenery of the Biggarsberg Conservancy and of the neighbouring areas on horseback with Biggarsberg Horse Adventures. The friendly and knowledgeable guides and owners take you through stunning trails with ample indigenous plant and animal life all around you. Based on Larksend Farm within the Biggarsberg Conservancy, Biggarsberg Horse Adventures offers the novice and experienced rider a wonderful opportunity to excellent horse riding trails through an area that is of great natural beauty. Open grasslands, umkhamba trees, clear sparkling streams and views of the gorgeous Drakensberg Mountains in the background make this the ideal location. Guests can also appreciate the wide range of bird and animal life on display at the Biggarsberg Conservancy. The trails are run throughout the year and are 2 to 4 days in duration, based on your choice of trail. Overnight accommodation is available, with a range of options to choose from, such as excellent guest houses or self-catering cottages.
Bookings are essential Prices available on request
Dependent on trail/activity chosen
All ages and level of experience are welcome
Appropriate horse riding gear
Bring along extra clothing and essentials if partaking in the 2 and 4 day rides
Rides are available throughout the year
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Outrides, day rides and Battlefields on horseback are also available. All transporting of luggage between the various overnight stops will be taken care of by the staff.
Trails can be made up to suite individual time-tables and requirements. The 2 and 4 day trails are examples for your perusal and can be changed if need be.
The 2 hour ride is the most popular choice as it appeals to the keen beginner who wants to try a bit more speed and a little more distance and to the experienced rider it allows enough time to really get going.
A lovely longer ride that guests enjoy includes many long loping canters and covers a variety of terrain, including parts of the Biggarsberg Mountains. The day rides includes a saddlebag lunch.
Also on offer are moonlight rides, when and if the weather permits. This is an experience not to be missed! Timing is everything – there are only a few nights of each month when there is the possibility of a moonlight ride.
Steenbok Trail: (Suitable for weekend – 2 nights, 1.5 days ride)
Option 1: Arrive in the afternoon of the first day at Larksend Farm where you will be directed to the catered accommodation. Day 2, after a hearty breakfast, you will meet at the horses around 9:30. The route is approximately 30km on the first day to one of 2 choices of Guest Houses – Fodo or Thatchers. The following morning you will continue a circle route back to Larksend – it will be a shorter route, and you will be back before lunch. There will, of course, still be time for a snack stop on the way home.
Option 2: Arrive at Larksend in the afternoon of the first day. You will stay in the catered accommodation. You will leave at approximately 9:30 on the second day and ride 22km to the overnight camp at Mawelawela Game Farm. There is usually lots of plains game to see, as you will be riding for at least two and a half hours inside the Game Camp. Your overnight bags will have been taken by vehicle to Mawelawela and will be waiting for you when you arrive. Supper and breakfast will be prepared for you at Mawelawela while you soak up the peaceful atmosphere. Your overnight bags will be taken back to Larksend after breakfast. You should leave Mawelawela around 9:30 in the morning of the 3rd day and ride via a different, but shorter route home to Larksend in time for you to be on the road before lunch.
Option 3: This trail is exactly the same as Option 2 above, except that it is now self-catering cottage at Larksend and will pack your own snacks and lunch for the second day and snacks for the return trip. Your food and overnight bags will be taken to and collected from Mawelawela.
Mawelawela price is worked out on a min of 4 persons
Duiker Trails: Suitable for short rides
They encompass a variety of terrain including river crossings; long open stretches for cantering, dongas, log jumping (if requested), farmland, grassland and forest. If you are coming for a weekend of riding, there will be plenty of variety trails to keep you busy. These trails are our ‘everyday’ trails and vary in length from 1 hour to 3 hours. They all leave and return to Larksend in ever-widening circles.
Blesbok Trail: 4 nights and 3 days ride
Arrive in the afternoon of the first day. You will stay in the catered accommodation. You will leave around 9:30 on the second day and ride approximately 30km to Fodo guest house, stopping along the way for snacks and saddlebag lunch. This is a varied trail taking you through farmlands and then into the Mawelawela Game Camp where you will climb to the top of the Platberg Mountain and cross over into the Elandslaagte area. Spend the evening with your hosts.
The following morning, after a hearty breakfast, you will meet at the horses and leave Fodo around 9:30. You will ride over Blanerne Farm, pass a pecan nut farm and arrive at Thatchers in the afternoon, having ridden approx. 30km. There your hosts will join you.
The following morning, after another hearty breakfast, you will leave Thatchers around 9:30 and ride through Up George Farm, over the Biggarsberg Mountain and down through Waterkloof and Balbrogie farms back to Larksend, having ridden approx. 30km. Join your hosts for dinner that evening and again on the last morning for breakfast before packing up.
Kudu Trail: 5 nights, 4 days ride
This trail has been developed especially for riders who are not riding fit or who have not ridden for a while. It is a wonderful opportunity to work from the base at Larksend, trying out different horses and allowing your guides the time to guide you through the finer points of balance and comfort within their type of riding (western style). Because they are using the Duiker Trails, you are never too far away from home and can monitor your comfort around the time in the saddle – all this in preparation for the upcoming 3 long days of trailing.
Battlefields on horseback:
This is a novel, exciting and tactile way to experience Battlefield Tours in this area! Your guides are able to transport the horses to whichever battle site you want to ride and to organise a registered tour guide for the tour in question. He will accompany us on horseback or ‘walk’ us through the battle from the ground; both methods have been used successfully.
So far, the following battle sites are been explored: – Hlobane, Elandslaagte, Spioenkop, Rorkesdrift and Isandlwana. Bookings are essential.
Larksend Farm: Accommodation consists of a cozy thatched den set in a spacious garden. It is comfortable, homely, has a TV, video and 2 bathrooms. It opens onto a large verandah where home-cooked meals are often served.
Thatchers’: Accommodation consists of two Double en-suite bedrooms. One room has an extra single bed. One family unit with an inter-linking bathroom. Under-tile heating in bathrooms. Roaring log fires on winter’s evenings.
Mawelawela: A thatched self-catering cottage on a gamefarm. The cottage sleeps 8 comfortably, ie. 2 families private and is fully serviced. Bedding and 1 towel per person is supplied.
The horses are mountain ponies, used to going anywhere and doing anything. They are easy to ride, going straight from the walk into a loping canter. They are trained daily so are very well behaved and have wonderful, laidback temperaments. The owners use McClelland saddles with long stirrups for comfort, the horses are all ridden with one hand and can neck rein.
All trails will be led by the owner (Andrea) and will be accompanied by one other person who rides along as backup. Groups are kept small and personal but can be up to 8 riders in size if necessary. Packed saddlebag lunch are taken on the days that you are trailing between overnight accommodation. The whole atmosphere is very relaxed.
Biggarsberg Horse Adventures are often chosen by families as this is the perfect opportunity for a family to spend quality time together, whether the family is made up of parents plus smallish children, or older parents with adult children.
Nearest town(s): Ladysmith, Newcastle
Biggarsberg Conservancy, N11 between Newcastle and Ladysmith
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