Feel nature’s rhythm

Horse Riding

Explore the landscape of Grootbos on horseback, with a mount handpicked to suit your level and temperament.

Ideal for both novices and experts

There’s something special about seeing a place on horseback. Take a slow trot as you appreciate the views or ride down the sweeping sand dunes, the fresh air filling your lungs and exhilaration pumping through your veins.

Horse riding at Grootbos is suitable for anyone, whether you’re a complete novice or a more experienced rider. Go for a relaxed ride through the fynbos or ride one of our special horses that are specifically trained for the beach. Our 18 horses in the stable on our reserve are well exercised and expertly trained, while all of our guides have years of experience in dealing with these noble animals.

  • Our 3500-hectare reserve offers a variety of trails.
  • Appreciate ocean and mountain views as you see the reserve from a different perspective.

From Our Expert Guides

Michelle Stafford
"We have the most awesome beaches to ride on, mountains for breath taking views and the entire reserve to ride"

Testimonials

This is definitely a bucket list destination.

Linsey Caine - South Africa

The Best in South Africa! Super interesting and I would recommend it over any other. I also went horse riding twice.

Liza H - South Africa

Tranquil beauty - we enjoyed horseback riding, 4x4 tour, caves, whale watching, the spa and of course the food. There were other activities offered but our kids loved the horses.

Wesley Bewick - Gabon

Grootbos, the Cape's best kept secret. Amazing for walking, running, mountain biking, and horse riding as often as you want.

Adam F - South Africa

Absolutely stunning, we went horse riding on the beach which was absolutely phenomenal.

Kate C - United States
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Grootbos Foundation and global recognition

Grootbos is a world leader in sustainable tourism and has been awarded some of the highest international accolades possible, making us one of only a handful of lodges to achieve this.

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Join us at Grootbos with the Spring Splendour Special - Exclusively for South Africans

Spring Splendour Special: R5,450 pp/pn sharing (50% discount on normal rate, 50% off spa treatments and complimentary bottle of Creation Merlot) 

What's new at Grootbos - New Garden Lodge and Florilegium

The last year has been a busy one at Grootbos. We rebuilt our beloved Garden Lodge entirely and re-opened it in April 2022. We also officially launched the Grootbos Florilegium - Africa's first contemporary florilegium - which is a collection of botanical illustrations created by local and international artists, depicting the charismatic plants found on our reserve and the surrounding regions.

Click below to learn more about these exciting developments.

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