Hog Hollow Horse Trails
- The Crags
- The Crags
Last Updated: July 2019
Contact Debbie Fermor
Hog Hollow Private Nature Reserve, Greater Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
- Longitude: 23.473092
- Latitude: -33.973061
Trail Rides Availability : Bookings are essential!!
365 days a year.. We are open every single day of the year... On days that we aren’t busy, we are flexible regarding riding times, so please call Debbie with any special requests...
About Hog Hollow Horse Trails
Explore diverse activities at the foot of the Tsitsikamma Mountains on South Africa’s Garden Route on horseback or in the comfort of a horse drawn carriage; whilst supporting rescue horses who help township children rebuild trust!!
What We Are About :
We are able to care for and build our herd of 33 (and growing!) rescue horses through our trails on horseback and horse drawn carriage and work closely with horse welfare societies in our area in order to offer a forever home to animals in need. Most of these animals come from backgrounds where trust in terms of humans has been broken down completely due to abuse and neglect. We build the horses’ security by incorporating them into a huge herd, allowing them to roam freely in large camps, enjoying contact, being part of a social hierarchy and build their trust settling them into a daily loving care routine where human contact is consistently loving, considerate and caring. Our staff are trained to build a relationship of mutual respect and consideration with each horse. In turn, our horses extend their renewed trust in humans to children from the local township in our Rescue Horses Rescue Humans Programme. Our website has the details on this programme as well as our volunteer programme.
Hog Hollow Horse Trails is based on Askop Road, The Crags, and offer trails on horseback through magnificent natural beauty to attractions in the area, including wine farms, Animal Sanctuaries and a picnic spot on the spectacular Kurland Estate.
(Google Link to Hog Hollow Horse Trails : https://goo.gl/maps/6WZB79UaJzu )
Hog Hollow Horse Drawn Carriage Trails is based at Kay and Monty Wine Estate on Redford Road and offer trails in a vintage horse drawn carriage between two boutique wine estates to enjoy wine tastings, cellar tours and an optional tappas style lunch.
(Google Link to Kay and Monty Wine Estate : https://goo.gl/maps/z4uMH7f3iSK2 )
Horse trails and Carriage Rides Availability : Bookings are essential!!
To Book :
Contact Buks or Pinky on cel : +27 (0)827713745
Email : email@example.com
Bookings online : www.horseridinggardenroute.com
Horse Drawn Carriage Trails :
Experience the beauty of the Tsitsikamma and boutique wine farms in the Crags Winelands from the comfort of a vintage horse drawn carriage, riding through vineyards and along quaint country lanes in between two wine estates.
Enjoy magnificent views over mountains, vineyards, forest and farmland, whilst sipping local wine in the company of your fellow carriage riders..
Our vintage 16-seater carriage is drawn by two beautiful Percheron draft horses who form part of our herd of 32 rescue horses. Our guides will entertain you with interesting facts and information regarding the history of our horses and the area, its people and the local wine industry.
The horse drawn carriage trail operates between Lodestone and Kay and Monty Wine Estates. Three trail options exist :
30 minute Wine Tasting Trail :
Includes the guided carriage trail on a 30 minute circular route on the magnificent Kay and Monty Wine Estate, sparkling wine on arrival, two wine tastings plus a snack served on the carriage as well as a vineyard stop. Additional Extras for own account.
One Hour Wine Tasting Trail :
Includes the guided carriage ride between Kay and Monty and Lodestone Wine Estates, sparkling wine on arrival, two wine tastings, a bread, olive and olive oil tasting, a honeybush iced tea tasting as well as a cellar tour. Additional extras for own account.
Two Hour Wine Tasting and Lunch Trail :
Includes the guided carriage trail between Kay and Monty and Lodestone Wine Estates, sparkling wine on arrival, two wine tastings, a bread, olive and olive oil tasting, a honeybush iced tea tasting, a cellar tour and a delectable tappas style set lunch platter plus glass of wine with lunch. Additional extras for own account.
All are welcome and we cater for all ages. Our carriage trails are perfect for :
Groups, Families, Weddings, Special Occasions, Birthday Parties, Teambuilding, Romantic Couples, Wine Fundis. Alcohol free options are available and children under 3 are free, paying only for eats and drinks.
Shuttle service :
Don’t drink and drive!! Contact us for information on shuttle services available so that you can enjoy your wine tasting without having to worry about driving..
On days that we aren’t busy, we are flexible regarding carriage times, so please contact us with any special requests...
Guests to arrive 20 mins prior to departure of the carriage trail ride in order to check in. Location pin shall be sent to guests to facilitate easy access of check-in point.
- Canopy to guard against changing weather.
- Honeybush or Rooibos Iced Tea provided on carriage free of charge.
Trails on Horse Back :
Explore the beautiful natural surrounds at the foot of the Tsitsikamma Mountains on horseback – riding through fynbos, vineyards, indigenous forest and farmland to surrounding attractions including wine farms, animal sanctuaries and a picnic at the magnificent Kurland Estate. Situated 19km East of Plettenberg Bay, easily accessible from the N2, Hog Hollow Horse Trails caters for all level of riders and weights of up to 120kg on a herd of 33 rescue horses. We use comfortable featherweight endurance saddles with toe cages for safety. Each rider is assessed, kitted with riding hat and chaps, allocated a horse according to their ability and required to sign an indemnity. Our guides and horses are highly trained in order to accommodate different levels of riders at a pace that is fun yet safe. Groups of up to 8 riders are accompanied by two guides. We operate 365 days a year.
Two and a half Hour Forest and Farm Trail : Departure Daily @ 10h00 & 14h00
Explore local forest and farmland, riding to a local bakery for a short stop to enjoy a home baked treat and a soft drink of choice – included in cost. You might get close to Baboons, Monkeys and indigenous birds along the way, with an option of a trot or canter over beautiful fields with views over the surrounding forest and mountains in the distance..
Half or Full Day Kurland Picnic Trail : Departure Daily @ 11h00 for half day and 10h00 for full day:
A beautiful ride through fields, tea plantations, vineyards and forest, with views over the Tsitsikamma Mountains to the magnificent Kurland Polo Estate. A deluxe picnic plus beverage of choice is included and served under the Oak Trees in the lush gardens or on the colonial style hotel verandah in front of the fire on chilly days. Adventurous riders will enjoy the full day option which leads to a view point in the mountains overlooking The Crags, the ocean and Robberg Nature Reserve in the distance.
Half Day Wine Trail : Departure daily @ 11h00:
Enjoy the Crags Wine Route on horseback. Explore the beautiful vineyards, Fynbos and forest whilst tasting two local wines and a delectable tappas style set lunch platter at Bramon Wine Estate or Newstead Wine Estate – included in cost of trail. Other extras and beverage excluded and for own account.
FULL DAY WINE TRAIL : DEPARTURE TUESDAY TO SUNDAY @ 10H00 :
Ride through fynbos, indigenous forest, vineyards, and the magnificent Kurland Polo Estate to Lodestone and Kay and Monty boutique wine estates. Enjoy two wine tastings plus an olive, olive oil, bread and a honeybush iced tea tasting and cellar tour at Lodestone Wine Estate. Then ride to Kay and Monty for a delectable tappas style lunch – included in the cost of the trail. Other extras and beverage excluded and for own account.
Full Day Cruise The Crags Trail : Departure daily @ 10h00 :
An action filled day amidst the magnificent Crags at the foot of the Tsitsikamma Mountains, riding on horse back between fun filled activities. Ride to Monkeyland AND Birds of Eden Sanctuary for a one hour guided tour at each sanctuary OR to The Crags Elephant Sanctuary for a one hour brush down experience. Then ride to Bramon Wine Estate and enjoy a tappas style lunch and glass of wine before riding back to our yard. Guided animal sanctuary tour/s and lunch is included. Other extras and beverage excluded and for own account. Booking required 24 hours in advance.
All level of riders are welcome, and all ages are welcome. Maximum weight of 120kg applies. We have had from 3-year-olds to 85-year-olds on our trails!! Upon arrival, a short assessment is made to identify the right horse and safe riding gear for each rider.
Our horses are selected for their good composition and gentle temperaments. We love them and keep them in tip-top condition. Their tack fits properly and is well maintained. Our focus is to ensure that our rides are suitable for all levels of experience – the emphasis being on a safe and enjoyable ride.
Experienced guides offer interesting facts and stories regarding local history, fauna and flora...
365 days a year.. We are open every single day of the year... On days that we aren’t busy, we are flexible regarding riding times, so please call us with any special requests...
Riders to arrive 30 mins prior to departure of the trail ride in order to kit up, fill in necessary forms and be allocated the right horse.
- Fitting riding safety helmet and chaps upon arrival.
- A brief assessment regarding rider competence.
- Determining the right horse for every rider ie size, level of experience.
- Guidance in the basics of riding a horse.
- Pace of ride is determined by ability of riders present..
- Experienced guides whose focus lies in providing a fun, safe experience for all..
Rider Clothing Recommendations:
- Wear comfortable, stretch pants ie ski pants, stretch jeans or track suit pants.
- Shoes need to be closed and have a firm sole - if possible a slight heel for maximum safety.
- Loose fitting shirt or T-shirt.
- Warm top or rain jacket, weather dependant.
- Sun Block.
- Riders allergic to horse hair should plan ahead and bring along anti-histamine and/or asthma pumps.
Booking is essential….
To Book Contact Buks or Pinky on :
Cel : +27 (0)82-7713745
email : firstname.lastname@example.org
online @ www.horseridinggardenroute.com
We look forward to welcoming you
at Hog Hollow Horse and Horse Drawn Carriage Trails!!!
Map and Directions to Hog Hollow Horse Trails
GPS : 33° 58' 23.02" S / 23° 28' 23.13" E
From Plettenberg Bay
- From the N2, about 10.7 km after crossing the Keurbooms River, take the Askop turnoff to the right
- Follow this road for 1.4 km and the entrance to Hog Hollow is on the left.
From Port Elizabeth
- From the N2, about 3.7 km past the "Natures Valley" turnoff, take the Askop turnoff to the left
- Follow this road for 1.4 km and the entrance to Hog Hollow is on the left.