Nestled in the Drakensberg mountain range outside of Nelsprui is the famous Kaapsehoop Horse Trails. Established in 1994, and situated on a 17 000 hectare private concession in the forestry plantation in Kaapsehoop.
With over 30years of experience, Christo works on a natural horsemanship basis with the horses. This allows for safe & relaxing horse riding for all rider experience levels on the cross-bred horses on either english or western saddles.
The trails take place in the grasslands, pine forests and along the scenic escaprment views of Kaapsehoop. Kaapsehoop is famous for being the home to wild horses as well as nesting area for blue swallows.
1 HOUR & 2 HOUR HORSE TRAILS
This scenic ride is perfect for all rider experience levels.
4-6 HOUR HORSE TRAILS
Going through the escarpment and forests for this half day ride is perfect for the more experienced rider. Min 4 riders required.
This supervised short ride for children under 6 years is perfect to get acquainted with the horses from a young age.
Join us on a 3 day wilderness trail through the forestry & grasslands surrounding Kaapsehoop. Interact with the fauna & flora as well as the wild horses on this adventure! Riding approx 4-6 hours every day to get to the camp site which is situated in an old gold mining area with comfortable accommodation and tented facilities. Enjoy your meals over the camp fire and under the stars. Riders must be fit & experienced. Min 4 pax.
Kaapsehoop Horse Trails now also offers a volunteer experience that involves natural horsemanship, the wild horses of the area and the local community:
Learn and experience aspects of natural horsemanship including an introduction to horsemanship, horsemastership, both the stabled and unstabled horse, identification and saddlery, schooling of horses, the health of a horse and basic veterinary, safety around horses, an introduction to nature guiding in the natural environment, creating a guided nature experience, trail guide experience, ploughing and traction with the horse and horse carriage driving.
Kaapsehoop is known for its wild horses and we would like to preserve them. This program aims to study and document them as well as to establish and maintain a database.
The horse trails run on the Berlin forest of the Komatiland forestry company. It houses a compound with about 200 residents, including male, female and children. As part of our social responsibility, we aim to contribute by the following: teaching both children and adults including English, hygiene practices and reading and writing, assist with clothing, grow chickens for meat for the community, improving the general well-being of their cattle by dipping them against tick infestations, using the horse to plough and establish organic vegetables gardens.
We offer fabulous pony camps & educational programs for school groups & team building.