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Itinerary for Qolora Trail

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1 (Saturday): Arrival
On arrival at East London airport, you will be transferred to your lodge. A light lunch is served, then you will change into your riding clothes and be taken up to the beach paddock.
The afternoon is a short introductory ride around the local area. It will give you the opportunity to blow away those travelling cobwebs and get to know your horse for the week. A relaxed, friendly evening meal awaits you back at the guesthouse along with a good night’s sleep.
Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Kei Mouth Guest Lodge

Day 2 (Sunday): Morgan Bay Cliffs & Yellowwoods Ride
Today we go explore the magnificent Morgan Bay cliff tops - you really are on the edge of Africa as you sit perched on your horse and take in the views. Then it’s off to discover Yellowwood Forest - our favourite place for wood fired pizza & forest fare - a place that works to inspire you to be eco-friendly, off the grid, and recycle everything! You will finish the day cantering down Morgan Bay beach before heading back to the paddocks.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Kei Mouth Guest Lodge

Day 3 (Monday): Kei Mouth to Qolora
Your horse riding adventure starts now! After a light breakfast, we go back to the paddocks. A short ride down to the Kei River and then a crossing by ferry, to ride over rocky headlands and long stretches of beach. The guides will take you to hidden waterfalls for a picnic lunch and a swim if you choose! Then we ride to our accommodation near Qolora. Here you can stretch your legs on the beach or unwind with a beer by the pool before enjoying a great dinner, and time with your riding group. Our unhurried itinerary will give you plenty of time to explore the hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Trennerys Hotel

Day 4 (Tuesday): Qolora Ride 
Today's route is dictated by the tides. One option is to ride up to the Gates Waterfall on the Qolora River.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Trennerys Hotel

Day 5 (Wednesday): Morning Ride to Wavecrest
This morning, we ride along the coast on our way to the Wavecrest Hotel. There is a good chance of spotting dolphins racing you in the surf as you canter along the many beaches.
After lunch, you have some free time to relax. You can choose to go on a boat trip up the river (included) and explore the stunning mangrove estuary of the Nxaxo river, indulge in a spa treatment (extra cost) or go for a short afternoon ride.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at
Wavecrest Hotel

Day 6 (Thursday): Morning Beach Ride
Departure time this morning is dictated by the tide. It is a fantastic 3-hour ride across country, through rolling hills and traditional villages, up beaches and getting to ride on the hard, wet beach at low tide – the gallops are exhilarating. A river crossing at the start or end of the ride (tide dependent) completes this magical morning. You are back at the hotel in time for lunch.
The afternoon has a choice of activities. You can go paddle on the Nxaxo river (included), hike or just kick back and relax at the spa or in the Jacuzzi (extra cost). This afternoon is flexible as there are so many options to experience!
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at
Wavecrest Hotel

Day 7 (Friday): Return to Kei Mouth 
If the tide is right, the ride back to our lodge will be fast paced and along the beach. After dropping your horse off at the beach base for a well-earned rest, you will have a late lunch at the country club.
Alternatively, after an inland start, we will stop for lunch en route and hit the beaches at low tide for some fast canters in the afternoon before arriving back in Kei Mouth.
Your last night of trail is spent, once again, at the guest lodge, where we will treat you to a typical South African Braai; finishing off a week of unforgettable riding with the warm hospitality that the Wild Coast is known for.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Kei Mouth Guest Lodge

Day 8 (Saturday): Departure day
Depending on your departure time, you could squeeze in one more ride before the shuttle picks you up to transfer you back to the airport.
Meals included: Breakfast

Note: All riding and itineraries are subject to change due to variations in local conditions, hotel accommodation availability, rider’s abilities, the weather & the influences of the sea tides and during the rainy season the conditions of the rivers.

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Qolora Trail
Tour Code: IT-SART15
8 days / 7 nights ~$2,600.00
Dates : Available all Year

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2021 08/07 - 08/14 8d / 7n 8 day AP 2 /8 Reserve
A 2021 09/11 - 09/18 8d / 7n 8 day AP 2 /8 Reserve
A 2021 10/16 - 10/23 8d / 7n 8 day AP 2 /8 Reserve
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Tack: Liversage trail & endurance saddles wi...
Horses: Mainly Boerperd, Thoroughbred, & home ...
Pace: All paces
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: East London Airport
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