Monday, 11. December 2017
Experience nature on horseback in the picturesque Tulbagh valley. A two day ride will take you through orchards, vineyards and indigenous mountain fynbos, with magnificent views from the mountain slopes.
Enjoy a traditional South African braai (barbecue) and a glass of wine before you overnight in a secluded hut where you will hear only the sounds of nature. On the second day the ride continues across streams and along the foothills of the Winterhoek mountains, with more beautiful views.
Visit the art gallery of the world famous painter, V Motousek, before unsaddling on the wine estate, Theuniskraal. Here the ride will be concluded with a cold lunch and wine from the estate.
Shorter rides can also be arranged.
Eco-Information on the Western Cape, South Africa.
The Succulent Karoo is one of 25 internationally recognised biodiversity hotspots, and the only arid hotspot in the world. Succulent Karoo has the highest number of plant species of any semi-arid area, many of which are rare and endangered, and has the richest succulent flora in the world.
Semi-desert climatic conditions prevail, with less than 250mm of rainfall per year that falls predominantly in winter. Vegetation is sparse, dominated by dwarf scrubs of which most have succulent leaves. The most common of its succulent, or fleshy leaved plants are mesembs (Mesembryanthemaceae), commonly known as 'vygies'.
There are more than 2 000 different species of mesembs in South Africa, of which many occur in the Western Cape. Other succulent families include the Aloes, Haworthias, Crassulas, Euphorbias and Stapeliads. The Succulent Karoo is also very rich in geophytes, with spectacular displays in spring.