Tuesday, 22. October 2019
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.
Although large mammals, like rhinoceros, lion, elephant, buffalo and hippopotamus occurred in the Western Cape in the 17th and 18th century, these unfortunately had to make way for civilisation. A number of reserves in the Western Cape have reintroduced these animals. However, when in Fynbos one should 'think small'.
The small-leaved, low-growing vegetation with very few trees is not very nutritious for large grazing animals, and one would rather find small browsers. The animal life has been adapted to the harsh conditions of long, dry and hot summers, cold and wet winters, unpalatable plants and frequent fires.
Bontebok is the rarest antelope species in South Africa, and endemic to the Western Cape. Other animals include Grysbok, Steenbok, Duiker, Klipspringer, Grey Rhebuck, Cape Mountain Zebra, Leopard, Chacma Baboon, Cape Clawless Otter, Rock Hyrax, Porcupine, and a number of mongoose species.