Romantic Horse Trails - be a knight in shining armour!
Our Romantic Horse Trails are very popular as an ideal and unique way to propose to your special one. Let us arrange special touches or surprise stop overs to make your day truly memorable! Here are a few images from some of our special request Horse Trails.
Asking "Will you?" is a very special day and important that all the little details are covered to celebrate this special event.
Suprisingly many people, dont know that the winelands extends beyond Stellenbosch and Paarl - and boy are they pleasantly suprised! The Witzenberg Valley home to Tulbagh, Wolseley, Ceres and Prince Alfred Hamlet is very conveniently located to Cape Town, the Route 62, Riebeek Kasteel and easily incorporated into a visit to Aquila, Fairy Glen, Kagga Kamma and more. Stop over en route to the Cederberg or when travelling between West and East Coast. The roads are great and you are assured a warm country welcome!
Buchu Plant along a Horse About Trail
The magical and aromatic Buchu was officially listed as a medicine in the British Pharmacopoeia in 1821! The medicinal benefits of the shrub were known for years by the Khoi pastoralists.
This evergreen aromatic shrub can grow up to 2m high, with oval leaves 10 – 20 mm long, and white to pink flowers. Fruits are five-segmented capsules which split open when dry to release the small black seeds.
Buchu is a highly valued commodity and a license is required to harvest the bushes, but sadly in many areas over harvesting has lead to a reduction in naturally occurring Buchu.
Buchu grows along of our fynbos routes, on the higher slopes, it's strong scent is released when brushed by the horses leaves. In fact the genus name "Agathosma" means "good fragrance".
For more information on the wonderful properties of this plant, read more
The charm that attracts so many visitors to our valley, is at times teasingly (even grumpily) said to be "sleepy hollow syndrome"!
Visitors are sometimes frustrated to find that shops or attractions are closed, or that activities are fully booked.
But it is important to keep in mind that the peace and tranquility of country life means leaving the frenetic life of traffic jams and 24/7 availability behind. Many local businesses are small and/or family run, meaning they simply cannot be open 24/7, but on the plus side when you visit you are almost sure to be attended by the owner or someone who has the time or interest to want to know "How you are!"
A small group policy on many of the activities not only ensures personal attention, but also that you will never be part of the masses. Leave the rat race behind and unwind while you enjoy the slower pace of country life, us country bumpkins do realise that it can be a bit of a culture shock at times!
Many guests to our valley simply want to relax, and an array of self-catering farm stays are perfect for doing just that.
However if you would like to be entertained by visiting attractions, enjoy a recommended restaurant, taste wine and take part in some activities, it is worthwhile checking availability and opening times before you visit and planning accordingly.
Highly recommended tours that need pre-booking or opening time consideration.
House of Krone Cellar tours
Wolseley Block Houses
Ladera Wines - Wine with Soul
If wine tasting is on your weekend agenda, be sure to check the weekend and public holiday opening times and plan accordingly.
And to complete your relaxation weekend, why not book a Shiatsu session or a massage at your accommodation with a Heavenly Hands Mobile Swedish Massage Therapist for contact details and more
John & Jo
We are the owners of horseAbout Trails & Adventures in the Western Cape.
“We left the premises with heart full of joy, love for these amazing horses and admiration for the lifestyle of John and his family.”