Special requests are well... Special!!. Be it for a birthday celebration or any special event.. so it was with much excitement that we received a recent request to arrange a "romantic ride ending somewhere I can propose to my girlfriend". And what more romantic than a horseback ride at full moon ending at a table set for two on the dam wall?
Having had some unexpected and unusual cloudy weather a few nights before full moon, we were all relieved when the day turned out to be a beautiful summers day. Our guests arrived just after sunset and headed out for a breathtaking ride through the darkening forest up to the top of the farm with the rays of the moon just starting to light the valley below.
I was anxiously waiting with the table, picnic and MCC on ice watching the rays get ever brighter as the rugged tops of the Witzenberg mountains silhouette got ever brighter.. after all we needed them to be seated, alone at the table when the moon rose!
Setting up the table and lighting candles on the dam wall raised the curiosity of the horses grazing nearby and they all wandered over to see what this late night fuss was all about.. finding no carrots available they went back to the serious task of mowing grass!
Hard to imagine anything more peaceful than sitting on the along the waters edge with a herd of horses grazing peacefully under the light of the moon oh and of course accompanied by the song of frogs!
John's timing was perfect and we had the very nervous man and love of his life seated (alone) with MCC in hand before the moon crested over the mountains.
And she said YES!! :-)
So next time you are thinking of a special event or unique way to propose, contact us and let us arrange a very special outing!
Cape Sugar bird
Our Witzenberg Trail travels high up into the foothills of the Witzenberg mountains with a bird’s eye view of the Tulbagh, Wolseley and Breede River Valleys below us. And speaking of birds, these protea “forests” are home to the Cape Sugarbird. During the drier summer months the flowering proteas are found at higher altitudes and the birds are not so commonly seen, but as the weather cools and the proteas start to flower, the sugar birds return. Their long claws enable them to cling onto the blooms even in howling gales, although the males long tails are a little more inelegant in strong winds.
Unlike many other birds, breeding season is during the winter months, coinciding with the peak protea flowering season.
The Cape Sugarbird (Promerops cafer) is endemic to the fynbos biome of the Western Cape and is highly dependant on proteas for nectar and nesting. As they feed predominantly on the nectar of proteas and fynbos, the sugar birds are also essential pollinator for these species.
The Witzenberg Valley is home to a wide variety of birds and is the ideal location for anyone interested in Bird Watching. The varied terrains and habitats from waterways to mountains are home to many identified species. Ask your hosts for more information.
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.”