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Vilanculos and Benguerra Island Ride

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Vilanculos and Benguerra Island Ride

horsesandboatsThe spirit of fun and adventure runs deep so saddle up and enjoy a truly unique African adventure. Enjoy long stretches of untouched white sand beaches and magnificent views overlooking the islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago. 

The costal area surrounding the Bazaruto Archipelago is world renowned for its superb variety of white sand, alluring golden sunsets and tall palm trees. The area surrounding Vilanculos is suitable for riders of all abilities. horsesonbeach

The competent rider has plenty of opportunities for exhilarating canters and long trots. The Vilanculos Wildlife Sanctuary where bird and wildlife are abundant is an encounter not to be missed. Yet due to the scarcity of dangerous wildlife a beginner can enjoy the freedom of riding in a beautiful wilderness without the worry of having to cope with dangerous situations.

So bring your camera, and capture the freedom of unspoilt beach's, solitude, and stunning scenery by horseback.



The itinerary is flexible as the tide levels in Vilanculos play an important part in where and what time you ride. The activity day changes according to the weather and scuba diving visibility. At all times during the safari there is a power boat available for backup and safety. The boat will be used to transfer clients from the lodges to the horses as well as bringing supplies and taking clients who need a break from riding.

Day 1

You will be transferred from Vilanculos airport to you accommodation in time for lunch. Your hosts Pat & Mandy Retzlaff will welcome you with a brief introduction to Mozambique, Vilanculos and all activities. You will enjoy an introductory ride that afternoon along the beach giving you a chance to become familiar with the horses and tack.

Early evening drinks will be served at the lodge followed by a fresh seafood dinner hosted by Pat and Mandy.

Day 2

You will embark on a morning of exhilarating riding along deserted beaches and over high cliffs with panoramic scenes of the Bazaruto Archipelago. A picnic lunch will be served on the red cliffs with magnificent views of the bay, with a chance to see dolphins.  After a long day in the saddle a well deserved dinner will await you at the lodge.

Day 3

Today you will set off on a long ride along the coast towards the Vilanculos Wildlife Sanctuary on the San Sebastian Peninsular. The area is covered with scattered lakes and wetlands interspersed with native woodland and mangrove forests. The local area is home to thousands of greater flamingos and has in the past served as a nesting ground for the rarer Lesser Flamingo. In the late afternoon you will catch the boat back to Vilanculos and leaves the horses to stay overnight with the grooms.  In the evening we'll enjoy drinks around the bar and dinner at a lovely restaurant where they serve the famous Mozambican "Peri-Peri chicken".

Day 4

You will jump onto the boat and head back towards the Vilanculos Wildlife Sanctuary for an early morning departure in order to cover the many miles of sandy beaches. Be prepared for long canters and dramatic scenery as the region boasts some of the richest biodiversity in Africa. The Vilanculos Wildlife Sanctuary encompasses a mosaic of wetlands, mangrove swamps, miombo woodland, salt marshes and freshwater lakes. The birdlife is astounding and you will encounter a variety of native birds.

After a long a ride you will hop back onto the boat and cruise home in the fading sunlight leaving the horses to make their way back with the grooms the following day.

Day 5

The island of Benguerra is complete with azure waters, sandy beaches, palm trees and pristine coral reefs. The snorkelling is superb and will help you work up an appetite for a delicious picnic lunch on the beach. You are likely to spot whales, dolphins, turtles and the only viable dugong population remaining in this part of the world.

Upon reaching Benguerra Island you will go for a breathtaking horse ride. The island of Benguerra consists of huge 100m sand dunes, freshwater lakes, mangrove swamps and sandy beaches which make for an exciting ride.

Day 6

Today the riders can relax and unwind either choosing to spend the day sunbathing and swimming on the beach or for those who are looking for something a little more active, try scuba diving in the waters around the Bazaruto Archipelago. The archipelago's coral reefs and clear waters offer some of the best diving in the world, dive sites are uncrowded and marine life is varied and abundant.

Day 7

The Vilanculos coastline possesses some of the most delightful landscapes in Mozambique. Today you will experience countless inland lakes, rugged cliffs, uninhabited bush and incredible beaches. Riding on horseback provides an exhilarating and a marvellous way of experiencing this fantastic scenery. You will visit the Coconut Palms and go for a swim with the horses in several of the lakes.

Lunch will be served under the trees and after untacking the horses, you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the lake. You will make your way home along the coastline with spectacular views from the cliff tops and white beaches.

Day 8

A short early morning ride up the coast, inland up streams, following interesting spoor and quietly looking for elusive species of bird and wildlife amongst the hills and tall golden grass. Descend to the beach for a final brisk gallop before heading home to check out of your accommodation at noon.

Departure Dates: Jan- Dec

Cost: Please call our team on 01256 773564

Single Supplement: Yes

Accommodation: Chalets with all meals and drinks

Meeting Point: Vilanculos Airport

Transfer: Yes

No Hours In Saddle: 3/5

Max Weight: 85kg

Group Size: 2-8

Call us on +44 (0)1256 773564 or email contact@redlandsequestrian.com to check the ride availability and dates, once we have confirmed availability you can download and fill in a booking form:

Each rider in the party must also complete a riding ability questionnaire before we can complete the final confirmation of your holiday booking.

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