Who says the Elgin Valley is just about sweet juicy apples and cool-climate wines? About an hour’s drive from Cape Town, the landscape greets you with its natural beauty, majestic mountains, beautiful apple orchards and lush vineyards. However, the Elgin Valley is the perfect playground and an outdoor paradise for adventure seekers in peaceful tranquillity. From hiking and mountain biking to adrenaline rush ziplining and horse riding, you can connect with nature and expect nothing less.
Have you ever experienced horseback riding through scenic countryside in the Elgin Valley? You always wanted to try horse riding, but the fear of the unknown holds you back? It can be a really frighting yet exciting experience riding a horse for the first time. Learning to ride a horse for the first time requires some practical knowledge, but once you get the hang of it, you realise it is so much fun and inspiring! Nothing beats that total thrill and serenity strolling through hills and apple orchards, with the magnificent views of the Elgin Valley greeting you at every corner.
Situated in the beautiful Elgin Valley is where you would find Long Shadows Farm. The farm greets you with stunning views and elegant horses grazing on lush green pastures outside. Once you see the beautiful stables, you know you are in for a treat.
At Long Shadows Farm you can experience and explore the beautiful views of the Elgin Valley on horseback, perfect for beginners to more seasoned riders, from kids to adults of all ages. Experienced and qualified guides will offer instructions as safety, comfort and enjoyment is key. All the guides hold current first aid certificates so you can be rest assured that you will be in great hands.
The trails are all scenic and cover a variety of terrain with a spot that will lead you up to a 360-degree viewpoint of the Elgin Valley which is absolutely priceless. A maximum of 6 people is allowed in a booking and the outrides are tailor-made to suit your needs, thus making the outrides more personal and fun.
The standard rides range from an hour for beginners to advanced riders and 2 hours for experienced riders only. Ever wonder why riders are generally fit and healthy? Horse riding does miracles for your butt, legs and core muscles. You will undoubtedly feel like you’ve worked out after just an hour in the saddle going up and down the hills.
However, the most enjoyable part of riding a horse is the relaxation that comes with breathing in fresh country air, passing by rows of orchards that are in full bloom, taking in breath-taking vistas, and listening to birds sing. This is when your mind is calm, and your soul is soothed.
For a spectacular 2- to 2.5-hour experience with a stunning setting as the sun sets and opt for a Sundowner Ride, which is ideal for both novice and experienced riders. Snacks and a choice of local wine or a refreshing L-GIN are provided. For the experienced riders, why not book the Night Owl Moonlight Ride? Early risers can take advantage of the Early Bird Breakfast ride, which includes a scrumptious breakfast with bubbly and orange juice at the stables when you get back.
Birthday parties, holiday camps only but to name a few are catered for at Long Shadows Farm, but they will tailor a package to suit your needs. It gets you out of your comfort zone. Horses are indeed soothing and gentle and being in their presence is incredibly healing for the spirit.
“There’s something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man”– Winston Churchill
Don’t take my word for it. Come and see the world through the horse’s ears at Long Shadows Farm and book a horse-riding session that offers a different way to see the world.
M. +27 83 987 5703
Address. Portion 16 of Arieskraal, Viljoenshoop Road, Elgin
Contact. Sharon Orpen
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