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GET­TING THERE We flew from Cape Town to East Lon­don with FlySafair for R2 400 pp re­turn. From there we hired a car from First Car Rental (R1 054 for three days) and took the R346 to Hogsback., first­car­ NEED TO KNOW You don’t need spe­cial kit to horse ride. I wore com­fort­able stretchy jeans and hik­ing boots. Terra-Khaya sup­plies rid­ing hats. Don’t take a huge wheelie suit­case like I did ... the ter­rain from the car park to your bed is up and down. Your per­sonal ef­fects for the overnight stay are put into sad­dle bags. I used two cloth shoe bags to keep my stuff to­gether, which were squished into avail­able space. It’s best to go in sum­mer to im­prove your chances of sleep­ing un­der the stars. If you go in the rainy sea­son, be warned that you hit dirt af­ter pass­ing through the vil­lage. Hogsback mud is very sticky and at one point we got stuck. WHAT TO BRING Pack clothes for cold and warm weather, a swim­ming cos­tume, scarf and beanie, a warm sleep­ing bag and snacks such as chips, nuts and choco­late – nice to share along the trail. HOW IT WORKS There are sev­eral trail op­tions and the pace of the rid­ing can be ad­justed ac­cord­ing to your ex­pe­ri­ence. All trails start at Terra-Khaya and can be tai­lor­made to suit you. Guests are en­cour­aged to book in at Ter­raKhaya for a few days so that the overnight trail can be done in the best weather. Ac­com­mo­da­tion is off-grid and very af­ford­able at R135 pp in a dorm or R325 for two in a cabin. Meals are gen­er­ous and de­li­cious from R75. Camp­ing un­der the Stars Overnight Trail cov­ers a dis­tance of 30km and in­cludes a swim with the horses and climb­ing the Men­zies­berg which has panoramic views of the Amath­ole es­carp­ment and the val­leys be­low. You’ll also stop at a se­cret water­fall and sleep un­der the stars. R1 150 pp in­clud­ing a braai sup­per and break­fast, cof­fee and a pic­nic lunch. Overnight Trail to Elun­dini Back­pack­ers is about 45km and takes you through the Amath­ole moun­tains and forests in­clud­ing a swim in the dam. The horses climb over the es­carp­ment and en­ter the val­ley be­low the Hogsback moun­tains to get to Elun­dini. The back­pack­ers is exquisitely po­si­tioned – your view is the wall of the Men­zies­berg and Amath­ole moun­tains. A tour of the vil­lage is also of­fered for R50 pp. On the way back to Terra-Khaya, there’s a rest at a water­fall. R1 250 pp DBB. Lux­ury Overnight Trail to Grass­lands Farm takes you to Tor Doon look­out for glo­ri­ous views of Hogsback. The 30km trail winds through forests and wet­lands to Grass­lands, known for its farm-style lux­ury, for the night. R1 450 pp DBB. The Wild Ad­ven­ture Combo Tour com­bines hik­ing, horse rid­ing and cy­cling. The trails in­clude bik­ing down Michel’s Pass into Sey­mour vil­lage and Elun­dini. From R2 350 pp in­clud­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion, meals and ac­tion ac­tiv­i­ties. 082-897-7503, ter­ * Prices cor­rect at time of go­ing to print

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