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A breakfast ride on Boschendal Estate


A breakfast ride on Boschendal Estate

Written by Carl Momberg

When most people are stuck in their car in the traffic, or staring at their laptop screen, I went for a breakfast ride up the slopes of Drakenstein mountain on Boschendal Farm.  Is there a better way to start the day?

Boschendal has offered horse riding (and coach rides) for some time, but the breakfast ride is new and on-demand.  Just give them a call if you’re interested – 021 870 4211 or emailhorses@boschendal.co.za.

It starts off at the stables just before you get to Rhone Manor House — taking the right turn as soon as you enter Boschendal’s main gate.

Rhone Manor House is the second, often-overlooked, manor house on Boschendal Estate.
Rhone Manor House is the second, often-overlooked, manor house on Boschendal Estate.
I was joining this intrepid group of riders, all novices except for Danny (at the top) who saddled up the horses and proved to be an exceptional guide and riding instructor for the novices.
Up! And Ricardo is ready to go!
Through fruit orchards and across the Dwars River to the slopes of Drakenstein Mountain.
Into the foothills of the Drakenstein Mountain and through the game fence where you’ll find eland, waterbuck, springbok, grysbok, a herd of wild horses and… if you’re really lucky, leopard!
Looking across a dam in an old quarry towards Simonsberg Mountains. If you look at the very old drawings of the Cape, many of them seem to depict mountains like this one.
And breakfast awaits before setting off back down again.

Explore The Boschendal Estate

Must Do's at Boschendal

Guests are invited to enjoy all this magnificent farm has to offer: an award winning wine and bio-friendly food experience; a rich heritage; a spectacular natural and soulful landscape; fun, informative and engaging activities whilst also taking the opportunity for some down time in tranquil surroundings.

Weddings & Functions

Boschendal provides an idyllic natural setting for large and small functions. The Boschendal Manor House, Rhone Homestead, The Olive Press, the Werf Restaurant and the beautiful gardens are available to host an array of celebrations or events in a relaxed and tranquil environment.

Accommodation

Guest accommodation is a recent addition to the farm with luxury accommodation ranging from the historical Herbert Baker designed Rhodes Cottage to beautifully restored farm labourer cottages. With emphasis on stylish simplicity the guest cottages are authentic, rural yet contemporary in character.