Ride Overview - Mozambique Retreat
An invigorating horseback riding vacation in Mozambique! Open your eyes to a different world, where you will canter the beaches on a sprightly grey, swim in turquoise seas and share in the unbreakable bond between man and horse. Your trails will traverse the Vilanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary which is so vast it even incorporates the southern tip of the Bazaruto Archipelago and is regarded as one of the most bio-diverse on the continent. The sanctuary is compromised of mudflats, mangrove swamps, coastal dunes and coral reefs and is home on land to Burchell’s zebra, waterbuck, giraffe, nyala, eland, wildebeest and in the water, leatherback sea turtles and the rare and endangered Dugong. Your itineraries are tailored to exceed expectations by combining adventure with luxury. Each day is different, and you are welcome to join at any given point, and stay on for up to ten days. Think service at its best, nature raw and unspoiled… kick off your shoes and enjoy something different from the saddle every day, with your personal therapist ready to give you your daily massage after your round of horse riding and water sports. We emphasize the beautiful and colorful coastal culture, offering a night under the stars on a fishing boat with a candlelit seafood dinner, sand, and stars.
Your Accommodation: Vila de Sonhos is an exclusive lodge made up of four elegant beachfront villas overlooking the turquoise sea of the Bazaruto Archipelago. Each villa has a set of impressive bedrooms uniquely designed with breathtaking views. The bedrooms are spacious & comfortable, furnished with indigenous hardwood, they open onto private balconies and have an en-suite bathroom. All our guests have their own room unless they request to share. The villas have fully equipped kitchen with personal chef, there is a comfortable lounge and dining room with all the modern conveniences. The beautifully designed pool is only a stone throw away with lounge decks and barbequing facilities. The large garden is neatly manicured and home to several ancient Baobab trees that silhouette the blue skies which behold the chatter of wild birds and monkeys. At the bottom of the garden is private access to the incredible beach below.
*If Vila De Sonhos is full we will look to accommodate our guest in similar private homes and resorts in the area.
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Ride Itinerary - Mozambique Retreat
You will have a mid-day transfer from Vilanculos airport to ferry. During your 30 minute transfer, you will have a chance to see marine life in the crystal blue waters beneath you. You will arrive at your delightful beach lodge in time for a wonderful late lunch prepared by a skilled chef. After a brief of the days to come, you will depart on an introductory sundowner ride. Reception cocktails and candlelit dinner will be served at the lodge.
Breakfast will be served on the deck overlooking the beach. The horses will be ready for a ride that will take you to the local village where you can enjoy the local culture and a traditionally cooked meal. Along the way, you may see waterbuck, giraffe or other iconic creatures. Before returning to the lodge, you will ride to the beach for a swim with the horses. In the evening, you can relax on the beach or by the pool. Dinner will be served at the lodge.
The morning will allow you to sleep late or participate in water sports. Your private therapist will be ready for your treatment either on your deck with views to the beach, or at the spa. After lunch, you will set out for your afternoon ride which will take you to a remote area in the sanctuary where the fishermen and your team will have set up local fishing boats for your night’s lodging under the stars. Dinner will be a seafood barbeque.
After a light breakfast, you will mount your horses, to take a route along the coast to a beautiful picnic setup. While you are having lunch, the horses will rest in their mobile paddock as you board a deep sea boat that will allow you to sunbathe, swim or snorkel/kayak. When you are ready, you will ride inland back to the lodge.
A morning ride in search of native animals. You will ride along the beach and then turn inland. After climbing some sandbanks, you will reach a lookout point with spectacular views. Lunch will be served back at the lodge. After freshening up with a massage or some time on the beach, you will depart to the beautiful Muco viewpoint which overlooks the floodplains. Here you will enjoy some sundowner drinks and watch the wild game roam across the floodplains. At sunset, you will return to the lodge.
You will have the option of an early morning breakfast and final ride. You will then be transferred to the airport. For those staying on, the program on day 1 will apply.
Note: this itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and or animal movement.
Ride Details - Mozambique Retreat
Dates: June – January
Best months: April – November
Meeting Place: Vilanculos Airport
Riding days: 5
Riding ability: Beginner through advanced
Horses: Boerperd, Arab crosses
Saddles: English, Mclelland, Aussie Stock
Group size: 1 – 8
Vaccinations: Malaria. Please consult with your doctor.
Weight Restrictions: 198 lbs.
Visas: You must obtain a visa six months before your departure.
Accommodations: Indonesian style beach resort, one night in a fishing boat
Non-riding activities: Diving, snorkeling, fishing
Price: $3,163.00 per person, double occupancy $3,798.00 single package
You can extend your stay. Please contact us for details.
Includes: 5 nights accommodation, horse, tack, guide, 6 days riding, meals, boats, drinks, transfers, concession fees and Mozambique Government VAT
Not Included: airfare, personal travel insurance, visas, adult beverages, extra excursions or activities.
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