Mozambique Beach Trails

8 Daysย  |ย  From ยฃ3845pp

Mozambique ( Best airport: Vilankulo)

Head to the tropical shores of Mozambique for arguably the world’s best beach riding. Endless white sands, turquoise waters and remote archipelagos all await. This destination is renowned for its welcoming and friendly hosts and relaxed riding itinerary. Swim with the horses in the Indian Ocean, sail in a traditional dhow and even fit in some snorkelling. A completely unique destination with accommodation in beachside villas for intrepid travellers looking for a tropical paradise.

The Riding

The riding here is relaxed and flexible, made up of a mixture of half day and full day rides, tailored to each rider’s experience and preferences. Frequent long canters along the deserted beaches can be enjoyed by experienced riders.

Some days involve climbing steep sandy cliffs which offer wide viewpoints over the Indian Ocean and Bazaruto Archipelago. Some of the rides will take you inland to explore the numerous freshwater lakes, indigenous bush and African farmland before returning along the beach.

Level of Riding and Fitness

Riders of all levels can be accommodated here. More experienced riders will be able to explore further afield and ride at a faster pace. All of the riding is tailored to guests preferences. The minimum age is 6 years.

The horses are saddled, cleaned and cared for by the staff, you are not required to help with this unless you would like to. The weight limit is 90kg.

Guides and Group Size

Your guides are Pat and Mandy Retzlaff who were forced across the border into Mozambique from Zimbabwe in the early 2000โ€™s with 104 horses rescued from farms and homesteads across the country. Pat was born in Arusha, Tanzania, he grew up on a farm in Zimbabwe and studied Animal Science at University of Natal, South Africa. He is passionate about horses and has a vast knowledge of the flora, fauna and history of the region. Pat provides the majority of the veterinary care required as well as all the farrier work alongside guiding. Mandy is a guide and also in charge of all of the day-to-day running of the team.

The group size is 2-8.

The Horses

There are around 40 horses to choose from at this destination. The majority of them were rescued from Zimbabwean farms at the height of the political violence, and the rest have been taken on in Mozambique. Breeds include a combination of crosses with a strong mix of Arab and South African Boerperds. Many of the horses have an incredible story, you will meet Texas, a strong grey gelding who was about to be fed to lions, and Lady an orphan foal that has grown into the matriarch of the herd.

All the riding horses are well-schooled, have lovely calm temperaments and react easily and lightly to the aids. Their well-being always takes precedence and they are in excellent condition. For saddlery a combination of Wintecs GPโ€™s with interchangeable gullets, Australian stock and McClellan saddles are used. Bridles are uncomplicated with single reins, and for the most part single jointed & french link snaffle bits.


Accommodation and Dining

Your accommodation is Vila de Sonhos, a luxury beachfront home overlooking the turquoise sea of the Bazaruto Archipelago. There are four villas, all with spacious and comfortable bedrooms which open onto private balconies and have en-suite bathrooms. The villas have fully equipped kitchens with a personal chef and a comfortable lounge and dining room. The pool is close by complete with lounge decks and barbequing facilities and a large garden is home to several ancient Baobab trees that play host to many wild birds and monkeys. At the bottom of the garden is private access to the beach below.

Mozambique has a rich culinary heritage, with a strong Portuguese influence. Local specialties revolve around fresh seafood, coconut curries and its world famous peri-peri chicken. In the morning, breakfast could be fresh seasonal fruits, cereal or oats, a choice of eggs, bacon or tomatoes with fresh Portuguese rolls or toast. For lunch & evening dinner expect meals prepared by a personal chef, or to eat out at top seafood restaurants or barbeque poolside.

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Mozambique Beach Trails

8 days / 7 nights / 8 days riding

The stables offers any day arrivals year round.

A single supplement of ยฃ425 applies for solo riders if there are no other riders on your preferred date.

Flights & Airport transfers

Do not book flights until you have received the Booking Confirmation email from

Please plan your flights to/from Vilankulo as follows:

Flights usually arrive in Vilankulo just after midday.
Return flights from Vilankulo depart in the early afternoon.

Return transfers are included from Vilankulo airport. To reach Vilankulo you will need to fly into Johannesburg, South Africa or Maputo, Mozambique and then take one of the daily direct flights to Vilankulo.

Price Includes
  • All horse riding as itinerary
  • Accommodation in private room with ensuite (unless you request to share)
  • Meals
  • Local drinks (soft drinks, spirits, beers and house wines)
  • Vehicle transfers
  • Motorized dhow to & from Benguerra Island
  • Return airport transfer
  • Laundry
  • A massage (if personnel available)
  • National park fees
  • Mozambique Government VAT
Price Excludes
  • Flights
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Travel visas
  • Gratuities