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 email .
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.
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. This was a trial run for the Breakfast Ride so Marshall (left) who works in the Deli & Farm Shop and Ricardo, the barrista at the Werf Restaurant, came along. Getting to know them made me realise what a fine team Boschendal is starting to evolve into.
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. Could an early drawing of Simonsberg from the east been used as the “standard” for mountains in the region?
And breakfast awaits before setting off back down again.