Papiesfontein Beach Horse Rides
Papiesfontein, R102, Jeffreys Bay
The name Papiesfontein has become synonymous with exciting beach horse rides on a pristine beach just outside Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Frankie & Esré Lötter have been farming this area since 1980 and run Papiesfontein Beach Horse Rides in addition to their cattle farm. They began the horse trails in 1996. Today they have 55 well-schooled and good natured horses to choose from. Horses are mostly of the Boerperd and Nooitgedacht breeds.
These beach horse rides have become such a popular item that they are now regarded as a "must-do" when visiting Jeffrey's Bay.
Just 10 km outside Jeffreys Bay and 70 km from Port Elizabeth, between the Gamtoos and Kabeljous rivers, lies the farm Papiesfontein. Here, on this special piece of land, the unique combination of bush, river and beach come together to offer you an unforgettable ride.
Experienced guides escort riders twice daily along the 13km circular route. The trail takes about two hours to complete, leading through beautiful fynbos coastal vegetation, towards the Gamtoos river with breathtaking views from the dunes and finally returning along a 6 km stretch of deserted beach. Here on this isolated beach, riders can canter their mounts in the shallows or have an exhilarating gallop on the sand.
The trail provides magnificent views of the area and affords ample opportunity to spot a variety of bird species, tortoises, bushbuck, plant and marine life. Imagine whale watching from horseback!
You may see seals basking in the sun and the rare African Black Oystercatcher is always to be found near the Gamtoos river mouth.
Directions to Papiesfontein Beach Horse Rides
(GPS: 33o 57' 48.14"S / 24o 57' 22.28")
Coming from Port Elizabeth direction.
Take the "Jeffreys Bay East" turn-off from the N2 and turn left. Turn right onto the R102 at the T-junction. 5 kilometres further on you will find a clearly marked gate into Papiesfontein Horse Trails on the left.
Coming from Cape Town direction.
Take the "Jeffreys Bay" turn-off from the N2 and turn right. At the Fountains Circle turn left onto the R102. Follow the road for 10 km and you will find a clearly marked gate into Papiesfontein Horse Trails on the right.