Wine Tasting on Horseback from Paradise Stables was a wonderful experience & will be one of my best memories of Franschoek. The horses are very well cared for and very calm in nature. I was a little surprised to see the tack on the horse initially, as it looks very basic (not much in the way of gleaming leather or European style saddlery) but the fact that the horses don't have bits mean that novice riders can't hurt the horses' mouths and the saddles are very comfortable.
The ride is superb and this must be the best way to enjoy the scenery that Franschoek has to offer. The tour stopped at two of the region's best known wineries, where we enjoyed tasting some very good wine. There was no pressure to buy any wine, but the shipping costs & purchase prices for cases of excellent quality wine was very (surprisingly) good value for money. (Look up Rickety Bridge for export/import prices)
If you have no riding experience, the horses are very well schooled and you can enjoy this trip without fear, although you may be a little stiff the next day. If you can ride, there are plenty of opportunities to canter ahead and enjoy a bit more of the local scenery. The horses know the trail and are quiet but they are not 'robots' and you can enjoy this ride as a more experienced rider. Very good value for money.
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