Riding Holidays on the Shumba Valley Guest Farm in the Eastern Free State Highlands in South Africa.

Shumba Valley Guest Farm in Fouriesburg / Free State
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Some of the finest riding country with exquisite mountain trails are on offer in the Eastern Free State Highlands of South Africa

Africa/Indian Ocean > South Africa > Free State > Fouriesburg

Glorious sandstone cliffs and large mountain ranges surround the Guest Farm.
This area is filled with history and there are many places of interest and lots of things to do and see.

On the package we take our guests to Lion Breeding stations where lion cubs can be handled, then into a privately owned game reserve where Rhino can be viewed up close. Included in the package is a morning of white water rafting (providing you choose the summer package, or a quad trip. (Any time fo the year) We also have dinner on a floating cigar lounge and travel down a river to a covered open air restaurant where we dine while we watch the game graze. On the return journey we see the birdlife and wildlife in their nighttime habitat. We also take a visit to one of Africa's largest overhang cave and visit some very special bushman art.
This is a holiday packed with exciterment, wonderful riding, and tremendous variety. You won't get bored for a minute! Designed with the family in mind.
Map Free State

Additional information about the area

Excursions: We offer riding packages from 6 nights to 14 nights. Each package can be tailor made just for you. Or, you can take one of our regular packages as advertised. We do tours into Lesotho to view the magnificant Katse dam, we do a wonderful tour into a Big5 Game farm an hour from the farm, and an assortment of other interesting trips. A walk to a cave is a speciality trip and introduces the traveller to rural Africa. The occupants of the cave are fascinating, warm, friendly people and happily show visitors their ancestral ground and introduce guests to their cultural beliefs and ways. It is fascinating and well worth the visit. We ride to a number of historic farms and meet the heart of people who make the wonderful nation tick. A tapestry of variety is offered to our special guests who we thoroughly spoil and that is the reason why we prefer to keep the tours to under 12 people.
Once you have experienced this kind of hospitality you will be back for the next package!
Traveling by plane:
One would fly to OTambo Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, where you will be met by the owners of the Guest Farm and driven to the lodge. We stop on the way for a bite to eat and some refreshments and one gets a wonderful idea of the country and its incredible open spaces on the drive down. The lodge is in a malaria free area and is 3 hours from Johannesburg

nearby /
on the property

Restaurants, Lake/river for swimming, Fishing, Biking, Mountain biking, Hiking, Birding

Not more
than a 15 min.
walk away

National Historic Sites, Mountain climbing

Not more
than a 15 min.
drive away


Not more
than a 90 min.
drive away

Galleries / Museum, Cinema, Fitness Center , Golf course, White-Water Rafting, Wildlife Viewing

Other types of leisure activities:

Quad biking on the property.
'Ventersberg stalle' horse riding
"Ventersberg stalle" horse riding
Property photo 3
Information about the riding facility / horse farm/ranch


Holiday Company, Horse Trekking Station, Ranch Resort, B & B for Horsemen, Campground / Campsite
Guest Capacity:
Minimum age for guests:
age 10 & up

General description:

Some of the finest riding country with exquisite mountain trails are on offer in the Eastern Free State Highlands of South Africa

Amenities/equipment of the riding facility

  • Riding facility

More details of the property

Up market accommodation in lovely farm cottages. Great food. Fabulous horses. Stunning rides and visits to Lion stations and other game farms.
What we have to offer
  • Horses for guests available
  • Long Term stays
  • Family Trips

    Other offers and explanations

    In our lovely packages we offer huge variety of riding and other activities, like stroking baby lions at a breeding station close by, and white water rafting and quad biking. Packed with fun!
    Horses available in our riding program
    Kind of Horses:
    Horses height 148 cm & up
    Riding (trained for / saddle):
    English / Classic, For guided Trail Rides, also Ride on your Own
    More information of the Horses for rent (Breed - Training etc.)
    The horses are home bred horses, crossing TB's with Clydesdales, and many of those crosses with Arab and our local "Boerperd" All have lovely temperament and are easy to handle.
    Riding program
    • with horses for rent
    • Guided Trail Rides
    • Pack Trips / Horse Trekking
    • 5-8 days
    • 9-14 days
    • 15 days & up
    • Trailrides on request
    Minimum age for Trail Rides:
    age 8 & up
    Riding experience:
    Average experience required
    Demand on rider:
    average demands
    Big/Heavy Riders:
    max. 90 kg - 200 lbs
    Notes and supplements for the Trail Rides / Riding Program
    In our packages we cover an incredible mileage. Riders should be reasonably riding fit. Riders must be able to trot, canter can be taught on the rides.

    Guest lodgings

    Comfortable homely cottages, scrumptious meals and excellent variety.

    2 Holiday Homes :
    Two lovely bedrooms in each cottage with open plan kitchen, dinning room and lounge with all the mod-cons. Lovely covered verandah looking out across the mountains and the beautiful gardens. Fireplace in the lounge for those cold winter evenings. Standing fan can be found in the bedrooms and lounge for those fierce hot summer days. Please ask for prices!
    6 Multi-bedded room(s):
    In the main lodge we have 6 comfortable rooms, ensuite. The lodge houses the quaint little bar, the dining room and the longe with TV is both the lounge and the Bar. A large verandah runs the length of the lodge and is covered in vines and creepers and is beautifully cool to sit under after a long hot ride. The kitchens are at the back of the lodge and provide some really delicious meals
    Amenities - special features:
    Sheets, Towels, Room service / Cleaning
    Kind of Catering:
    • Breakfast on request possible by arrangement
    • Full-board on request possible by arrangement
    • Vegetarian Meals possible by arrangement
    • Wholesome food
    • Organic Farm
    More information of the Catering:
    The catering is part of the package of a week or longer. We do a few mornings where we ride on horseback to a cave and have breakfast cooked on gas there. The meal tastes so divine then!
    General information of the accommodation
    Special features:
    No smoking, Pool available, Phone, Washing machine, Dryer, Internet access, Internet-/ E-mail service, Safe

    Rates and contact

    Rates of the Horses for rent

    Notes to the rental costs:
    Package costs from $2000 per person for a 10 night package
    Shumba Valley Guest Farm
    First name:
    Last name:
    South Africa
    + 27 (58) 223-0277
    Phone 2:
    + 27 (72) 227-6752
    + 27 (58) 223-0277

    You can contact us with the following languages:

    Mobil Lyn +27 (82) 8817 063

    E-Mail address: Inquiry

    Company: Shumba Valley Guest Farm
    Zip/Postal Code: 9725
    Street: S344 Fouriesburg, Frees State, South Africa
    Country: South Africa -- Free State -- Fouriesburg
    Phone: + 27 (58) 223-0277
    Phone 2: + 27 (72) 227-6752