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Ilha do Sal

Horse Riding in Sal Island - Cabo Verde

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USD 56.35
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    Stop At: Santa Marilha Horse Excursions, Santa Maria, Ilha do Sal Cape Verde

    Meet our pick-up truck at the reception of your hotel for the transfer to the stables.

    After a smooth 10 minutes drive, you will arrive at the riding centre, into the lushy green Bothanical Garden, where you will meet our Lusitanos, cross Arabian and Berber horses.

    The istructor will make the comprehensive safety briefing while the guides will finish to prepare and tack the horses for you.

    Basic knowledge and important tips will be given to the novice riders in order to have a fun and safe ride.

    At the reception area, lockers will be at your disposal to leave your belongings and CE certified riding helmets will be given to you prior the ride (mandatory).

    The group of max 7 riders will be lead by several guides on horseback (1:2 ratio) to make sure that the ride will be tailored on your respective riding skills. 

    Now the adventure can start!

    All trails starts with an easy and gentle ride across the desert formed by the Sahara Desert sand carried by trade winds.

    Leave your tracks on the sand dunes and you will arrive at the "Big Salt Mines of Santa Maria" where local people work everyday to satisfy the demand of salt for the whole archipelago.

    Riding up a small hill where you will find an amazing view of the salt pans.

    If you are taking part on the 1,5h or the 2h trails, you will leave the Salt Flats behind and you will head up to Kite Beach where a great number of kite surfers fill up the sky with their colorful kites during the windy season.

    An endless golden sand beach trek awaits where you will hear the roar of the waves and the most experienced riders will have the chance to gallop through the surf. Less experienced riders or those who just want to relax and enjoy the landscape will ride gently along the shore at walking gait with the assistance of the guides. Once you arrive at the foot of the Serra Negra Natural Reserve you will head back to the stables riding through flat land with green bushes and a small creek where it is common to meet cows, donkeys and endemic birds of Cape Verde.

    Back at the stables you can thank your horse with apples and cuddles beore being driven back to your hotel.

    Duration: 2 hours
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We offer pick-up service from any hotel/house/accomodation in Santa Maria area
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Local taxes
    • Professional guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Use of helmet
    • insurance
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Booked this trip as wanted to do something we hadn’t done before. My daughter wasn’t keen as she’s a bit scared of horses but we really enjoyed the experience. We were both beginners and chose the two hour ride which for beginners I feel was a little long! But Ziggy and Alex
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    Response from Santa_Marilha, Owner at Horse Riding in Sal Island - Cabo Verde
    Responded 16 Oct. 2019
    Hi Dominique, Thanks for your feedback, much appreciated :) Wish that this experience with our horses has given you and your daughter the want to get to know deeply this wonderful animal ;) Hope to see you soon again, Teo
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    We had a fantastic 2 hour horse ride with Teo's Santa Marilha Horse Excursions. We were two adults, two children 13 and 10, and with just one other mother and daughter. We booked directly through the company's website / email from England and Teo replied with all the
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    Response from Santa_Marilha, Owner at Horse Riding in Sal Island - Cabo Verde
    Responded 25 Aug. 2019
    Hi Annette & Anuj, Thanks for your feedback ;) It has been a pleasure for me and all the guides to welcome you and all your family at our stables! We wish to see you soon again in Cape Verde, Best regards. Teo
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    Very well cared for horses, great guide who took us over the desert and salt flats and the over to Kite Beach for a canter. An amazing few hours. Picked us up from hotel and dropped us back again.
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    Response from Santa_Marilha, Owner at Horse Riding in Sal Island - Cabo Verde
    Responded 20 Aug. 2019
    Hi Gary, Thanks a lot for taking your time to share your feedback on TripAdvisor. Wish to welcome you soon again at our stables :) Best regards, Teo
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    I completely enjoyed the horse riding experience with Santa Marilha Horse Riding Centre. The staff were very friendly and professional and were happy to take photos of me on the horse. It was my first time riding a horse and the staff made sure I was comfortable on the horse.
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    Response from Santa_Marilha, Owner at Horse Riding in Sal Island - Cabo Verde
    Responded 14 Aug. 2019
    Hi Sophie, Thanks for your comment :) We are happy that you have fully enjoyed our horses and the trail we offer on your first ride ever! Hope you will keep on riding on get to know more and more about this beautiful majestic animals ;) Best regards, Teo
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    My boyfriend and I booked this excursion not through tui, whom we booked our whole holiday through including our other excursions, but these guys are separate from tui, don’t let this put you off though, teo came and picked us up from outside our hotel and was immediately very
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    Response from Santa_Marilha, Owner at Horse Riding in Sal Island - Cabo Verde
    Responded 14 Aug. 2019
    Hi Jake and Emily, Really appreciate your feedback! ;) Just let me take the chance to say that we do work with Tui, Thomson and all majors tour operators and it is possible to book one of our ride through them. Anyway we tend to give priority to direct bookings since with direct communication is possible to fully understand the riding skills and expectations of our clients. Hope to see you soon again at our stables! Best regards, Teo
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    • Duration: 1h
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
    • Hotel Pickup
    • Languages Offered: English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
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