Mauritius has made a reputation for itself as being a prime luxury holiday destination and as such it can offer a wide range of activities to visiting tourists such as hiking, golf, tennis, scuba diving, big game fishing, among others. One of the best-kept secrets of the island is that tourists and locals alike also have the opportunity to visit parts of the island on horseback. It is only natural, after all, since Mauritius is host to the oldest race track of the whole southern hemisphere, and since horse racing is much appreciated among the locals. Here is a list of agencies that offer such riding experiences in the island of Mauritius.
The Centre Equestre de Riambel
The Centre Equestre de Riambel is based in the South of the Island of Mauritius. They organize horse rides along the beach of Pomponette, at Riambel, which is a 2.5 kilometers long stretch of unspoiled white sand. The region is devoid of any hotels and the beach can be relatively devoid of people. Their stable is composed of 9 horses and a pony and they can accommodate beginners as well as experienced riders. For those who are on a journey across the relatively undeveloped southern part of Mauritius it can be a worthwhile stop along the way. They can be contacted on +230 729 4572. Their web site is http://www.centreequestrederiambel.com
The Club Equitation du Nord.
The Club Equitation du Nord is a horse riding club which is located in the north of the Island of Mauritius on the old grounds of the Mon Loisir Sugar Estate. It is mainly a riding school where locals, expatriates and tourists can learn to ride and train horses. The riding disciplines taught there are show-jumping, dressage and vaulting. They can be contacted on +230 264 9741. Their web site is http://www.equitationcenmauritius.com
Horse riding delights
Also in the north, Horse Riding Delights is a riding school which organizes one and a half hour rides across the old Mont Choisy Sugar Estate. Along the way, riders will have the opportunity to learn about the local history and observe animals like deer and farm animals. They can be contacted on +230 265 6159. Their website is http://www.horseridingdelights.com
Haras du Morne
Located in the South-West, the Haras du Morne organizes horse-riding trips along the coasts of one of the most beautiful regions that you could visit during your holidays in Mauritius: Le Morne Brabant. Their stable consists of 15 horses and 2 ponies. Rides can range from 1 hour to 5 hours and participants will have the opportunity to climb the Morne Brabant on horseback as well as go through the private properties of the area, ride along the beach and cross the sea on horseback to reach nearby islands. For people getting married on the island of Mauritius, they can also rent horse carriages. They can be contacted on +230 450 4142/4153/5043 and their web site is http://www.harasdumorne.com
The Forbach stables are located in the north of the island, near Grand Baie. They offer horse riding lessons, trail rides across the nearby sugarcane plantations, cross-country rides and company or private functions. They can be reached on +230 264 9044 / 251 5304 and their web site is http://www.horseridingmauritius.com
Domaine les Pailles.
The Domaine les Pailles is more of a nature park than an equestrian club but it also offers horse rides in the mountains and rides on horse-drawn carriages across the gardens. It is located near Port-Louis. There, you will also find restaurants, an old sugar mill and a little train that you can ride along with your children. They can be reached on +230 864225 and their website is http://www.domainelespailles.net
La Vieille Cheminée.
La Vieille Cheminee is an agricultural farm located in the mountains of Chamarel, in the district of Black River. While also offering accommodation in its vintage lodges for those who would like to experience what Mauritius looked like in the old days, they also offer horse rides across the mountains and through sugarcane, banana and pineapple fields. They can be reached on +230 483 5249 and their web site is http://www.lavieillecheminee.com
The Domaine de L’étoile
The Domaine de l’Etoile is located in the eastern part of the island of Mauritius. They offer a lot of services to tourists like archery, quad and buggy excursions, hiking, mountain bike excursions and horse riding excursions. Riders can enjoy 90 minute rides across beautiful landscapes all week long. They can be reached on +230 471 2017/18 and their web site is http://www.cieletnature.com/domaine-de-letoile/horse.html
Club Hippique de Maurice
The Club Hippique de Maurice, Mauritian Equestrian Club in English is located in Floréal, near the center of the island. They offer training in equestrian sports for people of all ages. They can be reached on +230 696 4387/698 6525.
The Centre Equestre de la Louisa
The Centre Equestre de la Louisa offers courses in horse grooming, vaulting, show jumping and other activities. Most of their horses are ex race horses and their ponies are imported from South Africa. They are located in Belle Vue near the center of the island. They can be reached on +230 290 03 03.
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