Where the wild horses roam
Accommodation in Kaapsehoop is a special treat. Simply looking out of your window on most mornings will be a treat: catching a glimpse of the mysterious wild horses is part of the Kaapsehoop experience. The horses can be seen walking throughout the rocky areas, amongst the forest trees and even on the busy road that runs past Kaapsehoop. This is a good time to remind you to be vigilant when driving in, out and around the town as the horses can often be found on the road and might run out in front of you.
Every horse lovers dream, Kaapsehoop’s wild horses are a town attraction on their own. They are the only wild herd of horses in the whole of South Africa. Rumoured to be descendants of the horses of the British army, their existence is mentioned in mining journals dating back to the 1800’s. However others believe that their origin comes from the police horses that were set free by the former Kaapsehoop police station after the station was closed. The horses are much loved by all of the Kaapsehoop residents and some horses have even become tame although approaching a wild horse is not advisable. The number of wild horses in the area changes throughout the year as some of the herd contract diseases and die but for the most part this wild horse herd has adapted to the environment and are self-sufficient. There are an estimated 150 to 200 wild horses in the area. The wild horses of Kaapsehoop are mostly of the Boerperd breed.
If you plan to have accommodation in Kaapsehoop in spring then you will get to experience the annual Wild Horse Spring Festival. The Silver Inn Guest House, which is a part of the Long Creek Lodge group, hosts this event. The Silver Inn Guest House is a short walk away from the Long Creek Lodge. This festival gives the residents and citizens the opportunity to welcome spring, mingle outside and watch the horses.
The wild horses have 17 000 hectares of land on which they are free to roam and if you are having a picnic on the grass amongst the beautiful rocks and flowers, don’t be too surprised if a wild horse comes close to steal an apple from your hand. Let your accommodation in Kaapsehoop be made memorable by the wild horses of the town.