Santa Marilha Horse Excursions

Santa Marilha Horse Excursions

Private Tours • Nature & Wildlife Tours • Horseback Riding Tours
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Monday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
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Horse riding excursions with english speaking guides along the wonderful beaches, the salt mines and the natural reserve of Sal Island (Cape Verde). Tailored horseback riding excursions for beginners, intermediate and expert riders. Transfer service from the hotels (pick up & drop off), comprehensive safety briefing, insurance and riding helmets included in the price
Santa Maria, Cape Verde
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Evelin
17 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Friendly people,

Beautiful horses, I had a lovely ride on the eldest horse Marilha 💖 and my man on the playful Venus 💖 Venus is very enthusiastic where he finds out he can play and lay down in the sand dunes 😁
We went with two other people in the group. And there were 3 staff members to guided the tour.
We first had a ride through some salt mines.
The next place we went was the Kite beach. Where you have these great shot with kitesurfers in the sea.
It is all day very windy. So you better know what to wear. For me it was enough that I had longsleeves on.

Finally we ride into the beautiful sunset. Coming back to the horse stables.

Eddy give me some great pictures when I asked to use my mobile phone.

Thank you all for the good experience first time horse riding!
Written March 13, 2020
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Hi Evelin, thanks for your feedback and glad that you have chosen our stables for your first ride ever :) Wish to see you soon again, Teo
Written October 13, 2020
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clarabizzi1965
wales111 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We booked a l.5hr trek early morning.
My husband had never even sat on a horse before so was nervous, but was so well looked after, he really enjoyed it. We went out just us and two guides, Eddie and Ziggy who were fantastic. We rode across the salt fields onto the beach. This was a dream for me to ride on a beautiful beach along the water. It was amazing. Ziggy and I were able to canter along the beach which was brilliant.
These horses rescued horses and are so well cared for. We had a fabulous morning and would say to all concerned thankyou so much. Highly recommended.
Written February 2, 2020
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Hi Clara, Thanks for your review! King, Harpa, Ziggy, Eddie and all the team are sending you the best regards. Wish to welcome you at our stables again on your next visit to Cape Verde! Teo
Written February 19, 2020
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PAJJIT
SLOUGH27 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
Having seen other peoples experience about the sunset ride, I contacted Carlotta and Theo via their Facebook page and explained what i was after.

I received replies promptly and made the booking as I felt confident and safe with them.

I wanted a Sunset horse ride to celebrate my 4th wedding anniversary and this was the perfect way to do this.

We were picked up from our hotel and taken to their stables. We were shown the horses and a gorgeous foal too.

As an inexperienced rider, I was given Chad and my wife was riding Viking.

Carlotta explained to us both the quirks of each horse and how to get the best out of the ride. We had a great guide in Ailton and I had a guide to myself as I was an inexperienced rider.

He gave me opportunities along the ride to lead the horse myself and to gallop if I so wanted.

The whole horse ride was amazing and incredible to see the different beaches along the island.

Then to add to the romance after the ride, watching the sunset on cushions whilst sipping wine and crunching on biscuits ensured top marks for romance and originality.

Carlotta and Theo are very dedicated and hard working and have built an amazing business rescuing horses on the island and running a stable too.

I work for a travel agents and would have no hesitation to recommend them for an exciting excursion.

Thanks again Carlotta and Theo :)
Written October 3, 2015
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Hi, Thanks so much for taking your time to share your experience with other riders. Wish to welcome you soon again at our stables :) Kind regards, Teo
Written January 17, 2022
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Tracxx
13 contributions
Apr 2016 • Family
We booked two adult two children 6-8 to do hour and half of beach horse riding what a disappointment we rode for 30 min past salt mines attached to handler whom had our horses on rope so we couldn't go anywhere then when we got to beach we wasn't allowed to ride there we had a look 100 yards again attached to handler with his rope then came off beach and headed back to stables coz the horse were afraid of the surfers wot is that about I wish we would have kept our 200 euros in our pockets be aware they don't allow u to ride alone
Written April 5, 2016
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Dear Tracy, we are sorry that you did not enjoy your ride. As you can read on the other 155 reviews, unless the rider is very unexperienced and undisciplined, everybody at our stables is allowed to ride alone. In your case it was clear since the first moment that no one in your family had any experience with horses but you all pretended and behaved as if you were experienced "cowboys". Also your children (6yo and 8yo) were taking part in the ride, so in order to make your excursion fun but also as much safe as possible, our guides assisted and helped you to keep your horses in control and avoid any risk. Best regards, Teo
Written May 8, 2016
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mariabr2015
London, UK3 contributions
Nov 2015 • Couples
My 2 week Sal, Cape Verde holiday was a last minute one, my boyfriends Eamonn's idea, to get away and relax. To have a break from hospital appointments and such things, to aid my recovery from a bad accident, in which an arm was still in recovery.
I found Santa Marilha Horse Excursions through an online search, emailed them though their website, only a few days before flying out.
Response was quick and even though I was nervous of my arm, such as, "would I be able to do it, would they let me ride", they responded that it was ok and that with the information I give them they can match person and horse plus there would be a leader for the horse.

I booked the private romantic sunset ride for my boyfriend and I, boyfriend a complete beginner. I'm the one that is into horses and go on horse excursions whenever possible, that said I'm a beginner.

Excursion includes hotel pick up and drop off. Met Carlotta and Anna, nice relaxed, easy to chat to. Once arrived Carlotta went through all the safety in a confident but friendly way. I spoke to her and showed her my arm and though I had relaxed in pickup, chatting to her and Anna, I noticed I need not have worried as chatting some more I realised I was being well looked after, both by horse and man and felt comfortable enough to raise a concern should anything come about during the ride.

Once we had some instructions and information on what the horses are like, we set off, boyfriend on Stella and myself on Marilha each with a leader and Anna as a guide.
What an lovely experience it was. The ride gives you time to get to know your horse, as you walk along taking in your surroundings, before you get to the beach. The leaders are friendly and even take pictures for you (fab photos) if you have a camera plus check on you throughout. If they feel it is alright they will let you have some free time riding without them at your side.
Once you get to the beach and you are happy to, your leader will lead your horse to stretch their legs. Holding on to your horse they will start running and off you go, along the beach. I wasn't sure how I would cope holding on, but I did well, we had a short burst on the beach. Lovely!

When we got off our horses further down the beach, we had our own picnic blanket and natural wind breaker (stones) surrounding our spot waiting for us. We got given a phone and told will be back in an hour, so spend a lovely hour sitting, enjoying the sunset, the quiet, a really nice bottle of wine and cake.

Lets just say that in our 2 weeks stay, we kept going back :) we went 3 times in total doing a different ride each time. My boyfriend who has never done a horse excursion before, though he had sore muscles, enjoyed himself. I think this has opened his eyes to horses in general. He was happy with both Stella and Ufa, though I believe Ufa ended up being mutually suited :)

It is good to see some parts of the Island on horseback (remember that due to the weather/resources available and the well being of the horses, the maximum ride time is 2hours).

Also met Teo, again lovely and friendly. Our last excursion, was to Serra Negra, where you ride through dry river beds and climb up a bit and therefore also down (bit more difficulty due to the surface of rocks). Before though, you travel through desert and along the beach for a bit. Most of the time, its just you, your horse and nature, the elements.

Anna the guide was wonderful, always cheerful and thoughtful, a good balance of thoughtfulness for horses and riders. I have to add a personal note.............

I don't think I knew until the last ride out (and even until recently) how much the horse outings have helped me. Its hard to explain, but I do know when I cantered along the beach on Marilha with Anna riding alongside me, it felt wonderful. I felt more free in a different way, since my accident.
I felt free and happy. I thank Marilha. 3 times I rode her, getting to know her each time and her getting to know me, seems my body trusted her and in turn the mutual trust raised my confidence. Re-awaken my confident of my body and therefore confidence in my arm and what it can do and will be able to do.

Many thanks to Carlotta, Teo, Anna, the leaders and the lovely horses. Big hugs to Marilha.
You do a wonderful service to the horses of Sal that sadly at times need rescuing. You have give them a wonderful life, regardless of the struggles you go through due to being on an Island, where everything has to be imported (a lovely Island it is, friendly people too). We will visit again next time we in Sal :) Wishing you all the best
Written December 10, 2015
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We are really happy to read this wonderful review!! You and Eamonn are an amazing couple!!! We are really proud about your super ride with Marilha! We hope you are getting better and better! All the best for you both! Hugs from all our Team!!
Written December 15, 2015
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Jonna
Bangkok, Thailand35 contributions
Highly recommend! We decided to took the romantic excercusion and neither of us did have any experience on riding. Lovely Teo and Charlotte came to pick us up at our hotel. Then we got to meet our horses and guide, who was a finnish girl which was funny becouse we're from Finland. We rode the horses on a beutiful beach in the sunset! It was really amazing, super fun and the location was so beautiful! After riding, they left us alone with wine and cookies to watch the sunset at the beach. Then they came to get us and gave us a ride back to our hotel. One of the best memories from our vacation!!
Written April 10, 2015
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Hi Jonna, Thanks so much for taking your time to share your experience with other riders. Wish to welcome you soon again at our stables :) Kind regards, Teo
Written January 17, 2022
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rob p
14 contributions
Dec 2014 • Couples
Never been on a horse before so was worried about this trip but to please my girlfriend I decided to give it a go! We was picked up in a 4x4 and taken on time to the stables, gorgeous horses awaited us with very pleasant friendly staff. Girlfriend hops on allocated horse no problem and has a briefing on what to do. I on the other hand struggled to get on but did manage in a fashion with the help of the staff, i was very worried, but the staff where very understanding and did not rush me and are very patient. I was briefed and my horse attached by a rope to another member of staff. After a few steps I decided this trip was really not for me. Girlfriend trotted off on her trip whilst with help I got off and made my way back with my horse and a couple of the staff to the stables. I thought I would have a boring hour waiting for the other half to return, how wrong I was I had a great time! I was taken around all the stables and given lots of info about the horses, I helped feed, water them, pop them into the stables. I was taken to see a new foal, some lambs, chickens and chicks, goats, rabbits and donkeys! Although i didnt actually go riding I had a fab time and would advise anyone to visit. My girlfriend also had a lovely time and enjoyed every minute. Well cared for horses and lovely patient staff. Thank you.
Written December 28, 2014
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Hi Rob, Thanks so much for taking your time to share your experience with other riders. Hope to welcome you soon again at our stables :) Kind regards, Teo
Written January 17, 2022
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Stine W
Drammen, Norway43 contributions
Dec 2014 • Solo
I was riding with santa marilha horse excursions on December 1th 2014. I was picked up at the hotel and rode in a group with four others. Two guides were with us on the trip, including a super cozy Finnish girl. The horses stood in bright, stylish stables. They were all well kept and healthy. One horses looked a bit thin, but not disturbing. I was on a trip for experienced riders which all had extensive experience with horses. I rode a super fun pony which was relatively easy ridden. We rode past salt lakes which was great fun to watch. The male guide fetched us even salt lumps on his horse. We came to the beach which was completely deserted. Several periods of galloping across the beach. My pony was fast and funny. Some hard in the mouth, but it went well. Just the way I had imagined galloping across a beach. A wonderful experience I certainly recommend this to all. Professional and friendly owners who were adorable and cozy. Suitable for all and great fun !!
Written December 17, 2014
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Hi Stine, Thanks so much for taking your time to share your experience with other riders. Hope to welcome you soon again at our stables :) Kind regards, Teo
Written January 17, 2022
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Scott1771
Manchester, UK31 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
Before I came out to the island I had a good search of what to do in the area, that is where I came across Santa Marilha Horse Excursions with an excellent looking website and a good variety of packages to choose from. Immediately upon my first email I felt extremely welcomed by Carlotta and Teo, and I spoke with Carlotta on the phone describing which package I wanted and what I wanted from the experience. We were picked up from the hotel by Teo and Carlotta, and driven down to the stables where they kept these immaculate horses. My partner who is an experienced rider couldn't wait to disembark, myself an inexperienced rider a bit more tentative but the guys there matched us up with horses to match our ability which was excellent. We rode the horses for 1hr 30mins along the Ponte Preta beach which was empty at sunset a truly amazing, breathtaking experience in Cape Verde. We came to the sand dunes to find a blanket and pillows with a bottle of wine. Teo who had asked me what I wanted right before we set off took immaculate pictures of the moment I asked my girlfriend to marry me. I have been commended on how I asked her ever since but no one will ever truly know how perfect the moment was, and that was all thanks to this fantastic company. They made one of the most special occasions of our lives truly and utterly unforgettable. A moment done once remembered forever... Thank you Santa Marilha Horse Excursions! We will be back! From Scott and Brittany
Written October 24, 2014
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princess147041
England9 contributions
We were very excited about horse riding in Cape Verde after an amazing experience in the Dominican Republic. However we were both very disappointed. Neither of us are experienced riders but we are not complete beginners either. It was just the two of us which we thought would be lovely but our horses were spooked by each other, therefore we had to keep quite a distance and we couldn't talk. We had two guides walking with us who spoke very little English so we could not communicate with them. It was a dull ride to the beach but once we were there it was very picturesque, we walked along the beach for 10mins then headed back. I asked to canter on the way back which they said was ok so that was fun. In my opinion, it was very over priced and disappointing. The horses appeared very well looked after which is a positive! We got picked up and dropped off from our hotel efficiently and the guy was very friendly. I think we were a bit unlucky as there are some wonderful reviews, maybe they cater for the more experienced rider.
Written September 10, 2014
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Hi, Thanks for pointing out the welfare of our horses but we are really sorry that you did not fully enjoyed your ride. Our trails include riding along 5km of sandy beach after crossing the Salt mines on the way to the shore. Our guides are happy to ride along the beach as long as possible and depending on the riders skills it is possible to enjoy a good canter or gallop along the beach, always keeping safety as a priority. If the guides decided to leave the beach after few minutes it only because the whole situation was turning dangerous. Horse riding involves dealing with lots of natural elements where horses play the biggest role: Horses are living being and just like humans they have feelings with good and bad days. We are sorry that the horses you rode were spooky with each other, probably it was not their best day or maybe you have been matched with horses not suitable for your riding skills. We are also sorry to read this comment now instead of reporting your experience to the instructor just after your ride. We would have been happy to listen your feedback and offer you a second ride on different horses for a more relaxed experience. Kind regards, Teo
Written November 9, 2018
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