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Santa Marilha Horse Excursions

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Santa Maria, Cape Verde
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About Santa Marilha Horse Excursions
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
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Experienced riders and beginners alike will find their match on this Sal Island horseback riding tour. Choose between a 1-, 1.5-, or 2-hour ride and set off in a small group with a maximum of six participants. You’ll ride along white-sand beaches and through the salt flats of Sal, with the opportunity to continue to Kite Beach and beyond. Helmets, round-trip hotel transport, and safety briefing all included.
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Christiane wrote a review Mar 2021
Frankfurt, Germany3 contributions
I did 3 horse excursions and all of them have been fantastic. Nice stables, great and caring handling of the horses, easy to make appointments, shuttle service..... I am very excited about everything and can warmly recommend the stables.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Response from teo_ago, Owner at Santa Marilha Horse Excursions
Responded Apr 1, 2021
Hi Christiane, Thanks for your feedback, very appreciated. I am glad that you enjoyed your ride with us and discovered all the beauty of the Cape Verdean Islands :) Hope to see you soon again! Teo
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Christian P wrote a review Jan 2021
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My girlfriend and I had a perfect experience with Santa Marilha horse excursions!! From our initial interactions with owner and operator Théo, we new we were in great hands. Théo and his girlfriend have been on the island for 12 years and have in a brilliant fashion grown a beautiful horse excursions business on the Island of Sal. Théo was very accommodating picking us up from our hotel and getting a feel for our skill and comfort levels on the way to the stables. Upon arrival at the charming Santa Marilha Stables and botanical gardens we were quickly introduced to our guides and horses. We received a comprehensive tour and safety brief and we were off. Our two guides Ziggy and Eddie were very friendly and attentive. On our 2 hour tour we enjoyed a visit to some of the nearby Salt mines, sand dunes and a thrilling and stunning gallop along kite beach with an easy stroll back to the stables at sunset. Just perfect. Our horses Harpa and King were beautiful, strong and vibrant. They were both very energetic after a relatively slow past 10 months due to covid entry restrictions. Regardless, the horses have very good temperaments and with Ziggy and Eddie we felt relaxed and confident the whole time. Thank you Théo, Ziggy, Eddie and Marhila horse excursions for the unforgettable experience!! Julie and Christian
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Response from teo_ago, Owner at Santa Marilha Horse Excursions
Responded Jan 8, 2021
Fantastic! :) First review after long time due Covid restrictions, really appreciated guys and happy that you enjoyed your ride! Wish to see you soon again, Teo
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Katharine C wrote a review Mar 2020
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We were 2 friends, one complete beginner to riding and one with a small amount of experience. We did the 1 hour ride to the salt flat. We had a great time, the ride was easy and slow, just what we wanted. Some nervous people had their horses led, handled really well. The staff were all very good, and we got some wonderful photos. Really recommend!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from teo_ago, Owner at Santa Marilha Horse Excursions
Responded Oct 13, 2020
Hi Katharine, thanks for your feedback and happy to read that you had good time with our horses and team! Hope to see you soon again, Teo
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Evelin wrote a review Mar 2020
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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!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from teo_ago, Owner at Santa Marilha Horse Excursions
Responded Oct 13, 2020
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
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Nicola S wrote a review Mar 2020
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My sister and I chose the hour and half ride through the Salt Mines and Kite Beach. The stables were really quick to respond by email to our booking request and gave us all the information we needed. They pick you up and drop you off from your accommodation and when you get to the stables it is a lovely, friendly vibe and they take safety very seriously. If you fancy taking a few pics on your journey they give you a bumbag for your phone so you can leave your bag and everything else in a locker. Some of the views on our ride were stunning and we had a cracking time galloping along the beach (if you don't want to, no bother - a riding guide will stay with you). There is also a photographer who pops up in a few locations. Now, normally we don't bother with professional excursion photos but these were brilliant and great quality so we treated ourselves. You can't turn down a pic of yourself movie style pelting it on horseback across the beach can you! So, get on a pair of trousers, a good pair of shoes and book your ride!!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from teo_ago, Owner at Santa Marilha Horse Excursions
Responded Oct 13, 2020
Hi Nicola, thanks so much for your comment! It is always nice to welcome horsy people at our stables and have nice feedback :) Hope to see you soon again in Cape Verde, Teo
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