Meet Your Host- Mkulu Kei Horse Trails in South Africa
Cheryl Giacchetti and Jono Arnott have a job that many would consider a dream job, especially equestrians. They operate horse riding holidays on the Eastern Cape of the Sunshine Coast, "the Adventure Province in South Africa" through Mkulu Kei Horse Trails & Riding Holidays. Recent accolades include being honored with the Eastern Cape Tourism Board’s Award of Excellence for “The Best Horse Trail” in 2009 and again in 2011. They also boast a record of changing lives, both for local kids and travelers who spend gap years with them, learning a holistic approach to horses.
We corresponded with Cheryl Giacchetti to get a rundown on what makes her African riding vacations stand out.
Equitrekking: What is most special about your location?
Cheryl Giacchetti: Unspoilt beaches, safari riding
Equitrekking: What inspired you to run your own riding holiday company?
Cheryl Giacchetti: Combining a passion for horses and the great outdoors and wanting to share this passion with others.
Equitrekking: What level of rider do you need to be to ride with you in South Africa?
Cheryl Giacchetti: Intermediate to advanced.
Equitrekking: Do guest’s have a favorite activity either in or out of the saddle? If so, what?
Cheryl Giacchetti: Cantering along endless expanses of pristine beach.
Equitrekking: What do travelers find most surprising when they visit you?
Cheryl Giacchetti: The quality of the horses and the warmth of the hospitality