Wild Horses of Kaapsche Hoop, Mpumalanga
It is no secret that visiting Kaapsehoop, in Mpumalanga, is an incredible journey filled with a rich History of the very early gold mine rush in Southern Africa, leaving behind a quaint village almost untouched by time. One of the beautiful mysteries is that of the wild horses that roam freely in the surrounding escarpment of Kaapsehoop (Kaapsche Hoop). When next visiting Destiny Country Lodge in White River, remember to ask about this special little town of wild horses, it is found not far from the Lodge, about an hour's drive (add a little more time to the journey to stop for magnificent photographs).
The Wild Horse Legacy
Populations of free-roaming horses have existed all over the world for many years. Many of these are managed as wild life and thus are popularly called “wild” horses. In essence feral horses, where a feral horse refers to a horse living in an untamed state but whose ancestors have been domesticated. These populations formed due to horses that escaped for instance from army war camps or failed human settlements.
At the far northern tip of the Drakensberg mountain range in South Africa lies the quaint village of Kaapsehoop (Kaapsche Hoop) and the surrounding escarpment, known for it's spectacular scenic environment, its fascinating rock fields, mysterious mist, the Blue Swallow Reserve, its history of gold discovery and its own legacy of wild horses.
From far and wide people come to see the wild horses of Kaapsche Hoop. And though they find some wandering through the village, those herds are merely a fraction of the population. For the true wild horses along the escarpment are as elusive as the gold once found in this region; their origin as vague as the outline of the mountains when the mist rolls over the plains.
For decades they have roamed the Kaapsehoop escarpment. They are a legacy of splendour, a legacy to preserve.