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Kiskunság Trails

Overview

The trail begins and ends at this lovely ranch which is situated in the south of Hungary, approximately 80km from Budapest. For many years El Bronco have offered western riding tuition and based star rides but now they are offering an adventurous new trail. The ranch is situated in Kiskunsagi Natio…

Highlights

  • Quality Western horses and tack
  • Adventurous trail through diverse countryside
  • Opportunity to explore Kiskunsagi National Park
  • Comfortable accommodation

Essential Facts

  • 1 itinerary available
  • Max 4 riders per group
  • Average of 5 - 6 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: 95kg / 209 lbs / 15 stone

Description

The trail begins and ends at this lovely ranch which is situated in the south of Hungary, approximately 80km from Budapest. For many years El Bronco have offered western riding tuition and based star rides but now they are offering an adventurous new trail. The ranch is situated in Kiskunsagi National Park where the sandy ground is ideal for long lopes and relaxing trail rides and from here your trail begins!

This is a new and fantastic opportunity for advanced and confident riders with a long trail ride around the east side of the Kiskunsági National Park riding Western on Quarter Horses. This is a six night trail and will take you around the whole of the National Park, riding mostly on sand. The Kiskunság National Park is a UNESCO biosphere reserve, which comprises of seven units scattered throughout the area. Created in 1975, the park stretches across the Great Hungarian Plain and is a mosaic of plains, lakes and marshes dotted between the Danube and Tisza Rivers. Within Kiskunság National Park, there is a rich diversity of birdlife, which includes great bustard, red-footed falcon, European bee-eater, golden oriole, European roller as well as numerous herons, egrets, wildfowl and passerines. So there is much to see on this trail.

Horses & Riding

Tack

Western

Horses

The ranch breed their own Quarter Horses, Appaloosas and local Hungarian breeds.

Riding

There is 1 itinerary:

  • National Park Trail is a trail ride

Ages

18 years or over

Health

Fit and Healthy

Weight

95kg / 209 lbs / 15 stone

Food & Accommodation

Food

Food at the ranch consists of a continental style breakfast with bread, croissants, cheeses, ham, vegetables, jam, yoghurt etc. On the trail the breakfasts will be similar.

Lunches on the trail will be mostly picnic style and carried in your saddle bags.

Dinners will be typically Hungarian with meals such as goulash, potatoes, and vegetables. Meals are always served with bread and Hungarian salad.

Accommodation

There is a choice of accommodation on the ranch where you will begin and end your trail. The main accommodation at the ranch offers double and family rooms, each with their own en suite shower room and toilet. The rooms have TVs and a good sound system to make your stay more comfortable. These rooms are suitable for one to four people.

On the trail you will stay at guesthouses and farms chosen for their comfort and traditional Hungarian style.

Itineraries

National Park Trail Standard accommodation.

Other Activities

As this is a point to point trail ride, there are not many opportunities for activities besides riding. However, we can certainly recommend extending your stay to spend a few days at the Kiskunsag Ranch if you would like to enjoy some more relaxed riding and the opportunity to explore the local area more thoroughly.

Travel

Guests are recommended to fly into Budapest (approx 80km from the ranch) and then to either hire a car or we can arrange an airport transfer. Please note that airport transfers are paid locally at the ranch.

We can organise transfers from/to Budapest hotels with advance notice - please ask us.

Guests may also take a train from Budapest (Keleti) station to the local station at Soltszentimre. A transfer can be organised from this station at a small additional cost, again paid locally at the ranch.

Itinerary & Pricing

Day 1 - Saturday

Riding: No riding.

You should aim to arrive at the ranch no later than 11 pm on day 1 of the programme.

Day 2 - Sunday

Riding: 4 hours

This morning, you will be shown how to tack up your horse and will take part in a short test ride to check you are happy with the horse that has been chosen for you and that you are competent enough to make the long trail. Setting off for a short ride of around 10 kms, you will visit the medieval temple of Csonka Torony. The day will give you a chance to enjoy your first experience of riding the sandy tracks through the typical Hungarian Puszta landscape. A tasty picnic lunch will be cooked for you in a beautiful spot along the route. Finally, you will ride back to the ranch in the afternoon.

The test ride will finish at approx. 4.30-5 pm. and so there will be some free time to enjoy the facilities at the ranch before dinner is served.

Please note that if your guides have any concerns about your ability to complete the trail ride, then you will be given the possibility to stay at the ranch and ride out from there.

Day 3 - Monday

Riding: 5 - 7 hours

After a delicious breakfast at the ranch, you will groom and tack up your horses in preparation for the first day of the trail. Heading out from El Bronco ranch, you will ride for approx. 26 kms today across the Kiskunsag Park and onto Kunadacs where you will stay tonight. Accommodation is provided in a small wooden guesthouse which offers shared 2-4 person bedrooms and also has an outdoor pool. Your hosts will cook a traditional halászlé for you to try this evening - the famous Hungarian"Fisherman's soup".

Day 4 - Tuesday

Riding: 5 - 7 hours

This morning, after breakfast, you will prepare your horses and continue this lovely trail to Ballószög. There will be a stop for another picnic lunch which you will have picked up from the farm in the morning. Today you will ride for about 26 kms and eventually find a resting place for the horses at a western ranch. If the ranch owner is home, you will have the opportunity to see real cutting training with cows and buffalos. The horses will remain at the ranch overnight and a car will take you to a hotel nearby (c. 10 minutes drive away) where you will enjoy another traditional dinner and a well earned night's sleep. The hotel tonight is Csalánosi Csárda.

Day 5 - Wednesday

Riding: 5 - 7 hours

Today's ride will be one of the longest for this trip, at around 28 kms with a stop for a picnic lunch on the way. Your destination will be the Old Nice Farm guesthouse in Venyige. This is an opportunity to stay at a classical Hungarian farm where the village houses have thatched roofs. You will enjoy some traditional homemade pálinka (strong Hungarian brandy) tasting which has been included in the price of the trip. Tonight you will served another typical Hungarian dinner and some tasty oven baked delicacies as well. There is also the opportunity to organise a tasting of some of the farms delicious homemade wines (this is not included and will need to be paid locally).

Day 6 - Thursday

Riding: 5 - 7 hours

After tacking up your horse for the last time, you will mount up and ride back through the National Park to El Bronco ranch. This last day of riding will see you covering roughly 25 kms and returning to the ranch at c. 5-5.30 pm. There will be time to relax, enjoy the sauna or jacuzzi at the ranch or even request a massage if you wish to ease out those aches from the trail!

Dinner will be accompanied by the sounds of happy stories from the ride you have just completed.

Day 7 - Friday

Riding: No riding.

Following breakfast today you will ay goodbye to your guides and fellow geusts to begin your homeward journey. Alternatively perhaps you will choose to stay on a few days more at the ranch and relax a little longer is this wonderful environment.

* Please note that you will need Hungarian forint notes/cash to pay for any extras as guesthouses and ranches. Card payments are not readily accepted at small rural accommodations. If you have euros, then it is possible to change these at El Bronco ranch or there is an ATM in the nearby town.

Accommodation

El Bronco ranch and other traditional guesthouses and farms

Experience Experienced

Fit and experienced, capable of taking care of their horse

Minimum group size 2
Maximum group size 4
Departure windows

At any time during: April 3, 2021 - Oct. 8, 2021  (Dates scheduled on request (Sat-Fri))

Sept. 4, 2021 - Sept. 10, 2021

Pricing

2021
Sharing
£935 $1300 €1100
Included 6 nights accommodation in shared rooms, all meals from dinner on arrival day until breakfast on departure day, 5 days of riding as per the itinerary and transport of luggage between overnight stops.
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, airport transfers, drinks (other than bottled water), tips and personal expenses.

Extras

2021 - Airport Transfer (1-3 passegers) €55
Paid locally
Price is per person, each way, paid locally.
2021 - Airport Transfer (4+ passengers) €45
Paid locally
Price is per person, each way, paid locally.
2021 - Soltszentimre Station Transfers €10
Paid locally
Price is per person, each way, paid locally.
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.