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African Dream Horse Safari. Limpopo

Equine & Wildlife Holiday

The Equine Holiday programme has been designed for enthusiastic travelers, aged between 18 to 35, who are looking for a unforgettable experience, by combining their love of nature and a passion for horses.

You will be exposed to a variety of aspects, such as understanding the correct way to ride, handling of horses, general horse and equipment care, basic yard management, safety, instruction, schooling, basic veterinary, riding skills both in the wildlife and in an arena, horse behaviour, natural horsemanship and horse trails in combination with a unique nature experience, with an emphasis on conservation, including nature guiding in the natural environment, basic knowledge of ecosystems, identification, tracks and signs, animal behaviour and so much more.

African Dream Horse Safari is totally unique project with opportunities and experiences that differ greatly from other horse safari programs that you’ll find in South Africa, with an emphasis being placed on living and learning in a relaxed and fun filled environment. The programme is available to both experienced riders and novices alike, so if you have never ridden a horse before but would like to learn, African Dream Horse Safaris is the place to visit.

 

 The owner of African Dream Horse Safari is Traci Thomson who is a devoted guide, accomplished competitive rider and dedicated conservationist.  She is also qualified in both FGASA Level 1 and Level 2 as well as Advanced Trails guide and facilitator. Her team is made up of Shannon, who manages the stable yard and works with the horses; Ryan, who is the administrator and conducts game drives on the Big 5 reserve, which is part of the Greater Kruger.

Accommodation

Accommodation is provided at The Bushcamp, which is situated on a neighbouring Big 5 reserve, just a short ten minutes’ drive from the stables. The Bushcamp consists of 3 comfortable chalets, which can each accommodate up to 4 volunteers and they all have their own bathroom en suite. A separate outdoor kitchen and fireplace overlook a waterhole in the bush where one can enjoy a meal, spend your time relaxing with a book or sitting around a campfire, while a variety of game come down to drink. The kitchen is fully stocked for self-catering breakfast and dinner. Lunch is prepared for everyone at the stables.

 There is also a swimming pool a short drive away, for those hot African days, surrounded by wooden decking and overlooking the bush. There is another pool at the stables where one can take a refreshing dip during lunch break.

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Cost

  
2 weeks          $950
3 weeks          $1425
4 weeks
          $1900

 

Additional weeks at $475

 

 

Whats included: all food (except snacks, soft drinks and alcohol), accommodation, linen, housekeeping service, training, travel within the reserve, assistance with travel in the local area, an outing every two weeks to interesting local attractions outside of the reserve (entrance fees to be paid by volunteers). 


Whats Excluded: Transfers for arrivals and departures on Mondays and Fridays to/from Hoedspruit, R220 one-way

Gate Levies: R220 (4weeks)

WiFi: R260 (4weeks)
       

Overview

 

Duration

Dream Horse Safari's has a minimum duration of 2 week.

 

Start dates

Arrivals and departures are on Monday or Fridays only.

 

Typical Project Schedule

Weather permitting, the weekly schedule will combine equestrian with nature, where volunteers will either be at the stables or in the bush. Wednesdays will provide one with an opportunity to experience one of the various excursions and every Thursday, volunteers will spend some time helping out on outreach, where we assist dogs in the local village, working with HALO (Hoedspruit AnimaL Outreach) and if the opportunity arises, we will be able to assist Norish a

local NPO, with their community work that they do. On weekends we will go have a night at the local bar for a party, as well as an awesome social braai/barbecue around the fire. A fair amount of free time is also made available, where one can use either to catch up on their personal requirements such as Facebook, Skype etc., or simply to take in the beautiful sights and sounds of the envorinment

Besides the day to day activities that make up the program, volunteers will be given enough free time to explore the many beautiful spots in the area, including the Blyde River Canyon (the largest green canyon in the world) the world famous Kruger national park, God’s Window in Graskop and many more. Other excursions include hiking along courses of waterfalls and visiting one of the many animal rehabilitation centres in the area. We are also situated close to town for those who wish to get out and enjoy an evening at on of the local restaurants.

 

Equestrian/Stables

For those wishing to further their equestrian knowledge and riding skills, experience trails from horseback, show jumping/dressage and stable yard management, while doing so within a wildlife environment, African Dream Horse Safaris is the chosen destination.

A few of the skills volunteers will be exposed to are as follows:

  • General horsemanship

  • Stable management

  • Basic veterinary

  • Basic anatomy of a horse

  • Tack and tack care

  • Riding lessons

  • Trail riding among wildlife

  • Dam swims

  • Natural Horsemanship

Environmental/Bush

If watching wild animals while driving through the African bush, sitting around a campfire listening to the calls of the wild or sipping a well-deserved drink, while watching the African sunset sounds appealing, then African Dream Horse Safari is the place for you to visit. 

The main objective here is to create a love and an awareness of the environment, with conservation as the main drive. Volunteers will have the opportunity to do game drives, short bush walks and learn about basic conservation practices within a Big 5 reserve.

Some of the experiences/skills you’ll be exposed to:

  • Game drives

  • Night drives

  • Bush walks

  • Tracking

  • Environmental education

  • Basic reserve maintenance

Outreach

Every Thursday, the volunteers will have an opportunity to join in on our outreach work in the Sigagule village, assisting the dogs and giving them medical care in partnership with HALO (Hoedspruit AnimaL Outreach). An opportunity may come up to lend a helping hand to other non-profit charities in the Hoedspruit area, such as Nourish and Hoedspruit Paws.

Additional Excursions

Every Wednesday volunteers will have the opportunity to go on an excursion, which will allow one to see more of the Lowveld and its surrounding area:

  • Mariepskop mountain

  • Picnic spot

  • Jessica the hippo

  • Baobab restaurant

  • Moholoholo rehabilitation centre

  • HESC

  • Panoramic route

  • Kinyonga reptile park

  • Zip-lining

  • Protrack obstacle course

  • Waterfall, climb and swim

  • 24 Degrees South

  • Kruger national park

  • Selati sleepout