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Wildlife and Equestrian Wildlife and Equestrian Hoedspruit, South Africa African Dream Horse Safari Agency | African Dream Horse Safari
Want to experience wildlife in a Big 5 game reserve, take part in equine activities, help out at various outreach programmes and go on various excursions?

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Project Details

Want to experience wildlife in a Big 5 game reserve, take part in various equine activities, help out at various outreach programmes and go on various local excursions?

Who we are?

African Dream Horse Safari is a family run business, operating out of Hoedspruit, South Africa. We are very passionate about both equestrian and wildlife and try ensure that every volunteer that we receive gets to share in that passion.

 What we do?

We run an equestrian centre with around 40 horses, where we provide volunteers an opportunity to further their equestrian knowledge and riding skills, experience trails from horseback, improve their show jumping and dressage and learn all aspects of stable yard management, while doing so within a wildlife environment.

We also expose the volunteers to South Africa’s wildlife, by taking them on drives in a Big 5 reserve, improving their knowledge and educating them on the various forms of conservation, which are required to run a reserve successfully.

 Finally, we feel it is very important to give back to the community, something we like to call, "Paying it forward" and therefore, once a week we all volunteer at various outreach programmes in the area (Hoedspruit Paws, Halo and Nourish).

 Where we work?

African Dream Horse Safari is situated in the Lowveld of the Limpopo Province of South Africa on the outskirts of the tourist town, Hoedspruit (430km north east of Pretoria and in close proximity to the Kruger National Park).

The climate is sub-tropical with a mean summer rainfall of 475 mm and dry winters. Temperatures range between 8ºC - 26ºC in winter and 18ºC – 45ºC in summer.

The area is considered a low risk malaria area, but you should please consult your doctor in connection with malaria medication and can also visit to receive a comprehensive update on the malaria situation at the time of your visit.

 Our history

In 2008, Traci Thomson, wanting to share her two passions, Equestrian and Wildlife, saw an opportunity to create African Dream Horse Safari, a company today, which prides itself on showing all who join us a fun and exciting way to work and learn about horses and the wildlife of South Africa.

Our mission/vision

We strive to teach all who join us patience, understanding and kindness to both animals and people. We are strong believers in giving back and through this, once a week we volunteers at various outreach programmes in the area.

Our goals

Our goal is to ensure that no matter who visits us, whether they are here for two weeks or three months, whether they are a competent rider or have never ridden before, walk away from us having had the time of their lives, are ambassadors for our wildlife and carry the philosophy of paying it forward, with them for the rest of their lives.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for young,18-30 year olds, who are willing and wanting to experience all that this amazing place we call home has to offer, you must be hard working, passionate, caring, kind and most of all, you must be eager to have fun.

The main focus of the project is on
Foundation Year
Contact Person
Traci Thomson
Spoken Languages

Social Impact

African Dream Horse Safari prides itself on helping both people and animals, while having a zero tolerance on cruelty and neglect.

We have had many rescued horses and ponies come through our stable doors, which we have given a second chance and provided an opportunity to live out their remaining days in a happy, loved environment.

We do what we can to help a variety of other organisations in the area, all of whom are trying to make a difference. From neglected dogs in the rural areas, to disadvantaged children, we try help them all.

Whether it's helping raising money with a bake sale, getting your hands dirty building a mud wall or aiding in the washing and deworming of dogs with no help, we try contribute every little bit we can.

Pursued Sustainable Development Goals
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