South Africa Horse Safari Adventure is situated in 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). Run by a devoted guide, accomplished competitive rider and dedicated conservationist.
South Africa Dream Horse Adventure is offered to those who would like to spend their time living their ultimate African adventure. You will have the opportunity to participate in a fun and unique experience, make friends for life and return home with lots of new knowledge and experiences. If you like horses and love to ride as well as be surrounded by the African wildlife and learn more about the animals then this project is for you!
Their mission is to show all who join them a fun and exciting way to work and learn about horses. One can go on horse trails galloping along the winding paths or take a quiet stroll through the bush experiencing Africa’s nature and wildlife up close from horseback. Taking the horses for a swim in the dam, lessons, playing games or acquiring the skills to work with horses in a comfortable and safe way are some of the things they do.
The project is divided into 2 different segments – see below for more detailed descriptions of both.
The Equestrian centre is situated within the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate, which is a 420 hectare nature reserve. The estate has Leopard, Hyena and most of the herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, reptiles, snakes, primates, smaller cats, eagles, vultures, birds, insects and their relatives that you find in the Savanna biome. During the walks, drives and outrides we offer, you’ll almost always see a variety of animals. We have traverse rights on adjacent nature reserves which hold the BIG 5 (lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo) and during the project volunteers will go on bush walks, game drives and night drives in the wild to expose them to as much wildlife possible.
Equestrian Section (Morning Duties + Activities):
Participants will be able to further their equestrian knowledge and riding skills relating to horse trails, show jumping/dressage and stable yard, while doing so within a wildlife environment.
During the lessons, they teach you the various skills you need to be an ethical and confident horse rider. You will learn all aspects such as understanding the correct way to ride, handling of horses, basic veterinary, grooming, tacking up and the general care of the horse. They teach riding skills both in the wildlife and in an arena, horse behaviour, natural horsemanship, jumping, flat work and bareback riding but all at your own comfort level.
The program exposes one to all the aspects of managing an equestrian centre, however one will not be expected to maintain the centre, so if mucking out a stable is not your thing, then don’t despair. Rather, emphasis is placed on learning in a relaxed and fun filled environment, and is available to both experienced riders and beginners. If you have never ridden a horse before but would like to learn, then this is the place to visit.
The following practical activities will be achieved:
Environmental Section (Afternoon Duties + Activities):
This section of the program allows one the opportunity to drive through the African bush, sit around a campfire listening to the calls of the wild or sipping a well-deserved drink, while watching the African sunset.
After a day at the stables you will go out into a Big 5 Nature Reserve where you will have the opportunity to view the wildlife in its natural environment with an emphasis on conservation. Whether it is a game drive in the bush, watching the sun set over the canopy of trees or star gazing on the night drives the emphasis is placed on having an amazing adventure in a relaxed and fun filled environment! The main goal is to create an awareness of the environment and wildlife and to teach you to be ambassadors to the wildlife of Africa.
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Accommodation is provided in comfortable chalets on a neighbouring Big 5 reserve. Each room accommodates up to 4 students and each has its own bathroom en suite. A separate kitchen/fireplace overlooks a waterhole in the bush, where one can enjoy a meal or simply spend your time relaxing with a book or sitting around a campfire, while a variety of game come down to drink (you can never get bored of seeing a heard of zebra at the waterhole).
The kitchen is fully stocked for a self-service breakfast and lunch and suppers are prepared for everyone in the evenings. There is also a swimming pool nearby, surrounded by wooden decking and overlooking the bush. Laundry can be done at the bush camp for a small cost to cover expenses. There is also free Wi-Fi at bush camp so you can upload your photos each night!
Schedules & Additional Excursions (not included in project fee):
Although completely flexible, the weekly schedule combines equestrian with conservation. The day starts early with self-service breakfast at camp after which you are transported either to the equestrian centre or deeper into the nature reserve. A fair amount of free time is also made available so you can relax in the hammocks while Skyping with family or catching up on work (we hope not!).
Weekend schedules are less rigid, giving one the opportunity to do some sightseeing, some shopping, to go on an excursion or simply to relax and enjoy the nearby pool.
These excursions will allow one to learn more about the Lowveld and its surrounding area. You will always be accompanied by either one or both of the supervisors.
·· Walk with the wild (Including breakfast)
·· Wildlife rehabilitation centres
·· White water rafting/tubing
·· Hot air ballooning
·· Protrack Anti-Poaching Training Sessions
If you have any questions we are happy to provide you more information.