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Equestrian, Wildlife and Dog Outreach

Project name:

African Dream Horse Safari

Project purpose:

Horse back trails, flatwork and jumping lessons, dam swims, natural horsemanship, basic veterinary, basic stable management. Game Drives in a Big 5 reserve, night drives, bush walks. Going into the local communities to help dogs in desperate need and educate people on the importance of caring for these dogs. Go into the surrounding area to experience a wide variety of excursions.

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • community awareness

  • Exposure and education


South Africa


average rating is 5 out of 5, based on 1 votes, Ratings


Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • development goals (supporting local community)

Wild Sun Rescue Center


Bushcamp comfortable chalets, which can accommodate between 2-3 volunteers each. Communal washing facility and two outdoor showers for those wanting to shower under the stars. There is separate kitchen, outdoor lounging area, swimming pool and fireplace. The kitchen is fully stocked for a self-service breakfast and supper.

When does the project run?

All year


food included, cooking facilities, electricity, local shops, nearby medical facilities, refillable drinking water, hot shower, western toilet, wifi

How long can I stay?

Minimum stay 2 weeks. No maximum stay.


  • Age limit - Between 18 and 35 
  • Weight limit - Less then 75kg

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

Weekly 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 Nourish , 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 their surroundings.

The price includes:
• Accommodation
• A fully stocked kitchen
• Transport within the programme
• All equestrian activities (Riding lessons, horse trails, fun rides, horse and stable management)
• All wildlife activities (Game drives, night drives, bush walks)
• Laundry (Self Service)

The price excludes:
• All drinks (Drinking water is provided)
• Social events
• Eating out (Restaurants, etc.)
• Excursions (Kruger National Park, Rehab Centres etc.)
• Extra activities on excursions (Big swing, massages, etc.)
• Transfers to/from the Hoedspruit airport (ZAR 220-00 one way)
• Wifi (ZAR 200-00 per 3 weeks)
• Gate levy into Nature Reserve (ZAR 200-00 per 3 Weeks)

Arrivals and departures can be on Mondays or Fridays only

Reviews & ratings



19 Dec 2021

An amazing project with amazing staff

average rating is 5 out of 5

I work as a travel agent, bringing volunteers to DAKTARI and other projects around the world. After helping a lot of volunteers fulfill their dreams of coming to South Africa, I managed to arrange 2 weeks to spend at the project. What a wonderful time I had starting with the staff who are so friendly and polite, the animals being taken care of as if they were family and the amazing food that was prepared catering to each of the volunteers individual needs. I can only say that if you are looking for an unique and quality experience involving a well thought out educational program and the preservation of native animal species, this is the one for you.


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage



19 Dec 2021

great experience

average rating is 4 out of 5

i had an enjoyable stay here in DAKTARI. be surrounded by wild animals is a chance and i also loved the teaching part of my stay


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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