African Dream Horse Safari

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If you want to get away and have a South African adventure, African Dream Horse Safari offers you the opportunity to do just that by experiencing the wildlife in Big 5 Game Reserves, taking part in all our equine activities, helping out at various outreach programmes and enjoying the many sites and adventures the surrounding area has to offer on the various excursions. You find yourself taking the horses for a swim in the dam, galloping through the winding paths or taking a quiet stroll through the bush with impala and giraffe watching you pass by.
You might be interested in learning jumping or dressage, playing games or acquiring the skills to work with horses in a comfortable and safe way. You will have a unique nature experience, with an emphasis on conservation, including game drives in the natural environment learning the basic knowledge of ecosystems, identification, tracks and signs and animal behaviour. Imagine driving through the bush with elephant crossing the road in front of you, buffalo wallowing in the water pans and viewing the wildlife in their natural environment.
Whether it is a game drive in the bush, watching the sun set over the lowveld or star gazing at night the emphasis is placed on having an amazing adventure in a relaxed and fun filled environment!
Local excursions are offered, in order for you to maximise your African experience and your time with us. So one can expect to drive through the world famous Kruger National Park, swim under a waterfall, drive to the highest point of Mariepskop mountain and get up close and personal with various animals at our local rehabilitation centre.
Finally we also offer you an opportunity to give back, by alternating between 2 non-profit organisations, trying to make a difference in our local communities.

What we offer?
1. A Great Holiday!
2. Internship
3. Horse Trails
4. Outreach

Our mission at African Dream Horse Safari is to show all who join us a fun and exciting way to work and learn about horses and the wildlife of South Africa.
The programme welcomes holiday makers and students who would like to spend their time with us living their ultimate African Dream. From horse trails through the bush and gaining horse riding skills with jumping and flatwork lessons in the arena, to game drives in the nature reserves, to hiking through the mountains and swimming under waterfalls.

As a family run company, we pride ourselves in what we do and do it to the best of our ability and our main mission is to help you to live your dreams!!!
Our goal is to give you the best experience possible and to go home with a part of Africa in your heart forever!



Mobile: +27845825442 – Shannon



Mobile: +27843001748 – Traci

Mobile: +27845814377 – Ryan




As long as we have PASSION, FAITH and are willing to WORK HARD, we can do anything we want in this life!


We are a family run business and we treat everyone at African Dream as part of our family!


We treat the earth and all that dwell therein with respect & love!


Traci Thomson

Traci is a devoted guide, accomplished competitive rider and dedicated conservationist. She is a firm believer in working all her horses with compassion and kindness, teaching her riders and students to do the same. She has completed both her FGASA Levels 1 and 2, Trails Guide as well as received her CEEPSA certificate and qualified as an equestrian sports coach International level 1.

She spends her time teaching various horse skills and how to love, care and work with the horses.


General Manager & Instructor

Shannon Thomson

Shannon has lived in the bush her whole life and has a passion for all animals. She has her FGASA Level 1 qualification and runs the horseback trails side of the business. She is relaxed, alert and confident out on trail, spotting unusual and interesting wildlife, plants and trees and describing them in a way that is fun and enjoyable. Being a very avid rider, she rides in various show jumping competitions with her phenomenal horses.

Shannon is responsible for the stable management and welfare of the horses, making sure that they have the best care possible.


Stable Manager & Trails Guide

Ryan Thomson

Ryan graduated from the University of Pretoria with a degree in Business Management and Marketing and now follows his passion for the bush as part of African Dream. He has gained his FGASA Level 1 and Lead walking trails guide qualifications, and is in the process of getting his FGASA Level 2.

Ryan is involved in the bush side of things, by taking students on game drives and helping interns gather the necessary data as well as runs the various excursions, which students will experience during their stay at African Dream.


Wildlife Guide & Administrator

Christelle Malan

Christelle is full of energy, enthusiasm and loves having a good time! She’s always been a close friend of African Dream, joining in and helping wherever she can and we were very excited to officially make her part of the team, as the student co-ordinator, trails guide and as many past volunteers will agree, entertainer.

Christelle is a big part of African Dream and is continuously trying to make sure everyone is having the most incredible time. She is a fantastic and fun horse rider, who loves going out on trail, taking good care of the riders and horses, as well as making all the various excursions we offer, loads of fun!


Student Co-ordinator and Trails Guide

Stable Staff Members

African Dream wouldn’t be the company it is today if it wasn’t for the incredibly dedicated staff that look after the horses and stables. Oransie, Alfred, David, Susan, Gladys, Victoria and Isaac work shifts at the stables making sure all the horses are happy, healthy and content.

All the grooms speak English and/or Afrikaans, as well as their home language Shangaan, so you can have fun learning the local languages while having a chat to the staff.