Dakota Ranch and Adventure Park

Plot Br3 Snyman Street Extension 32 Best Of The Rest, Mbombela, 1200 ,South Africa
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Dakota Ranch has been running since 2013 and was birthed with the passion and love that the Busschau family have for animals and nature.

When the COVID pandemic hit, the once hobby-only pastime of pony outrides, party venue and nature hikes, stepped off of the side-line and onto the beck and call of a new adventure.

One that was of dire need for the care and protection of the horses and other farm animals on the ranch.

In 2019 the Adventure Centre was only talked about, and today the zip-line is fully operational, with a natural rock-climbing wall soon underway.

Dakota Ranch aims to bring locals more in touch with nature where they can spend more quality time with family and friends.

Crazy Dave, a well-known name in Mbombela, also runs team-building and motivational workshops from the ranch.

Visitors to the ranch can also conveniently inquire about day tours and safaris available from Kruger and More Safaris, as well as prolong their stay, either by enjoying the outdoors and camping out on the ranch, or for those who prefer a little more creature comfort, sleeping over at Old Vic Traveler's Inn, the oldest and most established backpackers in Mbombela (with over 20 years of experience in the tourism industry).

There is also a 20m x 60m sand arena on the ranch, for those who wish to bring their equestrian companions and rent the arena on a per hour basis.

With many more developments and exciting plans, keep an eye out and watch this space.


  • Vision and mission aside, the core principles that we pride ourselves on and strive to fulfil daily are:
  • Continuous development and self-improvement
  • Safety of our guests and ourselves always
  • Living life to the fullest in every moment.


Zipline Tours

A thrilling, adrenaline-fueled adventure for those who want to get a higher perspective on life.

This adventurous tour consists of 2 slides, one of 170 meters and the other 360 meters (which boasts the longest Zip-line in Mbombela. All our guides are qualified and experienced to guarantee your safety. They are also qualified field guides which will ensure a very informative tour regarding our wonderful fauna and flora that the Ranch has to offer.

The tour will take between 1 - 2 hour's depending on the size of the group and after this adventure you can enjoy a bottle of still water.

Minimum of 2 or more per group per tour, if one person is counted out they can be put into another group. We can accommodate up to 10 people in one group and we have a tour every 60 minutes. First tour will start at 8:00 am and the last tour will take off at 16:00.

Exceptions will be made in December holiday times when tours will start at 8:00 and the last tour will take off at 17:00.

Pony Outrides

Experience the beauty of nature from the vantage point of a trusty trail horse.

PLEASE NOTE: Subject to weather and weight limits.

Animal welfare takes first priority

Dakota Archery

Come and unleash your inner Robin Hood with the bow and arrow

Nature Hikes

Experience the beauty of nature alongside a qualified nature guide

All entrance fee proceeds are used to feed and care for the various animals on the ranch.


Rough it out under a beautiful, starry sky in the bush and enjoy a deeper connection with nature.

All entrance fee proceeds are used to feed and care for the various animals on the ranch.

Venue Hire

Create a unique experience with lasting memories.

Venue Hire:

Kids Parties

A change of scenery and outdoor adventure to add to a fun-filled event.

Children's party treasure hunt:

Kids obstacle course

Team Building

Motivation and development for your entire team with fun activities

Activities related to the group and the experience the group wishes to gain from the day.

(Discussed and finalised before arrival)

  • Exciting treasure hunt
  • Fun games
  • Yoga
  • Meditation (basic 10 minutes to quiet the mind)
  • Experiencing nature and learning why and what we have in common with nature.
  • Finally building up the courage to fly down 2 amazing zip-lines (360 m and 170 m)

School Outings

Fun-filled, outdoor activities to excite scholars of all ages.

  • Nature walk
  • Snack break
  • Team building
  • Zipline
  • Lunch
  • Optional activity (e.g. Motivational Talk)


Experience the healing properties of nature and reconnect with your inner-self.

  • Outdoor Yoga classes
  • Friday mornings at 09:00
  • Saturday mornings at 08:00
  • Dependent on weather conditions
  • Sunset Meditation



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Opening hours

Friday : 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday : 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday : 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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