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After the success of our inaugural departure date in 2018, we’re super excited to have two complimentary itineraries for the 2019 season. The centre-piece to both itineraries are the Desert Brumbies – the largest population of wild horses in the world.

The first itinerary known as the Brumby Starting & Desert Ride is perfect for those globetrotters keen to educate and own {optional} their very own Desert Brumby. For
four days, in a red-dirt round-yard, you and your brumby will learn from each other under the tutelage of brumby experts, Brian Hampson and Anna Uhrig.

“In many ways leading a wild horse from an untamed state to the point where we
can take our first few rides is much easier than starting a quiet, handled domestic horse,” says Brian. “When you step into a round yard with a young brumby colt for the first time you’ll see horse behaviour in its raw and pure form.”

As a couple, Brian and Anna have a affinity with the Australian brumby and know how to impart this knowledge so you’ll lead your Desert brumby down the path to becoming a quiet, honest and safe riding companion. From day six to eight, you’ll jump to another brumby that has been educated by Brian, Anna and a team of Aboriginal stockmen, and spend three days tip-toeing through this mystical region.

The second itinerary, the Desert Ride, is a six-day itinerary with four days in the saddle. Based out of the Old Drovers Camp, you and your fellow globetrotters will explore this red desert landscape from the back of your sure- footed brumby – PINCH ME NOW! Each day will be delightfully different from brumby spotting or riding to Indigenous petroglyphs, to sand dune riding. The Aboriginal Dreamtime stories swirled with wide open spaces to the camp-fire chats and swag-sleeping makes this a phenomenal once-in- a-lifetime ride experience.

FAST FACTS

time in saddle: Brumby Starting & Desert Ride – Each guest will receive 90 minutes of one-on-one tuition daily then will train their horse for a further 2 hours per day under supervision. You will also have the opportunity to watch fellow globetrotters start their horses as part of your learning experience. During the second part of the itinerary, the daily desert rides will consist of a morning and afternoon ride around 2-4 hours each in length. Desert Ride – on average 5-8 hours per day. This will be broken into morning and afternoon rides of approximately 2-4 hours each.

breed of horses: Australian desert brumbies, passively trapped at a waterhole just days before the start of the ride. This area has the largest population of wild horses in the world.

type of tack: rope halters and synthetic Australian swinging fender stock saddles (much easier to lift on and off your horse as you are training them to accept the tack than leather saddles!) will be provided. You’re more than welcome to bring your own saddle if you wish.

pace: the majority of the ride will be at a walking pace (in order to spot brumbies and take in your beautiful surroundings), but there will be opportunities to trot and canter. All guests are expected to be comfortable and confident at all paces.

riding ability: this ride is suited to experienced riders who are comfortable riding a green horse. Previous horse starting experience is NOT necessary.

weight limit: maximum 90kgs

accommodation: for parts of each itinerary, guests will stay in safari style cabins at Kings Creek Station, with 2 single beds (or queen) per cabin. Heater, linen and towel are supplied. Amenities blocks containing hot showers and flushing toilets are located a short distance from the cabins. While riding out in the desert, guests will sleep outdoors in the famous Kings Creek Station Drovers Camp in stretcher bed swags raised off the ground. The Drovers Camp contains flushing toilets, hot showers and all meals are prepared by a chef in a camp kitchen.

group size: a maximum of 6 riders per departure.

seasons: September – it’s late winter, so the days are warm in the desert but the nights are cold.

ride length: Brumby Starting & Desert Ride – 9 days, 8 nights with 4 full days of horse training and 3 full days of riding through the Australian desert. Desert Ride – 6 days, 5 nights with 4 full days riding through the Australian desert.

2019 departure dates:

Brumby Starting & Desert Ride: September 1 to 9

Desert Ride: September 9 to 14

2019 rates:

Brumby Starting & Desert Ride: $5500 AUD per person twin share

A single supplement charge of $150 will apply to guests not wishing to share.

Desert Ride: $4400 AUD per person twin share

A single supplement charge of $50 will apply to guests not wishing to share.

*The above prices include all meals, accommodation, 4WD transfers to/from Alice Springs to Kings Creek Station, and your very own desert brumby whom you may take home if you wish.

*The above prices do NOT include flights or travel insurance (compulsory), alcohol or horse transport of your brumby out of Kings Creek Station should you wish to take them home.

PAYMENT OPTIONS

Payment can be made via direct debit (Australian residents only) or credit card which includes a 2% surcharge.

TRANSFER INFORMATION

The ride price includes a 4WD transfer to/from Alice Springs to Kings Creek Station on the first and last days of the itinerary. If you choose to fly into Alice Springs on Day 1, please ensure you arrive no later than 11.30am in order to account for any unexpected travel delays. You’ll be picked up at 12 midday on Day 1 from either the airport or hotel accommodation (should you arrive the day before) to begin the 4-hour overland transfer to arrive at Kings Creek Station in time to settle in, meet the brumbies, and enjoy dinner. Departing flights on the last day of the ride can be booked anytime after 1pm. Globetrotting is happy to provide a competitive quote on flights, travel insurance, car hire and hotels before and after your ride.

Penny Richards

'I had the most amazing journey with the Desert Brumby Safari. I learned so much about horsemanship, horse behavior and a lot about myself along the way. I'd highly recommend the holiday (although don't even think you will be having any rest!) to anyone who owns a horse and wants to improve their knowledge and relationships with their horses at home. I also gained a beautiful addition to our family, who I love dearly.'

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