LIVING WITH HORSES ON SAFARI

Program Overview

Where better to learn how to ride a beautiful horse than in the middle of the secluded African bush? Volunteers will surely have a unique nature experience, emphasizing conservation of both animals and ecosystems, with activities like tracking, identification, horse and equipment handling, and much more. Our volunteers will gain immense knowledge, while having had an incredible and relaxing experience in one of Africa’s wildest areas.

Your Role

Experience the African bush while on horseback! This program offers volunteers a chance to improve their equestrian skills while also going on exciting horseback safaris. Volunteers will take horses for a swim in a dam, gallop through the winding paths of the property, or take a quiet stroll through the bush, meeting impala and giraffe on the way. Each day riders will work hard on improving their riding skills through lessons with experienced riders. Lessons will focus on riding and jumping to improve volunteer’s comfort and riding ability.

In addition to the horseback safaris, volunteers will have an opportunity to experience the Big 5 on evening game drives at a local reserve.

420 Hectares of Wildlife
20+ Horses
2 Hour Horseback Safari's

Friday

All Day
Volunteers arrive at the facility. Upon arrival, volunteers will be welcomed and shown to their accommodation. Once settled in, volunteers are given a full orientation and will hear about the weeks activities while enjoying a traditional South African Braai. Volunteers will also depart on Fridays.

Saturday

All Day
In the morning, volunteers are transported to either the equestrian center or taken on a game drive. In the afternoon and evening the group will enjoy getting to know each other and participate in additional planned activities.

Sunday

All Day
Volunteers will be given this day off to relax and enjoy the warm weather by the pool.

Monday - Tuesday

All Day
The day begins early with coffee and rusks and then volunteers are transported to their the equestrian center or deep into the nature reserve to begin a day of learning. Volunteers will break for lunch and continue with either a game drive, bush walk or equestiran work in the afternoon.

Wednesday

All Day
In the morning, volunteers can go on an excursion. Once back from excursion, volunteers will work at the stables.

Thursday

All Day
Volunteers will travel to a local non-profit charity to lend a hand. In the afternoon volunteers will partake on a game drive at a local Big 5 game reserve.
Friday Volunteers arrive at the facility. Upon arrival, volunteers will be welcomed and shown to their accommodation. Once settled in, volunteers are given a full orientation and will hear about the weeks activities while enjoying a traditional South African Braai. Volunteers will also depart on Fridays.
Saturday In the morning, volunteers are transported to either the equestrian center or taken on a game drive. In the afternoon and evening the group will enjoy getting to know each other and participate in additional planned activities.
Sunday Volunteers will be given this day off to relax and enjoy the warm weather by the pool.
Monday - Tuesday The day begins early with coffee and rusks and then volunteers are transported to their the equestrian center or deep into the nature reserve to begin a day of learning. Volunteers will break for lunch and continue with either a game drive, bush walk or equestiran work in the afternoon.
Wednesday In the morning, volunteers can go on an excursion. Once back from excursion, volunteers will work at the stables.
Thursday Volunteers will travel to a local non-profit charity to lend a hand. In the afternoon volunteers will partake on a game drive at a local Big 5 game reserve.
*Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

Accommodation & Meals

Listen to the wild at night.

Volunteers live in comfortable chalets with three to four other volunteers and en suite bathrooms. Included in the accommodation is a separate kitchen, boma, and fireplace which overlooks a waterhole in the bush, where many animals come to drink.

Volunteers are provided with a fully stocked kitchen and will be responsible for preparing their own breakfast and dinner. A hearty lunch will be provided each day at the stables.

Program Outings

Explore SA's dense wildlife.

  • Mariepskop Mountain
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
  • Panoramic Route
  • Zip Lining
  • Reptile Center
  • Blyde River Canyon boat trip
  • Waterfall Hike &  Picnic
  • Kruger National Park

Please note that excursions are at an additional cost.

What's Included

We take care of everything.

  • 3 meals daily
  • WIFI
  • Accommodation
  • 24 Hour Emergency Contact
  • Generous program donation
  • Laundry
  • Conservation fees
  • 2 Airport Transfers
  • Fun and exciting lifetime experience

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