South Africa Horse Riding and Conservation Experience
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£799, 3 weeks, South Africa Trip code: SAHC

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  • Culture 3 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Experience life in true African Wilderness
  • Horse riding through stunning scenery on guided game trails
  • Assist in vital conservation efforts on the reserve
  • Get a behind-the-scenes experience of life on a African reserve
  • Enjoy hours of amazing rides on the reserve – no two rides are the same

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This is the ultimate programme for horse enthusiasts, who love working in the great outdoors surrounded by stunning scenery. As a volunteer on this fantastic programme you’ll be responsible for your own set of horses on a beautiful private reserve in South Africa’s KwaZulu Natal region near the rolling foothills of Ukhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site!


As well as enjoying amazing rides out onto the reserve, spotting fascinating wildlife including Wildebeest, Eland, Zebra, various Antelope species, Buffalo, Rhino and Ostrich to name but a few; you’ll also be involved in the day to day care of the horses assigned to you with responsibilities including halter training young horses, dipping, assisting with hoof trimming and assisting with trail rides with lodge guests.


You’ll also have the chance to get involved in the reserve’s very own community development initiative, assist with vital and continued conservation efforts on the reserve and have the opportunity to shadow game rangers and get involved in some of their daily duties. This programme offers horse enthusiasts the opportunity to follow their passion and experience life on a beautiful private game reserve in South Africa’s famous KwaZulu Natal midlands.  


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What will I be doing?

  • The project (3 weeks)

  • Your Role (3 weeks)

  • What should I expect? (3 weeks)

  • There's more to explore.... (3 weeks)

The project: 3 weeks

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Destination info

Diverse, exhilarating, spectacular, varied – student travel in South Africa is something big to write home about. Never far from the news, it’s a vast, modern, multicultural country, full of contradictions and full of interest. It offers so many opportunities for student travel that it’s difficult to summarise.

SA offers everything from lush subtropics to deserts, savannah, scrubland and bush to stunning coastlines. You’ll love the wildlife reserves, including the world-renowned Kruger National Park.

South Africa has accomplished so much in the years since apartheid was dismantled – it’s unique in the world.

  • Location: KwaZulu Natal region

During your time in South Africa you’ll be based on a beautiful private game reserve in the KwaZulu Natal region near the rolling foothills of Ukhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site. The reserve is currently home to 20 horses of varying stages of development and age; with the main breed being Appaloosa with a few cross-breeds to add to the dynamics. The horses enjoy the freedom of large paddocks and open plains as well as indigenous grasses and planted pastures. Additionally, the horses are also released onto the 3000 hectare reserve to graze during the day, encouraging exercise and movement on a daily basis. As a result, these horses are hardy, have easy going natures and are a joy to be around. The horses on the reserve are primarily used for trail riding offered to guests at the reserve, as well as patrolling the boundaries with the onsite rangers; both of which you will have the chance to be involved in as a volunteer on this fantastic programme.

 

As a volunteer on this programme, you need to have a real passion for horses as well as being a fit and energetic individual with good working ethics and perhaps most importantly of all you’ll need a very good sense of humour! In return for your hard work as a volunteer, you will be rewarded through working with and riding the horses whilst building your experience in some of the most beautiful surroundings in South Africa.

 

If you have a passion for horses and love being in the great outdoors surrounded by breathtaking scenery then this is the perfect programme for you!
 

Your Role: 3 weeks

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Destination info

Diverse, exhilarating, spectacular, varied – student travel in South Africa is something big to write home about. Never far from the news, it’s a vast, modern, multicultural country, full of contradictions and full of interest. It offers so many opportunities for student travel that it’s difficult to summarise.

 

SA offers everything from lush subtropics to deserts, savannah, scrubland and bush to stunning coastlines. You’ll love the wildlife reserves, including the world-renowned Kruger National Park.

 

South Africa has accomplished so much in the years since apartheid was dismantled – it’s unique in the world.

  • Location: KwaZulu Natal region

You’ll have the opportunity to be responsible for your own set of horses on the reserve, giving you a great sense of achievement and satisfaction at the end of your stay!

 

As well as being out and about on the reserve with the horses, there are a few hands-on activities that you will be expected to participate in and be responsible for. These include daily grooming of all the horses and taking care of their general well-being including dipping, tick greasing, ear care, sheath cleaning, assisting with hoof trimming, feeding during the winter months (June to September), halter training youngsters, breaking in and schooling and lunging young horses and riding horses (English style), keeping trail horses fit, assisting with trail rides offered to guests, maintenance and cleaning of tack, cleaning tack/feed room, and paddock maintenance. It’s not all work though, in addition to the day to day activities you’ll also have the chance to enjoy hours of fun rides on the reserve taking in the breathtaking scenery!

 

A truly unforgettable experience awaits when riding out on the reserve, with no two rides being the same, it is always an amazing experience…from navigating a river crossing, to spotting White Rhino, herds of Wildebeest, Zebra, Mongoose, African Wildcat and various antelope species… and perhaps even the endangered little oribi in the long grasses!

 

In addition to the day to day care and equine based activities that you’ll be involved in, you’ll also get hands-on experience of what life is like on a game reserve in Africa. Each volunteer will have the opportunity to get involved in the following:

 

  • Shadow qualified Game Rangers on the reserve and become actively involved in their daily duties (eg- walk with the gun-dogs and learn how they are trained, have a close-up encounter with a white rhino, learn how to look out for poachers and snares)
  • Have a fly-fishing lesson with a qualified fishing guide
  • Get involved in the on-site community development programme which focuses on early childhood learning
  • Learn and assist with the continuing conservation efforts to help protect the reserve for many years to come
  • Assist with game capture

What should I expect? : 3 weeks

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Destination info

Diverse, exhilarating, spectacular, varied – student travel in South Africa is something big to write home about. Never far from the news, it’s a vast, modern, multicultural country, full of contradictions and full of interest. It offers so many opportunities for student travel that it’s difficult to summarise.

SA offers everything from lush subtropics to deserts, savannah, scrubland and bush to stunning coastlines. You’ll love the wildlife reserves, including the world-renowned Kruger National Park.

South Africa has accomplished so much in the years since apartheid was dismantled – it’s unique in the world.
 

  • Location: KwaZulu Natal region

Your working hours will vary from day to day depending on the needs of the horses and other activities that may be taking place on the reserve. As a general rule, a working day will normally start at 7am; the time you finish will be when everything is done!


The horses are kept in paddocks close to your accommodation and take turns in being turned out into the Reserve to graze.


As horses need care and attention every day, you will be expected to work over some weekends. The in-country team will draw up a roster each week to let you know when you are volunteering and details when your days off will be; this will be rotated each week.
 

There's more to explore....: 3 weeks

Destination info

Diverse, exhilarating, spectacular, varied – student travel in South Africa is something big to write home about. Never far from the news, it’s a vast, modern, multicultural country, full of contradictions and full of interest. It offers so many opportunities for student travel that it’s difficult to summarise.

SA offers everything from lush subtropics to deserts, savannah, scrubland and bush to stunning coastlines. You’ll love the wildlife reserves, including the world-renowned Kruger National Park.

South Africa has accomplished so much in the years since apartheid was dismantled – it’s unique in the world.
 

  • Location: KwaZulu Natal region

To enchance your experience and make sure you can see more of the surrounding area, your hosts will take you on two very different excursions during your stay. Included in your programme is a visit to Horse-Play, and to the Karkloof Canopy Tours.

 

You’ll normally receive 2 days off each week (not necessarily weekends or 2 consecutive days), where there are no scheduled activities planned and you can chill out and relax or perhaps play a game of tennis, swim in the lake or have a braai (barbeque)
 

Being located in the heart of the KwaZulu Natal Midlands close to the famous Drakensberg Mountain range, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful scenery and landscapes throughout your stay. Our fantastic in-country team have lots of knowledge on the local area and will be able to suggest some of the best places to visit and explore to make the most of your free time! They will also be able to give you information of a reputatable car hire company should you wish to go off site during these days. (If you decide to go off site during these days, this is at your own risk and the in-country team cannot be held liable). 

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What's included?

  • Accommodation in a self-catering apartment
  • Lunches on working days
  • Arrival and departure airport transfer from Durban’s King Shaka Airport
  • Horse Play Excursion
  • Karkloof Canopy Tours Excursion
  • Weekly transport to town for grocery shopping
  • Reference letter on completion of project from in-country team
  • Support and assistance from in-country team

What's not included?

  • Meals - this is a self catering apartment
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance – please make sure you are covered for horse riding and related activities
  • Visas
  • Items of a personal nature including spending money, optional excursions etc

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Minimum age 18 years.

 

Minimum numbers required on this trip

There are no minimum numbers on the trip.

Please note: you may be the only volunteer at your chosen project at any one time. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact us

 

Accommodation

During your time in South Africa you will be staying in comfortable shared volunteer accommodation on the private reserve, with stunning views all around – from panoramic views of the beautiful reserve on one side of the veranda and views of the horse’s paddock on the other side. It’s a great place to head back to in the evenings… chill out and catch up with other volunteers, relax with a good book or have a traditional South African Braai (BBQ) in the evenings perhaps!

 

Each unit comprises 2 shared bedrooms with en-suites, open plan kitchen (perfect for cooking some delicious meals), scullery and a living/dining room.

Volunteer accommodation will be serviced once a week but you will be responsible for keeping the accommodation tidy and clean throughout your stay. There is also a washing machine available for you to do your laundry. 

 

Meals

Your time in South Africa will predominantly be on a self catering basis. There is a great kitchen at your accommodation which you can use to prepare and cook your own meals, you may even like to try out a traditional South African Braai (BBQ)!

 

The in-country team will arrange a weekly trip to a nearby town for you to buy groceries etc. A budget of approximately R300-R400 (South African Rand) per person per week should be sufficient for groceries. 

 

On weekdays, a light lunch will be provided for you by the in-country team, this will generally be a light snack/sandwich enjoyed with the rest of the team.  

 

Is this trip for you?

Due to the nature of this programme, there are a number of requirements for volunteers to participate:

 

  • Maximum weight: 80kg / 12st 8lb
  • Basic experience in working with horses
  • Experience in basic schooling of riding horses

You may be the only volunteer at your chosen project at any one time. However, you will still have the full support of your in-country team and those at the project. If you are looking for a group volunteering experience we have plenty of options for you to consider.

 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

You will be assigned a personal travel advisor who will co-ordinate your programme with you. Feel free to contact them at any time before you go, or when you are on your travels.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to.

 

 

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South Africa Horse Riding and Conservation Experience

Ellie Beckwith - September 2014

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Amazing experience, would definitely recommend, completely unforgettable, loved every minute.

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Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
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Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
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What were the highlights of your trip?

Riding out on the reserve was an amazing experience and getting up close to all sorts of animals including the rhino. Another highlight was helping out with the darting and measurements of 3 of the buffalo, getting that close to them was incredible. I am missing being there already.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

If you're going in winter be prepared for all sorts of weather. Get involved in as much as you can whilst on the reserve. Enjoy every minute of being there.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

10

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Fay Bordbar - August 2014

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(9/10)
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Experience of a lifetime, lots of happy memories

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(7/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Working with the horses and getting involved in the other activities available at the reserve, such as fly-fishing, clay pigeon shooting, feeding the buffallo etc. Enjoyed meeting guests, making friends and particularly the canopy tours and horse play excursions. I have a serious case of Africa blues, and am really missing Zulu Waters already!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

- Bring warm clothing if you're going in South African winter! - Travel with a friend, or make sure there are other volunteers at the reserve to make friends with - Get involved in as many activities as you can whilst you're there, the experience is definitely what you make it

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

10

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Amy Rhodes - July 2014

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
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Fantastic experience, I would definately reccomend it to horse lovers.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
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Please rate your in-country orientation
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Riding on the reserve was the best part and seeing the wildlife, zebra, ostrich, wildebeest, warthog, white rhino and many more. Staying at Zingela a remote camp next to a river and going on the Karkloof canopy tours trip. The staff at the reserve were great and very welcoming.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

If you are travelling in the winter (June to August) bring plenty of jumpers as it does really cool down at night. Take a sun hat, sunglassses and suncream whatever time of the year you go as the sun is strong and you can easily get burnt. Enjoy the time that you have as it goes far too quickly!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

10

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Olivia Walls - December 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
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Best thing i have ever done! Memories last forever

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(10/10)
Please rate the accuracy of your pre-departure information
(10/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(10/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(10/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(10/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The highlights of this trip were the people at the reserve and working with the charity for local children. This was the most amazing experience in beautiful scenery. We also went to see the Nelson Mandela Capture sight and the surrounding areas where i felt very at home and welcome with my guides and the other people we met on the way. However my best experience in SA was watching the Traditional Zulu Dancers at the lodge!

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Wear Sun Tan Lotion even when its cloudy !!! Don't go with high expectations just go with the flow and be laid back Be able to cook !

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

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