Guestateering in Hwange

2 Weeks: From USD $5250GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing


Experience the ultimate guestateer adventure in Zimbabwe – Perfect for adventurous spirits seeking a meaningful journey

As a guestateer, you get the best of both worlds: the comfort and enjoyment of being a guest and the rewarding sense of purpose that comes from volunteering with horses. This is a great opportunity for those who want to spend longer in Zimbabwe. Live, play and work in Zimbabwe. Aimed at older volunteers taking a career break, or early retirement, it’s perfect for those who seek adventure and want to give back in a meaningful way.

Staying at an exclusive camp with just 4 tents, you get to immerse yourself in nature. The camp is set up in the Dete area, and with no fences separating it from Hwange, you’ll often see wildlife at camp on your trail rides. Kerri DuPreez will show you the secrets of managing a herd of safari horses in Africa. Life is slower in Zimbabwe, and each day is different, but there’s always plenty of work to be done with the horses, from grooming to schooling. You will also enjoy trail rides through the African bush in search of wildlife and be part of this conservation story, joining mounted anti-poaching patrols with Paul De Pontiel, a Pro Zimbabwe Guide and founder of the Dete Animal Rescue Trust. Plus you get to go out on walking safaris and game drives in Hwange National Park, home to some of the largest elephant herds in the world.

During your stay, you can dedicate time to volunteer work such as working with the anti-poaching team, starting a vegetable garden, setting up the recycling centre, or teaching the team new cooking skills. The tasks are designed to match your skills and interests, ensuring that your contributions are both enjoyable and impactful.

Set up to be a prequel to the 7 night wildlife safaris, guestateers are welcome to stay longer, and spend another week seeing what it feels to be a full guest. Riding out into Hwange National Park with James Varden and his team. If you have some extra time in Africa, how about spending a few days exploring Victoria Falls, flying to Mana Pools for canoeing or walking safari, or take a chartered flight to the magical Okavango Delta? So many amazing opportunities await on safari!


At the current exchange rate. Please note final quote might vary slightly



Set dates throughout the year, but dates are slightly flexible. You can easily use this as a warm-up to a 7-night horse safari in Hwange, or we can add on additional nights on safari in Hwange, Victoria Falls, Zambia or Okavango Delta.

2024 RATES

22 September – 05 October 2024

20 October – 02 November 2024

24 November – 07 December 2024

13 Nights: USD $4875GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ per person (no single supplement)

For all dates, we can add 2-5 nights in Victoria Falls or a 7-night horse safari in Hwange.

2025 RATES

22 March - 05 April 2025

05 May - 19 May 2025

23 May - 06 June 2025

14 Nights: USD $5250GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ per person (no single supplement)

For all dates, we can add 2-5 nights in Victoria Falls or a 7-night horse safari in Hwange.


TRANSFERS (subject to change)

Return Transfers between Victoria Falls International Airport and The Waterhole Safari Camp - Approx USD $200GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ per person


National Park Entry and Conservation Fee payable locally - Approx USD $20GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ per visit



  • Accommodation in a private camp (own room)
  • All meals
  • Water, Tea, Coffee & Juice
  • All horse-riding activities on well trained and responsive horses
  • Guided Walking Safaris
  • Game drives in Hwange National Park
  • Professional guiding
  • Hands-on experience with Anti-poaching team
  • Transfers between Dete Town & Camp


  • International Flights to Victoria Falls
  • Visas
  • Comprehensive Travel and Medical Insurance
  • National Park Entry and Conservation Fee (payable locally)
  • Alcoholic & Soft drinks
  • Return Road Transfers from Victoria Falls
  • Laundry
  • Items of a personal nature


Location: Dete Area, near Hwange, Zimbabwe
Airport: Victoria Falls International Airport
Month: Set Dates - October, November, December
Duration: 2 Weeks
Group Size: Max 6
Skill Level: Intermediate Plus & Advanced
Weight Limit: 90kg / 200lbs
Accommodation: Private Safari Camp
Solo Traveller Friendly: Yes, no single supplement & private tent


  • Beginner
  • Novice
  • Intermediate
  • Intermediate Plus
  • Advanced
2 Weeks: From USD $5250GBP £EUR €ZAR RAUD $ pp sharing


At the current exchange rate. Please note final quote might vary slightly



  • All the benefits of being a guest at a heavily reduced rate, with an exclusive camp and your own tent
  • Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of living in a safari camp, with evenings around the campfire, listening to the sounds of the African bush
  • Ride with guides who have lived in Zimbabwe for years, are passionate about the horses, the wildlife, and the communities that live in this unique part of Africa
  • Ride on a daily basis, gaining confidence in the saddle and experiencing trail riding with wildlife
  • Head out on game drives and guided walks into one of Zimbabwe’s premier wildlife reserves
  • Participate in snare patrols on horseback with the team, learning about Africa’s wildlife and the ongoing conservation efforts
  • Get involved with community projects such as creating sustainable gardens, making the camps eco-friendly and teaching locals new skills


A 14-night stay in a small tented camp on the boundary of Hwange National Park, where you will enjoy a peaceful unique home style camp. Set in a beautiful wildlife area, you’ll often see animals come down to drink and it’s a birding hotspot. Surrounded by nature, you’ll learn how safari horses are trained, enjoy incredible trail rides in the bush, plus be an active part of the conservation work that is done here.


This is a great opportunity for those who want to spend longer in Zimbabwe. Live, play and work in Zimbabwe. Aimed at older volunteers (30 – 65) it’s perfect for those who seek adventure and want to give back in a meaningful way. This is wild Africa, so you do need to come with an open mind, a sense of adventure and be willing to get stuck in. It’s an incredible place to really experience life with horses in Africa, and perfect for those who want to experience life at a slower pace.

This is for intermediate plus or above riders only as you’ll be riding in areas with wildlife where you can come across wildlife such as elephant and big cats on horseback. Besides incredible trail rides, you’ll also be part of anti-poaching snare patrols which require long hours in the saddle. It’s an incredible way to see the ever-changing landscapes, surrounded by nature, while directly contributing to conservation. And for those who wish, you can also help schooling some of the younger safari horses.

During your stay, you can also dedicate time to volunteer work such as working with the anti-poaching team, starting a vegetable garden, setting up the recycling centre, or teaching the team new cooking skills. The tasks are designed to match your skills and interests, ensuring that your contributions are both enjoyable and impactful.


This is an example only – It will be tailored to the guestateers and horses in camp, the weather and the wildlife in the area.

MONDAYS: Week 1 – Arrival and Transfer from Victoria Falls to Dete. Settle into camp and have a briefing about what to expect for the next 2 weeks. Enjoy your first trail ride and a pizza night around the fire. Week 2 – Morning Schooling Session or Community work. Afternoon trail ride

TUESDAYS: Morning Snare Sweep with the Anti-poaching team. Afternoon trail ride with sundowner drinks

WEDNESDAYS: Full day ride with picnic lunch

THURSDAYS: Morning schooling session or community work. Afternoon trail ride to the sleepout platform. Evening sleepout with the horses

FRIDAYS: Morning ride back to camp. Afternoon bush walk.

SATURDAYS: Full day game drive to Hwange National Park with picnic lunch

SUNDAYS: Rest day. You’re free to ride, visit one of the wildlife centres, get involved in any of the community projects or just relax at the camp


Situated near Hwange National Park, one of Zimbabwe’s largest and most diverse protected areas, this is a nature enthusiast’s paradise. The area was previously heavily poached, but now the wildlife is moving back into the area from the National Park as there are no fences. The open plains and woodlands are home to the variety of incredible wildlife. While out on trail rides, you may see giraffes gracefully browsing the treetops, zebras grazing in the grasslands, and various antelope species such as impalas, kudus, and elands. If you’re lucky, you might even see elephants or big cats from a distance. Birdwatchers will be thrilled with the diversity of birdlife, including iconic species like the African fish eagle, martial eagle, and various vultures. The area is also home to smaller yet equally fascinating creatures such as warthogs, mongoose, and an array of reptiles. Exploring the area on horseback allows for a unique and intimate wildlife viewing experience, as horses can often approach wildlife more closely than vehicles, providing a quieter and more immersive adventure.


A snare sweep is a crucial conservation activity conducted to remove illegal wire snares set by poachers to catch wildlife. This method involves carefully patrolling known poaching hotspots and animal trails, searching for and dismantling these traps. On horseback, rangers and volunteers can cover larger areas more efficiently than on foot, navigating through dense bush and rough terrain where vehicles cannot reach. The horses provide a different viewpoint for spotting snares hidden in the bushes and trees. This proactive approach helps safeguard wildlife from the destructive impacts of poaching, contributing to the overall conservation efforts in the region.


Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest wildlife reserve, offers an extraordinary safari experience that guests can explore on game drives with Kerri du Preez or with James Varden. Every Saturday you’ll head off into the park for the day, complete with a packed lunch. It’s always exciting heading into the park as you never know what you might see. And with the whole day at your disposal, you can easily spend a whole morning just sitting at one of the waterholes watching the animals come to drink. Spanning nearly 14,650 square kilometres, the park is renowned for its diverse landscapes, from sprawling savannahs and woodlands to wetlands and salt pans. This varied habitat supports an incredible array of wildlife, including some of the largest herds of elephants in the world. You’ve also got great chances to see lions, leopards, and buffalo—along with giraffes, zebras, and numerous antelope species. With over 400 bird species, it’s a prime destination for birdwatching. With Kerri’s expert guidance, you will gain fascinating insights into animal behaviour, local flora, and the park’s conservation efforts, ensuring a rich and immersive safari experience in one of Africa’s premier wildlife sanctuaries.


Kerri du Preez is born and bred in Zimbabwe, raised in the African Bush. She has extensive experience and deep knowledge of the country’s wildlife and ecosystems. She’s been a guide for 8 years, and has been riding since before she could walk. As a guide she’s been to some really special places including Congo, Brazaville, Central Africa, South Africa and of course, Zimbabwe keeps caller her home.

With a background in wildlife conservation, she has spent many years working in national parks and private reserves, gaining invaluable expertise. Known for her engaging and educational guiding style, Kerri provides guests with a deeper appreciation of the natural world, emphasizing conservation. She specializes in game drives, walking safaris, and bird watching, ensuring informative and memorable experiences.


Dete Animal Rescue Trust (DART) is a dedicated wildlife rescue and rehabilitation organisation and is where the camp is based. The trust focuses on rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing injured and orphaned wildlife, with a mission to protect endangered species and educate the local community about wildlife conservation.

Waiting for you at camp is quirky camp owner, Paul De Montiel who is a Professional Zimbabwe guide, and is filled with laughs and great stories. As the passionate founder of DART, he has dedicated his life to wildlife conservation, playing a significant role in protecting and rehabilitating wildlife in the Hwange region. With a background in wildlife management and conservation, Paul brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. Paul is heavily involved in community outreach, to raise awareness about the importance of wildlife conservation and encouraging their active participation in protecting the natural environment.



If you wish to add on a 7-night safari, you can book a 7 night safari which begins with 2 nights at Iganyana Tented Camp, just 40 minutes away from Waterhole Camp. Then you’ll head into the National Park, exploring the area on horseback and sleeping in a mobile tented camp set out in the wilderness. Then enjoy one last night in luxury at Iganyana before heading home.


Those who want to spend more time in Zimbabwe can visit Victoria Falls, one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World. Known locally as “Mosi-oa-Tunya” or “The Smoke that Thunders,” this majestic waterfall spans approximately 1,700 metres wide and plunges over 100 metres into the Zambezi Gorge. Here, you can enjoy a variety of activities, including guided tours, helicopter flights, white-water rafting and bungee jumping. We can book a 3-5 night stay in Victoria Falls and there are a number of accommodation options, from Bed & Breakfasts, to luxury riverside lodges.


During your stay, you can visit the Painted Dog Conservation (PDC) project in Hwange and immerse yourself in the fascinating world of African painted dogs, also known as African wild dogs. You can tour their rehabilitation facility, where injured and orphaned painted dogs receive medical care and are prepared for reintroduction into the wild. Engage with educational programs designed to raise awareness about the ecological importance of painted dogs and discover how PDC works with local communities to foster harmonious coexistence between humans and wildlife. By visiting the PDC, you’ll gain insight into the critical efforts being made to protect one of Africa’s most endangered predators and understand the vital role that conservation plays in preserving biodiversity.



Tucked into a teak forest, this small private camp looks out over the wilderness. Tall trees shade the large tented dining and living area, all overlooking the bush. The 4 tents are furnished with locally crafted wooden furniture. Each guestateer gets their own private tent, unless it’s a couple or two friends that would like to share. The tents each have a large double bed, and top-quality bedding and linen guarantee to a heavenly night’s sleep listening to the sounds around you. En-suite bathrooms are equipped with flush toilets, basins, and indoor showers with solar-powered hot water. Set in a beautiful wildlife area, you’ll often see animals come down to the waterhole to drink and it’s a birding hotspot. It’s incredible being able to wake up in the morning and enjoy a cup of coffee while watching elephants browsing nearby.


The Waterhole Camp, Dete

The Waterhole Camp, nestled in the Dete area near Hwange National Park, provides an exclusive and immersive experience. With just four tents, guests enjoy intimate luxury amidst the wild. Its strategic location without fences allows for frequent wildlife encounters right at camp, enhancing the safari experience. This camp is perfect for those seeking tranquility and a deep connection with nature while contributing to conservation efforts. The area’s proximity to Hwange ensures frequent wildlife sightings, enriching the experience for volunteers and visitors alike.

Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park, the largest National Park in Zimbabwe is home to 400 different species of bird and 107 types of mammals including the Big 5. The landscape is predominantly flat with no mountains or kopjes in sight, making for some excellent riding conditions and unimpeded views of the vast amount of wildlife that call this area home. Throughout these pan fringe areas, numerous mammals roam amongst the wonderful woodlands, in particular elephants and giraffe, If that isn’t exciting enough there may also be the opportunity to sail over a natural jump or two!

Horse riding in Hwange Zimbabwe
Girl and horse in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe


Our horseback adventures are hand-picked for their quality and care of their horses. Here’s how the horses at are kept in tip-top shape for your safaris. Our horses are on top of the hierarchy and receive very special care:

  • There are 26 safari horses which are all very much part of the family
  • Each horse has its own fitted tack which is inspected and cleaned after every ride
  • Horses sleep in stables at the permanent camps or in a high boma while on mobile safari
  • During the day they are out in large paddocks or on picket lines when not being ridden
  • They are bought in twice a day to be feed, checked, and brushed by the devoted grooms
  • They have plenty of natural grazing during the day as well as hay to eat during the night
  • The team is all trained in natural horsemanship.
  • They subscribe to the barefoot trimming principles and use natural horsemanship ideology when starting all the horses
  • Often they take on some problem horses and have good success rate in getting them to have a productive and happy life as a safari horse


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