HORSE RIDING VOLUNTEER HOLIDAY SOUTH AFRICA

2 Weeks from £ 825

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Experience riding and volunteering with horses in South Africa

If you are looking to gain further experience riding and volunteering with horses, whilst embracing everything the wonderful African bush has to offer, then this may just be the place for you.

During your stay, not only will you have some unbeatable riding experiences, but you will also spend time in the bush, acquiring knowledge about South Africa’s wildlife. You will get to absorb the beautiful and enchanting ways of life in South Africa and create memories that will last a lifetime.

The programme is designed for groups of up to ten, who are interested in learning more about an equestrian center and the management of a South African stable. Enjoy fun trail rides out in the African bush, riding alongside game and exploring areas in the reserve unreachable by vehicle. Improve your handling of horses, gain further experience in general horse and equipment care, basic yard management, safety, instruction, schooling, basic veterinary, riding skills both in the wildlife and in an arena, horse behaviour, natural horsemanship. Combine furthering these skills with a unique nature experience which embraces conservation. Experience walking safaris and guiding practice in the natural environment, gaining knowledge of the local ecosystems, identification of plants, birds and animals, tracking and signs, and animal behaviour. During your stay you will go on many exciting game drives and night drives in the neighbouring big 5 game reserve, exposing you to the very best Africa has to offer.

You will be working alongside Traci Thomson, who is a devoted guide, accomplished competitive rider and dedicated conservationist. She is also qualified in both FGASA Level 1 and Level 2 as well as Advanced Trails guide and facilitator. Her team is made up of Shannon, who manages the stable yard and works with the horses and Ryan, who conducts game drives on a Big 5 reserve, which is part of the Greater Kruger.

This placement is designed to be as fun-filled as possible. As with all placements with horses, there will be some hard-work, but the rewards will be more than worth it. Whether you’ve been riding all your life and are looking to broaden your horisons, or a beginner wanting to get into horse riding – you will have a lot of fun here. Meet like-minded people from all over the world and make unforgettable friends and memories.

QUICK FACTS
Hoedspruit
Hoedspruit Airport
Open All Year
2 to 6 weeks
Group Size: Maximum 10
All riding Levels
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • The chance to experience life at a South African stable
  • Riding alongside giraffe, zebra and antelope in a beautiful reserve
  • Horse swims, show jumping and dressage
  • Learning more about the bush through informative game drives through the neighbouring Big 5 reserve
  • Making lots of life-long friends and meeting like-minded fun people
  • The chance to explore further afield in South Africa through the many excursions offered
DATES & RATES

Open all year round. Please enquire for exact dates and availability.

2019 Rates

2 Weeks
£ 825

3 Weeks
£ 1239

4 Weeks
£ 1652

6 Weeks
£ 2478

Includes

  • Accommodation
  • Three meals per day, as well as a fully stocked kitchen – Basic ingredients, are provided but you may wish to purchase extra ‘luxuries’
  • Transport within the programme
  • All equestrian activities (Riding lessons, horse trails, fun rides, horse and stable management)
  • All wildlife activities (Game drives, night drives, bush walks)

Excludes

  • Laundry is self-service, but washing powder is included in the price.
  • WiFi is R260-00 per 4 weeks
  • All drinks (Drinking water is provided)
  • Eating out (Restaurants, etc.)
  • All mentioned excursions
  • Extra activities on excursions (Big swing, massages, etc.)
  • Gate levy into Nature Reserve (ZAR220-00 per 4 weeks)
  • Transfers to/from the Hoedspruit airport (ZAR 220-00 one way)
THE DESTINATION

This programme is situated in the Lowveld of the Limpopo Province of South Africa on the outskirts of the tourist town, Hoedspruit (430km north east of Pretoria and in close proximity to the Kruger National Park).

The Equestrian centre is situated within the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate, which is a 420 hectare nature reserve. This is the estate upon which you can ride and is home to giraffe, zebra, kudu, warthogs, impala and many other types of antelopes and birds. No elephant, lion or rhino.

Enjoy the traverse rights held by the programme, on adjacent nature reserves which are part of the Greater Kruger and are home to the BIG 5 (lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo), as well as many other animal species. During the project, you will go on game drives and night drives in the wild to expose yourself to as much wildlife possible in this reserve.

YOUR WEEKLY ITINERARY

**Weather permitting, the weekly schedule will combine equestrian with nature, where volunteers will either be at the stables or in the bush.

Wednesdays will provide volunteers with an opportunity to experience one of the various excursions nearby and on Thursday volunteers can spend time helping with local outreach programmes and NPO’s such as Nourish and Hoedspruit Animal Outreach. Weekends will include dinner in town or a night at the local bar for a party as well as an awesome social braai/barbecue around the fire.

A fair amount of free time is also made available, which you can use either to catch up on their personal requirements such as Facebook, Skype etc., or simply to take in the beautiful sights and sounds of your surroundings

Equestrian / Stables

A few skills volunteers will be exposed to are as follows:

  • General Horsemanship
  • Stable Management
  • Basic Veterinary
  • Basic horse anatomy
  • Tack fitment and care
  • Riding lessons including show jumping and dressage
  • Trail riding among wildlife
  • Dam swims
  • Natural Horsemanship

Environmental / Bush

The main objective is to create a love and an awareness of the environment, with conservation as the main drive. Volunteers have the optunrity to do:

  • Game Drives in the Big 5 game reserve
  • Night Drives to see nocturnal animals
  • Guided Bush Walks
  • Tracking
  • Environmental Education
  • Basic Reserve Maintenance

Additional Excursions

Besides the day to day activities which make up the programme, you will be given enough free time to explore the many beautiful spots in the area, including the Blyde River Canyon (the largest green canyon in the world), the world famous Kruger National Park, God’s Window in Graskop and many more. Other excursions include hiking along courses of waterfalls and visiting one of the many animal rehabilitation centres in the area.

THE ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation is provided in comfortable chalets on a neighbouring Big 5 reserve. Each room accommodates 3-4 students and each has its own bathroom en suite. A separate kitchen/boma/fireplace overlooks a waterhole in the bush. Here one can enjoy a meal or simply spend your time relaxing with a book or sitting around a campfire, while a variety of game come down to drink. The kitchen is fully stocked for a self-service breakfast and supper, lunch is supplied at the stables.

There is also a swimming pool nearby, for those hot African days, surrounded by wooden decking and overlooking the bush.

Unlimited Wifi is also provided at an extra cost.

QUICK FACTS
Hoedspruit
Hoedspruit Airport
Open All Year
2 to 12 weeks
Group Size: Maximum 10
All riding Levels
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SUITABLE RIDING LEVELS
Beginner
Novice
Intermediate
Intermediate Plus
Advanced
WHAT RIDING LEVEL AM I?
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • The chance to experience life at a South African stable
  • Riding alongside giraffe, zebra and antelope in a beautiful reserve
  • Horse swims, show jumping and dressage
  • Learning more about the bush through informative game drives through the neighbouring Big 5 reserve
  • Making lots of life-long friends and meeting like-minded fun people
  • The chance to explore further afield in South Africa through the many excursions offered
DATES & RATES

Open all year round. Please enquire for exact dates and availability.

2019 Rates

2 Weeks £ 825

3 Weeks £ 1239

4 Weeks £ 1652

6 Weeks £ 2478

Includes

  • Accommodation
  • Three meals per day, as well as a fully stocked kitchen – Basic ingredients, are provided but you may wish to purchase extra ‘luxuries’
  • Transport within the programme
  • All equestrian activities (Riding lessons, horse trails, fun rides, horse and stable management)
  • All wildlife activities (Game drives, night drives, bush walks)

Excludes

  • Laundry is self-service, but washing powder is included in the price.
  • WiFi is R260-00 per 4 weeks
  • All drinks (Drinking water is provided)
  • Eating out (Restaurants, etc.)
  • All mentioned excursions
  • Extra activities on excursions (Big swing, massages, etc.)
  • Gate levy into Nature Reserve (ZAR220-00 per 4 weeks)
  • Transfers to/from the Hoedspruit airport (ZAR 220-00 one way)
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

It was a great, amazing, cool, top experience to ride the Tuliblock in Botswana. 8 day's on a back of a horse and view a lot of game. The guides and staff were great. So I will come back!

Nicole PlasTuli Safari, Botswana

How we care for our horses

Our horseback adventures are hand-picked for their quality and care of their horses. Here’s how the horses are kept in tip-top shape for your safaris. Our horses are on top of the hierarchy and receive very special care:
  • Our stable manager has got the most incredible passion for these animals and goes above and to ensure they are happy and cared for.
  • Horses sleep in shaded stables and spend most of the day in large paddocks. They are fed a combination of concentrates and good quality hay and are groomed twice a day.
  • They have all been saddle fitted by a professional saddle fitter and tack is cleaned daily.
  • We have a weekly riding program which shows us the work done by each horse on each day of the week to ensure they have a mixture of exercise. This includes trail rides, flatwork, jumping, lunging and days off

Please let us know if you have any more questions around this.

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