HORSE RIDING WORKING HOLIDAY ZIMBABWE

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WHETHER YOU ARE LOOKING TO VOLUNTEER, ON YOUR GAP YEAR OR ENJOYING A CAREER BREAK – COME JOIN US!

Working with horses abroad is one thing, volunteering with horses at an African stables is a unique experience, unlike anywhere else in the world.

Abroad in Africa, the vet doesn’t live 5 minutes down the road, medicine and equipment isn’t always readily available and tack can’t be ordered off the internet. As a result, working abroad at an African stables requires imagination (improvisation often being a necessary tool!), confidence, hard work and determination. You will receive a hands-on experience, helping to manage the stables, trying your hand at basic veterinary tasks, shoeing horses and gaining experience you often won’t get when working in other countries. Possibly a great addition to a gap year?

As an intern you will gain experience in the daily running and management of a Zimbabwean stables.  The stables caters for horse-riding lessons, horse safaris, carriage safaris and polocrosse, while soaking up the essence of the African bush. You will get the opportunity to ride alongside plains game, take that giraffe selfie, swim with horses, learn polocrosse and participate in hands-on work with over 30 horses.

Based on a beautiful lodge, this project runs alongside several other volunteer and gap year programmes, including a lion release programme and community projects. As a result, we have many lion on the property, 4 resident ellies and there are plenty of other volunteers to interact with.

QUICK FACTS
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Harare/Bulawayo International Airport 
Open All Year
Min. 2 Weeks
Group Size: Max. 8 
Minimum of 2 guests
All Riding Levels
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • Get to know the African bush, and ride alongside plains game, while exploring the savannah grasslands on horseback
  • Learn and play polocrosse and try your hand show jumping
  • The opportunity to ride through dams and swim alongside the horses
  • Getting to help and join onto the infamous overnight safaris which include a game ride, horse swim and sleeping out in the bush under the stars
  • Staying at Antelope Park and being able to enjoy its other activities, such as its lion research and release project, elephant herding and of course on hot days – the swimming pool!
  • Experience local Zimbabwean culture by meeting and working with the local community
  • Optional trips are available to see more of Zimbabwe’s natural wonders and wildlife areas such as the world famous Victoria Falls, Matopus National Park, and the ruined city of Great Zimbabwe
  • Make friends for life with the other international volunteers and interns
THE DESTINATION

As you turn off the main road through Gweru, heading for Antelope Park, you enter beautiful, untouched bush country. In every direction, as far as the eye can see, are vast grass and scrub lands dotted with Africa’s iconic acacia trees.

This large piece of paradise will provide the base for your horse placement. Antelope Park itself has its own private game reserve which is home to giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, impala and several other types of plains game. The reserve and the surrounding country makes for excellent riding terrain and there is nothing better than setting out each morning at sunrise and watching the sun’s rays light up the long grasses.

Antelope Park itself provides shelter for 4 rescue elephants and acts as a base for the ALERT (African Lion & Environmental Research Trust). There is often a large group of volunteers from across many projects and you will eat and sleep alongside them – making friends from all over the world. Zimbabwe is a stunning country with spectacular sights that should not be missed. Options for excursions to Victoria Falls, Matopus National Park and Lake Kariba are available and highly recommended!

DATES & RATES

Arrivals every other Monday and Sunday
2 Weeks / 3 Weeks / 4 Weeks
£ 1134 / £ 1440 / £ 1745

5 Weeks / 6 Weeks / 8 Weeks
£ 2050 / £ 2355 / £ 2965

10 Weeks / 12 Weeks
£ 3575 / £ 4185

Any stays over 4 weeks also require a Temporary Work Permit. This is easy to organise once in Zimbabwe but does cost USD$500

Includes

  • Full board and lodging which includes 3 meals a day at our Safari Camp dining area
  • Unlimited tea and coffee throughout the day
  • Weekly laundry service during your stay
  • The service of a cleaner to attend to your room each day
  • All riding activities on site
  • Polocrosse, horse swims, carriage rides, horse safaris etc
  • Elephant interaction
  • Introduction to the lion programme
  • The chance to experience community projects

Excludes

  • All items of a personal nature, such as curios, gifts, clothing (work and other)
  • Return flights to Harare or Bulawayo International Airports
  • Any Visas required
  • Your first overnight horse safari – after that it’s free
  • Wifi
  • Any activities and excursions outside of your planned itinerary in Zimbabwe e.g. visit to the Victoria Falls
  • Personal insurance cover for the duration of your placement, which is expected to include cover for repatriation
  • Soft drinks and other food items not included in your meals
YOUR ITINERARY

** Due to the flexible nature of the placement, and the joys of working at an African stables, a fixed routine isn’t always effective. However, listed here are some of the activities that will make-up your placement and become part of your ‘every day’.

Induction to the stables

You will partake in an induction to the horse-riding safety guide lines, guiding conduct, lesson guidelines, schooling of horses. Meeting and greeting with the horses and learn about their unique traits, characters and levels of schooling. Learning and assisting in management of tack, in particular saddles, fittings, and uses for Polo, Safari or different breeds.

Sunrise Rides

There is no better way to start the day than riding out into the bush as the sun rises over the horizon, its rays lighting up the tall grass. Some morning’s you have the option to go on a sunrise ride, cantering across the plains and keeping a careful eye out any game.

Daily Running of the Stables and Activities

Assisting initially as a back-up guide on guest safari rides and working towards acting as lead guide. You will participate in creating a visible presence on the reserve by helping on guest rides. You will also have the opportunity of taking out some of the younger horses to help train them up for safari rides and getting them used to the wildlife. These rides also allow you to enjoy some faster riding and canters.

Ability dependent, you may have the opportunity to instruct horse-riding lessons for groups of volunteers from our other projects at Antelope Park.

Schooling and fitness training of the polocrosse horses and practicing the sport yourself – stick and balling and preparing the Saturday matches!

There is the opportunity, depending on your level, to either practice you own jumping on the experienced jumpers, or help bring on some of the youngsters.

Veterinary Experience

With over 30 horses it is likely you will get the chance to help with basic veterinary care and gain a greater understanding of caring for horses, particularly in Africa.

Overnight Safaris and Club Competitions

You may get the chance to attend club competitions around the country depending on whether Antelope Park plan to compete. Depending on how long you are staying, you might get the opportunity to join and compete in one of these competitions. This would be at an extra cost.

Overnight safaris are always a highlight of the placement. You will spend the day riding alongside game in the reserve. At the dam in the reserve, you get the opportunity to swim with the horses and cool off before heading towards camp. Your camp for the night is based out in the bush. Enjoy sleeping under the stars and wake up to a cooked breakfast as the sun rises over the water nearby – stunning.

THE ACCOMMODATION

One of the highlights of this internship is that you will be based at Antelope Park Private Game Reserve providing you with a full-time nature and wildlife experience throughout your stay.

You will be sleeping in twin or quad room thatched accommodation at the main reserve camp. Here you are situated next to a beautiful dam and will have the opportunity to use the guest facilities which includes a swimming pool, canoes, sundowner deck, bar and coffee shop.

Interns have separate shower & toilet facilities to the rest of the camp which are located adjacent to the sleeping area. Your room will be cleaned daily by the housekeeping staff, and free use of the laundry service is available to all interns. You will also enjoy 3 wholesome cooked meals a day prepared for you by
the camp staff.

QUICK FACTS
Zimbabwe
Harare/Bulawayo International Airport 
Open All Year
Min. 2 Weeks
Group Size: Max. 10 
Minimum of 2 guests
All Riding Levels
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SUITABLE RIDING LEVELS
Beginner
Novice
Intermediate
 Intermediate Plus
Advanced
WHAT RIDING LEVEL AM I?
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • Get to know the African bush, and ride alongside plains game, such as giraffe and zebra
  • Learn and play polocrosse and try your hand show jumping
  • The opportunity to ride through dams and swim alongside the horses
  • Getting to help and join onto the infamous overnight safaris which include a game ride, horse swim and sleeping out in the bush under the stars
  • Staying at Antelope Park and being able to enjoy its other activities, such as its lion research and release project, elephant herding and of course on hot days – the swimming pool!
  • Experience local Zimbabwean culture by meeting and working with the local community
  • Optional trips are available to see more of Zimbabwe’s natural wonders and wildlife areas such as the world famous Victoria Falls, Matopus National Park, and the ruined city of Great Zimbabwe
  • Make friends for life with the other international volunteers and interns
DATES & RATES

Arrivals every other Monday and Sunday
2 Weeks / 3 Weeks / 4 Weeks
£ 1134 / £ 1440 / £ 1745

5 Weeks / 6 Weeks / 8 Weeks
£ 2050 / £ 2355 / £ 2965

10 Weeks / 12 Weeks
£ 3575 / £ 4185

Any stays over 4 weeks also require a Temporary Work Permit. This is easy to organise once in Zimbabwe but does cost USD$500

Includes

  • Full board and lodging which includes 3 meals a day at our Safari Camp dining area
  • Unlimited tea and coffee throughout the day
  • Weekly laundry service during your stay
  • The service of a cleaner to attend to your room each day
  • All riding activities on site
  • Polocrosse, horse swims, carriage rides, horse safaris etc
  • Elephant interaction
  • Introduction to the lion programme
  • The chance to experience community projects

Excludes

  • All items of a personal nature, such as curios, gifts, clothing (work and other)
  • Return flights to Harare or Bulawayo International Airports
  • Any Visas required
  • Your first overnight horse safari – after that it’s free
  • Wifi
  • Any activities and excursions outside of your planned itinerary in Zimbabwe e.g. visit to the Victoria Falls
  • Personal insurance cover for the duration of your placement, which is expected to include cover for repatriation
  • Soft drinks and other food items not included in your meals
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
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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 at Antelope Park are kept in tip-top shape for your safaris. Our horses are on top of the hierarchy and receive very special care:
  • Saddles are checked regularly and tack cleaned daily
  • Horses have dedicated rest days each week and are on holiday 2 months per year
  • Our horses live out in a herd environment, allowing them to live as naturally as possible once they have carried you home safely.

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