Africa Horse Safari Adventure Project
Love horses? Love wildlife? Love to learn a bit about conservation? Then this is the project for you! Riding horses into the reserve means you get closer to the animals than ever before.
Africa Horse Safari Adventure is situated in the Limpopo Province of South Africa near Phalaborwa and Gravelotte on a 4100ha reserve close to the Kruger National Park. Tamlyn and the team will look after you and other volunteers like you're family.
Why this project is different
The Africa Horse Safari Adventure project is offered to those who would like to spend their time living their ultimate African Equine adventure. You will have the opportunity to participate in a fun and unique experience, make friends for life and return home with lots of new knowledge and experiences. If you like horses and love to ride as well as be surrounded by the African wildlife and learn more about the animals then this project is for you!
- Volunteers are paired to a horse that suits their riding experience. There are horses for all abilities including beginners and advanced riders.
- Rides are done through the various blocks that divide the reserve. This is to create more activity in the reserve to deter poachers from setting snares and checking out fence lines.
- All riding capabilities are catered for and lessons are given to the less advanced rider within the arena
- There will be up to 6 volunteers at one time. They hope to create a relaxed environment for you during your stay while your participation in the program is designed to bring positive presence to the game reserve.
Some of the things you'll be doing:
- assisting in daily care of horses,
- looking after and cleaning equipment and tack
- ground work with the horses*
- camping out with the horses,
- assisting in Anti-poaching exercises such as snare sweeps either by foot or on horseback, fence patrols and night drives, especially during full moon
- assisting in the special species breeding program as the need arises
- One visit to the community in 2 weeks
- One overnight visit to the Kruger National park
*The level of your engagement with the horse training will depend on your level of horse training education.
The facilities and horses
- There are currently 10 horses which are let out during the day for roaming.
- There are Stables, a stableyard and several arenas for jumping and ground work
- The Groomsman lives alongside volunteers and horses for 24/7 monitoring
- The horses and stables are in walking distance from the volunteer accommodation
Volunteers will have the opportunity to do an outride and camp in the bush overnight. Your one chance to sleep under the stars with your horse, amongst the wildlife of Africa (not predators).
Staff members are with students 24/7 in rotations.
Breeding Camps for antelope:
This project has a breeding camp for antelope which you'll get to see and be involved in during your stay. There are 3 camps all focusing on different species. There is also a ‘medical’ enclosure for animals affected by poaching or snares. Volunteers can observe the animals up close and assist with additional feeding, vet trips etc.These antelope will be released back into the reserve once the numbers are up and the drought has receded for the land capacity.
Accommodation & Food
- A cottage has been renovated to house the volunteers alongside the lodge, right on the rivers edge.
- A kitchen, bar and pool are all within walking distance.
- There is a Braai (BBQ) and Lapa
- There are Chefs and housekeepers on site for daily meals, and cleaning.
- There are no fences between the accommodation and the reserve – so you will see and encounter free roaming animals. Don't worry - there are no Big 5, Just antelope an other grazers, browsers.
A fair amount of free time is also made available, which one can use either to catch up on their personal requirements such as Facebook, emails etc, or simply to take in the beautiful sights and sounds of their surroundings. Weekend schedules are less rigid, giving you the opportunity to do some sightseeing, some shopping, to go on an excursion or simply to relax or spend time at the near by pool.
- It is a low risk Malaria area. It is recommended to take anti-malaria pills or purchase Incognito natural anti-mosquito range.
- There is a weight limit of 85kg
- Self medication / first aid kit
- Hat, sun cream, water bottle and adaptor
- Personal First Aid Kit and medication - if required
- Drug Use will not be tolerated
- There is plenty of spare riding gear but you are welcome to bring your own helmet and boots.
- 3 meals a day
- All riding activities
- Overnight trip to Kruger National Park
- Basic Laundry
If you have any questions we are happy to provide you more information.