Equestrian and Conservation Working Holiday Projects
While safaris can be costly, our working holiday projects are perfect for travellers looking to make a difference by helping in our conservation efforts, while having a chance to visit uniquely beautiful locations where we run our horseback holiday retreats and safaris.
Whether you are a gap year student, taking a career break or looking to experience the essence of South Africa as a traveller, rather than a tourist. A fusion of wildlife conservation, marine research and of course horses, can be experienced first hand at our breathtaking locations in Botswana and Mozambique.
While the activities are mainly centered around horses, non riders are welcome to join but must be comfortable around horses, and be willing to join in on the daily care routine, and can in turn learn valuable lessons with these remarkable animals.
21 days –South Africa and Mozambique
(Program runs on set dates for a minimum of 4 volunteers at a time)
Experience a bush and beach holiday, on a budget!
Rate: 2400 Euro, including transfers.
Explore Botswana and/or Mozambique on a life changing holiday, where you will travel like a local – while learning about the African wildlife at our horseback safari operations, assist at the wildlife sanctuary in South Africa, and conservation efforts at the coastal and wildlife sanctuary in Mozambique, where you will have the chance to be involved in projects to monitor and protect reintroduced wildlife/marine life in the 30,000Ha of stunning tropical beaches. Sometimes work will be completed on horseback. Horse care and training is also a part of the daily routine.
|Day 1||Arrival Jhb and transfer to Entabeni.|
|Day 2,3,4,5,6, 7, 8||Working with horses daily,fence patrol,wildlife sanctuary, assistance with game management.|
|Day 9||Entabeni – Nelspruit: (4 hour drive) Full day Kruger NP|
|Day 10||Nelspruit to Vilanculos (11 hour drive).|
|Day 11||Night in Vilanculos backpackers, and boat to Dugong|
|Day 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18||Assist with conservation projects with sanctuary, daily horse care and training|
|Day 19||Vilanculos to Maputo(9hour drive) night Maput.|
|Day 20||Explore Maputo, drive to Johannesburg (6 hrs) for ongoing trip back home. Late evening, or night Johannesburg with flight leaving 21st.|
From 14 Days –Vilanculos, Mozambique Equestrian and conservation project RATE: 700 Euro 14 days, excluding food and travel. How to get there: Flight from Johannesburg OR Tambo to Vilanculos or Bus from Maputo to Vilanculos. Bus from Johannesburg to Vilanculos for volunteers on a budget. www.tours2moz.com
Discover the untouched beaches of the 30,000Ha conservation area, which is home to marine and wildlife as well as our horses. Ride the turquoise waters and endless beaches, as well as helping monitor the protected wildlife in the area. Depending on the project at hand, you will be asked to assist in various conservation efforts on horseback. A true equestrian eco-warrior experience awaits!
Day 1: Arrive in Vilanculos, and transfer by boat to the sanctuary and to your accommodation unit, which is a simple house with great views and location. It is a short drive from the horses. Accommodation will be on a sharing bases, of same sex unless booking together.
Day2: Early morning transfer to the horses. Feeding, grooming and exercise plan. You will ride one horse in the morning, in the arena or open area for schooling. Return to the house for lunch and rest before you head back to the stables. Depending on how many horses will need work, you will lunge one and ride another out later. You can opt to take the horses to the beach, to swim with them, which is great exercise. Return back to the stables to wash horses off from the sweat and sea salt, and feed. Return back to accommodation for dinner and well deserved rest
Day 3: Morning program as usual. Feeding and horse care. The reserve features a rich mosaic of wetlands, mangrove swamps, coral reefs, small islands, tidal mud flats, salt marshes, fresh water lakes, estuaries, and tree and shrub forests alongside coastal dunes, tree savanna and Miombo woodlands.After packing lunch, this morning, you may head out into the reserve on horseback, to patrol and check fences, reporting any irregularities to reserve management.
If there is an ongoing project at the time, you will assist with that. This may include:Animal monitoring/count. The Sanctuary boasts growing populations of large mammals including eland, blue wildebeest, zebra, sable, bush pig, and other smaller mammals. Return to the stables, for a quick bite of packed lunch. Wash the horses off, and release them into their paddocks. You will mount your new horses, and head for the beach.
Swim, and relax while you assist the Conservation Committee by photographing dolphins’ dorsal fins, and handing the photographs to sanctuary management for the purpose of identifying the dolphins (the notches on each dolphin’s dorsal fin are unique) and determining population size, individual home ranges, etc. The date and location of the photo should accompany the image.
This is an exciting and interesting program, and easy for participation. Remember you are in an environment where animals roam free so always carry your camera, to document. You never know when something will come up! Back to the stables, to feed and turn the horse out before returning home.
Day 4: Today you will have a full day with the horses again. Schooling, lunging and riding out, either on some routs inland to the spectacular Muco viewpoint for a full day ride with packed picnic, or morning and after noon ride. Tack will be be cleaned today as well.
Day 5: In the morning, you will assist with the daily duties with the horses, implementing the exercise regime.After lunch at the house, you will be taken to the local village, to gather the horses organic diet supplies, which includes coconuts, cassava, banana. This is added to the horses nutrition, and we will be happy to share our nutrition plan with you.
We support the local communities and aim to feed and use locally grown organic produce as much as possible, always keeping in mind the horses balanced diet and benefits they can gain form this. We urge you to research this, and come back with any new information you can gather on “going organic” and “locally grown”During the time in the local village, you will be able to take sometime to swim, and experience the local way of life. They are extremely friendly people who will share with you their way of life. They love off the land, by fishing and planting crops. You will spend the afternoon at leisure. You might want to snorkel or canoe!! Evening feeding and horse care before you go back home to rest.
Day 6: Early morning horse care, and town trip! There will be a weekly town trip, where you can join when the boat goes to Vilanculos. You will have the chance to buy some groceries, and or spend some time in town at the local café.
Day 7: Morning horse care, followed by on the job training. Today you will schedule morning and afternoon at the stables. Each person will give feedback on the others riding, aiming to gain help growth as a horsewoman/horseman. Our staff will also join in, with their learned skills of horse keeping, horse handling and natural horsemanship as well as taking training form the volunteers. Work as a team and grow together!
Day 8-13: Same itinerary applies. Please note, on day 14 the boat to Vilanculos for ongoing flight will leave at 10:00am. Itinerary is subject to change, depending on weather or projects with the community and or conservation team.