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South Africa Horse Adventure

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Visit South Africa – a "Rainbow Nation" that combines modern culture with an ancient, breathtaking landscape. Evolving for over thousands of years to become the environmentally and culturally diverse nation that it is today, South Africa attracts millions of visitors every year to its wide, sandy beaches, cosmopolitan cities, friendly people, and of course, magnificent African bush.

Immerse yourself in this authentic South African horse ranch experience, where you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy comfortable and safe horse riding in stunning South African country side surroundings. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced rider, you will quickly feel at ease on the ranch’s well-trained, beautiful cross-bred and home-reared horses. Professional and friendly instructors will also be on hand to help and guide you.

This project is perfect for anyone with an interest or passion for horses and horse riding. You will enjoy a varied daily schedule that combines working with and caring for these well-trained and beautiful horses. This peaceful and reviving break in sublime and breathtaking South African scenery is the ideal retreat for anyone looking to re-connect with themselves and nature.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience life on an authentic South African horse ranch
  • Learn in-depth knowledge about equine husbandry
  • Admire the breath-taking scenery of South African country side
  • Make new life-long friends and return with brilliant memories

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Volunteers must be 18 years old
  • Riders must weigh less than 90kg
Airport Pickup Camping Emergency Ground Transport Hotel Meals Terrestrial Free Time
FAST FACTS
Location South Africa
Activities

Horseback riding
Equine husbandry
Farm mainetance
Saddle and bridle lessons
Community forestry
Archery

Transport Airport pick-up upon arrival
Accommodation  Guesthouse accommodation

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt
In-country

Food
Accommodation
Airport pick-up
In-country transport with driver/guide
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

From the get-go you will be involved in a wide range of activities in and around the stables such as the care and feeding of the horses and maintenance of the paddock, arena and field shelter as well as looking after the saddlery and equipment. You will also have the opportunity to ride the horses through this stunning area, once a gold mining region, which is home to approximately 160 to 200 feral horses across 17 000 hectares of forestry and grassland. The breed type seems predominantly Boerperd with herds ranging in size from bachelor herds of around 3 to larger more structured herds of up to 20 horses.

Whilst taking part in this project you will also be given the opportunity to contribute towards ongoing research into these wild horses. Responsibilities may include:

  • Counting and documenting different herds
  • Maintenance of water and drinking points of the horses
  • Helping to rear abandoned foals (when applicable)
  • Eradication of old barb wire along the roads that injure horses
  • Impact studies on the nature, bio carrying capacity of the ranch habitat

Further scientific studies are possible if and when the project receives skilled volunteers that are able to spearhead other avenues of research. 

In addition you may find yourself involved in other sustainable farming activities & local forestry community involvement. There may even be time for archery lessons in your free time in the evenings and at weekends! These activities are a must for the adventurous horse lover and will surely guarantee you an unforgettable experience!

Your working day will be from 7am - 4pm Monday to Friday, whilst weekends can be spent at one’s own leisure. A town trip to the nearby provincial capi¬tal is scheduled once a week so you’ll have the chance to get into town to do some local shopping.

Note that the itinerary is subject to change depending on climatic conditions and seasonal variability and those inexperienced riders who have never worked in this field will require training by our qualified ranch staff.
 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Upon arrival at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport  you will be met by a friendly local staff member and transferred to your accommodation. Once you have had time to rest the staff will give you a local orientation. Your in-country coordinator will help you acclimatise and you’ll feel at home in no time in this stunningly vibrant country.

WHERE WILLI BE STAYING?

The farm-style accommodation offers a relaxing and reviving getaway in the country side. You will be housed in our volunteer quarters; a three bedroom house located on the project site. The accommodation is comfortable with a fully functioning kitchen, a shower, a separate bathroom, and a lounge area. The three bedrooms are each equipped with two single beds, whilst each volunteer will be allocated a locker within the bedrooms to store away their valuables. A veran¬da looks out onto the stunning mountains of the region and there is also an open fireplace should volunteers wish to have a barbecue or sit around a camp fire in the evenings.

Note that the project location in South Arica has an altitude of 1600m, with temperatures up to 10° cooler than that the closest city, so do bring some warm clothes with for chilly African evenings.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You’ll get the chance to sample the exhilarating fusion of food that is South African cuisine. On the ranch, you will enjoy three meals per day |Monday to Friday which will typically be delicious home cooked African meals prepared by the friendly local staff. A popular way to finish the day is with an authentic South African braai (BBQ)! Vegetarian and special dietary requirements can also be catered.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

If you have the inclination and the energy to pack in even more, there are loads of extra activities to try before or after your trip. The Garden Route road trip has plenty to offer the adventurous person. There are many more fun activities though, including hiking, surfing, swimming and snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, mountain biking, flying, hang-gliding, paragliding, beach horse riding, ballooning or sky diving, as you see; there is certainly no shortage of fun things to take part in!

If culture is your thing then perhaps you might like to visit Grahamstown, South Africa’s festival capital. The national Arts Festival takes place with over 50,000 people flocking to the city for a feast of arts, crafts, and sheer entertainment with more than 500 shows from opera, cabaret, drama, and jazz to stand up comedy and folk music. Check the festival dates to make sure they coincide with your itinerary.

During the weekends, volunteers have the opportunity to explore the surrounding area - a beauti¬ful village with scenic views and hiking trails awaits you! The world renowned Kruger National Park is also about one and a half hours drive away and offers the possibility of viewing the Big Five game animals in their natural environment. The Panorama road trip route takes you to some of the historic sites of the region as well as to breathtaking waterfalls, whilst there are a variety of wildlife sanctuaries (elephant and cheetah, for example) that are in close range to the project location.
 

COSTS

2 weeks £ 649

Extra week £ 299

DEPARTURE DATES

Starts on the 1st of every month.

DURATION

2 weeks +

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • In-country transfers
  • Local orientation
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this project, or to register your interest, just click on the orange "Apply Now!" button at the top of the menu. Fill out and submit a short application form and then one of our advisors will give you a call back to answer any questions and to progress your application if you wish to continue.

There is no obligation when making an application, and you do not need to pay anything at this point.