Zimbabwe is a small landlocked country home to an abundance of spectacular wildlife and natural landforms making it a haven for nature enthusiasts and adventure junkies alike. Home to the majestic African plains, Zimbabwe offers a sanctuary for the big five – African lions, African elephants, Cape buffalo, African leopards and black/white rhinoceros. In addition these stunning creatures, Zimbabwe boasts several world renowned landforms including the breath-taking Victoria Falls and Malindidzimu Hill (also known as the “World’s View) which provides epic 360 degree views of this beautiful and awe-inspiring country
Care for horses as you experience Zimbabwean culture and way of life
Learn to ride horses under the guidance of experienced and passionate trainers
Learn about horse behaviour and training
Practice ethical treatment of horses
Minimum age 18
Must be physically fit
Identifying and solving issues with horses
Riding horses and coaching other riders
Training young horses
Checking for injuries
Airport pick-up & transfer to project location
Before you go
Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup
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What does the project do?
The project aims to help dedicated horsemen and women to develop their horsemanship skills as much as possible. For those who do not have much experience with horses and want to learn more, this is the perfect opportunity to begin to ride as the internship caters for all levels of riding. So even if you’ve never ridden before, the experienced trainers will give you all the tools you need to become a confident rider!
The project also endeavours to teach interns how to train their horses. More experienced riders might be able to work with young horses or those with underlying problems - or if there is a specific area you are particularly interested in the trainers will try to accommodate this.
What will I be doing?
Your days will be varied as you will work on a number of aspects that will contribute to your journey to horsemanship. You will undertake chores such as feeding, tack maintenance and grooming as well as training horses with rider issues, schooling young horses, fitness training horses and coaching riders who lack in confidence.
Your days will be busy but worthwhile as you will see your confidence and skills grow rapidly and your hard work paying off as you develop a personal and intimate bond with each of the horses. This will make the whole experience thoroughly rewarding! You will have the opportunity to work with a number of breeds such as Thoroughbreds, Arabs, Friesians and Warmbloods.
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What happens when I arrive?
You will be met at Bulawayo Airport where a friendly Frontier representative will transfer you to your accommodation. Your first few days will be spent meeting the horses and staff and getting to know what your role will be. At the end of your stay the local staff will assist you in returning to the airport.
Where will I be staying?
Interns will live in a shared accommodation in a detached area of the trainers home at the project site with basic amenities including a bath, shower and toilet.
What will I be eating?
All your meals will be provided throughout the duration of your internship. However, if you wish to try the local food this can be arranged! On your days off you may be able to go out exploring and try some local delicacies. Corn and maize is a staple in Zimbabwe and are eaten frequently and used in many dishes. For the most part, the Zimbabwean cuisine has remained traditionally African. Some traditional dishes you might like to try include Sadza (a stiff maize meal rolled into a ball and dipped into meat, sauce, gravy, sour milk, or stewed vegetables), Dovi (a peanut butter stew served with meat and vegetables) and Mapopo Candy (papaya cooked in and then dusted with sugar).
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There are several opportunities for sports and leisure activities around the project site. Within walking distance you’ll have access to a tennis court and several cycling, mountain biking and hiking trails. For a more urban experience, you can take a short drive to the city centre where you can find restaurants, shopping, museums, galleries and national historic sites.
If you’re feeling a little more adventurous why not get exploring and soak up the Zimbabwean culture and see the fantastic wildlife on the spectacular African plains! Some of the more popular sites include:
Victoria Falls – perfect for adrenaline junkies as this is home to numerous adventure activities such as bungee jumping, white water rafting and boogie boarding. Victoria Falls is just one sheer drop at 108m high along the Zambezi River and is a registered UNESCO world heritage site.
Matopos National Park –a very short drive away from Bulawayo, the park is famous for a large outcrop known as World’s View due to the vast and beautiful scenery that can be seen for miles. Matapos is also famous for its wildlife including a large population of black eagles, leopards and black/white rhinos. This makes Matopos National Park a must see park for nature lovers.
Antelope Park – This beautiful haven just 2 hours away from Bulawayo is an incredible opportunity to walk amongst some of the world’s most dangerous animals as you explore this spectacular 3000 acres of savannah.
Great Zimbabwe – This is an ancient city of ruins in the south eastern hills of Zimbabwe in the late Iron Age and inhabited by the Shona people. At one point this World Heritage Site was believed to be home to around 18000 inhabitants and was the capital of the Great Kingdom of Zimbabwe which stretched all the way into modern day Botswana, Mozambique and South Africa.
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There is no obligation when making an application, and you do not need to pay anything at this point.