Horse Riding & Wildlife Care Project

Incredible opportunities with horses await you at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Surround yourself by nature inside our Private Safari Park and Game Reserve.

Prices start from US $1,217 for 1 week

Your Adventure

Immerse Yourself in Horse & Wildlife Care near Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Welcome to our unique volunteer project nestled just outside the breathtaking Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, in the beautiful Fuller Forest conservation area. At our organisation, we offer a one-of-a-kind opportunity to blend your passion for horses with hands-on care for wildlife in oursanctuary.

Rescued Horses, Transformed Lives
Our equine residents hail from Zimbabwe and South Africa, each with a unique story. With a range of different backgrounds, some of the horses in our care have endured hardships, requiring intervention to provide them with a better quality of life. By joining this program, you’ll play a role in their rehabilitation and ongoing care, witnessing firsthand the transformative power of love and compassion.

Here, your days will be spent in a dynamic blend of horse care and wildlife involvement. Alongside nurturing our beloved horses, you’ll engage in the care of our wildlife sanctuary animals, including lions, spotted hyenas, ostriches, and more.

On top of that, you will also engage in wildlife conservation activities with our Conservation & Research
Manager on projects like our vulnerable tree protection program or camera trapping. This is an amazing opportunity to learn more about ecosystem restoration, wildlife research and wildlife conservation.

This opportunity guarantees a memorable journey with no day looking the same. Your time spent volunteering on this project will be nothing short of extraordinary!

 

 

 

Your Accommodation

Our volunteer village is nestled in Fuller Forest – 2000 hectares of prime forest estate, surrounded by beautiful flora and fauna. Staying in our spacious safari tents of 4-6 people with a large ablution block just a few steps away. Down time is spent in the volunteer lounge overlooking a watering hole. Share meals and build friendships with your fellow volunteers. It’s only a 20-minute drive from the Victoria Falls town and a 10-minute drive from the Victoria Falls international airport.

There’s no other place on Earth like Victoria Falls! Known as the Adventure Capital of Africa and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the variety of activities to enjoy in this area are truly unlimited. Make yourself at home at the world’s largest waterfall system. This is a dream location for any traveller looking to connect with nature in the most unforgettable way.

Wildlife is held in the highest regard in Victoria Falls. With the town bordering an unfenced National Park, it is not uncommon to have wildlife in the streets. Elephants, lions and buffalo are all known to move through the town whilst warthogs and baboons are daily visitors. Surrounded by incredible wildlife, spectacular birds and awesome reptiles, the safari never stops. Your next wildlife encounter can happen at any given moment!

What Else Can You Do? 

Victoria Falls is the adventure capital of Africa! Here arejust afew of the experiences you can take advantage of at an additional cost while staying with us:
• A boat cruise on the mighty Zambezi River
• Follow in the footsteps of David Livingstone with a tour around the Victoria Falls National Park
• Adrenaline junkie? Bungee, swing or slide off the famous bridge or gorge
• Get another stamp in that passport of yours by going on a game drive and boat cruise in the Chobe National Park (Botswana)
• Hang over the Victoria Falls as you swim in the Devil’s Pool (seasonal approx. August-Feb)
• Get your adventure fix by white water rafting down the lower Zambezi River
• Fly above the Falls with a helicopter ride- getting a bird’s eye view ofone of the world’s seven wonders!
• Taste traditional Zimbabwean dishes while you enjoy drumming, dancing and singing at The Boma

But that’s not all!

No two days are the same when working with animals and as such we require you to be flexible, go with the flow and be prepared to adjust at the drop of a hat depending on the needs of the project. Working days are Monday to Saturday Lunchtime with Saturday afternoon and Sunday off to explore the resort town, or relax at camp.

Working days are long, but extremely rewarding. We are firm believers of “learning on the job” and you can expect to gain invaluable experience with our very hands on, practical project.

Whats Included

• Accommodation in authentic safari tents
•3meals a day
• All project fees & national park entry fees

• Trip to Victoria Falls
• Airport pick-up/drop-off to and from Victoria Falls International Airport
• Housekeeping and weekly laundry services
• Free WiFi
• 24-hour, on-site support by our friendly and knowledgeable staff

 

Day In The Life Of A Horse And Wildlife Volunteer

Stables & Horse Upkeep: Your responsibilities will include cleaning and maintenance tasks to ensure a safe environment for the horses. This also encompasses feeding all the horses, grooming and cleaning tack, which enhances their comfort and health. By taking on these responsibilities, you’ll be an integral part of our team, supporting the welfare and happiness of our beloved horses.

Horse rehabilitation: We’re dedicated to caring for rescue horses with the utmost compassion. This commitment translates into providing abundant TLC, physiotherapy, and groundwork. By working closely with these special horses, you’ll have the chance to expand your horizons in horse care beyond the basics. Building trust and fostering strong bonds with our rescue horses is at the heart of what we do, and you’ll be part of this rewarding journey as you embark on your own learning adventure with us.

Ground Work: Participate in the horse training through ground work sessions. These are vital for maintaining the well-being of our horses, ensuring they are in prime condition. Through schooling and training exercises, we focus on conditioning the horses while addressing any behavioural issues that may arise. These sessions offer a unique opportunity to strengthen the bond between you and the horses, fostering trust and mutual understanding. Whetheryou’re a seasoned rider or new to the equestrian world, our ground work sessions provide invaluable insights and connections with the horses.

Riding in the community and reserve: Ride out into the community outside of Victoria Falls and see the beautiful views oft h e Zimbabwean landscape. You will also enjoy rides into our forest area where you might come across African wildlife, and your presence assists in anti-poaching and de-forestation.

Care &welfare of sanctuary animals: Assist in the daily care through feeding, cleaning, behaviour enrichment and expand your knowledge and passion for our animals by getting to know and love their individual personalities. Enjoy unforgettable moments with our magnificent animals such as lion, hyena, ostrich, a variety of birds of prey, to name a few.

Wildlife Monitoring and Reserve Maintenance: Join our dedicated wildlife team on reserve management tasks, and develop and maintain the environment we are based in. This includes assisting them on various initiatives such as Reserve Management, Lion Enrichment Research and Wildlife Monitoring.

Assist with Wildlife Research: Gather and submit essential data for our various projects such as Elephant Impact Monitoring, Camera Trapping, Lion Enrichment, Wildlife Monitoring and Bird Surveying and more.

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Prices & Duration

2023/24 GBP Prices2023/24 USD Prices
1 Week - GBP1,1161 week - US$1,339
2 Weeks - GBP1,7482 weeks - US$2,098
3 Weeks - GBP2,3743 weeks - US$2,849
4 Weeks - GBP2,9794 weeks - US$3,575
5 Weeks - GBP3,5295 weeks - US$4,235
6 Weeks - GBP4,0796 weeks - US$4,895
7 Weeks - GBP4,6297 weeks - US$5,555
8 Weeks - GBP5,1798 weeks - US$6,215
9 Weeks - GBP5,7299 weeks - US$6,875
10 Weeks - GBP6,27910 weeks - US$7,535
11 Weeks - GBP6,82911 weeks - US$8,195
12 Weeks - GBP7,37912 weeks - US$8,855

Start Dates

Start Dates 2023Start Dates 2024
2, 16 January1, 15 January
6 & 13 February5 & 12 February
6, 13, 27 March4, 11, 25 March
3 & 17 April1 & 15 April
1, 15, 29 May6, 13, 27 May
5 & 19 June3 & 17 June
3, 10, 17 & 24 July1, 8, 15, 22 & 29July
14, 21,& 28 August5, 12, 19 & 26 August
4 & 18 September2 & 16 September
2 & 16 October7 & 14 October
6, 13 & 27 November4, 11 & 25 November
11 & 25 December9 & 23 December

Know Before You Go

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