Volunteer With Horses In Africa
Incredible opportunities with horses await you on our infamous Safari Stables Working Holiday! Contribute to conservation efforts from horseback and experience horse riding from an authentic African perspective.
The Safari Stables Working Holiday
It doesn’t get much better than this!
Where else can you stand feet away from rhino, ride alongside giraffe and walk with elephants all in one day?
Joining us on our Safari Stables Working Holiday promises to be an experience you will never forget. With the iconic African bush as your backdrop and a wide variety of incredible and exclusive Horse & Wildlife based activities on offer, this is a truly unmatched adventure. A unique and incomparable horse-back adventure awaits you! Whether you are on a gap year, career break, school holiday or just looking for something extraordinary to do, why not embark on the adventure of a lifetime?
Horse Volunteer Reviews
Thanks to all the AP staff for the 2 weeks together. I can’t find the words to express how I feel. I ‘m grateful to have had the opprotunity to come here and meet everyone. This was the best experience I have ever had. It’s the first time in 21years that I’ve felt at home. My body goes back to France but my heart and soul stay here.
Horse Riding Opportunities On Offer
Sunrise Rides: A breath-taking moment of total tranquillity. Experience the sheer beauty of an African sunrise to start the day. Just like the sunrise, the sunset is simply spectacular, and you make get the opportunity to witness this from an incredible angle, through the horse’s ears.
Horseback Safaris & Advanced Fast Safaris: Discover the iconic African bush, whilst riding alongside beautiful plains game such as zebra, giraffe, impala, kudu, waterbuck and wildebeest. This is your opportunity to ride up to a giraffe and admire this incredible creature closer than you ever thought possible. For those more advanced in the saddle and looking for an epic ride, get ready for a fast safari, all the glory of the African bush – but at speed!
Horse Swims: Swim on horseback through the dam. An amazing and unique experience and the perfect way to cool off on a hot day.
Polocrosse: Imagine a combination of polo and lacrosse on horseback (it’s the closest way we have to describe it!) Try your hand at a new skill. This fun and fast-paced game will have you hooked after your first attempt.
Show-Jumping & Cross-Country: Develop your jumping skills in the African bush. Have a go on our very own cross-country course, dotted around the game park!
Overnight Horse Safari*: The ultimate safari experience. Swim on horseback in the dam, ride alongside the game in the park, enjoy a three-course meal out in the bush and sleep under the stars around a bonfire. It’s the most incredible way to see the beauty of African nature and the bush. Trust us, starry night in Africa is unbeatable.
*Additional Cost for the overnight horse safari.
More About Your Horse Volunteer Project
You will receive an introduction into the busy but exciting stable life during your first week. You will be guided step by step through your weekly schedule, introduced to the horses and shown the ropes.
There is no typical day in stables. Every day presents new challenges or duties to be completed. We ask you to be flexible and go with the flow whilst you are on the project. Your days will be long and sometimes tiring, but always very rewarding.
We are big believers of ‘learning on the job’ and that is exactly what you will be doing. You will gain invaluable experience in stable management, with our stables team supporting you along the way. The longer you spend on the project with us, the more responsibilities and duties you will be trusted with. From leading a guest ride, to teaching a lesson to a beginner, you will become an important member of the team.
We welcome riders of all abilities with a passion for horses. Beginners are guided into riding with regular lessons in the school and slow rides out in the bush. For those with more experience on horseback and wanting to push themselves, we offer more advanced rides such as fast horse safaris and opportunities to compete in external riding competitions, such as monthly show-jumping shows.
Learn about what it takes to care for and maintain horses in an authentic African setting.
Highlights Of The Safari Stables Working Holiday
- Meeting New People & Making Friends From All Over The World
- Assisting In Important Conservation Work From The Saddle
- Learning A New Sport, Polocrosse!
- Overnight Horse Safaris Sharing Drinks & Stories Under The Stars
- Cross Country In The African Bush
- Horse Swims Are A Favourite On Warm Days
- Opportunities To Work Closely With The Best Wildlife Africa Has To Offer!
- Opportunities To Make A Difference Volunteering In The Local Community
From tracking white rhino on foot and game drives, to cave paintings, hikes and the historic grave of Cecil Rhodes; Matopos offer a whole array of activity, with one of Zimbabwe’s most stunning national parks as your backdrops.
Whether you are cruising along the Zambezi river or bungee jumping into the mist itself; a visit to one of the seven natural wonders of the world is one for the bucket list. From exhilarating adrenaline packed activities to game viewing in beautiful Botswana, there is something for everyone on the doorstep of the magnificent falls.
Great Zimbabwe Ruins
These are Africa’s 2nd oldest ruins behind the pyramids and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend the day trekking around these ancient ruins and learn about ancient kings of the past and ancient Zimbabwean culture.
About Antelope Park
Antelope Park is the home of our lion conservation efforts. Located in the middle of Zimbabwe, close to the town of Gweru, Antelope Park is a stunning private game park, nestled in 3000 acres of iconic savannah grassland; with heaps of game grazing its plains including zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, impala, kudu and waterbuck, accompanied by over 200 different bird species.
Walk with our gentle giants: Our magnificent four orphaned elephants enjoy their days, roaming the bush from dawn until dusk. You will have the opportunity to accompany these incredible iconic animals, on long morning walk to get to know their individual characters and witness their social interactions, or an afternoon stroll after a day of exploring their natural habitat.
Wildlife from the Saddle: Our extensive horse opportunities allow you to experience the African bush in the most unique and unforgettable way possible. From the ultimate overnight horse safari to experiencing the incredible African sunrise from horseback. Horse swims, cross-country, polocrosse, just to name a few.
Combinations on Offer
Combine your horse experience with our wildlife conservation and community development efforts for an all-rounded experience!
Lion, Elephant & Wildlife Management: Get involved with our wildlife conservation efforts, caring for our lions, engaging with our elephants and maintaining our Game park.
Community Teaching: Take our conservation efforts out into the local community, as well as providing vital individualised teaching assistance in local schools.