Horse Riding and Wildlife Conservation

with Conservation Travel Africa

newspaper Land Conservation
location Africa
start date All year
salary Volunteer Project
accommodation includedAccommodation included
training providedTraining provided

Conservation Travel Africa works with existing conservation and development projects that are committed to long-term environmental and community principles. We collaborate with conservation experts and community leaders to identify the areas of need where volunteer contributions will have the greatest impact.

Our programmes are designed to meet real conservation and community needs through voluntary efforts, NOT to meet tourist needs through contrived conservation and cultural experiences. We believe that supporting these projects is more beneficial and meaningful than setting up a new project simply to meet the desire of an overseas visitor.

Our programmes endeavour to use responsible tourism practices to build sustainable economies in Africa which place increased value on wildlife and environmental conservation from the ground up.

Horse Riding and Wildlife Conservation

typical day What's it like

A typical day on this gap year project

There's no such thing as a typical day on this programme, but volunteers will usually get up around 6.00-6.30am to get started before the day heats up.

Have breakfast and then pack your water and a packed lunch, feed and groom the horses and head out into the game park to locate the sable and blesbok; record the size and composition of the herds, assess the condition of any babies and check the health of the mothers. Locate the baby giraffe and check the health and location of baby and mother.

After your packed lunch and rest, sitting in the shade of an acacia tree or on the top of one of our viewpoints, it's back onto your horses to ride the fence line to the east of the game park, checking for snares, fence damage and evidence of fires. Make your report to the Game Park Manager who may task you with fixing any broken areas, or repairing fireguards.

Then its time to drop the horses off, feed and groom them and head back to the house for an evening swim to cool off before a much-needed dinner!

ideal candidate Project Requirements

Who would be a suitable participant?

We welcome volunteers with a passion and interest in wildlife and conservation and the ability to communicate suitably in English. You should be of reasonable mobility and fitness as there is some walking and foot-based tracking involved in the project when you are not on horseback.

Riding Ability

- You must be able to confidently carry out a rising trot and canter
- You must have had a number of years of experience of handling different horses
- You must be confident you can handle a horse on your own and get out of potentially difficult situations
- This is not a teaching programme - all volunteers must be able to ride when they arrive
- Please bring your own helmet - no volunteer is allowed to ride without one

our offer Project Benefits

What we can offer you

The programme fee includes:
- Financing which goes back into the programme your are involved with; this includes funding for equipment, supplies, vehicles and foodstuffs etc
- Transfers to and from Harare on the scheduled date and time
- Full board and lodging for the duration of your programme including laundry (exc. alcoholic and fizzy drinks)
- Practical instruction on wildlife and plant identification as well as spoors, tracking and animal behaviour
- All programme-related transport and equipment required to do your work
- 24 hour support and guidance from the volunteer programme staff


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