Horse and Community Upliftment

founded in 2007
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Coordinator | Shona
Coordinator | Shona
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Take part in riding lessons, schooling sessions, endless hacks on the wonderful estate as well as natural horsemanship sessions
Not only will you be privileged to work with these beautiful horses, but your accommodation is also situated in the middle of the project and surrounded by all the amazing animals.
Improve on your horsemanship skills as well as general stable management and basic first aid/veterinary care of the horses and other animals on the farm.
Part take in different community upliftment initiatives to better the lives of the youth and their beloved animals in our local community.
Enjoy an incredible 3 day panoramic excursion with visits to the elephant sanctuary and a full day Kruger National Park Safari.
Experience a equine adventure in the pristine countryside of the South African Highlands where you will have the opportunity to work with horses and the local community. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Our main aim of this project is to allow volunteers to experience the countryside on horseback, learn about general horse care and welfare, develop their horsemanship and riding skills as well as experience a true African adventure in the Kruger National Park  – in return we ask that the volunteers take this knowledge and passion for horses/animals and give back to the local community by educating the children about the welfare of their beloved animals at home, partaking in mass sterilization and education drives as well as forming a part of our local development riding program.

We also give our time to the local Learning Centre where the volunteers spend time with the children by helping them with their homework, tutoring in basic subjects as well as bringing out their creative side in the arts and crafts sessions.

This all contributes to bettering the lives of the animals and the children who hold them so dear within our local community. 

Typical day

The average working day commences as 7h30 starting with the daily stable yard routine followed by a quick coffee and rusks break.

Volunteers are advised to have breakfast before the work day commences.

After the coffee break, volunteers will commence with ridden work, horsemanship sessions and general lessons at the yard. 

Mornings will be spent feeding, grooming turning out horses at one of the two stable yards, followed by breakfast. Most days will be filled with lessons and schooling of horses, outrides and various other horse related activities. Lunch will be followed by an hour of leisure time, and your afternoons will be filled with more horse related activities, adventure activities and community upliftment. There will be a few allocated days where you will spend some time with other departments of the farm learning about the specific department and perhaps even lending a hand (not compulsory). This will vary from agricultural work (e.g. herding sheep, goats and cattle) to assisting at the entertainment centre (e.g. maintaining trails, assisting with adventure activities and the wool project) and even resort work (e.g. fence patrol, assisting at events such as horse shows and doing trail rides with resort guests) 

Free-time activities

Free time / off day:

We will drive to a supermarket in town Anyone is welcome to join to buy groceries for the coming week.

Other options for this day are extra activities you can arrange with the project. These activities will be for your own account. Please request the price from the project leader when you decide to book:

Activities: (Please note these are subject to availability and can change at anytime)

On the estate : High ropes course , ziplining, abseiling, rock climbing, paintball, archery, quad biking, mountain biking, adventure running, hiking, putt-putt, tennis, table tennis, pool, indoor and outdoor pool and of course Fly fishing ( For which Dullstroom is very popular for)

Off the estate: Included in the program is a trip to the local birds of prey rehabilitation centre. Excluded but can be arranged is clay pigeon shooting, whiskey bar tastings, local brewery tastings, serenity spa packages , toboggan mountain slide, white water rafting, sky way trails *Please talk to staff if you wish to book an excursion or transport.

When staff need to go into town for shopping you are welcome to join them for free or give them a shopping list. Please sign up one day in advance if you wish to do so or want to go on an excursion.

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
Completed Application form and Copy of return flight itinerary
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Medium level of fitness
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 07:30 - 17:30

What's Included

Services by SAVE Foundation


PAirport pick up and drop off

P2 Day Johannesburg Orientation
PPanoramic excursion with elephant interaction and KNP safari
PThree meals a day
PLaundry service once a week
PAll activities on the estate

PWeekly transport to town for shopping

PTransport to and from the project

P24 hour support and supervision

PDonation to community upliftment initiatives
PCertificate of appreciation

Airport Pickup at O.R. Tambo International Airport

Airport pick up and drop off is included



2 nights will be spent in the Sabie valley. The rest of the nights will be at the estate
Volunteers will stay in a volunteers house (1 - 8 people per room) including its own kitchen facilities, bathroom, and bedroom.
All linen will be provided.
Nights will be spent in accommodation in the Sabie Valley during the panoramic excursion and the rest of the nights at Country and Equestrian Estate in a fully furnished house.
You will be sharing your unit with the rest of your group, max 8 people, and will be responsible for the housekeeping of that unit for the duration of your stay. The unit has a communal indoor lounge area and outdoor deck with a braai and a fireplace where you can all gather as a group.
The program leaders and resort management stay in close proximity of the unit and will be on hand if you need them.
No visitors are permitted to enter the property unless permitted by the project leader


There will be a laundry service available once a week at no extra cost, any laundry done additionally will be at own cost.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages


● Tea and coffee will be available, all other drinks will be at own expense

● A generous amount of food will always be served. If snacks are desired there are several grocery stores nearby.

● There are refrigerators available for volunteers’ personal food and soft drinks

Important reminder: Participants must advise SAVE of their dietary needs (e.g. if they are

vegetarian or have any allergies) prior to their arrival. Participants with very specific dietary

needs may be required to supplement their meals at their own expense.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg. We assist you to find cheap flights to South Africa.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for South Africa provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in South Africa you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for South Africa.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Arrival Day: Monday

Time: Your flight can land anytime on Monday

Airport: O R Tambo (JNB) International Airport

Orientation: Monday - Tuesday

Project Starts: Wednesday

Departure Day: Wednesday

Departure time: You MUST take a evening flight out of JNB.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 6 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$681 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. SAVE Foundation will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with SAVE Foundation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Horse and Community Upliftment

Experience a equine adventure in the pristine countryside of the South African Highlands where you will have the opportunity to work with horses and the local community.


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