Horse Handler/Animal Carer

founded in 2016
Apache Appaloosa Ranch
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Coordinator | Julie
Coordinator | Julie
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Enhance your passion and love of horses and animals by working extensively with our beautiful and uniquely patterned Appaloosas and wildlife on the Ranch.
Help us to save neglected and abused horses and orphaned wildlife, experience that special feeling which comes from a rescued animal when they connect with you.
Meet people from all over the world who share your interests and gain friends for life.
Immerse yourself in Namibias' vastly differing landscapes from the dunes of the Skeleton Coast and Sossusvlei to the lushness and abundant wildlife of Etosha and the Caprivi in the North.
Work with our beautiful and unique Appaloosas. To help rehabilitate neglected horses and wildlife orphans. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Volunteering with us offers a wonderful opportunity to work with our amazingly beautiful ,friendly and intelligent Appaloosa horses and also to help us rescue abused and neglected horses and orphaned wildlife and to assist in their care and rehabilitation. As a volunteer you will be involved in all aspects of horse care from feeding to grooming, health checks, exercising and training. It will include working with some of our young untrained horses to get them used to different people and ready for trail riding. You may be required to assist in going on rescues to collect the animals and help with their subsequent care and rehabilitation. You will be able to release your inner cowboy/girl by using the horses for cattle herding and counting of game when required. Depending on the time of year you may get the chance to help us with the showing of the horses, both in hand and riding classes at various shows around the country if this interests you. The Ranch is a working farm and you will be able to help in the feeding and care of all the animals which include cattle, alpacas, ostriches, vervet monkey and sheep.  Wildlife on the Ranch include families of meerkats and ground squirrels, wart hogs, steenbok and springbok, regular patrolling of the Ranch and fences is necessary to ensure the welfare of the animals. 

Typical day

Your day will start at 7.00 with feeding the horses, bottle feeding those that require it and the other animals on the farm. Breakfast will follow whilst all are happily eating. The morning will be spent first with health checks, then grooming and taking the horses out to their camps. Moving the cattle if needed.  Working and training with the horses will continue and finally a check of the Ranch and fences will complete the morning. Lunch is 12.00 to 2.00 (3.00) summer due to temperatures. After lunch its halter training and grooming for the babies. also spending some time with the Alpacas,  and the young ostriches. Trail riding.  After the afternoon feeding its time for you to relax before dinner. The evening is for you to enjoy as you wish. You are free to explore the Ranch and spot wildlife and birds or just chill out with a drink and watch the amazing African sunsets.

Free-time activities

There is a nearby dam and resort that you can go to on weekends where you can enjoy many water activities including swimming,  jet boat rides and water bikes, take a packed lunch or if you prefer you can buy lunch at the resorts restaurant. There are shops in the local town and usually once a week we do a trip to the city if you want to visit malls or shop for some souvenirs.  There are day trips that can be arranged to places like Dusternbrook Farm where you can go for a game drive or the leopard and cheetah feeding experience. Okapuka lion farm is also reachable for a day trip. Namibia has a vast number of tourist attractions for you to visit such as Etosha National Park for a true African Safari and Sossusvlei where you can see and climb the highest sand dunes in the world, a truly unique and amazing site. We can arrange any day trip or tour you would like to do. These would be at your own expense.

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)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Riding experience is preferred. We will tailor your programme to your riding ability .
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 07:00

What's Included

Services by Apache Appaloosa Ranch

The fees you will pay will cover the costs of accommodation, three meals per day and laundry. We will include one trip per week to the nearby Oanob Dam Resort or Windhoek for shopping if preferred.

Accommodation will be a room in the ranch house with bathroom. Depending on the number of volunteers you may have to share two people maximum to a room.
Food & Beverages
We will provide you with a buffet style breakfast, lunch which will consist of filled bread rolls or wraps and salads. Dinner, you will be given a cooked meal and once a week, usually on the weekend we will do a  braai or (barbeque). Vegetarians can easily be catered for, please advise us in advance of any special dietary requirements.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek. We assist you to find cheap flights to Namibia.
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 Namibia provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Namibia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Namibia.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Volunteers may join us any time throughout the year.  We can pick  you up from the airport and bring you out to the Ranch, as we are over two hours from the airport we unfortunately  have to ask a fee of R 600 each trip to cover our diesel expenses.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 8 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$495 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Apache Appaloosa Ranch will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Apache Appaloosa Ranch during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Horse Handler/Animal Carer

Work with our beautiful and unique Appaloosas. To help rehabilitate neglected horses and wildlife orphans.


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