Horse Riding & Wildlife Conservation

opgericht in 2012
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Combine horse riding safaris with rhino, cheetah and elephant conservation work
Get involved with horse management and care, game monitoring, anti-poaching and cattle management
Ensure the conservancy is a safe and secure environment through regular and extensive horse patrols
Assist in horseback game counts and animal welfare monitoring
Experience a wide variety of endangered wildlife in their natural environment
Combine horseback safaris, anti-poaching patrols and wildlife monitoring, with hands-on rhino and elephant conservation work. All on the back of your very own bush horse! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Leeftijd 17+

The project

Live and work in the heart of a 10,000 acre family-owned game park in the heart of Zimbabwe, and get involved in a world-renowned black rhino breeding and release programme. The conservancy has supported Zimbabwe's black rhino population since the mid 1980s, releasing 12 rhinos back into the wild to breed. 

You can play a key role in securing the future of this endangered animal as you work alongside anti-poaching rangers, monitor wildlife herds and patrol the game park, all on horseback. You will also get involved in the daily care of the resident black and white rhinos, track and monitor two cheetah, and interact with the conservancy's elephants.

With daily horse rides and hands on conservation work, this project is an absolute must for anyone who wants to combine horse riding with volunteer work.

Horse riding volunteers experience a different Africa from other visitors, as they explore the game park on horseback, undertake fence and boundary monitoring and join the dedicated anti-poaching team for moonlight snare patrols. Camp out with your horse as you drive cattle around the game park, and interact closely with wildlife who not afraid or threatened by horses as they sometimes are by people or vehicles.

You will experience the amazing animal sitings, enjoy the African bush and do essential volunteer work, all on horseback, as well as having the opportunity to interact closely with rhinos and elephants and monitor other wildlife on the reserve.

The aim of the programme is to assist the established black rhino breeding and release programme, undertake patrols to better secure the conservancy and protect the animals, and collect meaningful information relating to rhino and wildlife conservation. You will also help educate the local children about the importance of protecting the natural environment and how they can play their part in conservation.

Volunteer Work

Horse riding volunteers play a vital role in the conservancy and get involved in a huge range of conservation activities, both on horseback and off.

  • Combine horse riding safaris with rhino, cheetah and elephant conservation
  • Get involved with horse management and care, game monitoring, anti-poaching and cattle management
  • Live in the heart of a family-run game park, dedicated to rhino care and wildlife preservation
  • Immerse yourself in beautiful surroundings and enjoy the wildlife all around you
  • Form close bonds with amazing animals, dedicated staff and other volunteers
  • Experience a wide variety of wildlife in their natural environment
  • Help with English literacy and conservation education
Wildlife conservation goes hand-in-hand with community education and we believe that a sharing of knowledge and culture is key to the future of our wildlife heritage. Volunteering with us is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a new country and culture and experience day-to-day life in Africa, while giving back to an important conservation cause. 

We guarantee that your experience on the programme will be life-changing!

Dagelijkse activiteiten

There is no such thing as a typical day, but below are some activities which you will almost certainly be involved with during your stay:

Horse management and general equine care:

  • Feeding, grooming and health checks
  • Maintenance and cleaning of tack and stables

Anti-poaching support:

  • Ensure the conservancy is a safe and secure environment through regular and extensive horse patrols
  • Undertake anti-poaching patrols on horseback, conduct snare sweeps and boundary patrols
  • Undertake moonlight patrols and camp-outs
  • Assist with the communication of conservation messages to local children

Game park work:

  • Provide daily assistance to the Game Park Manager to ensure the effective running of the reserve
  • Assist in horseback game counts and animal welfare monitoring
  • Locate and assess specific herds around the game park

Cattle ranching:

  • Monitor the welfare of the cattle herd and move cattle to different sections of the reserve
  • Work with the Cattle Team to conduct health inspections
  • Patrol the park to find lost cattle and check for new calves
  • Assist with cattle counts and dipping

Endangered species conservation work:

This part of the programme is not always done on horseback

  • Observe social interactions and monitor the behaviour of the black and white rhino, cheetah and elephants
  • Learn to track collared rhino and cheetah using telemetry
  • Maintain and clean out elephant beds
  • Carry out research projects and data collection on their feeding behaviour and movements

A Day in the Life

Horse riding volunteers will usually get up around 6.00 - 6.30am to get started before the day heats up.

Have breakfast and pack your water bottle and a packed lunch; feed and groom the horses and head out into the game park to locate the sable and blesbok antelope. Count the size and composition of the herd, assess the condition and number of any babies and check the health of mothers.

Locate one of the baby giraffes and check the health and location of baby and mother.

After a packed lunch and a short rest, sitting under the shade of the msasa trees, or on top of one of the viewpoints, get back onto your horse and head to one of the far-flung areas of the park, checking for snares, fence damage and evidence of fires or traps. Make your reports 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, before heading back to the volunteer house for an evening swim to cool off before a much needed and hearty dinner! 


During your leisure time you may go on walks and hikes around the reserve or to local places of interest; go fishing or canoeing on one of the many dams or swim in the pool at the volunteer house. 
We highly recommend a weekend visit to Victoria Falls (a 1 hour flight). This can be organised when you are at the programme.


Om deel te nemen aan het programma dien je ten minste 17 jaar te zijn op de startdatum van het programma.
Je dient over volgende taalkennis te beschikken Engels (basis niveau)
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Andere vaardigheden
You must be able to confidently carry out a rising trot and canter and 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. No volunteer is allowed to ride without a helmet and there is a weight limit of 80kg.
Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag, vrijdag en zaterdag van 06:30 - 17:00

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door Imire Rhino Conservation

Special offer!

For projects starting in June 2022 you will save 15% on the standard project pricing! For bookings made for June, we will apply the correct price upon acceptance of the booking.

Included in your programme fee:

  • Return transfers from Harare (arriving before 1500)
  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals per day plus water, tea and coffee
  • Laundry and housekeeping
  • Activities and equipment on the programme

What is not included:

  • Flights to Harare
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Drinks from the bar
  • Any extra activities or excursions outside of the volunteer programme

Afhaal aan de luchthaven op Harare International Airport

Inclusive transfers are as follows:

Arrival - there is a transfer at 1500 from Harare International Airport on a Monday. If you arrive the day before, please arrange to return to the airport in time to meet the 1500 transfer departure.

Departures - transfers leave the conservancy at 8am on a Monday, arriving at the airport at 10am. Flights should be arranged from midday onwards.

If you would like to arrive or leave outside of those times, there is a transfer supplement of $100 for each out of hours transfer.


Your home will be a two storey thatched farmhouse which has two dormitories and three twin / double rooms. There are three bathrooms with shower, bath and toilet plus three outside solar showers. 

The house is fully equipped with a kitchen, laundry, solar lighting, small generator for power outages, bar and verandah. There is a large garden with outside pool. There is no WiFi at the volunteer house, but there is 3G signal and a local SIM card can be purchased on arrival.

Slaapzaal Slaapkamer (Enkel) Slaapkamer (Dubbel)
Eten & Drank
You will have three meals per day prepared by the staff and served buffet-style. Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements can be catered for.
Internet toegang
Beperkte toegang op de project site
Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?
Visum, vluchten, reisverzekering en vaccinaties zijn NIET inbegrepen in de programmakosten.
Vlucht tickets
De dichtste luchthaven is Harare International Airport (HRE) in Harare. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Zimbabwe.
Naar het buitenland reizen is een avontuur en het is best om goed voorbereid te zijn. Plots ziek worden of gewond raken, annulaties of diefstal - een reisverzekering voor Zimbabwe biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde.
Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in Zimbabwe dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor Zimbabwe.

Data & Kosten


Gegevens over jouw aankomst

The project runs every Monday throughout the year. Note that inclusive transfers are at 1500 from Harare International Airport for arrivals, and return flights should be booked for after midday.

If you would like to stay more than two weeks, you can combine the Horse Riding Programme with our Rhino & Elephant Conservation Programme.

jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.
1 - 2 weken


Kosten: Prijs in USD
1 week (min. verblijf)
2 weken (max. verblijf)
Gemiddelde kosten
$1.305 /week

Houd er rekening mee dat de hierboven getoonde kosten worden geschat. Imire Rhino Conservation zal je op de hoogte houden over de finale kostprijs gedurende uw aanmeldprocedure.
Waarborg (15%)
De waarborg dient om je plek als vrijwilliger te verzekeren. Betalingen worden door PayPal behandeld, onze betrouwbare betalingsprovider. Indien je niet over een PayPal account beschikt, kan je ook met een credit kaart betalen.
Finale betaling (85%)
Uw finale betaling zal worden goedgekeurd door Imire Rhino Conservation gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.

Waarom Volunteer World

Bijkomende zekerheid geboden door Volunteer World
Volunteer World is 's werelds leidende vergelijkingsplatform voor internationale vrijwilligerswerk projecten. Wij begeleiden jou door een betrouwbare aanmeldingsprocedure - inclusief de nodige betalingen. Plan jouw zinvolle reis met Volunteer World en krijg gratis toegang tot:
Hoge ethische standaarden & transparantie in de sociale impact
Wijzig jouw reservatie zonder extra meerkost
Garantie op terugbetaling
We betalen je kosten terug als Imire Rhino Conservation jouw reis annuleert
Ondersteuning & tussenkomst
Wij steunen je, wat er ook gebeurt, je kan altijd contact opnemen met ons
Onze diensten zijn gratis!
Alle programmakosten worden rechtstreeks gefactureerd door Imire Rhino Conservation

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