Help us to run a horse trail program and support us in tasks like stable management, guided rides and educational lessons for kids.
About the Program
Our program is set in the beautiful surroundings of the Kaapsehoop on the Drakensberg Escarpment, offering a scenic adventure. Our horses live out, free range; there are no stables for the animals at night as they live free in the Mountains. The horses are brought in when required, prepared for our trail rides. On days where we have no bookings, the horses are free to stay in their natural environment and are not ridden. Working with our horses, we apply the gentle methods of natural horsemanship, also taught by the owner of the program, Christo.
The following activities will be carried out by volunteers during their stay at the program:
Volunteers must have very good horse riding experience. Other basic skills and program responsibilities are taught to volunteers during their stay.
It is essential that volunteers are between 18-55 years of age, physically fit and of a weight below 90kg. Due to animal welfare, we must apply a horseback riding weight limit to assure the animals do not suffer back injuries.
Traveling to the Program Site
There are two different options of travel from Johannesburg International Airport to our program:
Option 1: You can book a connection flight from Johannesburg to KMIA (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport) and we will arrange for a transfer. The drive from KMIA to the program will take just over one hour.
Option 2: Shuttle transfer directly from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to Nelspruit Sonpark or Nelspruit Crossings. This drive will take approximately four hours and is a safe way of traveling in South Africa.
Should you arrive after the last shuttle/flight has left Johannesburg, you must stay in Johannesburg overnight. If you would like some luxury for the night, we recommend the Southern Sun Hotel, which is adjacent to the airport. The Backpackers Ritz is a cheaper alternative and also closes to the airport. Both offer services to pick you up at the airport and drop you off again the next morning.
We will arrange transfers from either KMIA or Nelspruit, depending on which option you have chosen. Please provide us with your travel information two weeks in advance.
Usually, volunteers are driven to the stables at 6:45 and work from 7am until all work is done, which is normally around 4pm.
You will feed stallions and other paddock horses twice a day and fill up their hay nets. At the same time, water will be filled up and the horses will be checked for injuries and general wellbeing. Horse droppings in and around the paddocks, in the stables and the lunging area are picked up daily. Other daily tasks are the cleaning and maintaining of saddles, bridles and general equipment.
When there are rides, volunteers assist in grooming and saddling the horses before the guests arrive and alternate in accompanying the lead guide on the rides and staying at the program site to continue with the tasks. On return, volunteers help dismounting and tethering the horses and unsaddling.
When on rides, volunteers pay attention to keeping the horses moving (especially with beginners) and keeping the group together. You will give general riding advice and make sure the horses stay in a single file (including guide and volunteers).
There are plenty opportunities for excursions in your free time, like the Kruger National Park, Blyde river canyon and many more.
Swimming in the Waterfalls, going to town once a week to do some shopping or watch a movie.
For a fee of around $100 we pick you up from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport
Volunteers will live in a two bedroom flat that can host 4 volunteers at a time. The bathroom will be shared and has a shower, a basin and a toilet. There is also a basic kitchenette, but the meals and cooking will take place in the main house. Laundry facilities are available. Volunteers are expected to help with the cooking and cleaning and also to do their own laundry.
When going out for lunch or dinner to a restaurant, volunteers will have meals/drinks on their own account
When staying on the farm, 3 meals a day will be provided. We do cater for vegetarians and luctose intollerant (providing that they help with ideas for food and help cook).