Percheron Horse Conservation

Help us to save the heavy draft Percherons and restore that magical partnership between horses and humans and experience the work on a sustainable farm.

About the Project

The Percheron Conservation Project is all about the horses. During the program you will learn everything related to caring for and working with these heavy draught horses. As well as breeding the Percherons, we have created a sanctuary for other abused and homeless horses; to date we have rescued six Percherons and seven other horses of different breeds. We do re-home horses to good lifetime homes.

Community Outreach 

Volunteers will also be involved in helping us give back to the community by teaching disadvantaged children the principles of working with horses. Twice a week we bring the children to the farm, to learn about horses and how to be around them.  And most importantly, to teach the children to love and respect the earth and the animals on the earth and themselves.

What you will learn

Working with the heavy draft horses is a growing experience; practically and emotionally and spiritually. You will learn to overcome fears and open your heart to trust. You will gain a new working respect of nature, the earth and all her living creatures. Everything we have done here on Outeniqua Moon we have done hands on ourselves and we will pass this knowledge on to you. You will gain immense survival skills and confidence in the areas of farming and building simple dwellings to live in. Thanks to our great chef your cooking skills will also improve and you will be able to surprise your loved ones back at home with a home cooked South African meal. Generally it will be great fun and evenings spent round the fire chatting and doing a bit of drumming will be a fantastic way to relax or on hot nights in the 25 meter long pool. When you leave us you will get a certificate detailing everything you have participated in.

You can start your stay on our farm the first and third Monday of every month. You are free to choose the two week program or extend your stay further.

Suitable for

Couples
Singles
Families
Groups

Typical day

Daily the volunteers will be a part of the project from 8:00am to 5:00pm with an hour and a half off for a lunch break. The weekends will be their own; to either just chill out on the farm, or to explore the surrounding area.
The horses are fed three times daily; the volunteers will be involved in feeding twice daily, in the morning 8:00am to 9:00am and in the afternoon 4:00pm to 5:00pm. During this time volunteers will feed, groom and bond with the horses as well as cleaning feeding areas. The rest of the day will be taken up doing the exciting activities listed below. The program will cover the following topics: 

  • The correct feeding and care for the horses~ grooming etc. 
  • Hoof care and shoeing. 
  • All aspects of horse breeding from in hand covering to the foal being born. We are always present at the birth of the foals to ensure that nothing goes wrong. The after-birth care of the mare and foal; including helping the foal on to the teat if necessary. Our foals learn to love and enjoy humans right from the beginning. This is the beginning of trust and the magic relationship that can exist between horses and humans. 
  • Training of a draft to harness and the basic principles of driving carriages. 
  • There will be opportunity to do some riding lessons with Barbara too and outrides once a week. 
  • Use of other farm machinery with the horses. 
  • Keeping a worm farm going to make our own organic fertilizer. 
  • Organic planting of vegetables.
  • Some restoration work with old horse drawn farming machinery. 
  • There will also always be some building and creative projects running which the volunteers can be involved in. We are going to be building shepherds huts on the farm and one day a beautiful chapel. 
  • There will also be opportunity to get creative with our five star Chef Michael Underwood and learn to prepare some delicious South African Food. 
  • For the more artistically inclined there will be opportunity to make living horse statues with plants; and white cement work and mosaics.

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
required
Required Documents
CV and Résumé
Other Skills
No qualifications or experience required, just lots of
enthusiasm and a love of horses.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 17:00

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Free-time activities

Volunteers will be given plenty of leisure time, to relax and enjoy the farm, including evenings and weekends off. Day trips can be arranged on request, to those who want to go and explore the area. Outeniqua Moon is situated on the beautiful Garden Route in South Africa between the mountains and the sea, with game farms dotted all around the area. Just down the road is Mossel Bay with loads of adventures including the Great White Shark diving, excellent surfing, stunning beaches and helicopter rides. Ten minutes-drive away is the famous Botlierskop game farm among other game farms. 

Over the mountain you get into the semi-desert of the Little Karoo where a town called Oudtshoorn lies with its world-famous Cango Caves and ostrich farms; more game farms and even some wine farms towards the mountain range of the Swartberge. There are numerous Hiking Trails on the farm and surrounds. There is also the famous ox wagon trail over the mountain to Oudtshoorn, now a 4x4 route and weather permitting we are able to take you. One thing is certain, you will not be bored and the beauty of the area is mind blowing.

Swimming
Hiking
Riding

Services

What's included?
The fees include accommodation, meals, airport transfers, Wi-Fi, laundry, town trip once a week and a certificate of completion.

What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Airport Pickup

There are busses and trains that connect Cape Town and the nearby towns of George and Mossel Bay if you are coming from there. For our international arrivals we have George Airport 62km away where you can connect to from any international airport in South Africa like Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban. We will pick you up and drop you off at the airport in George. Please let us know if we can assist you with your logistics and arrival plans.

Accommodation

To start with the volunteers will live in the guest lodge where you will be required to share bedrooms. We are in the process of building comfortable safari tents with beautiful mountain views for the volunteers to live in. Our early volunteers can also be involved in this project.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

All your groceries will be provided daily by Outeniqua Moon for you to make your food, and you will be involved in the preparation of the meals. Special dietary requirements will be taken into consideration. Breakfast (you will make your own) will be fruit, cereals and muesli with yoghurt and milk. Toast and preserves with tea and coffee. Once a week you will have our famous home-made bacon and eggs. Lunch (you will make your own) will be either sandwiches and salads or hearty soups in winter with homemade sour dough bread. Dinner you will be learning from and working with the chef Michael Underwood, when he is available, or the owner Christine Watt, to prepare delicious South African food at least three times a week. On the other nights you will barbecue or appointed volunteers will test their newly acquired cooking skills with the groceries provided by Outeniqua Moon.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
Costs
2 weeks (min. stay)
$1035
3 weeks
$1553
4 weeks
$2070
5 weeks
$2588
8 weeks
$4140
10 weeks
$5175
24 weeks (max. stay)
$12420

You can volunteer at the project site in Ruiterbos/ Mossel Bay/South Africa between 2 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Outeniqua Moon will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
$518/week
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Outeniqua Moon during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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R328, 6500 Ruiterbos/ Mossel Bay, South Africa