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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.