Horse Riding and Black Rhino Conservation

Company : Conservation Travel Africa
Activities: Horse Riding Holidays / Adventure Holidays / Activity Holidays / Animal Volunteer Projects / Conservation Volunteer Projects / Wildlife Tours
Country: Zimbabwe
Location : Africa
Duration: 1 week to 4 weeks
Approx Costs: 1000 to 2500 $ Dollars (US)

The perfect volunteer project for horse lovers. Combine horseback safaris, anti-poaching patrols and cattle ranching with black rhino and elephant conservation, on a 10,000 acre private game reserve. 

Get hands-on game park experience and provide vital support to help protect endangered animals. Horse riding safaris, equine husbandry, cattle ranching, camping out in the bush with your horse AND hands on black rhino and elephant conservation - what more could you ask for? 

This 10,000 acre privately owned game park is the perfect location for volunteering on horseback and you will experience amazing animals sitings combined with doing essential volunteer work - all done on the back of your very own bush horse.

This programme is ideal for anyone who would like to combine a hands on wildlife conservation volunteer programme with a horseback riding safari. If you have a passion for wildlife, especially rhino and elephant and love to horse ride, this volunteer programme is definitely for you!

As well as black and white rhino, elephants, buffalo and lion, this conservancy is also home to a wide variety of animals including giraffe, hyena, zebra and wildebeest and is also a breeding centre for the rare sable antelope. As a volunteer you will get hands on experience in the daily running of a game park and learn a lot about wildlife conservation.

What sort of things will I be doing?
No two days on this project are ever the same and there is usually something unexpected around the corner, but as a horse riding volunteer, you may get involved in some of these activities:

Equine husbandry and general horse care:

You will assist the grooms with the care of all the horses including feeding and grooming. You will help maintain and clean all tack and help with paddock building as required.

Anti-poaching patrols:

This is perhaps the most important area where volunteers are really needed. You will help ensure the game park is a safe and secure environment for all animals and people living within its boundaries and you will help create a safe area into which rehabilitated animals  can be released. Volunteers will provide much-needed manpower to assist with horseback anti-poaching patrols and snare sweeps in areas not accessible by vehicle, both during the day, at night and especially over full moon.

Cattle ranching:

Become a gaucho and help the cattle team monitor the welfare of the cattle herd and move them to different areas of the game park - all on horseback. Volunteers will also help patrol the park to find lost cattle, check for new calves and generally monitor the health and wellbeing of the 800 head herd of dairy and beef cows and bulls.

Game park management:

You will give day to day assistance to the Game Park Manager to ensure the effective running of the reserve. As a horse volunteer, this will include checking on the welfare and location of newborn foals and their mothers, particularly in areas inaccessible by vehicle. You will assist in game counts and herd composition studies, all on horseback and, most importantly, you will assist in the reintroduction of orphan and injured animals back into their herds.

Rhino and elephant interaction:

Volunteers will also get hands on with the daily care of the reserve's black rhino and elephant herds and will help wildlife conservation volunteers to monitor the behaviour and activities of the four black rhino and two white rhino, help monitor the browsing behaviour of the black rhino and elephants, clean the rhino and elephant beds and help with morning and evening feeding.

This placement is ideal for volunteers who wish to combine a horse riding safari with valuable wildlife conservation volunteering. You will play a vital role within the game park and provide much-needed manpower to the anti-poaching and game park staff.

Start Dates

Any Monday throughout the year, including Easter, Christmas and New Year.

Costs / Benefits

Costs include all accommodation, food, soft drinks (tea, coffee, juice etc) and activities while on the project, plus return transfers from Harare (city or airport). The cost excludes flights, visa fees, travel insurance (required) and alcoholic beverages.

Requirements

Volunteers must be advanced riders (able to confidently canter and gallop) and have experience of riding different horses. A short riding assessment will be undertaken upon arrival as this is not a teaching programme.
In addition, volunteers must have a good grasp of spoken English and an interest in wildlife conservation. A good level of general fitness is also required and we regret we have a maximum weight limit of 85kg.

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