Kaapsehoop Horse Trails

Kaapsehoop Horse Trails is a well-known and peaceful retreat on the Drakensberg escarpment, 35km from Nelspruit, Mpumalanga in South Africa that offers horse riding, self-catering accommodation, educational equine programmes, volunteer experiences and more. A place to revive your soul.

Our project is set in the beautiful surroundings of the Kaapsehoop on the Drakensberg Escarpment, offering a scenic adventure. The project runs for a minimum of one week and maximum of 8 weeks. Volunteers must have some horse riding experience....other basic skills and project 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.

During the project, volunteers work full days from 07h00 to 16h00 taking days off when required and to do optional excursions eg: Kruger National Park  Safari/ Blyde river canyon etc. Three meals are provided per day. A laundry service is available

Volunteers can expect the following activities during their stay at the project:

  • General equine husbandry 
  • Lessons in saddles and bridles
  • Horseback riding
  • Traction work with Horses
  • Clearing of Trails
  • Counteracting alien vegetation
  • Daily duties (as per list) i.e.: feeding, caring for in house horses and chicken project, cleaning and maintenance of stable facilities
  • Vegetable project for community Kids
  • Horse preparation for rides
  • Volunteers must be enthusiastic and be prepared to work hard and be part of the Team
  • Home stay assistance in cooking, cleaning, laundry etc.


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.

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