Horse Riding and Rhino Conservation

Location: Zimbabwe: Wedza

Program Duration: 1-2 Weeks, 2-4 Weeks

Dates: Year Round

https://www.conservationtravelafrica.org

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Description

Set in a beautiful 10,000 acre private conservancy in the heart of Zimbabwe, this project is ideal for horse-riders who want to combine the action and adventure of a horse safari, with important wildlife conservation work.

Horse riders assist the anti-poaching team with patrols in hard-to-reach areas of the game park, checking for snares, damage to fence lines or security breaches. You will assist the game park manager in herd monitoring - counting animals, checking on pregnant mothers and babies and monitoring herd compositions. This is easier to do on horseback as the animals are more receptive to horses than vehicles or volunteers on foot. And it is an amazing way to interact with the wildlife and really observe them behaving naturally.

Equine volunteers support the project's dedicated cattle team, who are responsible for the 800 head of cattle which are in the conservancy. You will help move cattle to different points, move them for dipping and dosing and help with counts and health checks - become a cowboy for a day or two!

In addition to daily horse riding, equine volunteers also interact with the reserve's rhino and elephant and learn about their behaviour and care.

Highlights

1. Work as a volunteer at a 10,000-acre private conservancy in the heart of Zimbabwe.

2. Become part of the park team and see the impact your work is having on the game park.

3. Help make a difference in deterring poachers from entering the park.

4. Participate in black rhino and elephant conservation at the park.

5. Spend at least 2-4 weeks living and volunteering in rural Zimbabwe.

Qualifications

Volunteers must be proficient riders and will be required to take a short riding assessment on their first day. You should have experience of different horses and be able to gallop safely. In addition, we are unable to take volunteers who weigh more than 85kg - you will often spend 3-4 hours in the saddle and our horses are not strong enough to support greater weights for sustained periods of time.

Cost in US$:

$900-1250

Cost Includes:

Cost Include Description:

Programme fees include return airport transfers, activities while on the project, 3 meals per day, accommodation and soft drinks. It excludes travel to Zimbabwe, visa fees, travel / medical insurance (required), wifi and alcoholic / fizzy drinks.

Volunteers will need to bring their own riding helmet, small backpack and water bottle.

Credit Available

no

Experience Required

yes

Volunteer Types
  • Equestrian
  • Wildlife
  • Conservation
This Program is open to

Worldwide Participant. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Dormitory
  • Group living

Participants Travel to Zimbabwe

Independently or in Groups

Application Process Involves
  • Online Application
Typically The Application Process Time is
1 week
Year Founded

2012

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