Arrival date: Monday
Orientation in Johannesburg: Monday – Tuesday
Transfer to project: Wednesday
Location: Dullstroom region of the Mpumalanga Highlands
Minimum duration: 2 weeks
The Dunkeld Horse Riding and community volunteer experience program was developed in 2016 by a small but very dedicated and passionate Equestrian Team at Dunkeld Country & Equestrian Estate. Our main aim of this project is to allow volunteers to experience the Dullstroom countryside on horseback, learn about general horse care and welfare, develop their horsemanship and riding skills as well as experience a true African adventure in the Kruger National Park – in return we ask that the volunteers take this knowledge and passion for horses/animals and give back to the local community by educating the children about the welfare of their beloved animals at home, partaking in mass sterilization and education drives as well as forming a part of our local development riding program. We also give our time at the Dullstroom Learning Centre where the volunteers spend time with the children by helping them with their homework, tutoring in basic subjects as well as bringing out their creative side in the arts and crafts sessions. This all contributes to bettering the lives of the animals and the children who hold them so dear within our local community.
Experience a one-of-a-kind equine adventure in the pristine countryside of the South African Highlands where you will have the opportunity to work with sport horses as well as trail horses, get involved with the local community, interacting with and uplifting both children and their animals – mainly horses.
This adventure is set in the Dullstroom region of the Mpumalanga Highlands in South Africa. The program is tailor- made for equine enthusiasts who want to make a difference. Develop your horse riding skills at our prestigious Equestrian centre on our Warmblood sport horses, enjoy outrides throughout our pristine farmlands. Situated on an exclusive Country and Equestrian estate, this program is suitable for any horse rider, from beginner to advanced, and will give you the opportunity to ride, jump and even drive a carriage.
Volunteer in the local community, working at and uplifting the local schools and learning centre. In the rural areas, horses still play a vital role in everyday life and transport. One of the main aspects here will be to help and educate the youth on general care and welfare of the horses in the community, as well as liaising with local vets in treating and caring for injured horses (and other animals).
- Feeding, grooming and turning out the horses.
- Lessons and schooling of horses, outrides and various other activities.
- Volunteers will also have the chance to spend time with other departments of the farm and learn a variety of agricultural skills.
- Assisting in the entertainment centre and resort work.
- Return Transfer from Johannesburg Airport
- All meals
- Certificate of completion
- 24 hour support and supervisor
- Donation to the project
- 2 day Johannesburg orientation
The volunteer house accommodates a maximum of 10 volunteers in five cosy rooms which sleep two people in a shared space. Each room has a washbasin and an en suite bathroom, which is shared with the adjoining room, consisting of a shower with hot running water provided by eco-friendly solar heaters and flushing toilets. The camp has no fence around it so you will see free roaming animals and birdlife during the day.
Next door is the kitchen with an outside eating area. The kitchen offers cooking facilities for volunteers to prepare their breakfast, lunch and dinner. The fridge is always filled up with fresh veggies and fruit, cheese and a variety of meat. Volunteers may help themselves to tea, coffee, cereal and toast in the morning. For a late brunch you can make sandwiches or salads or have a tasty fry-up. In the evening, after the game drive, the volunteers cook a delicious meal together or just braai (South African BBQ) in our Boma, where we light up the fire after sunset. In the evenings we spend most of the time under the South African stars and start a fire in the boma. We sit around enjoying a well earned drink and an amazing dinner, telling stories of the day’s adventures.
There are washing machines available for use at camp, washing powder is supplied. Clothes are line-dried, no dryers available.
All food for breakfast, lunch and dinner is provided, as well as fresh fruit. However, food is only re-stocked once a week so once it’s gone it’s gone! If you have any special dietary requirements please inform us before your arrival so that we can accommodate them if possible. Cordial fruit drink, tea and coffee are provided. Soft drinks, alcoholic beverages (beers and ciders) and snack foods are not available in camp but you can buy them on the weekly town trips. Important reminder: Participants must advise SAVE of their dietary needs. Volunteers with very specific dietary requirements may be required to supplement meals at their own expense.
We recommend that volunteers fly to and from O R Tambo International Airport.
There is free wifi at the project
The reserve is nestled between the Drakensburg Mountains and the Kruger National park in the heart of Lowveld. It is 65km North West from Hoedspruit and 75km South East from Tzaneen.
As the nature of the work varies, we will place volunteers under the supervision of various staff members. We will have one member of our team assigned as “Team leader” to ensure all volunteers have a great stay.
Volunteers will be met at Johannesburg International airport and taken to the project by shuttle. The vehicles used are roadworthy and have all relevant licenses and liability insurance.
- All transport is safe and reliable
- All licenses and insurances are up to date
- All insurances and liabilities for passengers are up to date and fully paid
Winter in South Africa
Please note that May through to September are our winter months and it can get quite chilly with an average temperature ranging from 5 degrees Celsius at night to 15 degrees Celsius during the day. So, please make sure to pack enough warm clothes if you plan your trip in that period.
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- You will be able to listen to the sounds of the animals throughout the night
- Not only will you be privileged to work with these beautiful horses, but your accommodation is also situated in the middle of the project and surrounded by all the amazing animals
- You will be accompanied by other people who are very passionate about animals.
- You will have the opportunity to work face to face, with horses and other wildlife.
- Learn and experience how each animal behaves, reacts and what their characters are like.
- Basic level of competency in English
- Medium level of fitness
- 18 years of age or older