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Riders Gone Wild Equestrian Escape



Horseback safari - horses ears with giraffe between them.
  • Do I need experience with horses to volunteer on this project? 

You need to be anexperienced rider to take part on this programme, and also used to being around horses, as you will be required to care for them without direct supervision. You will need to know how to groom horses, and tack up. 


  • What does the working riding holiday fee include?

The fee includes all riding and accommodation, plus food (three meals per day). 

  • How do I get to the project?

A member of staff will collect you from the airport when you land. You will then need to pay the driver directly on the day. 


  • When is the best time of year to volunteer?

The project runs all year round, you are welcome to volunteer any time over the year. It is really down to personal preference. Winter months tend to be chillier in the early morning and evening, and overnight. 


  • What is the best length of time to join the programme for?

You can stay from a minimum time of two weeks, and a maximum of twelve weeks. As a general rule, the longer you can stay the more you will get out of your trip; all of the work and riding is dependent on what is available at the time so the longer you stay the more varied your experience will be, and you will become part of the family. 

  • How many people sleep in a room?

Two to four volunteers sleep in one room. ​​

  • When do we work, and how long for?

Like most work with animals this largely depends on the activities that day. This can vary slightly depending on ride schedules. In general, expect to work for 1-2 hours per day on the ground with the horses, and expect to spend 2-5 hours per day in the saddle. 

  • What will I be doing?

For a list of all activities on the project visit the project page. The Equestrian Escape involves care and husbandry of the trail horses, and lots of riding!


  • Will there be internet?

There is wi-fi available at the accommodation, however, it may not be as fast or as reliable as you are used to at home. You will be able to keep in touch with friends and family, but for downloading and streaming it may at times be a bit too slow.

  • Can I do laundry while on the project?

Yes, you can, a laundry service is available at your accommodation. 

  • Do I need any vaccinations or anti-malarial medication? 

Regarding vaccinations prior to travelling. you will need to ask your doctor as this varies from country to country. We strongly recommend you get any vaccinations advised by your doctor. The area you will be in is Limpopo, South Africa. 

  • What should I pack?

See below for a suggested packing list.

Suggested Packing List

You should pack the following for all weather conditions:


  • Sweaters/jumpers and a  jacket 

  • Riding hat, gloves, riding boots, chaps. (Hard hats are mandatory when riding)

  • Comfortable riding clothes

  • Work shoes (boots or sneakers that can get dirty)

  • Trainers/sneakers

  • Work tops (t-shirts that can get dirty)

  • Work pants (shorts and long pants that can get dirty)

  • A few outfits for days off

  • Warm night clothes

  • Raincoat

  • Camera and charger

  • Backpack or small bag 

  • International power plug converter/adapter

  • Towel

  • Insect Repellent

  • Sun cream, sunglasses, sunhat/cap

  • Water bottle

Keep in mind that you will be working with horses. You should be prepared to get your clothes dirty and they should be comfortable and easy to move in.

It is important to take extra of all medications & prescriptions.

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