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South Africa Equestrian Escape



Two horses + riders on a horseback safari, riding past zebra at sunset.
  • Do I need experience with horses to volunteer on this project? 

You need to be a strong intermediate to experienced rider to take part in this project, 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. 

  • How do I get to the project?

We can assist you with arranging transfers to and from the airport to the accommodation. 


  • 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 month tend to be a bit chillier in the early morning and evening. 


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

You can stay from a minimum time of two weeks. As a general rule, the longer you can stay the more you will get out of your trip; all of our work 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?

A maximum on three volunteers sleep in one room. 


  • Will there be a possibility to go shopping (for snacks, toiletries, etc)?

You will be taken into town once a week to buy groceries, and anything else you need. 

  • 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 and how many guests are booked in. You will be expected to work hard when required, but staff will make sure you are rewarded with plenty of riding, and leisure time to relax. 

  • 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 no wi-fi at the accommodation, so we recommend getting a South African SIM card.

  • Can I do laundry while on the project?

Yes, you can, a washing machine 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 Mpumulanga, 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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