Wild Coast Equestrian Escape



A horse galloping free on a beach
  • Do I need experience with horses to volunteer on this project? 

You do need to be fairly experienced with horses in order to take part on this working riding holiday. Volunteers need to be used to handling horses and understand the basics of horse care and husbandry. Volunteers on the working riding holiday need to be at an intermediate level of riding or above. Riders need to have a good foundation in flat work, schooling, and be able to ride and work a horse in the correct outline. 


  • What does the  fee include?

The fee includes all riding on the project, and accommodation. Food is provided on a full board basis. 


  • How do I get to the accommodation?

We can arrange transfers for you from East London airport to the guest lodge you will be staying at. Transfer time is about two hours. Transfer fees are not included in your package, and must be paid directly to the driver on the day. Transfers usually cost around R950-R1200 each way. 


  • When is the best time of year to volunteer?

The project runs all year round, with a small break within this time between 13th December-15th January. You are welcome to volunteer any time over the year. 


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

You can stay from a minimum time of one week. 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. For periods longer than 3 months please check visa requirements for volunteers and plan early.

  • What is the accommodation like?

You will be staying in a comfortable guest lodge in Kei Mouth - a small, friendly village on the beach. The housing is both safe and comfortable, and very homely. The accommodation includes kitchen and bathroom facilities and a shared lounge and dining area. 

  • How many people sleep in a room?

This depends on how many other volunteers there are, but expect 2 - 6 people in one room. If you do not wish to share, we do have single supplement rates. 


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

There are shops available in Kei Mouth. You are free to come and go as you please during leisure time. 


  • What do I do on the weekends?

Weekends are free time! Staff are happy to help you plan and book any activities or tours. Please find a list of some of the activities available on the project page. You can make your weekends jam-packed with action, or you can relax on the beach, visit a restaurant or drink at one of the bars! Kei Mouth is a very safe village, so you are free to come and go as you please.
Please note that although staff are usually willing to help, they need a few days' notice and you will need to arrange your own transportation at weekends. 

  • When do we work, and how long for?

Like most work with animals this largely depends on the activities that day. You will generally work Monday - Friday, 

8am - 5pm, with an hour for lunch. This can vary slightly depending on ride schedules.

  • What will I be doing?

For a list of all activities on the project visit the project page. The Wild Coast equestrian escape involves care and husbandry of the trail horses, and lots of riding!


  • Will there be internet?

Wi-fi will be available at your accommodation, however, 'This Is Africa' and we cannot always guarantee the wi-fi working smoothly! 

  • Can I do laundry while on the project?

Yes, you can, laundry is available at the guest lodge. 

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

The Eastern Cape is a malaria free zone, so anti-malarial medication is not required.

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. 

  • 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 (tank tops or t-shirts that can get dirty)

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

  • A few weekend day outfits (for weekend activities)

  • A few weekend night outfits (for evenings out at local bars)

  • Warm night clothes

  • Swimwear + beach clothes

  • Raincoat

  • Camera and charger

  • Backpack or small bag 

  • South African/International power plug converter/adapter

  • Towel

  • Insect Repellent

  • Sun cream

  • Water Bottle

  • Notepad/diary and pen

Keep in mind that you will often 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.

A close up on two horses walking through the sea.