A unique career break for horse lovers!

As a volunteer on the Hanchi horseback conservation project, you will join the reserve’s mounted rangers. You'll conduct extensive reserve patrols on horseback, tracking and locating black and white rhino, conducting wildlife surveys and checking the perimeter fence for any signs of intruders. Due to the size of the conservancy, patrols can take 2-3 days, during which time you will camp out overnight.

Managing a reserve on horseback is environmentally friendly as well as efficient. The horses can access all areas of the reserve and the height advantage on horseback is ideal for spotting wildlife and reading tracks. The imposing size and speed of the thoroughbreds also presents a formidable threat to any would-be poachers on foot.

For accomplished riders, patrolling a wildlife reserve on horseback offers opportunities for outstanding wildlife viewing. Horses are both perceptive and non-intrusive: they will alert the rider to wildlife presence, while enabling close viewings of many wildlife species that do not perceive the horse as a threat. In addition, participants learn a multitude of ranger skills while out on patrol and make a genuine contribution to wildlife protection and horse rescue.

This career break is perfect for those looking for something a bit different, while learning and providing a meaningful contribution to a sustainable project.

Start dates
January to November
Limpopo Province, South Africa
2 to 12 weeks
From £2,900
What's included?
pre-departure support, in-country support, orientation, accommodation, all meals, transfers, in-country transport.
Includes return flights from London to Johannesburg. Flight exclusive prices also available.