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Our Volunteer Programme

This program is designed for committed riders of the classical English style, who would relish the opportunity to join our exclusive horse safari operation as a back up guide and groom for our safaris. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Tessa Baber: tessa@waterberg.net

You will be requested to fill in an application form and send us pictures of you riding in a pace faster then walk. Please note, that places are often filled up to 18 months in advance so please plan ahead

Requirements

You have to be an experienced and excellent rider as well as being able to help with the training of horses! Only English style or classical riders will be accepted. Our weight limit for students is 80kgs. You are expected to be generally fit, as well as riding fit, as days can be long. A minimum of 8 years continued riding is required and a minimum age of 21 years old. We expect you to be riding every day for six months prior to arrival in preparation for your stay with us; your riding ability is of the utmost importance and will be assessed before you are allowed to accompany any safari. We will prevent you from riding as back up if we do not feel that your abilities are sufficient, though obviously we are very reluctant to be in this position.

Our safari is multinational and the ability to speak other European languages is useful, though not required.

Duties

Our horse safaris cater for riders of all abilities from the complete beginner to the experienced rider. For our guests it is the holiday of a lifetime and we work very hard to ensure that it exceeds their wildest dreams. You will be dealing with clients daily so it is important to us that you are well spoken and presented. An open, friendly nature and a natural affinity for people will help to make your stay and theirs more memorable: we eat, sleep and play together here!

As a back up rider, you assist the lead guide in ensuring the safety of the group at all times. You need to be confident of your ability to control a horse under trying circumstances and help guests with their horses.

The well-being of our horses is therefore of greatest importance to us. Time not spent accompanying the ride is used to ensure they are maintained to the highest standards of veterinary care, grooming and stable duties. With over 90 horses of all ages, sizes and temperaments between the two lodges it is usually more than enough to keep us busy.

Duration

There are two positions available at any time, which are for 3 months. We do not take anyone for less than the 90 days as there is so much to learn.

Accommodation is in individual rooms with a communal bathroom. Meals are provided for you in the form of staff meals or hosting with guests.

Options

In addition to the practical horse experience you will learn extensively about African ecology. The reserve is staffed by several qualified Field Guides: a wealth of books and other study material is freely available.

Getting there

Ant’s is a privately owned reserve of approximately 5000ha in size in the heart of the Waterberg region. It’s a 3 hour drive north of Johannesburg and situated in a malaria free area. All major airlines fly to Johannesburg International airport.

Costs

Inclusive in the program is all riding, training, meals, drinks including alcohol, accommodation, transfers from the local airports and selected excursions (usually those focusing on African wildlife). Excluded are adventure trips, flights, insurance, visas, telephone calls.

GBP 1850 or E 2300 for the three months to be paid on arrival. This includes your transfers to and from the airport, all your meals, drinks and housekeeping including laundry been done.

We have one exception!

Weight limit for Volunteers is 80 kg.