"In the end, we only regret
the chances we didn't take"
Founded in 1928, Hwange National Park is the largest natural reserve in Zimbabwe located in the north-western part of the country, and is just 150km from one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls. This beautiful park hosts over 100 mammal and 400 bird species, Hwange is also well known for its “super herds” of elephant these herds can sometimes reach over 350 elephants, making this the ideal location for incredible game viewing experiences.
Hwange National Park is truly wild and untamed, and we strive to keep it this way. Our volunteers will be actively involved in helping reduce human-wildlife conflict as well as assisting the Anti-poaching units on mounted horse patrols in the area. We work closely with various organisations local to us and actively work together to keep Hwange and its animals safe from the devastating effects of poaching.
What To Expect
You will be working with the owners of the company, the grooms and the guides in all aspects of running horse safaris in Africa. The experience will include; Horse care and management, hosting, participating in activities such as rides, game drives and walks.
Our affiliation with the Anti Poaching Units provides us with tools to impact conservation all whilst riding and working in this incredible area, we work with the Painted Dog Conservation and Lion Research Centre who carefully maintain and look after the packs of wild dogs and prides of lion by collaring, tracking, and monitoring them from a safely maintained distance allowing the wild animals to remain wild.
Our volunteers will have the opportunity to get involved with these organisations on the ground as well as from horseback to benefit conservation at large.
We assist with GPS tracked patrols and ride in vast areas where most rangers on foot would not be able to reach due to the terrain and the distance that we can otherwise cover on horseback, this promotes presence and allows for us to report any suspicious activity to our affiliate antipoaching units. We do not put our volunteers in the forefront of any antipoaching danger, if there is an organised patrol, we will only assist with location camps, looking after the horses overnight in remote areas or alternatively teach the rangers how to ride and handle horses. Our volunteer’s safety is our number one priority and therefore we would never put them in the direct line of danger.
Our location allows us the ability to work closely with the surrounding community, imparting knowledge on how to reduce human- wildlife conflict as well as how to care for and look after their domestic animals such as their donkeys, cattle, and dogs. We strive to create a symbiotic relationship between the local people and the surrounding wildlife. We are also involved with different community projects such as recycling lodge waste into building materials with women from the neighboring villages, working with the soft foot alliance and other trusts who take care of the local pensioners. These are only a few examples of some of the beneficial and sustainable projects our volunteers are involved in.
WHAT WE PROVIDE WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
Accommodation Flights & Visas
Meals and non alcoholic refreshments Travel Insurance
All locally based activities Spending Money
Victoria Falls airport transfers Alcoholic beverages
Professional guide on ridden & Walking Safaris Wi-fi (Available for purchase)
Riding level: All riding levels welcome
Weight Limit: 100kg