Are you a horse lover and thinking of a gap year !

Then come and join us at Kaapsehoop Horse Volunteer Project in South Africa – Pferd Freiwilligen Projeckt in Südafrika

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Kaapsehoop Horse Trails Volunteers Project

Welcome to Kaapsehoop Horse Trails Volunteer Project!

The horse/equestrian Volunteer Project is ideal for horse volunteers of all kinds and includes the training of horses , trail riding and also offers a home stay. In your leisure time you can experience a safari into the Kruger National Park with Vula Tours.

Situated near the picturesque town of Kaapsehoop, which is world famous for its wild horses that roam freely in the forests, valleys and gallop through the town; is the well known Kaapsehoop Horse Trails.

Kaapsehoop Equine Trails established in 1994 by Christo, who has over 30years of horse riding experience and works on a natural horsemanship basis. This volunteer project teaches you about the basis of natural horsemanship,

preserving the wild horses and reaching out to the local community. Leon & Christo will make a difference to you through and with a horse!!

Kaapsehoop Horse Trails Volunteer Project is the perfect base to explore South Africa by working with the trail horses, giving back to the local communities and meeting fellow horse lovers from around the world.

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Join us for an unforgettable Kaapsehoop Horse Trails Volunteer Project!

Volunteer Today!

Where you make a difference to all through the Horse!

Kaapsehoop Horse Trails Volunteer Project

Experience the Drakensberg range outside of Nelspruit!

Kaapsehoop Horse Trails Volunteer Project

For safe and relaxing horse riding for all rider experience levels on the cross-bred horses on either english or western saddles.

Our Visitors Say

“Awesome atmosphere, great view, nice spot for relaxing afternoon. Good food!”

ANDRE OLCKERS

“Really fun riding trails and the facilities and buildings really make you feel like you’re in the early 1900’s”

REUBEN LOUW

“Great friendly people, far from any crowds, interesting decor and beautiful scenery. An awesome place to camp.”

BRADELY DUCK

“One of my favourite places to visit, and to stay.All-around good! And they have a lovely little coffee shop.”

JEAN DE VILLIERS

Are you a horse lover, enjoy the outdoors and looking for a great holiday?

Kaapsehoop Horse Trails Volunteer Project is perfect for you! Prior horse riding experience is necessary but lessons are given on the program. Volunteers are expected to be energetic, enthusiastic and hard working at all times during their stay at the project.

Are you a horse lover, enjoy the outdoors and looking for a great holiday?

We offer fantastic tours while you are volunteering! From safaris in the Kruger National Park, visit the Blyde River Canyon to wild adventures such as quad biking and gorge swinging!

Contact Vula Tours to pre-book

Horse Volunteers in South Africa

For those who want to spend their gap year vacation in South Africa, horse volunteering is the ultimate way to experience Africa while enjoying your break from the world. Horse volunteers who choose the Kaapsehoop Horse Trails Volunteers project as their gap year spot of choice can look forward to days filled with clear mountain air, striking blue skies and plenty of interaction with the many horses living on the property.

We are located in a plantation concession (Berlin Plantation), close to the quaint historical town of Kaapsehoop, our project was established in 1994 to bring nature and man closer together, while preserving the horses living in the area. We are passionate about horses and we take great care to ensure that each horse is well looked after.

Kaapsehoop is home to hundreds of wild horses, which roam the town and the surrounding areas. Guests to the town come from all over to see the horses, although they are not tame enough to approach. The horses have been living freely in Kaapsehoop for generations and they have been left to grow in their numbers and wonder around the rolling green, rocky hills.

About our Horse Volunteers Project

The project runs from 1 to 12 weeks, with 1 week being the minimum amount of time you can spend with us. Project volunteers should have some experience with horses although we will provide training throughout the program to ensure that you feel comfortable with the horses and know how to interact with them by the time the project and your stay comes to an end. Volunteers should be relatively fit and between the ages of 18 and 55.

We welcome volunteers from all over the world and with their help we are able to give our horses the very best life. Horse volunteers not only tend to the wellbeing of the animals but they also keep them exercised by taking the horses out for regular walks on the trails.

Some of the things that volunteers will do during the project include:

  • Basic equine husbandry
  • Trail clearing for easy access to the various routes
  • Traction work with the horses
  • Regular horseback riding
  • Dressage, jumping and trail walk training with the younger horses
  • Preservation of local, indigenous nature by clearing alien plants
  • Various daily duties such as caring for the chickens, looking after in-house horses, and maintaining the stables
  • Preparing the horses for rides
  • Home stay assistance with duties such as cooking and cleaning.

Enthusiasm is part of the vibe that we strive to create and we encourage volunteers to work as part of a team in order to get the most out of their time with us.

The Benefits of Volunteer Work with Horses  

Volunteer work with horses, in any capacity, has the ability to transform people. Interacting with horses has many well-known benefits and horse volunteers can look forward to enjoying all of these advantages and so many more when working with us:

  • Become more interconnected with nature and with those who you work with. Horse interactions can be great for those who have difficulty socialising.
  • Riding horses can to wonders for physical fitness as they can provide a full body workout. And having the wind blowing through your hair is part of the fun.
  • Interacting with horses can help to calm the body and calm the senses. Time spent with the horses can also greatly reduce stress and leave you feeling lighter.
  • Time spent with horses can help you to develop empathy while it enhances your social and leadership skills.
  • Horse interactions can also be a form of therapy. Studies have shown that grooming, feeding, walking and riding horses can improve your psychological health. In the past, all sorts of issues from behavioural issues to substance abuse and eating disorders have been treated with bouts of equine therapy.

Why should you volunteer?

Horse volunteers have the perfect opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors while enjoying all of the benefits of interacting with horses. Our location provides some of the best views of the Mpumalanga escarpment and the surrounding lush forests. On off days, you will have plenty of time to explore the region and even enjoy a Kruger Park safari.

Volunteering can help you make lifelong friendships with people from all over the world, it can give you a sense of purpose and the experience you gain will help you in other areas of your life for years to come. Our horse volunteer opportunities can become that once in a lifetime experience that you will look back on fondly for years to come.

To find out more about our volunteer horse ranch and our horse volunteers programs, browse through our website or get in touch with our team.

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