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Safari Stables Project


This experience is for anyone aged over 18 with a passion for horses, wildlife and wanting to explore the beauty of the real African bush. It is the best way to embark on the ultimate horse experience in Africa. Whether you are on a career break, a gap year, school holiday or simply wanting to be the person who can say ‘I did that,’ we are ready to welcome you into our stables family, with over 20 beautiful horses supporting wildlife conservation.


  • Gain valuable experience in Stable and Horse Management within a rustic African setting

  • Ride right up to giraffe, weave through herds of zebra, canter past wildebeest and admire majestic  elephants, all on horseback

  • Help guide horse rides around the game reserve

  • Learn and play the sports of polo, polocrosse and show jumping

  • Go swimming on horseback

  • Camp out under the stars on overnight horseback safaris

  • Help care for 4 orphaned African elephants who call the reserve home

  • On weekend enjoy optional excursions to Victoria Falls, (the adrenaline capital of Africa), or go rhino tracking and visit cave paintings,.

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The stables are based on a beautiful wildlife reserve in the heart of Zimbabwe. Anyone can volunteer on this project, you don't need any past experience, you don't even need to be able to ride yet! We take complete beginners up to experienced horse riders. The stable is home to over 20 horses which are mostly used for horse safaris around the reserve, but also dressage, jumping, cross country and polo-crosse. They range from well behaved school masters to young horses who need bringing on. The workload will be a mixture of horse management and horse riding.

The reserve the scene for the ideal riding ground. With no large predators roaming around and an abundance of plains game wandering the savannah grasslands, you will have the unique opportunity to get up-close to some incredible wildlife species, including giraffe, zebra, kudu, impala and wildebeest, in a safe environment. Whilst some horse experience is helpful on this project, it is not necessary. We will take those not confident with horses through a gentle training process until they are comfortable with basics, like catching, haltering, tacking up and riding our calmer horses. We hope that by the time you leave you will be happy to join in all the management and riding activities.


Those with horse experience will be allowed to assist or lead activities, such as schooling horses, safari rides, fitness training, riding lessons and wildlife counts on horseback. All riders will have chances to learn the game of polo-crosse and during the competition season (May-August) you can join competitions. Competent riders may be able to play in local or international competitions which are also held at the park on the specially designed polo-crosse field. 


Horse Management 

  • Feeding horses in the morning and afternoon

  • Veterinary care of injured, sick and rescued horses

  • Grooming horses 

  • Handling young horses

  • Lunging lessons

  • Tack maintenance and cleaning

  • Hoof care and assisting the farrier

  • Natural horsemanship training, from the ground and in the saddle

In the Saddle 

The riding is varied and can change from day to day but you will generally spend 2-4 hours in the saddle each day. During your stay you can get involved in the following riding activities:

  • Flat schooling of young horses and those in for rehabilitation

  • Protect the reserve, checking fence lines, removing snares and monitoring animals in the park, all whilst on horseback 

  • Join the 2 hour safari rides where you will get up close to giraffe, zebra and antelope, weaving among them as they graze peacefully, or cantering alongside them to the thunder of hooves

  • Compete in shows. Compete in dressage, polocrosse and jumping shows around Zimbabwe, heading off to different locations around the country. 

  • Overnight horse safaris where you and your horses camp out in the bush and enjoy a 3 course meal around the fire under the stars with your friends.

  • Sunrise/ Sunset Rides: An African sunrise is truly spectacular, and it looks even better from the saddle. Just like the sunrise, the sunset is equally as beautiful. This is a memory that will last a lifetime.

  • Swim the horses in the dam to improve their fitness. Take them in to the water bareback  as they go from a leg deep paddle to a full depth swim. 

  • Learn to play polocrosse on our world class field. This fun game involves 2 teams of 3 players, and uses a net on a stick to pick up and carry a ball, aiming for the goals to secure a win for your team.

  • Cross-Country. Jump our very own cross-country course, dotted around the game park and develop your show-jumping skills with the African bush as your backdrop.

Other animals you will work with:

The reserve has 4 rescued elephants who spend their days grazing the lawn in front of the dining hall  and at liberty in the reserve, enjoying the most natural environment possible. The reserve does not  agree with the riding of elephants and only positive reinforcement is used to allow safe handling of  these beautiful animals by the trainers.

Volunteers will join an ‘elephant induction’ in their 1st week, where you will meet Amai, Jecha, Tombi  and Chibi the elephants and spend time with them. In the time you spend with the elephants you will  learn about their behaviour, positive reinforcement training and social interactions with one another.  You will take them for a 2 hour walk in the reserve and have amazing photo opportunities of these  happy and relaxed animals living as they should be, unchained and free.

Project Photos


Your accommodation will be within the specifically designed and built volunteer village. The village is in the park’s main camp which has its own swimming pool, volleyball court, restaurant, café and a large raised bar that looks out over the dam. On the water birdlife is rich and animals like antelope, zebra and even elephants often come to graze.

The rooms are unisex and are shared with a small number of other volunteers. All bedding, sheets and towels are provided. Housekeeping will come to the rooms every day, clean your room, make your bed and do any clothes washing that is needed. All your laundry is included in the price of  your stay. There is hot and cold  running water within same sex ablution blocks. Meals are enjoyed communally in the dining area. There is a large volunteer common room available for your evening meetings and free time, where volunteers enjoy games, team building and evenings at leisure, when not around the raised bar or firepit under the stars.


Zimbabwe is based in the middle of Southern Africa. At present there is no quarantine requirements on arrival so you can head straight to the project from the airport.  Zimbabwe is renowned by locals as being the best place to do a safari because there are considerably fewer tourists, and the nature reserves are much more wild and free. It is home to Victoria Falls, one of the 7 wonders of the world, and the largest waterfall in the world, being 2x higher and wider than Niagara Falls, and a hot spot for adrenalin sports like skydiving, rafting and bungee jumping. There are some of the largest national parks in Africa, the largest man-made lake in the world (Lake Kariba), fantastic fishing, beautiful cities, endless horizons and cultural diversity. “Zimbos” (as they call themselves), are friendly and love showing volunteers their way of life, culture, and history.

Situated in the heart of Zimbabwe close to a town called Gweru, the game reserve is teeming with African wildlife, including zebra, wildebeest, kudu, waterbuck, impala and giraffe. Past volunteers will tell you this is a very special place, where friends are made for life and the pace of living, friendly staff  and the beautiful animals, will create memories that stay with your  forever.



1 week:   £1,014

2 weeks: £1,589

3 weeks: £2,158

4 weeks: £2,708

5 weeks: £3,208

6 weeks: £3,708

7 weeks: £4,208

8 weeks: £4,708

9 weeks: £5,208

10 weeks: £5,708

11 weeks: £6,208

12 weeks: £6,708


1 week:   £1,164

2 weeks: £1,824

3 weeks: £2,477

4 weeks: £3,109

5 weeks: £3,683

6 weeks: £4,257

7 weeks: £4,830

8 weeks: £5,404

9 weeks: £5,978

10 weeks: £6,552

11 weeks: £7,126

12 weeks: £7,700

Want to know what’s included? Great news, it is pretty much everything! Including your

  • Pre-departure assistance

  • All airport collection and returns

  • All accommodation and food, including 3 meals a day

  • 24 hour support on every project and at the volunteer accommodation by onsite staff

  • All your horseriding 


  • Medical and travel insurance

  • Flights to your chosen destination

  • Visa

  • Weekend trips and other non-project activities


This project starts on set Mondays of the year. Different start dates can be accommodated  (extra transfer costs apply) with advance notice. 

Volunteers can arrive and depart from Harare or Bulawayo Airport. Harare is 4 hours from the park and Bulawayo is 2 hours from the park.  At the airport a  member of the team will meet you and transport you to  the reserve.

2023 start dates: 

You can pick any Monday of the year to start this project 

2024 start dates

Jan - 1st and15 th

Feb - 5th and 12th 

March 4th, 11th and 25th

April 1st and 15th

May 6th, 13th and 27th

June 3rd and 17th 

July 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd 

August 12th, 19th, 26th

Sept 2nd, 16th

Oct  7th and 14th

Nov 4th, 11th, 25th

Dec  9th and 23rd

Volunteer feedback

Sisse Olsen

July 2023

“ The best part of the experience was spending so much time with the horse and the other volunteers. Wide range of activities both horse related and the possibility of joint wild life activities and teaching at the local school. The team running the volunteer program are amazing! Suitable for any age or background, just need to want to participate in activities and join other volunteers in order to get the best possible experience. The camp were great at catering for all levels of horsemanship."

Elaine Hollinger

July 2023

“The whole trip was fantastic from the people who worked at the park, the friends I made along the way, the landscape, the sunsets, the animals. Everything was truly incredible. Our trip to Victoria Falls was fun packed and fantastic. I truly have memories to last me a lifetime!”


If you want to get involved in this project and live, breath and work with horses in Africa just hit the "apply now" button, in the form and we will be in touch with you right away.


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