Holistic Horse Management Internship, Zimbabwe

As an intern on this program you will gain unique experience in the daily management of an African stable located on a private game reserve in the heart of Zimbabwe. Get hands-on with riding lessons, safaris, carriage rides, polocrosse, show jumping, overnight safaris, and get up-close and personal with African wildlife.

AS A VOLUNTEER, YOU'LL GET TO:

  • Get to know the African bush whilst exploring on horseback
  • Learn, participate and guide guest horserides around the game reserve
  • Learn and play the sports of polo, polocrosse and showjumping
  • Gain valuable experience in Holistic Stable and Horse Management with in a rustic African setting
  • Work hands on with over 40 horses ranging from thoroughbreds to crossbreeds
  • Have the opportunity to ride through dams and swim alongside the horse
  • Get the chance to work hands-on with our Lion Conservation Project
  • Camp out under the stars on overnight horseback safaris
  • Interact and help care for our 4 rescued African elephants
  •  Make friends for life with other international volunteers along the way!
  • Take advantage of optional excursions to see Zimbabwe’s natural wonders and wildlife areas, such as visiting the majestic Victora Falls, going rhino trekking in Matobo National Park, or taking a day trip to see the Great Zimbabwe Ruins – a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

Volunteer Reviews

“My stay at Antelope Park has been one of the greatest experiences I have ever had. I thought I was a descend rider when I came here but my time with Ted and all the amazing horses has taking my riding skills to a whole new level. I will never forget this place, all the wonderful people, the staff, the horses and all the experiences. My stay here has exceeded all of my expectations and I’m so grateful that I had the opportunity to experience this place. Thank you so much for everything!”

Ninna Thuris, Denmark

“Carrying out a volunteer placement at Antelope park is one if the best things you can ever do. It’s so amazing that this was the second time I have been to Antelope Park, and there will definitely be more occasions in the future. Everyone there is so so friendly and welcoming, so much that you feel part of the family straight away. You get to experience some amazing things, from riding through the bush as the sun rises, to walking with the lion cubs. No matter what project you do, everyone gets to experience the park for the first few days.”

Laura O’Hanlon, UK

 

Dates & Rates

Our internship fee includes:
  • Accommodation throughout your entire stay at Zimbabwe’s Leading Private Game Reserve 2017  – a lodge surrounded by wilderness and shared by our volunteers, interns, staff and guests
  • 3 delicious meals a day cooked by chefs from the local community
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by the African Impact team
  • Experienced international and local staff members who are there to support you 24/7
  • Full training and mentoring within your chosen field
Our internship fee excludes:
  • Flights to your chosen destination, but we can guide you on this
  • Medical or travel insurance
  • Visa-related costs
  • Weekend trips or tours, or any other non-placement activity
  • Snacks, soft drinks, gifts or souvenirs
  • Laundry

About the Destination

One of the highlights of this internship is most definitely that you will be based at Antelope Park Private Game Reserve (Zimbabwe’s Leading Private Game Reserve 2016), providing you with a full-time nature and wildlife experience throughout your stay.

Set in over 3,000 acres of open savannah grassland, you can expect to wake up to the distant sounds of lions roaring, and fall asleep to the sounds of African wildlife all around you.

Antelope Park is home to the world-famous African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) lion rehabilitation program. It is Africa’s first authentic program working to ethically re-introduce the offspring of captive-bred African lions back into the wild.

Volunteers and interns on all projects at Antelope Park will get to play a role in this ground-breaking program if they are interested in learning more about lion conservation.

Accommodations are a mixture of comfortable twin – or quad – thatched rooms at the reserve’s main camp, with clean showers and toilet facilities located close to the sleeping area. There are plenty of guest facilities also available to volunteers, including a beautiful swimming pool beside the river, canoes, sundowner deck and coffee shop/bar. All your meals, unless you happen to take a packed breakfast on a long lion walk, will be served at the main camp.

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