I searched long and hard before settling on Imire. I wanted to do a lot of riding but also wanted to be able to volunteer in a more hands-on way and contribute to a great cause. This programme was the perfect mix of both.
The horse riding was so much more than I had ever expected. Judy was just awesome. Her knowledge and love of the conservation park (and her horses!) came through on every single ride. Her expertise in even the smallest of details was incredible and she put a real emphasis on ensuring that each ride had a purpose while being fun and exciting. Two of the best rides were the cattle driving rides. We got to ride all over the park driving cattle and making our way over some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen.
In addition, the staff at Imire were great in accommodating the riders so that we could also do all of the great volunteer work that others were doing. I helped take down fencing, build part of a road and spent time with the local school children teaching English and playing volleyball! I also spent tons of time with the park's truly wonderful treasures - the rhinos and elephants. I also got to spend a little bit of time with the anti-poaching team - one of the real highlights of my trip!