• South Africa
    • Cape Town
2 to 12 weeks

Program Details

Age Min.
Short Term Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Small Group (1-15)
Travel Type
Budget Family Solo Women


Starting Price
Price Details
£680 for 2 weeks and £250 for each additional week. This includes 3 meals a day, shared volunteer accommodation, meeting you at Cape Town International airport, airport collection and drop-off (Saturdays only), pre-departure support, in-country staff, 24- emergency help and more. It does not include flights, visas, travel insurance and spending money for free time activities.
What's Included
Accommodation Airport Transfers Equipment Meals Wifi
What's Not Included
Activities Some Activities Airfare Domestic Airfare SIM cards Travel Insurance Visa
Dec 18, 2023
Feb 06, 2024
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About Program

If you love horses, ponies and donkeys then the equine care project is perfect for you! Assist a dedicated team of horse rescuers with their daily work on an equine sanctuary on a 1000-hectare farm in South Africa. The surrounds are the typical wild scrub vegetation of the area, surrounding hills, horse camps, stables, paddocks, a farm dam to cool off on a hot day and of course the main house and volunteer accommodation.
You will take part in the daily horse care, socialisation, treatment to the occasional horse rescues and education which take place across the country.
Although horse riding and care experience is a huge plus, it is not a necessity, and you will learn a lot about basic horse care while helping out on this project.
Volunteer duties include feeding the equines and other rescued farm animals, grooming, cleaning tack and equipment, walking, socialising, backing and hacking, farm maintenance and general farm work.

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Ethical Impact

Volunteer International Adventures focus is on ethical youth and animal projects which we feel very strongly about. We see the need for assistance from international volunteers in developing countries and have seen the difference extra hands-on help can make to communities and conservation if done responsibly.

Program Highlights

  • Help care for horses, ponies and donkeys that have been neglected, abused, abandoned or are unmanageable by their owners in a place of safety and love giving them a chance of a new life
  • Assist with equines in need of medical attention and behavioural training for their long term rehabilitation to a better life. Horse rescues can take place when severe abuse has been reported
  • For those with riding experience that weigh under 75kgs, you may ride and hack the safer horses. There are beautiful natural trails in the area and the horses up for adoption, always need the exercise
  • Horse experience is a plus but not a must so for those with no experience with horses, you will learn how to care for them daily, feed, groom, walk, socialise and love these beautiful sentient beings
  • Help out with the other rescued animals at the sanctuary including donkeys, cats, dogs, pigs, chickens, ducks, goats and sheep while having fun in the South Africa sun

Program Impact

Since the Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation project started in 2017, they have saved over 630 horses from all over South Africa often travelling long distances. When horses are rescued, they are often brought to the farm horribly abused and in the more severe cases, close to death. Not all the horses will survive the extreme abuse they have experienced but for those that do, the end goal is to nurse them back to health, rehabilitate and train them so they will be ready to be adopted out to a carefully vetted home with a chance of a wonderful future. Those that cannot be rehomed due to past extreme trauma, will stay on as with permanent sanctuary. Currently there are roughly 80 horses, ponies and donkeys at one given time along with an assortment of farm animals, dogs and cats rescued too.

Equine rescues are performed all over South Africa in areas that do not have an active SPCA.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Had an amazing time!

I really had an amazing time at the project. This was my first solo trip and I was so nervous. Once we arrived at the project, everyone was very kind and I immediately felt at home.

The Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation Project does the most amazing work for their horses, donkeys and other farm animals. It felt great being a part of the team during my staying. You can really feel the love for the animals everywhere you go on the project. I really enjoyed my time with them and hope to come back anytime soon.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I stayed at the program for two weeks and now that I look back at it, I definitely would stay longer. Also, I recommend to do a little sightseeing before or afterwards the project. The surroundings of Bonnievale and Cape Town are breathtaking!
  • Riding more than 1 horse a day
  • Being in a calm, rustic environment
  • Great balance between working days and going on some trips: wine tasting and horse races
  • Bonnievale is approachable by car, but not by walking
  • Didn’t do any trails during the stay
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