10 Weeks in South Africa: Horse Safari + Conservation + Mozambique Coast

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I just wanted to write and say a massive thank you for giving me the best gap year experience I could have asked for! I had the most incredible time in South Africa and I enjoyed every moment - especially the horse riding! All the horses were fantastic and gave me the best riding experiences of my life.
Katie Moore
Katie Moore
Leaper Alumni

Your Itinerary

What you'll do and where you'll go, from the day you arrive until you hop on a plane back home.
  • Day 1 Private Game Reserve - Kwa Madwala
    You’ll arrive at KWA, a private game reserve, home to a selection of hardy bush horses to offer the unique opportunity to explore, track and conserve wildlife on horseback. During your 10 weeks you will be involved in all of the following projects:
  • + Anti-Poaching
    Anti poaching is a main focus on the reserve. With your help, poaching will be tackled by snare patrols and anti-poaching rides.
  • + Animal Welfare
    On top of your hardy steed you will hack out with the rangers to keep tabs on the behaviour and health of resident rhino and elephants.
  • + Reserve Management
    On your rides you’ll help check the reserve's fences and roads, identifying any damage and maintenance required.
  • + Mijane Township
    Just outside the reserve we work with 2-day care centres for kids in the township of Mijane. Here you will hang out with the kids while helping develop their vegetable gardens.
  • + Elephant Ride
    Twali and Mujaje, 2 orphaned elephants, have found sanctuary at KWA. Local schools are regularly treated to a day with the elephants and you’ll be asked to help facilitate this, but more importantly, you will get the chance to stroll through the reserve with these magnificent creatures at your side.
  • + Krugar Safari
    During the program we will take to the Krugar National Park with the aim to see the Big 5.
  • + Backpacker Favourites
    On your time off there is plenty of optional extras close to the reserve: river tubing, abseiling and paint balling, safari in the Kruger National Park and visiting the Moholoholo Wildlife Centre.
  • Day 56 Macaneta Island - Mozambique Coast
    To give you a change of scene we have included a 4 day road trip to the deserted beaches of Mozambique. Here is the perfect place to shake off the dust, chill, body surf, snorkel and gorge on fresh sea food.
  • Day 60 Private Game Reserve - Kwa Madwala
    Back to the reserve to complete the community and conservation projects before flying home or carrying on with a spot of independent travel after 10 great weeks in the heart of Africa.

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