Zebra at Sunset in Tanzania

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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 ‘Big 3’, 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 6 weeks you will be involved in all of the following projects:
  • + Anti-Poaching
    On arrival at Kwa you’ll be given an introductory lecture by the reserve experts on their anti-poaching efforts. With your help, poaching will be tackled by educating the local communities and with fieldwork, involving 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, elephants and leopard.
  • + Reserve Management
    On your rides you’ll help check the reserve's fences and roads, identifying any damage and maintenance required.
  • + Microlight Flight
    Included in the program is one 15-minute flight all over the reserve. Flying low over the game and high to capture the fantastic views.
  • + 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 to build a play area and renovate the buildings.
  • + 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.
  • + 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 42 Private Game Reserve - Kwa Madwala
    Fly home or carry on travelling.

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