Selati Horseback Safaris offers a unique experience to aid the battle against rhino poaching and declining rhino numbers! They combine conservation on horseback with a Wildlife Conservation program. The course is designed to give students and in-depth insight to Wildlife Veterinary Medicine through hands on experience and will also give the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge in the South African Wildlife breeding industry.
Combining the programs makes it more comprehensive for all wildlife enthusiasts. The battles being fought everyday to save the rhinos and conservation is truly helping to save this species. All of the rhinos on this reserve have been sold to safer homes. Selati initiated the program called “Riding for Rhinos” to help save funds for this cause.
Nothing brings you closer to nature than being on a horse safari, following unstructured game paths with wildlife sightings. Animals are familiar to the smell and sounds of another animal which makes them more tolerant. The veterinary work will be the same as our Vet Wildlife project with students working 3 days per week alongside the vet (maximum 4 students).
Clinical students will work 3 days a week alongside a qualified wildlife vet. Husbandry students can assist. Work includes giving vaccinations, game relocation, treating animals and anything the vet must do in his day to day work. This is a hands on project and students are expected to be fit and flexible in their approach. Students may also get the opportunity to get an eagle’s eye view of our beautiful country from a helicopter whilst recording rhino numbers and watching the vet dart the animals.
Students will also get basic ground schooling and veterinary care of horses. They will learn about stable management, groom the horses and monitor their heart rates and condition on endurance rides. If the opportunity arises they will participate in the endurance riding as ground crew!
Students will have an optional extra horse safari and camping trip included in their project on a weekend. All camping equipment is provided.
Game drives will take place outside working hours around the Game reserve in Selati’s own game driving vehicles. This is all included as part of your project cost.
This is in twin bedded rooms in a lodge on the Game reserve each with its own bathroom.
There are kitchen facilities and lounge areas in the Lodge.
This will usually be in the Lodge for breakfast and evening meal.
Lunch will be a packed lunch and taken with you to eat in the daytime.
Laundry will be done several times a week and is included in the cost of your project. Wi-Fi is available at no cost for checking emails.
The following months are NOT AVAILABLE:
Students will need to fly into Johannesburg airport usually arriving early Sunday morning. They will then need to take a domestic flight to Hoedspruit airport which is just over one hour’s flying time. They will arrive around midday/2pm and will be collected from the airport by a representative of Selati.
Departure will be on the Friday early afternoon from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg and then your international flight should leave Johannesburg no earlier than approximately 7pm depending on which flight you take from Hoedspruit. You must allow minimum two hours before your international flight, preferably three hours.
Accommodation, meals, game drives, horse safari, t-shirt, supervision, 3 days work per week with the wildlife vet, work with horses, laundry and internet.
Travel/Medical Insurance (this is available from Endsleigh Insurance Services via us for £16.25 per week).
Flights, luxury items (cigarettes, alcohol etc), visas, vaccinations, other excursions on days off.
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