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Join a new and innovative Mounted Anti-Poaching Unit in the stunning South African bush and put your riding skills to unique conservation benefit.
Within the beautiful landscape of the wildlife prolific greater Kruger area, an amalgamation of ten farms have dropped their fences and adopted wildlife as their primary focus. Within the conservancy a unique partnering with six ex-racehorses is assisting in the protection of Africa’s rhino.
Partnering with Rhino Revolution, this programme addresses the short term need for rhino protection while demonstrating to the broader community the value of wildlife in sustainable conservation strategies.
This programme is aimed at competent riders who can safely control spirited horses. It is essential that a Hanchi horseback conservation traveller wishing to partake in this project be currently riding and able to safely control a horse who may spook to reactions and movements in the bush. You must be comfortable in all gaits from walk to gallop.
The ex-racehorses at Hanchi have been re-homed with a successful and established racehorse trainer. The horses have recently relocated from Zimbabwe to provide the power behind this new initiative. The herd are well bred thoroughbreds having won 37 races between them, aged between 7-10 years with the majority over 16.3hh. You must therefore be capable and confident to handle such horses from the ground in addition to riding.
The reserve’s Mounted Anti Poaching Unit is a great success when it comes to rhino protection. Since its initiation in 2012, not one rhino has been lost to poaching. The ex-racehorses provide an undeniable presence to poachers, fearing the larger racehorses themselves, while the horses provide a holistic and quiet approach to anti poaching work and unique ability to traverse difficult terrain.
“The Hanchi volunteers have added a new dimension to the efficiency of the Blue Canyon Mounted Anti-Poaching unit. Their unrivalled enthusiasm and dedication to the project turns the daily grind into an enjoyable event and the constant stream of new eyes and ears allows for an ever alert team of guards on the ground.” – Blue Canyon Anti Poaching Unit
Subject to availability, you can join the Hanchi Horseback Conservation Project any week from mid-January to mid-December.
Placements in 2016 run from Tuesday-Wednesday in South Africa. If you arrange your own flights, you need to arrive at Johannesburg airport by 9 am on Tuesday morning. Your placement will finish on Wednesday evening, back at Johannesburg airport.
Placements in 2017 run from Tuesday-Tuesday in South Africa, or Monday-Wednesday from London.
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Prices include accommodation, meals, transfers from Johannesburg airport, 24/7 support and financial contributions to the project. Prices are subject to change but will be confirmed in writing at the time of booking.
We also accept payment in EUR, CAD, AUD and ZAR. Please ask us for a quote, subject to exchange rates at the time.
You are welcome to volunteer at two or more projects during your stay. These placements are more complicated as they include travel arrangements between the projects, so please ask us for a quote for your desired project combination.
The “Rhino Rating” is our way of ranking a project in terms of how challenging it is – both physically and in terms of culture shock, comfort levels and skills required. Please refer to the “Rhino Ratings Explained” section for the general criteria for each rhino rating. The paragraph below explains the method behind our madness in choosing the rhino rating for this particular project.
The Hanchi Horseback Conservation Project is only suitable for competent riders. You are likely to be in the saddle for a few hours a day. While you need to be a confident rider, most of the riding will be at a slow pace – you’ll be better able to spot the wildlife tracks! You will also help with grooming the horses. Accommodation is variable: You will move between a tented bush camp with solar power and a comfortable lodge.
WHAT OUR TRAVELLERS SAY
"I would fully recommend going as it was an amazing experience. As a result, I'm currently working out whether I can afford to return next year for a longer period of time, because two weeks just isn't long enough!"
“My most memorable moment at Hanchi was when I saw giraffes while riding. We stopped to look at the tracks and when we looked to our right the giraffes were right there eating off in the distance.”
"ACE were brilliant, as it was my first time abroad and alone, I felt reassured to have travel arrangements and a support team behind me”
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