Working Horse Riding Holiday in South Africa

Working Horse Riding Holiday in South Africa

Ever wished that dream holiday could last a little bit longer? This is a unique opportunity to work and ride on South Africa’s East Cape. Spend anything from 4 to 12 weeks at Sunray Farm on the Wild Coast, learning the basics or exchanging your expertise for a chance to ride, day in day out, in this spectacular region.

Spend up to three months on South Africa’s Wild Coast, where lush forested valleys and rugged cliffs meet the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Some of the world’s best horse riding trails are to be found here, and you’ll have the opportunity to get to know them intimately. Working holidays are a great way of getting to know a place and its people without breaking the bank. You will help with daily chores and errands and you’ll get room, board and, in this case, some amazing riding in return.

These working holidays can be tailored to suit people of any ability. If you’re a novice and want to learn how to ride and work with horses - including ‘starting up’ foals and yearlings - or if you want to brush up on your equestrian skills, a 4-week trip is ideal. If you’re an experienced rider with basic knowledge of flatwork and dressage, you can exchange your expertise for a chance to really discover South Africa with a 3-month stay! For this longer option you’ll be expected to help teach novice riders, and maybe to help as a back-up rider on overnight trails. You’ll be ‘on duty’, working and riding, for between 6 to 8 hours a day, giving you a great insight into horse care and the equine tourism industry.

This is a fantastic opportunity for adventurous, disciplined folk who aren’t scared of a bit of hard work. With the exception of the 12-week work exchange trip (for which you’ll need to fill in an application form), you don’t need a lot of experience. You do need a genuine desire to get to know more about everything equine, which means riding, grooming, mucking out – the whole caboodle! You’ll be living in close quarters with other guests so if you need tons of privacy this probably won’t suit you. Meals are served in the farmhouse around the kitchen table, so expect to treated like one of the family.

If you’re not a ‘people-person’ you might not fancy this, but most guests tell us that the spirit on the farm is amazing; Clint and Julie-Ann, your hosts, are warm and laid-back, as you’d expect from their dream lifestyle. They’ll fill you in on all the best things to see and do, even where to go out at night. Working holidays are perhaps the best way to get to know a place in a short period, and with a riding break you get to explore while you’re on the job! What more could you ask for?

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2,500 ZAR (1 week) per person

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