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Horse Riding Internship in Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe is a small landlocked country which is home to an abundance of spectacular wildlife and natural landforms, making it a haven for nature enthusiasts and adventure junkies alike. Its majestic African plains offer a sanctuary for the big five – African lions, African elephants, cape buffalo, African leopards and black/white rhinoceros. In addition to these stunning creatures Zimbabwe boasts several world renowned landforms including the breathtaking Victoria Falls and Malindidzimu Hill (also known as the “World’s View), which provides epic 360 degree views of this beautiful and awe inspiring country


  • Care for horses as you experience Zimbabwe's culture and way of life
  • Learn to ride horses under the guidance of experienced and passionate trainers
  • Learn about horse behaviour and training
  • Practise ethical treatment of horses


  • Minimum age 18
  • Must be physically fit
Airport Pickup Emergency Physical Hotel Meals Terrestrial Wildlife Free Time
Location Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Activities Identifying and solving issues with horses
Riding horses and coaching other riders
Training young horses
Checking for injuries
Tack Maintenance
Transport Airport pick-up & transfer to project location
Accommodation Shared accommodation

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

What does the project do?

The project aims to help dedicated horsemen and women to develop their horsemanship skills to the fullest possible extent. For those who do not have much experience with horses and want to learn more this is the perfect opportunity to begin to ride as the internship caters for all levels of riding. So even if you’ve never ridden before the experienced trainers will give you all the tools you need to become a confident rider!

The project also endeavours to teach interns how to train their horses. More experienced riders might be able to work with young horses or those with underlying problems, or if there is a specific area you are particularly interested in the trainers will try to accommodate this.

What will I be doing?

Your days will be varied as you will work on a number of aspects that will contribute to your journey to competent horsemanship. You will undertake chores such as feeding, tack maintenance and grooming as well as training horses with rider issues, schooling young horses, fitness training horses and coaching riders who lack confidence. 

Your days will be busy but worthwhile as you will see your confidence and skills grow rapidly and your hard work paying off as you develop a personal and intimate bond with each of the horses. This will make the whole experience thoroughly rewarding! You will have the opportunity to work with a number of breeds such as thoroughbreds, Arabs, friesians and warmbloods. 

What happens when I arrive?

You will be met at Bulawayo Airport where a friendly project representative will transfer you to your accommodation. Your first few days will be spent meeting the horses and staff and getting to know what your role will be. At the end of your stay the local staff will assist you in returning to the airport.

Where will I be staying?

Interns will live in shared accommodation in a detached area of the trainer's home at the project site with basic amenities including a bath, shower and toilet.

What will I be eating?

All your meals will be provided throughout the duration of your internship. However, if you wish to try the local food this can be arranged! On your days off you may be able to go out exploring and try some local delicacies. Corn and maize is a staple in Zimbabwe and are eaten frequently and used in many dishes. For the most part, the Zimbabwean cuisine has remained traditionally African. Some traditional dishes you might like to try include sadza (a stiff maize meal rolled into a ball and dipped into meat, sauce, gravy, sour milk or stewed vegetables), dovi (a peanut butter stew served with meat and vegetables) and mapopo candy (papaya cooked in and then dusted with sugar).

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Additional opportunities

There are several opportunities for sports and leisure activities around the project site. Within walking distance you’ll have access to a tennis court and several cycling, mountain biking and hiking trails. For a more urban experience you can take a short drive to the city centre, where you can find restaurants, shops, museums, galleries and national historic sites.   

If you’re feeling a little more adventurous why not get exploring and soak up the Zimbabwean culture and see the fantastic wildlife on the spectacular African plains! Some of the more popular sites include: 

Victoria Falls – perfect for adrenaline junkies as this is home to numerous adventure activities such as bungee jumping, white water rafting and boogie boarding. Victoria Falls is one sheer drop of 108m along the Zambezi River and is a registered UNESCO world heritage site.

Matopos National Park –a very short drive away from Bulawayo the park is famous for a large outcrop known as World’s View as a result of the vast and beautiful scenery that can be seen for miles. Matapos is also famous for its wildlife including a large population of black eagles, leopards and black/white rhinos, making it a must see park for nature lovers.

Antelope Park – This beautiful haven just 2 hours away from Bulawayo is an incredible opportunity to walk amongst some of the world’s most dangerous animals as you explore this spectacular 3000 acres of savannah. 

Great Zimbabwe – This is an ancient city of ruins in the south eastern hills of Zimbabwe from the late Iron Age and inhabited by the Shona people. This World Heritage Site was believed at one point to be home to around 18,000 inhabitants and the capital of the Great Kingdom of Zimbabwe stretching all the way into modern day Botswana, Mozambique and South Africa.


2 weeks US$ 1,295

3 weeks US$ 1,745

4 weeks US$ 2,195


Weekly, to arrive on Monday


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Airport pick-up 
  • Local orientation and training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Bulawayo (BUQ)



Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@statravel.com .


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You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

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